Happy Shopper Ray Mears
- Dec 27, 2003
Pretty much yes. The whole Yanukavich / Manafort stuff is widely documented and Putin-aligned oligarchs slushing dirty money around is what they do every day.I know nothing about the situation but I find this to be a pretty interesting read, I wonder if it's true:
Theresa May STOPPED security services probing Arron Banks in run-up to Brexit referendum - as ex-Culture Secretary says PM 'has serious questions to answer'
Arron Banks ‘bankrolled Nigel Farage’s lavish lifestyle with £450,000 funding’, investigation finds
Ex-Ukip ally paid for £4.4m rented London home, a luxury car, a bodyguard, a private office and trips to the United States, says Channel 4 probe
The star prize at last year’s Conservative party fundraising ball was a game of tennis with Boris Johnson. The party’s co-chair Ben Elliot was enlisted to play too. But when bidding started there was little drama. Well-heeled guests already knew who was going to outbid everyone: a tall, outgoing blond woman from Moscow who – as one person put it – “dominates the room”. “She always gets top prize. She wins every auction,” the guest said, wryly.
The victorious bidder was Lubov Chernukhin, one of the biggest female donors in recent British political history. Since 2012, she has given the Tories £2.1m. This extraordinary sum has paid for two tennis matches with the prime minister, including in 2014 when Johnson was mayor of London, as well as dinner with his predecessor Theresa May.
In 2018, in retaliation for the Novichok poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury, the Home Office promised to review the visas of 700 Russian expats. These Russian citizens, who came to Britain between 2008 and 2015, had benefited from the Tier 1 visa programme – a route to residency – also known as “golden visas” – for wealthy foreigners willing to invest millions of pounds in the UK.
Now, despite several changes in the years following the poisoning, the Intelligence and Security Committee's report into Russian activity in the UK has once again recommended the scheme’s overhaul. It claims that the Tier 1 scheme, and similar previous schemes stretching back to the early 90s, turned London into a “laundromat” for corrupt foreign money, and cemented Russian influence in the UK’s business and social scene as the “new normal”. It is likely, the report states, that such a move would at this point only constitute “damage limitation”.
Because, right now, our corruption isn't about to enable the invasion of a country.
Same shit. Different excuses.Chairman of the US Federal Reserve Bank - Mr Alan Greenspan said:I’m saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: The Iraq war is largely about oil.
Anyway, if the Iraq war was bad that doesn't mean Putin invading Ukraine is fine. That's not an argument.“I was not saying that that’s the administration’s motive,” Greenspan said in the interview conducted on Saturday. “I’m just saying that if somebody asked me, ‘Are we fortunate in taking out Saddam?’ I would say it was essential.”
Ukrainians really don't like being told they have to be a buffer-zone rather than a real country who can decide what they want to do through elections and it's not our place to tell them like they are just pawns in a game played between other countries.I still don't agree with our approach.
If we suggested that they become a neutral buffer zone, then Putin loses his public support as the threat of NATO forces on the Russian border (again) won't be a reality, and protecting his personal investments in Ukraine would be harder to justify a war over.
Our approach feeds the beast which allows control over the people.
It's about time we learn that alliance building always leads to bad things.
I also reject your assertion that it has anything remotely similar to appeasement.
I'm not sure who you're being critical of where tbh.As part of their nuclear disarmament they had a treaty with Russia guaranteeing their independence, Putin pissing all over that.
They are an independent country why should Putin or the US decide what they do or who they ally with? Im a little shocked at how ready to accept the idea that countries should just be puppets and do as they are told people are. This isnt a playground football team selection with two "captains" picking kids for their side.
The west isn't supplying Ukraine with new kit, its mostly their old castoffs. They're not interested in really stopping Russia, just slowing them down a bit and making them pay a butcher's bill. I wouldn't be relying on the west if I was a Ukrainian.I'm not sure who you're being critical of where tbh.
Either way, I think it's pretty obvious that the West has invested just as much as Russia to get them on side, and the result will be lil Ukraine armed with big weapons defending against a country eager to test out new gear. And the west is equally as interested in trying out their gear against new Russian gear.
War will result in lots of people dying and if enough Russians die, they'll resort to war crimes and after some debate im sure we'll escalate it.
Pretty sure he just wanted NATO to pay their way and get their fingers out their asses once in a while - neither of which seem particularly controversial, especially right now.The other dude wanted to pull out of NATO and extort Ukraine.
Wrong and wrong.Pretty sure he just wanted NATO to pay their way and get their fingers out their asses once in a while - neither of which seem particularly controversial, especially right now.
And I thought it was the pant shitter's son who was extorting Ukraine?