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December 17, 2011

The US Senate on Saturday confirmed President Barack Obama’s nominee to be ambassador to Moscow, Michael McFaul, after a delay tied to US missile defense plans.

Lawmakers approved McFaul, who had served as the chief Russia hand on Obama’s National Security Council, in a unanimous voice vote.

The confirmation came after Republican Senator Mark Kirk lifted his “hold” on the nomination over concerns that Russo-US cooperation on the missile shield could see Moscow obtain classified information that it might turn around and share with Iran.

Kirk lifted his objections after the White House wrote him a letter assuring him that it will “not provide Russia with sensitive information about our missile defense systems that would in any way compromise our national security.”

Specifically the White House told Kirk that “under no circumstances” would the United States provide hit-to-kill technology and interceptor telemetry to Russia.

McFaul was considered one of the architects of the so-called “reset” of Soviet-US relations that took place shortly after the president took office in early 2009.

Among key events in the warming of the two countries’ relationship in recent years has been the signing and ratification of the new START treaty on nuclear disarmament, cooperation on sanctions against Iran and a strengthening of commercial relations.

Kirk’s hold had threatened a vacant seat in the critical Moscow post, with the current US ambassador to Russia, John Beyrle, due to leave the job this month.

from:  http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5i0BazHankBAYE0JK6pPauMo7M7mg?docId=CNG.04f1ea4494cd11f8f6bbe3cf278762e1.4e1


using the number/letter grid:
1      2      3       4       5       6      7      8      9
A      B     C       D       E       F      G      H      I
J      K      L      M      N       O      P      Q      R
S      T      U      V      W      X      Y      Z


A = 1              J = 1              S = 1

B = 2              K = 2             T = 2

C = 3              L = 3             U = 3

D = 4              M = 4            V = 4

E = 5              N = 5            W = 5

F = 6              O = 6             X = 6

G = 7              P = 7             Y = 7

H = 8              Q = 8             Z = 8

I = 9               R = 9



Michael McFaul

4938153 436133           53


his path of destiny = 53 = Debates.  Principles.  Fighting for the truth.




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December 10, 2011

Tens of thousands of Russians gathered peacefully in central Moscow on Saturday to shout “Putin is a thief” and “Russiawithout Putin,” forcing the Kremlin to confront a level of public discontent that has not been seen here since Vladimir V. Putin first became president 12 years ago.

The crowd overflowed the square where it was held, forcing stragglers to climb trees or watch from the opposite riverbank, and organizers repeatedly cleared a footbridge out of fear it would collapse. It was the largest anti-Kremlin protest since the early 1990s.

The crowd united liberals, nationalists and Communists, a group best described as the urban middle class, so digitally connected that some were broadcasting the rally live using iPads held over their heads. The police estimated the crowd at 25,000 while organizers put the figure much higher, at 40,000 or more.

The rally was a significant moment in Russia’s political life, suggesting that the authorities have lost the power to control the national agenda. The event was too large to be edited out of the evening news, which does not report criticism of Mr. Putin, and was accompanied by smaller demonstrations dozens of other cities, including St. Petersburg.

The government calculated that it had no choice but to allow the events unfold. There was a large police presence, including rows of troop carriers, dump trucks and bulldozers, but remarkably when the crowd dispersed four hours later, no detentions had been reported.

On Saturday many in the crowd said the event was a watershed moment.

“People are just tired, they have already crossed all the boundaries,” said Yana Larionova, 26, a real estate agent. “You see all these people who are well dressed and earn a good salary, going out onto the streets on Saturday and saying, ‘No more.’ That’s when you know you need a change.”

Calls for protest have been mounting since parliamentary elections last Sunday, which domestic and international observers said were tainted by ballot-stuffing and fraud on behalf of Mr. Putin’s party, United Russia. But an equally crucial event, many said, was Mr. Putin’s announcement in September that he would run for the presidency in March. He is almost certain to win a six-year term, meaning he will have been Russia’s paramount leader for 18 years.

Yevgeniya Albats, editor of the New Times magazine, said that the gathering was the most striking display of grassroots democracy that she had seen in Russia, and that the involvement of young people was a game-changer. When Mr. Putin revealed his decision to return to the presidency, a full six months before presidential elections, she said, “this really, really humiliated the country.”

“Today we just proved that civil society does exist, that the middle class does exist and that this country is not lost,” Ms. Albats said.

The authorities had been trying to discourage attendance, saying that widespread protests could culminate in a disaster on the scale of the Soviet collapse, which occurred 20 years ago this month. Officials have portrayed the demonstrators as revolutionaries dedicated to a violent, Libya-style overthrow. Mr. Putin last week said that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton had set off the wave of activism by publicly criticizing the conduct of the parliamentary elections.

“She set the tone for some actors in our country and gave them a signal,” Mr. Putin said. “They heard the signal and with the support of the U.S. State Department began active work.”

The demonstration’s organizers have put forward several demands: the immediate release of prisoners arrested last week in connection with the protests; the scheduling of new parliamentary elections; the ouster of Vladimir Y. Churov, who runs the Central Election Commission; investigation of election violations; the registration of so-called nonsystem opposition parties, ones that have been unable to win seats in Parliament or put forward presidential candidates.

Speakers said they would give the Kremlin two weeks to satisfy the demands, and hold another large protest on Dec. 24.

Aleksei Navalny, a popular blogger who has helped mobilize young Russians over the last year, sent an address from the prison where he is serving a 15-day sentence for resisting the police. Mr. Navalny was arrested Monday night after the first of three demonstrations.

“Everyone has the single most powerful weapon that we need — dignity, the feeling of self-respect,” read the address, which was delivered by a veteran opposition leader, Boris Y. Nemtsov. “It’s impossible to beat and arrest hundreds of thousands, millions. We have not even been intimidated. For some time, we were simply convinced that the life of toads and rats, the life of mute cattle, was the only way to win the reward of stability and economic growth.”

“We are not cattle or slaves,” he said. “We have voices and votes and we have the power to uphold them.”

The blogosphere has played a central role in mobilizing young Russians this fall. During the parliamentary campaign, Russians using smartphones filmed authority figures cajoling, bribing or offering money to their subordinates to get out the vote for United Russia. More video went online after Election Day, when many Russians in their 20s camped out in polling stations as amateur observers.

“The Putin system, over many years, repeats the same mistakes and ignores public opinion,” said Leonid Gigen, 26. “We have a lot of evidence. A lot was shot on video. And then Medvedev says these videos are fake,” a reference to President Dmitri A. Medvedev. “But people saw it themselves, because they voted.”

The ruling party, United Russia, lost ground in last Sunday’s election, securing 238 seats in the next Duma, compared with the 315, or 70 percent, that it holds now. The Communist Party won 92 seats; Just Russia won 64 seats; and the nationalist Liberal Democratic Party won 56 seats.

The vote had come to be seen as a referendum not only on United Russia but also on Mr. Putin and his plans to stay on as Russia’s paramount leader. Mr. Putin remains by far the country’s most popular political figure — the independent Levada Center reports his approval ratings at above 60 percent — but that approval has been diminishing gradually despite the authorities’ efforts to shore it up.

It seems unlikely that the authorities will accede to the protesters’ demands. A deputy chairman of Russia’s Central Election Commission told the Interfax news service that the final report on the election results was signed Friday, and that he saw no reason to annul them.

“The elections are declared valid, and there is no reason for any other assessment,” the official, Stanisav Vavilov, said. “There is no reason to revise the results of the elections.”

One of the few official remarks on the gathering on Saturday came from Andrei Isayev, the deputy secretary of the presidium of the general council of United Russia, who told demonstrators that they risked becoming “cannon fodder.”

“Do not allow yourself to become a pawn in the hands of those who want to destroy our country,” he said.

from:  http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/11/world/europe/thousands-protest-in-moscow-russia-in-defiance-of-putin.html


Monday December 5th, 2011

December 5th, 2011

12 + 5 +2+0+1+1 = 21 = the life lesson and personal year for the protests in Russia = On the world stage.  For all the world to see.  Seeing the big picture.  Connecting the dots.

21 year + 12 (December) = 33 = the protests in Russia’s personal month (from December 5th, 2011 to January 4th, 2012) = Courage.  Bravery.  Backbone.  Taking a stand.  Not backing down.  Not caving in.

33 month + 5 (5th of the month on Monday December 5th, 2011) = 38 = the protest in Russia’s personal day = We’re not gonna take it anymore.

33 month + 10 (10th of the month on Saturday December 10th, 2011) = 43 = the protest in Russia’s personal day = Crowds.  Gathering together.

33 month + 24 (24th of the month on Saturday December 24th, 2011) = 57 = the protest in Russia’s personal day = Feel our pain.  Hillary Clinton.

Numerologically, a person’s life lesson number stands for themself.  Hillary Clinton was born on October 26th, 1947.

October 26th, 1947

10 + 26 +1+9+4+7 = 57 = her life lesson number

So perhaps Hillary Clinton (whose life lesson number is 57) will be of significance to the Russian protest situation on it’s 57 day (Saturday December 24th, 2011).




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Alexei Navalny speaks at a rally in Moscow on 5 December 2011

6 December 2011      12:36 ET

Anti-corruption campaigner and top blogger Alexei Navalny is one of the pivotal figures leading protests and activism to challenge the results of Russia’s 4 December parliamentary elections.

He is also arguably the only major opposition figure to emerge in Russia in the past five years. And he owes his political prominence almost exclusively to his activity as blogger.

Mr Navalny’s rise as a force in Russian politics began in 2008 when he started blogging about allegations of malpractice and corruption at some of Russia’s big state-controlled corporations, such as energy giants Gazprom, Rosneft and Transneft, and VTB bank.

Previously, he had been a relatively minor figure involved in various opposition groups. He was also involved in nationalist politics and has taken part in a number of the annual nationalist shows of strength, known as the Russian Marches.

His day job is in commercial law. He is 35 years old and is married with two children.

‘Mass complaints machine’

Mr Navalny’s switch of focus from political activism to taking on corruption quickly boosted his popularity as a blogger.

In December 2008, his blog had just over 1,500 regular readers. By May 2010, it had over 11,000 and today it has over 60,000. His Twitter account has over 117,000 followers.

Alexei Navalny (middle of picture) attends the Russian march in Moscow, 4 November
His investigations have already led to the removal of one health ministry official

The popularity of his blog allowed him to start mobilising internet users to take an active part in his anti-corruption campaigns by means of what he called his “unstoppable mass complaints machine”.

The “machine” worked by getting internet users to send hundreds of online complaints to investigative and oversight bodies demanding that they look into the case that Mr Navalny was pursuing at the time.

One of his most notable online interventions was over allegations of the misuse of $4bn (3bn euros; £2.6bn) at state-owned oil pipeline network Transneft.

His key post about this received over 9,900 comments and attracted widespread attention from Russia’s more independent mainstream media.

Mr Navalny has also run online probes into allegations of corruption and malpractice in various government departments. In 2010, he engaged his mass complaints machine to demand an investigation after German car-maker Daimler admitted that it had paid bribes to Russian officials.

In 2011, he stepped up his online anti-corruption activity with the launch of the website Rospil.info whose purpose is to expose and investigate corruption in the awarding of government contracts.

Rospil operates in a different way from his earlier projects. Instead of simply soliciting help from online volunteers, Mr Navalny asked his supporters to contribute money to the project via an online payment service, allowing him to hire legal experts to process and verify the information received from the general public.

Rospil reports on its site that it has made 73 submissions to the federal anti-monopoly service over irregularities in the awarding of state contracts and that 39 of these have been found to be justified.

The site attracted widespread media attention, both in Russia and around the world, and gave Mr Navalny’s public profile a major boost.

But his efforts to bring to book officials and top executives in state corporations have generally met a legal impasse. His most notable scalp was a health ministry official, forced to resign over a suspiciously expensive IT project.

And he also faced dirty tricks and smears from pro-Kremlin internet users, and became the subject of a criminal investigation that most observers agreed was politically motivated.

“Party of crooks and thieves”

Since February, Mr Navalny has waged a concerted online campaign against Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party, which he memorably dubbed the “party of crooks and thieves”.

Alexei Navalny after being detained was detained
Mr Navalny has been sentenced to 15 days in prison for disobeying police orders

He has organised online contests to find the best poster and most popular YouTube song attacking United Russia. And he has also posted a video on YouTube accusing the party of failing to keep its manifesto pledges. The video has been viewed over 1.8m times.

The central message of this video and other online polemics was that people should go to the polls on 4 December and vote for any party but United Russia.

And his phrase “party of crooks and thieves” became not only one of the big internet catchphrases during the campaign, but was also taken up by some mainstream parties, most notably the centre-left A Just Russia party.

The adoption of the slogan seems to have paid dividends, as A Just Russia’s rating climbed from around 4-5% in the polls when the campaign started to 13% in the election itself. Party leader Sergei Mironov thanked Mr Navalny for the loan of the phrase in a tweet on 5 December.

Defeat of the ‘zombie-box’

Mr Navalny himself hailed the result of the election, which saw United Russia’s support fall by nearly 15%, as a victory for social media and the defeat of the “absolute monopoly” of television, or the “zombie-box”, as he calls it.

“We have learnt how to get information to millions of people without it [TV],” he blogged.

But he was still angry about the outcome of the election in Moscow, where United Russia polled around 46%, despite being forecast less than 30% in exit polls.

Mr Navalny urged his blog readers to join an opposition demonstration in the centre of Moscow on the evening of 5 December under the banner “Return the stolen elections”.

Earlier, he had used his blog to drum up support for a nationalist rally against state subsidies for the North Caucasus and to publicise this year’s Russian March. But this was the first time that he had issued an appeal to readers to join an ostensibly anti-Kremlin demonstration.

He was joined by other notable bloggers and journalists who had previously kept aloof from opposition protests, such as Rustem Adagamov and Oleg Kashin.

The protest attracted a crowd of several thousand and was the largest demonstration of its kind in Moscow since Vladimir Putin came to power in 2000.

It ended with the arrest of some 300 people, including Mr Navalny.

According to Aleksey Venediktov, editor-in-chief of Ekho Moskvy radio and one of the most respected observers of the Russian political scene, in arresting Mr Navalny the Russian authorities have made a “political mistake”.

In a post on the Ekho Moskvy website, Mr Venediktov said that the arrest would transform Navalnyy from an “online leader into an offline one” and would help him to win the support of people who do not agree with some of his ideas and actions.

“Political mistakes like this historically cost those who make them dear. Not immediately, but inevitably. Alas,” Mr Venediktov concluded.

from:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-16057045


Alexei Navalny was born on June 4th, 1976 according to

June 4th, 1976

6 + 4 +1+9+7+6 = 33 = his life lesson = what he is here to learn = Courage.  Bravery.  Backbone.  Taking a stand.  Not backing down.  Not caving in.


June 4th, 1976

6 + 4 +2+0+1+1 = 14 = his personal year (from June 4th, 2011 to June 3rd, 2012) = Tolerance.

14 year + 12 (December) = 26 = his personal month (from December 4th, 2011 to January 3rd, 2012) = Photos.  Television.  In the news.  Making headlines.

26 month + 5 (5th of the month on Monday December 5th, 2011) = 31 = his personal day = Controversy.  Stirring things up.  Things get out of hand.

26 month + 6 (6th of the month on Tuesday December 6th, 2011) = 32 = his personal day = Fighting for freedom.

26 month + 7 (7th of the month on Wednesday December 7th, 2011) = 33 = his personal day = Courage.  Bravery.  Backbone.  Taking a stand.  Not backing down.  Not caving in.

When his number (33 (his life lesson)) comes up, that’s when he gets to live/experience what he is here to live/experience.  So Wednesday December 7th, 2011 is HIS day!!!




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