The Rise and Fall of Fedor Emelianenko

http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Fedor-Emelianenko-1500
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Fedor “The Last Emeror” Emelianenko

1) For all of history, Fedor will have in a place in discussions of the best fighter ever. He had a decade-long unbeaten streak against the best fighters in the world during the genesis of mixed martial arts. This included two former UFC heavyweight champions. His mystique is compounded by his humble and laconic demeanor and the mystery of the east.

2) Fedor stopped being relevant about five years ago when, already in the twilight of his career, he joined Strikeforce and lost three in a row. (http://www.sherdog.com/fighter/Fedor-Emelianenko-1500). Now he makes a living fighting other has-beens and tarnishing what remains of his reputation.

3) Interestingly, he was born in a part of Eastern Ukraine that is now under Russian occupation. His name is Ukrainian. But he’s a closely managed tool of Russian propaganda and has appeared numerous times with Vladimir Putin. I think the Kremlin considers him an asset and they control him closely. He’ll occasionally say some idiotic patriotic nonsense.

He’s really hard to read, always calm and expressionless. That’s part of his mystique.

His downfall was somewhat Russian.

In his absolute prime (2004-2006), the UFC tried to bring him into their organization so that he could fight the other best heavyweights in the world. But he was surrounded by Russians, including one Vadim Finkelstein, his manager. UFC President Dana White has talked about how mind-blowingly idiotic and pointless it was to negotiate with the Russian.

They tried to get Dana White to build a fucking stadium in Russia as a condition of getting Fedor onto his roster. (You can imagine the extortion possibilities they had in mind.)

So Fedor went through a period of fighting freak shows, Middle weights (Matt Linland), and has beens.

The sport moved on without him.

Eventually, another organization, Strikeforce negotiated the Russians into some Frankenstien co-promotion with their M-1. Fedor won his first fight, a good showing against unknown, but dangerous Brett Rogers. In his second, he was Fedor submitted in BJJ world champion Fabricio Werdum’s triangle after looking good in the opening seconds.

His stock went down in value, and his next appearance with Strikeforce didn’t require a co-promotion. His next fight was stopped after the much bigger and rangier (but slower) “Bigfoot” Silva spent two rounds avoiding complications and jabbing him in the face.

In his next appearance, he looked good against former olympic wrestler Dan Henderson (who fights in a lower weight class), but made a mistake in the wrestling and caught a huge punch in the face that ended the fight.

Since then, he’s beaten up three has-beens and one nobody.

tldr: Greedy, corrupt Russians kept him away from the best competition during his prime, because they over valued his position and refused to compromise. So he stopped fighting the best, and the sport moved on without him. His rise, however, will remain epic.

Lithuania opens war crimes trial of former Soviet officials

Dozens of former Soviet military officials have gone on trial in Lithuania accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity during a crackdown on a pro-independence movement in 1991.

Russia has refused to cooperate with the investigation and most of the accused, who live outside Lithuania, will not attend the trial, which coincides with heightened tensions between Moscow and Vilnius over the Ukraine crisis.

Prosecutors say 14 civilians were killed by the Soviet army in January 1991, all but one of them during the storming of the state television headquarters and TV tower by Soviet paratroopers. More than 700 others were wounded.

In March 1990 Lithuania had become the first Soviet republic to declare independence from Moscow. The Soviet Union was formally dissolved in December 1991.

The former Soviet defence minister Dmitry Yazov, now 91, is the highest-ranking person in the list of 65 former military officials and army officers charged by Lithuania’s chief prosecutor. They are all citizens of Russia, Belarus or Ukraine.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/27/lithuania-opens-war-crimes-trial-former-soviet-officials

Russia Violates Turkish Airspace Again, Erdogan Threatens ‘Consequences’

Turkey claims another Russian warplane violated its airspace on Friday, only two months after Turkish planes shot down a Russian jet, killing the pilot. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned that Russia would “endure the consequences” if its planes keep crossing into Turkey.

“We regard this infringement which came despite all our warnings in Russian and in English as an effort by Russia to escalate the crisis in the region,” said Erdogan. “If Russia continues the violations of Turkey’s sovereign rights, it will be forced to endure the consequences.”

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2016/02/01/erdogan-russia-will-endure-the-consequences-for-violating-turkish-airspace-again/

Ukrainian regulator to allow institutions to issue virtual currencies

National Bank of Ukraine is considering to grant non-banking financial entities the licence to issue electronic currencies, as reported on the regulator’s corporative Facebook page.

The initiative was explained as a way to conform EU financial regulations in order to be able to become a member of the European Union.

“Ukraine is working on aligning the legislation in the sphere of payment systems with European practices. At the moment NBU is considering granting to non-banking financial institutions the right to act as an emitter of electronic money,” the message states.

NBU is going to follow the EU directive 110 from 2009 to adopt the rules of licensing the emission. These will include the consent of the emitter to be registered and the minimum initial capital of $350,000. Other rules concern authorised capital, equity capital and mechanisms of security. The regulator will take into account the range of services offered by the financial organisation, be it only emission of electronic money or other payment services.

In December 2015 Ukrainian PrivatBank filed a request with the NBU to open a new bitcoin service for online retailers. Last summer NBU invited PayPal to open an office in the country. A letter of invitation was sent to PayPal by the Ukrainian Ministry of Economics after changes had been introduced to the regulation of the financial sector. Despite that, it is still impossible for Ukrainian citizens to get payment using the PayPal system.

http://www.coinfox.info/news/legislation/4653-ukrainian-regulator-to-allow-institutions-issue-of-virtual-currencies

Leonid Zhabotinsky, weightlifter – obituary: Weightlifter who inspired a young Arnold Schwarzenegger

Zhab_3561640b The 1964 Tokyo Games saw him compete against his Soviet team-mate Yuri Vlasov, who was as studious as Zhabotinsky was lazy. During training with the Soviet national team six months before the Games, Zhabotinsky’s personal habits so infuriated Vlasov that he retreated to work on his technique alone at Moscow’s Central Army Sports Club. Come the day of the contest, on October 18, Vlasov seemed well ahead of all competitors in the clean and jerk lift – where the athlete hefts the barbell to rest on the shoulders before thrusting it overhead.

Zhabotinsky, meanwhile, made a great show of struggling with the weight. He dropped it on the second attempt, and hugged Vlasov as though to congratulate him. Then, with a casual wink to his coach, he broke his own record on the third and final lift, hefting a total of 479.5lb. The feat gave him an overall score of 1,262lb lifted, against Vlasov’s 1,256.5. “I was choked with tears,” Vlasov recalled. “I flung the silver medal through the window … That night I understood that there is a kind of strength that is nothing to do with justice.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/12127999/Leonid-Zhabotinsky-weightlifter-obituary.html

Putin Denounces Lenin and Praises Communism

Putin Denounces Lenin and Praises Communism

Russia is usually taking both sides of conflicts.

He denounced Lenin and his government for brutally executing Russia’s last tsar along with all his family and servants, killing thousands of priests and placing a time bomb under the Russian state by drawing administrative borders along ethnic lines.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jan/25/vladmir-putin-accuses-lenin-of-placing-a-time-bomb-under-russia

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he is and has always been fond of communist “ideas”, while also comparing the Soviet code of conduct to the Bible, independent news agency Interfax reported. . . .

At a forum in Stavropol on Monday, Putin piled more criticism onto Lenin, but insisted his attitude to Communist ideas had never wavered and that to this day he keeps his party membership ticket at home.

You know that I, like millions of Soviet citizens, over 20 million, was a member of the Communist Party of the USSR and not only was I a member of the party but I worked for almost 20 years for an organization called the Committee for State Security,” Putin said, referring to the KGB.

“I was not, as you know, a party member by necessity,” he said. “I liked Communist and socialist ideas very much and I like them still.”

In his speech, Putin insisted he was never just a “functionary” when it came to party matters and said the Moral Code of the Builder of Communism—a set of rules to be followed by all party members—“resembles the Bible a lot.”

According to the Russian president, the code revolved around key concepts such as brotherhood, equality and happiness.

http://europe.newsweek.com/russias-putin-says-he-always-liked-communist-ideas-419289

Lavrov’s boldfaced lie about Budapest Memorandum

“If you mean the Budapest Memorandum, we have not violated it – the Budapest Memorandum mentions the only one commitment– not to use nuclear weapons against Ukraine. No one has threatened Ukraine with the use of nuclear weapons,” Lavrov said at a news conference in Moscow, answering a question from the UNIAN correspondent who asked how Russia’s neighboring countries could ensure their security if the Russian Federation can give up its commitments at any time.

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Text of the Budapest Memorandum:

Welcoming the accession of Ukraine to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons as a non-nuclear-weapon State,

Taking into account the commitment of Ukraine to eliminate all nuclear weapons from its territory within a specified period of time,

Noting the changes in the world-wide security situation, including the end of the cold war, which have brought about conditions for deep reductions in nuclear forces,

Confirm the following:

1. The Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America reaffirm their commitment to Ukraine, in accordance with the principles of the Final Act of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, to respect the independence and sovereignty and the existing borders of Ukraine;

2. The Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America reaffirm their obligation to refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or

political independence of Ukraine, and that none of their weapons will ever be used against Ukraine except in self-defence or otherwise in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations;

3. The Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America reaffirm their commitment to Ukraine, in accordance with the principles of the Final Act of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, to refrain from economic coercion designed to subordinate to their own interest the exercise by Ukraine of the rights inherent in its sovereignty and thus to secure advantages of any kind;

4. The Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America reaffirm their commitment to seek immediate United Nations Security Council action to provide assistance to Ukraine, as a non-nuclear-weapon State party to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, if Ukraine should become a victim of an act of aggression or an object of a threat of aggression in which nuclear

weapons are used;

5. The Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America reaffirm, in the case of Ukraine, their commitment not to use nuclear weapons against any non-nuclearweapon State party to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons,

except in the case of an attack on themselves, their territories or dependent territories, their armed forces, or their allies, by such a State in association or alliance with a nuclear-weapon State;

6. Ukraine, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America will consult in the event a situation arises that raises a question concerning these commitments.

This Memorandum will become applicable upon signature.

Trump is breaking my heart. I hope he is merely uninformed.

I’m still trying to read this as healthy skepticism from a man who has not yet seen evidence.

Donald Trump defends Vladimir Putin over Alexander Litvinenko murder

Mr Trump waded into the case saying he had seen “no evidence” of Mr Putin’s involvement, adding: “They say a lot of things about me that are untrue too.”

The front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination has previously said he felt a “great honour” when Mr Putin praised him as an “absolute leader”.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/us-election/12123600/Donald-Trump-defends-Vladimir-Putin-over-Alexander-Litvinenko-murder.html

RUSSIA is turning the alleged rape of a teenager in Berlin by “Arabic looking men” into a diplomatic incident.

The Kremlin accused Germany of “covering up reality in a politically correct manner for the sake of domestic politics” the alleged rape of a 13-year-old girl identified only as Lisa.

The student from Berlin-Marzahn was reported missing on January 11. She resurfaced 30 hours later and filed a police report claiming to have been abducted by three men at a railway station in eastern Berlin, Russian government officials claim.

Lisa, the child of Russian immigrants in Berlin, says she was taken to an apartment where she was “beaten and sexually assaulted” by men speaking “broken German”.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/638214/Russia-DIPLOMATIC-INCIDENT-Germany-cover-up-teen-raped-Arabic-man

Russia, as is frequently the case, is on both sides. What Russia wants is conflict. It doesn’t matter between whom. Here is a story about Russia security services pushing migrants into Finland: http://yle.fi/uutiset/russian_border_guard_to_stt_russian_security_service_behind_northeast_asylum_traffic/8620174

Russian Propaganda: Deadly virus leaked from US laboratory in Donbass – DPR Army and Intelligence

More than 20 Ukrainian soldiers have died and over 200 soldiers are hospitalized in a short period of time because of new and deadly virus, which is immune to all medicines. Donetsk People’s Republic intelligence has reported that Californian Flu is leaked from the same place where research of this virus has been carried out. The laboratory is located near the city of Kharkov and its base for US military experts. Information from threatening epidemic is announced by Vice-Commander of Donetsk Army, Eduard Basurin.

Leak of deadly virus in Ukrainian side was published first time on 12.1.2016:

“According to the medical personnel of the AFU units (Ukrainian troops) there were recorded mass diseases among the Ukrainian military personnel in the field. Physicians recorded the unknown virus as a result of which the infected get the high fever which cannot be subdues by any medicines, and in two days there comes the fatal outcome. Thus far from the virus there have died more than twenty servicemen, what is carefully shielded by the commandment of the AFU from the publicity”, said Basurin in daily MoD situation report.

https://dninews.com/article/deadly-virus-leaked-us-laboratory-donbass-dpr-army-and-intelligence