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28 Feb 2012 09:35


World: Vladimir Putin will take your virginity. Vote for him!

  • Creepy Russian political ad of the day: Wherein a scared virgin is relieved to learn from a fortune teller that she’ll lose it, as they say, to former KGB agent and Russian Prime Minsiter Vladimir Putin, who’s running for president this year. Putin already served two terms as Russian president from 2000-2008; he couldn’t run again in 2008 due to term limit laws, so he chilled as Prime Minister for four years while Dmitry Medvedev warmed the seat, and now he’s seeking his old office again. If elected, he could conceivably serve until 2024. Anyway, it’s noteworthy that an ad like this flies in Russia; a similar commercial by, say, Mitt Romney’s campaign in the US probably wouldn’t cut it (imagine Rick Santorum’s response) It’s also noteworthy that there are two more ads with the same pro-“lose your virginity to Vlad Putin” message on the guy’s website. source

11 Dec 2011 20:32


World: Russia’s Medvedev promises investigation on Facebook, gets heckled

  • I do not agree with any slogans or statements made at the rallies. Nevertheless, instructions have been given by me to check all information from polling stations regarding compliance with the legislation on elections.
  • Russian President Dmitry Medvedev • Ordering an investigation into last week’s parliamentary elections in a Facebook post, one day after wide protests increased the pressure on the Russian government to do something about the issue at hand. Medvedev’s comments led to many negative and downright ugly responses on Facebook, many of them expressing disbelief at his words. source

09 Dec 2010 09:51


World: Russia thinks Julian Assange deserves a Nobel Peace Prize

  • Public and non-governmental organisations should think of how to help him … Maybe, nominate him as a Nobel Prize laureate.
  • A source inside Dmitry Medvedev’s office • Offering Wikileaks the kind of head-scratching support that instantly suggests “ulterior motive.” While Russia’s at it, perhaps Russia can go in support of Liu Xiaobo at his Nobel Peace Prize ceremony tomorrow, in defiance of China. That’d really be helpful. This is just gibberish. source

03 Dec 2010 11:13


World: Thanks Wikileaks! Russian prez Dmitry Medvedev calls U.S. cynical

The Russian president suggests the “telling” leaks from Wikileaks show the “cynicism” of U.S. foreign policy. He suggests they won’t hurt U.S.-Russian relations, though. source

30 Nov 2010 10:32


World: Russian president Medvedev warns of new arms race with West

Arms race? But that sounds like fun! We like walking on our hands! … oh wait. He’s talking about weapons. source

26 Nov 2010 08:34


World: Vladimir Putin may run for Russian president again in 2012

  • We will look at the conditions in society, in the economy and at the political situation and will take an agreed decision in the interests of the country.
  • Russian Prime Minister (and bizarro Obama) Vladimir Putin • On his plans for 2012. Putin, who was term-limited, let his successor Dmitry Medvedev run in his place in 2008, but might want the job back come two years from now. Anything to keep this man famous. We don’t care if he wins. Make sure he remains famous. source

28 Jun 2010 22:03


U.S., World: Russian spies! Intrigue! Is this the Cold War or something?

  • It’s right out of a John le Carré novel. It will interesting to see how it plays out next couple of days and weeks from an international point of view and law enforcement point of view.
  • Former US attorney Stan Twardy • Describing the events that led to the U.S. arrest of ten reported Russian spies. You know, spies from one of our allies. What’s funny is that Obama was hanging out at Ray’s Hell Burger with Russian president Dmitry Medvedev, the FBI was very close to catching the spies – some of whom had been in the U.S. for a long time. (Disclosure: Julius is a spy. And since we’re disclosing it, a not very good one.) source

13 Apr 2010 20:50


Politics: World leaders just can’t get enough of Barack Obama!

  • Jeez, can you make it any less obvious you’re talking about Bush? The Atlantic Wire notes that, despite Obama’s 47 percent approval rating in the States (his lowest point ever), world leaders can’t seem to get enough of him. Russian president Medvedev puts it this way: “He’s very comfortable partner, it’s very interesting to be with him.” Does Michelle know? source

08 Apr 2010 10:52


U.S., World: U.S., Russia hang out, catch up, sign big-deal nuclear pact

  • “Hey Dmitry, I’m already here, might as well sign this thang!” While you were being completely unproductive this morning, playing Farmville and catching up on “Saved By the Bell” reruns, our boy Obama was signing a treaty with Dmitry Medvedev to severely scale back both countries’ nuclear ambitions. It’s the first arms treaty the two countries have signed in about 20 years. You should follow his example. source