To all who care about Crimea -- and especially rb, who shares my depth of feeling about this ...
... one of my great frustrations about the (non) response of the West, is that from early days I heard proposals that sanctions be applied to every member of the GosDuma (Russia's legislative body) who voted for the annexation of Crimea.
As it happens, every member of the Duma except one made this vote. And reportedly, quite a lot of them are wealthy folks with financial assets, houses, and children in the West (they don't want their kids to suffer from the wretched limitations of Russia's educational system).
According to Russia watchers, if all of these Duma members were sanctioned, it would cause an earthquake that would shatter the apparent solidity of Putin's political machinery.
I can imagine those filthy thieves falling all over themselves, trying to figure out how to get Russia the hell out of Crimea in the smallest possible number of days.
But like most of the proposed sanctions, it is scarcely worth doing, unless Europe signs on.
"But like most of the proposed sanctions, it is scarcely worth doing, unless Europe signs on."
Regardless what is right or wrong, Europe won't agree to proper sanctions because of their financial connections to Russia (existing 'sanctions' are a joke which make zero difference). The three big players in Europe are Germany, UK, and France. France has an existing $1.6 billion deal with Russia to supply two ships for carrying helicopters, tanks, vehicles and troops - which it will not cancel. Germany (and Italy) import much gas from Russia. And the UK benefits by wealthy Russians laundering their dirty money through the City (the UK's stock exchange), and through their investments in the central London property market. America isn't going to get too involved over Crimea either. All the Western governments may not like the annexation of Crimea, but their words are mostly guff and bluster, and NONE will risk going to war over a small peninsula in the Black Sea. They will turn a blind eye, just like they did with Georgia.
Whether you admire or despise him, Putin, the gangster and little KGB man and oligarch of oligarchs, is cleverer than the EU and US politicians, and has once again outwitted them. This dispute may be best fought by Ukraine...
I wonder Crimea are getting their basic necessities. Electricity and water are still being supplied by Ukraine, I guess. The easiest for food, supplies and equipment would be by rail through Ukraine. That is heavily curtailed, I guess.
Either Russian cargo ships are working overtime or there are severe shortages. Perhaps a little or a lot of both? The problem is, although there are stories here and there, there are very little photographs coming from Crimea.
The women I know in Crimea just pick up a new Job there at the Aquapark which is opening in Yevpatoriya. she is happy now that Russia has taken back Crimea as she did not trust the Ukraine Government. plus her Ukraine friends are happy too with Russian control. she can not entry Ukraine now from the Crimea broader.
the Crossing points to Crimea kerch to Russia is 5 hour waiting to get across by ferry you can entry Russia with a Ukraine passport but you can not entry Russia with a Ukraine registered Car. everything is coming in by boat there. she show me the new bridge that Russia is building to cross over it about 19 km long.
food has gone up by 50% now the banks are just starting to come back there no western union is operating there yet.
my wife who was in crimea in 2007 has a huge smile on her face about crimea and tears in her eyes about the fighting in Ukraine.
she was at crimea in 2007 and has commented how we will visit crimea in 5 years . she cant wait to see how much better it is and says how it will take about 5 years until its worth visiting .all her reports are the people there are happy
The other problem they have there now is, the refugees from the War in the Ukraine flooding over the broader for protection she was saying a lot childern. the people there have been fund raising a lot of food and gifts for the childern it is breaking their hearts this war.
all the Crimean people are saying 4-5 year it will be back to glory again. the problem I told her was that Russians are now going on Holiday to Thailand and it's cheap to go there. the Russians have now found a new holiday destination.
LOONEY RANGER I FOUND A LIST OF CRIMES FROM AUSTRALIAN CONVICTS .YOU CAN SEE ONE PERSON WAS TRANSPORTED FOR STEELING A HAIR BRUSH . well best my wife hids her hairbrush and her chickens
Being in company of felons
Breaking and entering and stealing
Charged with an offence against the crown (smuggling)
Cutting and wounding a policeman
Desertion 2nd dragoons
Desertion and striking an officer
Desertion from army
Desertion from the army'
Escaping from transportation
Faculige (felony/false pretences)
Firing a haystack
Handling stolen goods
Killing a deer?
Killing a horse
Larceny from a person
Larceny on a navigable river (stealing 50 gallons or rum worth 30 pounds from the vessel hoy on the
Larceny, before convicted of felony
Maker of base coin
Obstructing officers of the revenue
Obtaining money under false pretenses
Offence against the game laws
Passing forged notes
Poaching & violence
Possessing a forged note
Possession of forged bank note
Receiving stolen property
Returning from transportation
Riotous conduct & felony
Riotous conduct and felony
Robbery with violence
Robbing a person
Set fire to a haystack
Sheep stealing & larceny
Shopbreaking & theft
Shopbreaking & theft
Simple grand larceny
Snapping a loaded pistol
Stealing 2 pistols
Stealing 6 fowls
Stealing a cap
Stealing a case of tea
Stealing a case of tea.
Stealing a gown etc.
Stealing a gun
Stealing a hair brush
Stealing a handkerchief
Stealing a horse
Stealing a horse & saddle
Stealing a memo book and two candlesticks
Stealing a pig
Stealing a sheep
Stealing a silk cloak
Stealing a snuff box
Stealing a watch
Stealing barbers tools
Stealing from the person
Stealing gingham at halifax
Stealing his own toolbox
Stealing in the street
Stealing seven sheep
Stealing sheep skins
Stealing silk gown
Stealing sugar and wool
Stole 8 guns and 15 penknives
Stole a fine tissue of silk
Stricking a superior officer in the army.
Theft of a shovel
Theft of bacon
Theft of boots
Theft of carpets from master
Theft of garments off her master
Theft of hankerchief
Theft of household goods
Theft of jewlery
Theft of linen
Theft of napkins from shop
Theft of silver watch, gold chain and 2 seals
Theft of woolen and linen drapery
Uttering forged notes
Violence to a surperior officer
Wounding with intent
Crime: Stealing his own toolbox
Convicted at: Bristol Quarter Session
Sentence term: 7 years
Departure date: 11th February, 1836
Arrival date*: 11th October, 1836
Place of arrival New South Wales
Passenger manifest Travelled with 269 other convicts
actually my wife has him toilet trained and speaking Russian ... he counts in Russian and knows his English alphabet ..he is doing better then any other kid in his day care... no other kid comes close ....just another great reason to have a Russian wife.funny thing he prefers Russian cartoons (little naught masha.oh sorry you don't have a clue about kids cartoons . I think its good for me to often post how good Russians are.with people like you rubbishing them all the time its important I stick around .only a dead loss bloke couldn't find a nice girl from Russia or crimea