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This is so easy, an Aussie could have done it.

 

Russia I feel will be getting more attention soon.

 

And to kick it off:

 

 

Shirtless Putin takes icy religious plunge

 

 

Note the religious Toadies chanting:

 

"Oh Putin, Oh Vladimir, Oh Putin, you are so very great, so enormously huge, so very very powerful. Make Our Russia Great Again. MORGA"...

 

 

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Have been to Mongolia a couple of times, UB, strange places in the Gobi and elsewhere, interesting place and yes, whilst not all look alike those two would be quite representative of the female variety. Must be the vodka I guess.

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I met a guy who'd spent two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mongolia. He said you didn't even dare look at a Mongolian woman. If a man saw you, he'd come over and beat the crap out of you.

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That's a very interesting comment and one I can relate to. In some middle of nowhere craphole town a buddy and myself were on a site visit. They took us to a local bar and then to a local disco/club. Which turned out to be someones front room. Place was full of chicks, all from the local university where they were studying languages, a lot of them English. When the two whitey's showed up they got very interested and excited. But the local boys made it very clear they were off limits and we should keep our distance. I mean it was very obvious. The girls would have been ready to rock and roll, that was clear. UB is a bit more worldly, though still weird, nazi themed bars and the like. Something like hard rock cafe, but with a string quartet. Just odd.

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That's a very interesting comment and one I can relate to. In some middle of nowhere craphole town a buddy and myself were on a site visit. They took us to a local bar and then to a local disco/club. Which turned out to be someones front room. Place was full of chicks, all from the local university where they were studying languages, a lot of them English. When the two whitey's showed up they got very interested and excited. But the local boys made it very clear they were off limits and we should keep our distance. I mean it was very obvious. The girls would have been ready to rock and roll, that was clear. UB is a bit more worldly, though still weird, nazi themed bars and the like. Something like hard rock cafe, but with a string quartet. Just odd.

 

The same as China was in the 1980's. Lots of lovely ladies but off limits!

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Death of Stalin: Russian cinema drops film under pressure

 

A Russian cinema has stopped screening UK comedy The Death of Stalin, which was earlier banned by the government.

 

Moscow's Pioneer Cinema said it had been forced to act for "reasons beyond our control" and promised to refund customers who had bought tickets.

 

Hours earlier police visited the cinema, without giving any explanation.

 

The film was given its first screening at the cinema on Thursday, and tickets had been sold for showings until 3 February.

In a statement on Facebook (in Russian), Pioneer Cinema referred customers to the culture ministry for any further questions.

 

Russian officials this week condemned the comedy as insulting and revoked its release licence in Russia.

 

Pioneer Cinema was the only Russian cinema to go ahead with screening the film, which depicts a power struggle after the Soviet leader's death.

Earlier on Friday, AFP news agency reporter Ola Cichowlas tweeted photos of the police at the arts cinema.

 

The film, directed by Armando Iannucci, is a satire of political intrigue in Moscow following Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin's death in 1953.

As a result, many of the main characters are real historical figures.

 

The film was released in the UK in October, but it was banned by the Russian culture ministry after a private screening for officials and film directors in Moscow.

 

Pioneer Cinema is near central Moscow's Arbat district, an old quarter long associated with artists.

Russians who watched the film on Thursday gave broadly positive reactions to BBC Russian.

"It really is extremism to ban such a film," one woman said. Another woman said "this film has to be seen".

When asked if he had felt at all insulted by the film a man said "of course not".

Two elderly women who experienced Stalin's dictatorship told Reuters news agency they liked the film. Dina Voronova and Ella Katz were schoolgirls when Stalin died.

 

Under President Vladimir Putin there has been a revival of enthusiasm for Stalin, despite the 1930s Communist Party purges and mass terror that killed or incarcerated millions of people.

 

In February Russians will mark the 75th anniversary of the Soviet victory at the Battle of Stalingrad in 1943, which turned the tide of war against Nazi Germany. Many Russians admire Stalin for his role in that bitter struggle.

 

Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky denied that the film ban was an act of censorship. He said it was a question of morality.

"Many people of the older generation will regard the film as an insulting mockery of the Soviet past," he said.

 

The ministry says the cinema will be prosecuted for showing the comedy without a licence.

 

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-42830342

 

 

"prosecuted for showing the comedy without a licence."

 

Yeah, that's the ticket....

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Dutch intelligence agency spied on Russian hacking group:

 

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Dutch intelligence agency AIVD spied on the Russian group believed to be behind the hack of the Democratic Party ahead of U.S. elections, local media reported on Thursday.

 

Current affairs program Nieuwsuur and newspaper de Volkskrant based the story on several anonymous intelligence sources in the Netherlands and the United States.

 

The Moscow-based group known as Cozy Bear is widely suspected of hacking the Democratic Party and is believed to be linked to the Russian government.

 

Agents with the AIVD gained access to the group’s headquarters and between 2014 and 2017 passed along information to the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency, the report said.

 

The Dutch intelligence may have contributed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election race, the report said.

 

The FBI and the AIVD were not immediately available for comment.

 

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-netherlands-russia-cybercrime/dutch-intelligence-agency-spied-on-russian-hacking-group-media-idUSKBN1FE34W

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