It is an ideal time for establishing a new Russian right-wing party as the country’s “political landscape” is changing, former Russian Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said in an interview© RIA Novosti. Sergey Guneev
MOSCOW, December 12 (RIA Novosti)
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It is an ideal time for establishing a new Russian right-wing party as the country’s “political landscape” is changing, former Russian Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said in an interview with Vedomosti business daily published on Monday.
New Russian party to be established
In the first interview after his scandalous dismissal, Kudrin, who fell out with the Kremlin and was sacked as finance minister in late September, said he was ready to participate in the establishment of a new right-wing party as liberal views in Russia historically had not found wide support.
“The demand on the creation of such a [political] structure is so high that it will inevitably be established…I am ready to contribute to it,” Kudrin told Vedomosti.
The ex-minister, who had previously dismissed reports that he might become the Right Cause party's leader, said that President Dmitry Medvedev had repeatedly asked him to head the party.
“I said no…as I realized that the Right Cause with its 'unclear people' and significant control from the Kremlin will be absolutely powerless,” Kudrin said.
Some Russian media reported earlier that the Right Cause party, once headed by billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, was allegedly neutered by pro-Kremlin figures concerned about Prokhorov's emergence as a political force.
United Russia loses grip
Kudrin, who confessed he had not voted for the United Russia party at the parliamentary elections on December 4, said that the souring support for the ruling party is a “rational result.”
“The United Russia party is losing support…These elections showed the unusual situation when people want to preserve and discuss the fairness of the elections. In this regard, people are not satisfied with the results, there are too many flaws,” Kudrin said.
Kudrin confirmed that the ruling party had not met the people’s expectations because there were not any significant changes in its key oaths, including easing conditions for business, tackling corruption and restoring the judiciary system.
“United Russia is an experienced and pragmatic party…I think it will return to reality after populist statements,” Kudrin said, referring to Russia’s “changing political landscape.”
No talks to occupy premier post
Kudrin, who was sacked soon after the United Russia’s congress on September 24 where Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said he would swap jobs with President Dmitry Medvedev after presidential elections, was rumored to possibly occupy the premier’s post.
“Nobody has discussed the premier post with me. The genuine reason of my leaving is that the previous incorrect decisions that were made would not be reviewed. I have no plans to fight with the consequences of the decisions that I was against,” Kudrin told Vedomosti, referring the Kremlin’s decision to increase defense costs, a move that Kudrin had sharply criticized.
The former minister also said that he had never been a close ally to Putin, but continued to respect him regardless “disagreements on several issues.”
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- lmReposted here14:57, 12/12/2011Russians providing jamming equipment to Iran is worse news than downed spy drone: Bolton
Monday 12th December, 2011
Former US ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton has said that reports suggesting that Russia provided jamming equipment to Iran is even worse than the news of Tehran capturing an American spy drone.
"Some reports have said Russia sold (Iran) a very sophisticated jamming system a short time ago," Fox News quoted John Bolton, as saying.
"Now, our military says that is not true, it came down because of a malfunction. I certainly hope that's right because if the Russians have provided Iran with sophisticated jamming equipment it means a lot else is at risk too," he added.
Bolton stressed that Congress needs to be concerned if the Iranians are in possession of jamming technology that can bring down missiles, planes and communications and guidance systems "for a whole range of our weapon systems."
According to some earlier reports, President Barack Obama was given different options by the Pentagon to go into Iran and either retrieve the RQ-170 or destroy it, but he declined because, according to the sources, he didn't want such a mission to be seen as an act of war.
Bolton, however, pointed out that it was not an adequate excuse.
"The Iranians, in saying they would not give it back, said the very act of sending it over Iran was an act of war, which undercuts the Obama administration's assertion that we didn't go into try and destroy the drone after it was captured for fear of the Iranians saying exactly that. So while there may be a lot of good reasons not to go in that is not one," he said.
Bolton also said that at this point it is more important to find out whether "the classified information and other intellectual property inside the drone was erased" before the Iranians got hold of it.
"If they still got the electrons in there, that can reveal what was programmed into the drone it would be very bad news indeed," he added. (ANI)
Wait just wait one second here I taught Russian technology is crap well this is what the west always said and some bad mouthed Russians.
What a big laugh ahahahahahahahahaah in your face if it’s true.
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