Ilya Ponamarev’s Wife on the Russian Duma

This is Ekaterina Ponomareva, wife of Russian Duma deputy Ilya Ponomarev, singing with the Russian musical group Rabfak (“Tech School”)  about her husband’s fellow Duma members.

She begins by warbling “I used to know almost nothing about politics, just spent my time watching reality TV . . . ”

In the chorus she tweets:  “My MP is a real he-man, he loves Russia from the bottom of his heart; He does everything anyone can ask of him, solves every problem easily, always does his part!”

Stark Humiliation for Michael McFaul in Russia

5103-p-03-ngosOn March 27, 2013, U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul (pictured above) published a blog item on Russia Beyond the Headlines, a website bought and paid for by the Russian Kremlin to disseminate propaganda to the West. The item was headlined “Experience the U.S. for Yourself” and boldly declared:

Almost one year ago today, I was celebrating the selection of the U.S. as the “dream country” according to an online poll of Russian travelers conducted by respected travel web site In the year since that announcement, the U.S. Embassy, especially our U.S. Commercial Service and Consular Section, has worked hard to ensure that more Russians have the opportunity to experience the U.S. first-hand.

Just one week later, he had egg on his face that it would take a bulldozer to remove. On April 4, 2013, the Moscow Times reported:

Without warning or explanation, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow has rejected an unprecedented percentage of Russian university students applying for visas to take part in the State Department’s popular Summer Work and Travel program this year, dashing hopes and placing the program’s future in doubt. About 80-90 percent of the estimated 1,000 applicants who have applied for visas in Moscow since mid-March have received a green rejection slip, according to five Russian agencies that arrange the interviews. Last year, the number was 35-40 percent, they said, and more than 6,300 in all were approved.

The U.S. Embassy refused to comment.

This incident is just the most sensational example of a Russia policy that stands in ruins because of the stark incompetence of McFaul and his boss, Barack Obama.   They began with a “reset” policy that ignored horrific Russian human rights violations in pursuit of vainglorious appeasement, and then were humiliated when the U.S. Congress forced them to accept the Magnitsky Law banning dozens of Russian government figures from U.S. shores because of crimes against humanity.

Now, McFaul stands humiliated before the world, hoist with the petard of his own words. This man clearly has no idea what he is doing and should never have been appointed, just as Obama should never have been elected.

More Horrifyingly Bad Economic News for Putin’s Russia

“A 20-year-old man in Russia has just a 63 percent chance of reaching the age of 60, as compared to a 90 percent chance in the EU.”

“The blue-glass skyscrapers of Moscow City — fragments of Russia’s boom-time dream — are visible from the Kremlin walls, within which there was once hope that those towers could supplant the West’s financial centers. When the sun sets behind them, you can see that many of the offices lie empty. In fact, the real hubs for Russian banking are in other countries.”

“Russia’s long stretch of oil-fueled economic growth could be coming to an end. The greater danger, though, might be President Vladimir Putin’s plans to get it going again.”

“Russia’s labor market is ‘practically illegitimate’, 38 million work in its shadow economy.”

How is the Russian dictator Vladimir Putin responding to this tidal wave of bad economic news? He is liquidating democracy as fast as he can, so he can’t be held accountable.

Russians HEART Zhirinovsky

Vladimir-Zhirinovsky-Quotes-1“То, что женщина — определенный момент есть, конечно, потому что сложно отвечать за деньги огромной страны, здесь больше нужны мужские мозги, даже они не выдерживают”, — сказал Жириновский.

“Regarding women, well, there’s a time and a place for everything of course, but it’s rather dicey to put the country’s entire money supply in the hands of a woman, for something like that you’d really like to the brains of a man,” said Zhirinovsky.

In the most recent parliamentary election in Russia, which occurred in December 2011, the Liberal Democratic Party led by Vladimir Zhirinovsky won the votes of more than 7.5 million Russian citizens.  This amounted to nearly 12% of the almost 65 million votes cast and handed Zhirinovsky control over 56 of the 450 votes to be had in the Russian parliament, called the Duma (which means “thinking place”).

Zhirinovsky collected three times more votes than did Grigori Yavlinsky and his Yabloko Party, which did not earn one single seat the new Duma.

Zhirinovsky’s vote total increased gigantically from the prior election in 2007. Four years earlier, Zhirinovsky had collected only 5.6 million votes and held control over  just 40 seats in the Duma.  His vote tally increased by a whopping 35% and his delegation expanded by a stunning 40% over the next four years.

Zhirinovsky is a madman.  He hates women, and there are only two of them in his party’s entire Duma delegation. As his brazen comments quoted above make clear, his hatred of women trumps his love for Vladimir Putin, and he was prepared to attack Putin for daring to name a woman for the job of Central Bank head. He believes a woman is biologically unqualified to hold such a position.

He routinely makes public statements that clearly show he is completely out of his mind. He once famously demanded that the USA return Alaska to Russia, and he spews out venom designed to provoke international incidents at every opportunity.

So naturally he’s a beloved leader of millions of Russians, for whom he speaks and by whom he is admired.  Those who aren’t attracted by a party run by a proud KGB spy or the Communist Party flock to Zhirinovsky in droves, handing him vast power.