One of the things we often forget is that many Americans don't really know very much about Russia or the Russian people and much of what they have been told has been filtered through a national security apparatus so entrenched in a cold war mindset they appear paranoid. Those who want war or are always pounding on the drums of fear endlessly demonize Russia as a major threat to America and our way of life. Some peace-hating beltway stalwarts were so upset about the recent meeting in Helsinki between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin which they viewed as "peace talks" that they took every opportunity to sabotage them.
It is clear the warmongering faction residing within Washington has declared Russia a major threat and sparked massive media coverage to convince us it is true. An example of what we are facing is revealed in an article published by The Intercept telling how a prominent national security reporter for the Los Angeles Times routinely submitted drafts and detailed summaries of his stories to CIA press handlers prior to publication. Apparently, Ken Dilanian enjoyed a close collaborative relationship with the agency, explicitly promising positive news coverage and sometimes sending entire drafts for review prior to publication. In at least one instance, significant changes were made before the story was published. Documents show reporters for the Associated Press, Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other outlets also interacting with the agency.
The myth of Russia's strength has been amplified by journalists seeking to routinely curry favor with government sources and others by falsely hyping the official point of view. A read of The Intercept article generates a reason for concern. Another article is even bolder when it states, "The US intelligence community’s job to lie to you." It goes on to detail how two big Russia stories blasted onto the front pages loudly promoting Russia hysteria just days before the Trump-Putin summit were in effect an attempt to sabotage the meeting. The first was that Robert Mueller had issued an indictment of 12 Russians which was rapidly followed by America’s top intelligence officer Dan Coats who replaced Russophobic James Clapper declaring that the warning signs of future Russian cyber-attacks are akin to the warnings received prior to the September 11 attacks. The Washington Post bolstered this narrative with an article titled, “Trump hopes he and Putin will get along. Russia experts worry they will”.
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- Russia is the 9th most populated country in the world with 144.50 million people in 2017.
- In terms of land area, Russia located across 9 time zones and is the largest country in the world. Russia shares borders with many countries, including China, Ukraine, North Korea and Norway.
- The official language is Russian but there are 27 other languages co-official in various regions of the country. It is located in Eurasia (the combined continental landmass of Europe and Asia).
- Some sources estimate that Russia contains over 30 percent of the world's natural resources.
|Modest Skyline Downtown Moscow
The fact is with all the bravado aside a person might call the military situation in Russia as a bit dire. For example, Moscow has ordered 132 T-14 Armata main battle tanks and T-15 heavy infantry fighting vehicles, with the first nine to be delivered this year but the fact is this is only a drop in the bucket considering how many they need. An article recently published details how Russia has ordered the production of a new generation of tank but because it lacks the money for a huge number it will continue to rely on older equipment much of it dating back to the cold war. In 2015 the United States and NATO received a rude shock: The Russian Army unveiled a new main battle tank, known as T-14 Armata. The new tank together with a new heavy infantry fighting vehicle using the same chassis is slated to replace older T-72 tanks and its 1980s-vintage BMP-2s, infantry fighting vehicles. It seems, for now, Moscow will probably buy small numbers of T-14s and T-15s just to keep the production line open while waiting for the economy to improve.
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Footnote; The first part of this series appeared a while back and this follow-up piece was lost in the shuffle of more important matters. The link to the first part is located below and under that is a link to "Russia Today" its propaganda news channel which you may find interesting..