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Don Smith

Don is no-nonsense bloke with a background in the arts and business. He pens unique Aussie banter and has an interest in all things controversial


For all of you going on about what a great tough guy Putin is, I suggest you stop and take a look at the man. Putin is ex-KGB and military. He is known to have associations with the Russian mob and has gone to great lengths to "remove from circulation" anyone he has considered a threat to his power in Russia.

As a leader, Putin showed his true colours concerning the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17.

Regardless of who shot the plane down it was a tragedy and regardless of the fact most of the world believed it was downed by separatist rebels with Russian supplied rockets it is totally irrelevant actually. The point remains that an un-armed innocent passenger jet liner with innocent passengers was blown out of the sky for no apparent reason. Mistake or otherwise.

Now a true leader, a great leader, would have acknowledged that it was a tragedy that should not have happened and would have done his utmost to secure the site and recover the bodies. Putin had that power, he had the army, he had the strength, he had control over the rebels and he would have had the world on his side had he done so.

But what does Putin do? He decides, because it occurred over Ukraine territory and he did not wish to admit that he had any control over the rebels, to use it as a political tool to blame the Ukraine government for shooting down the plane... he decided to let the thing escalate to try to provoke the Ukraine government and he did not give a flying f**k about the innocent dead nor the families and friends of those innocent dead.

Putin was concerned about one thing and one thing only and that was Vlad Putin.

Tony Abbott has every right to confront Putin over the way it was handled because Putin did have it within his power to do something about it. He could have put the Russian army into that area, secured the site, and there was not a bloody thing the Ukraine government could have done to stop him, or at least he could have instructed the rebels to withdraw totally from that area, but he chose to play a different game.

He just stood back and watched as the rebels trashed the crash site and did not give a stuff about it, he knew what was going on and chose to do nothing.

In choosing to display a total lack of empathy for those who died and their families Vladimir Putin has shown the world his true colours... those of an ex-KGB thug!

A great leader? Hardly, he had the ideal opportunity at his fingertips to show he was a great leader.

He failed miserably.


The hunt for the "Russian submarine" by the Swedish navy is turning into a farce. Not a thing so far apart from a sighting of "something" that then submerged or sank. The immediate culprit was naturally a Russian submarine. The water depth where the thing submerged, if it where a Russian submarine would only of had a few meter from its conning tower to the water surface. The Swedes may have been better off using hand probes to find it. Whatever it was, plastic bag, dead fish or Russian submarine seems to have disappeared

Another scandal - Putin offered to divide Ukraine up with the Polish PM - scandalous, and over all the newspapers. Except the source for this was Sikorski the former Foreign Minister who overhead the conversation and now it appears didn't hear the conversation. This is the way disinformation is spread, the original story always gets more coverage than the retraction and the whole story leaves an impression in the mind of the public of an expansionist Russia. Textbook stuff.

Interesting German intelligence report. Concludes MH17 was downed by a Ukrainian missile that a local militia had seized. Quite a move away from the Russia shot it down/ Russian supplied missile line Abbott has been pushing. Also concludes the Ukrainians faked the material they were releasing. Makes Abbott look a liar and a fool. There has always been a rumour that American satellite photos showed a Ukrainian missile launch. We are slowly getting somewhere and the American line that Abbott pushes is discredited. It will take a long time for the full story to eventually come out.

(Reuters) - Germany's BND foreign intelligence agency has concluded that pro-Russian rebels are to blame for the downing of Malaysia Airline MH17 in Ukraine in July

Putin is the metamorphosis of what Russia has always stood for. The breaking down of communism has not deterred creeps like KGB Putin from continuing their murderous streak that has always been a part of how they have ruled both in the past and present. Their propaganda has not changed and their murderous deceiving ways have if anything increased in the last 3 decades to a point where we in the west have seen what the fascist way of doing things is really like. Putin is no different to what has been happening in Russia since the inception of communism in Russia and around the eastern blocks. We cannot change this and we will never be able to change a murderous deceiving regime like the communist regime unless the majority of the Russian people will want for a change to happen.

Most current Western World Leaders ( sic ) are piss weak,, namby pamby, ass lickers for votes and ego tippers. Putin presents as a Strong MAN for his country and his Russian people. Fiji's Bainimarama has shown how a strong MAN / Leader can bring a whole country back into a form of Unity and Peace. BTW. Many 'Politicians have 'assassinated' their 'enemies'. Even in Oz. Remember Abbott was the Howard hitman for the assassination of Pauline Hanson. So is Putin the only one who nukes his enemies?


Warning!!! Russian Aggression!!! The U.S. State Department has announced NATO now has to deal with a resurgent Russian military right on NATO's borders. Like threatening the American tanks and British fighters in Latvia or the missiles in Poland and obviously soon to be Ukraine. Clinton promised Gorbachev that NATO would not move eastwards. If Gorbachev was not so sick moves in the Duma to charge him with treason would probably proceed. The word of an American President is worth ....

Brazil has shipped over 30,000 tonnes of beef to Russia in September. At high prices. Brazilian cattle prices are rising and Australian prices are falling. Meanwhile world butter prices have fallen around 25%. Ecuador has said nobody tells it who it can trade with, Argentina is gearing up to supply Russia with a wide range of products and Brazil has said if it's asked to stop increasing exports to Russia it will have zero effect.

How did you get this story past the boss. Larry loves putin, I get the feeling he would turn gay for putin. Boy this story has brought out the lunies. Ive got an idea, why dont you fking conspiracie theorists stay commenting on this story and wank each other off, it can be a your own personel blog and the rest of the sane people wont have to put up with your fkg insane drivela

Don't even try sailor! If you show the slightest anti-abbott leaning on this site the imberciles will automatically brand you a left wing ALP/Greens voter. They are so stupid some of them that they can't see past their nose and will not accept that there are alternative leaders out there! For example: they have never heard of SCOTT MORRISON who has an impeccable reputation, he's ten times tougher than Abboutface and "get's the job done!" I don't know what his diplomatic skills are like but he has never made an outrageous statement or told bald faced lies like Team Stupid! Anyway, the day will come when us Morrison supporters will roll this idiot and restore the Order of Australia awards and stand proud, (not stand like a lame POM!) Abbott is a disaster!

Vladimir Putin Biography


“The path towards a free society has not been simple. There are tragic and glorious pages in our history.”

—Vladimir Putin
In 1999, Russian president Boris Yeltsin dismissed his prime minister and promoted former KGB officer Vladimir Putin in his place. In December 1999, Yeltsin resigned, appointing Putin president, and he was re-elected in 2004. In April 2005, he made a historic visit to Israel—the first visit there by any Kremlin leader. Putin could not run for the presidency again in 2008, but was appointed prime minister by his successor, Dmitry Medvedev. Putin was re-elected to the presidency in March 2012. In 2014, he was reportedly nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Early Political Career

Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin was born in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), Russia, on October 7, 1952. After graduating from Leningrad State University in 1975, he began his career in the KGB as an intelligence officer. Stationed mainly in East Germany, he held that position until 1989.

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Putin retired from the KGB with the rank of colonel, and returned to Leningrad as a supporter of Anatoly Sobchak (1937-2000), a liberal politician. After Sobchak won election as mayor of Leningrad (1991), Putin became his head of external relations; in 1994, Putin became Sobchak's first deputy mayor.

After Sobchak's defeat in 1996, Putin resigned his post and moved to Moscow. In 1998, Putin was appointed deputy head of management under Boris Yeltsin's presidential administration. In that position, he was in charge of the Kremlin's relations with the regional governments.

Shortly afterward, Putin was appointed head of the Federal Security, an arm of the former KGB, as well as head of Yeltsin's Security Council. In August 1999, Yeltsin dismissed his then-prime minister Sergey Stapashin, along with his cabinet, and promoted Putin in his place.

President of Russia: 1st and 2nd Terms

In December 1999, Boris Yeltsin resigned as president of Russia and appointed Putin acting president until official elections were held (in early 2000). In September 2001, in response to the terrorist attacks on the United States, he announced Russia's stance as a U.S. ally. Soon after, however, he announced his opposition—along with the French and German governments—to the U.S. "war on terror," which focused on ridding Iraq of its then-leader, Saddam Hussein.

Putin was re-elected to the presidency in 2004. In April 2005, he made a historic visit to Israel for talks with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon—marking the first visit to Israel by any Kremlin leader.

Due to term limits, Putin could not run for the presidency again in 2008. (That same year, presidential terms in Russia were extended from four to six years.) When his protégé Dmitry Medvedev succeeded him as president in March 2008, Putin secured the post of Russia's prime minister, continuing his position among the top Russian leadership after eight years at the helm. It wouldn't be long before Putin was back at the helm, however.

Third Term as President

On March 4, 2012, Vladimir Putin was re-elected to the presidency, and he was inaugurated to his third term as Russia's president on May 7, 2012. Soon after taking office, he nominated Medvedev as prime minister.

In December 2012, Putin signed into a law a ban on the U.S. adoption of Russian children. According to Putin, the legislation—which took effect on January 1, 2013—aimed to make it easier for Russians to adopt native orphans. The adoption ban spurred international controversy, reportedly leaving nearly 50 Russian children—who were in the final phases of adoption with U.S. citizens at the time that Putin signed the law—in legal limbo.

Putin further strained relations with the United States the following year. U.S. President Barack Obama canceled a meeting with Putin that August. Obama called off his visit to Russia in reaction to Putin granting asylum to Edward Snowden. Snowden is wanted by the United States for leaking classified information from the National Security Agency.

Around this time, Putin also upset many people with his new anti-gay laws. He made it illegal for gay couples to adopt in Russia and placed a ban on propagandizing "nontraditional" sexual relationships to minors. There were calls to boycott the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, because of Putin's violations of human rights.

Chemical Weapons in Syria

In September of 2013, tension rose between the U.S. and Syria in regards to Syria's possession of chemical weapons, resulting in the U.S. threatening to strike Syria if their weapons weren't relinquished. It was later announced that the U.S. would refrain from attacking Syria due to the cooperation of Russia and China, amongst other nations, to come up with an agreement to get Syria to release its chemical weapons.

On September 11, 2013, Putin released an op-ed piece entitled "A Plea for Caution From Russia," via The New York Times. In the article, Putin spoke directly to the U.S.'s position in taking action against Syria. He stated that by the U.S. striking Syria, despite the disapproval of several other nations, could result in violence and unrest in the Middle East potentially escalating.

Putin went on to write that the U.S.'s intention to strike Syria under the claim that Bashar al-Assad used the chemical weapons on civilians might be misplaced, with the more likely explanation being the unauthorized use of the weapons by Syrian rebels. He closed the piece by welcoming the continuation of an open dialogue between the involved nations to avoid further conflict in the Middle East.

2014 Winter Olympics

Russia was selected as the host country for the 2014 Winter Olympics. The games were held in Sochi, beginning on February 6. According to NBS Sports, Russia spent roughly $50 billion in preparations for this international event.

There was controversy surrounding the 2014 Olympics being in Russia, with the threat of possible boycotts because of Russia's laws against homosexuality. In October 2013, Vladimir Putin tried to allay some of these concerns, saying "We will do everything to make sure that athletes, fans and guests feel comfortable at the Olympic Games regardless of their ethnicity, race or sexual orientation," in an interview broadcast on Russian television.

In terms of security for the event, Putin implemented new measures aimed at cracking down on Muslim extremists. Reports surfaced in November 2013 that sailva samples had been collected from some Muslim women in the North Causasus region. These samples could be used to gather DNA profiles. This appeaed to be an effort to combat female suicide bombers known as "black widows."

Invasion into Crimea

On March 3, 2014, not long after the conclusion of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Putin sent Russian troops into Crimea, a peninsula in Ukraine on the northeast coast of the Black Sea. The invasion came in the middle of a conflict between the East and the West. The peninsula had been part of Russia until Nikita Khrushchev, former Premier of the Soviet Union, gave it to Ukraine in 1954. Ukraine's U.N. ambassador Yuriy Sergeyev claimed that approximately 16,000 troops invaded the territory. Russia's actions caught the attention of several European countries and the United States.

Putin defended his actions on March 4, 2014, by claiming that the troops sent into Ukraine were only meant to enhance Russia's military defenses within the country—referring to Russia's Black Sea Fleet, which has its headquarters stationed in Crimea. He also vehemently denied accusations by other nations, particularly the United States, that Russia intended to engage Ukraine in war. He went on to claim that although he was granted permission from Russia's upper house of Parliament to use force in Ukraine, he found it unnecessary. Putin also wrote off any speculation that there would be further invasion into Ukranian territory, saying, "Such a measure would certainly be the very last resort." The following day, it was announced that Putin had been nominated for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize.

Personal Life

In 1980, Putin met his future wife, Lyudmila, who was working as a flight attendant at the time. The couple married in 1983 and had two daughters: Maria, born in 1985, and Yekaterina, born in 1986. In early June 2013, after nearly 30 years of marriage, Russia's first couple announced that they were getting a divorce, providing little explanation for the decision, but assuring that they came to it mutually and amicably.

"There are people who just cannot put up with it," Putin stated. "Lyudmila Alexandrovna has stood watch for eight, almost nine years." Providing more context to the decision, Lyudmila added, "Our marriage is over because we hardly ever see each other. Vladimir Vladimirovich is immersed in his work, our children have grown and are living their own lives."

An Orthodox Christian, Putin is open about his faith.

For those who would like to hear how the contemporary Russians see how they are being treated, this is an excellent expose on geopolitics from Russias view. Much to be learned here. You will need to read the subtitles, but its well worth it.

So you see, our Tony IS good at something. Apart from shooting own-goals. And stop to criticising him or he will "shirt-front' you. Well, -ummh-, yes, -errr-, he will!

Somebody has to stand up to these war mongers in the mid east. Thank god Putin is here!

Seaman.Obviously you'd rather vote for the alt ,an accused rapist much more than the PM.

Just a point of clarification. Some posters seem to think that Ukraine could not have shot the plane down because it doesn't have the missile capability. The authoritative Janes Review of armed forces says Ukraine has the most capable SAM network in Europe outside Russia. The Columbia Political Review finds it large, extensive and sophisticated. By their estimate Russia could not disable it easily in a war and an air war would be costly for Russia.

The Bosheviks didn't use terrorism in their rise to power. Marx argued against it with Bakunin in the Socialist International and assassination, bomb throwing etc were never Marxist tactics. Other groups like the anarchists and SR's did use them.