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Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Gelion, Oct 13, 2006.

  1. Samson

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    What is the attitude in Russia to the Wagner group? Dangerous military adventurism by the elite, protecting vital Russian interests in the modern world or figment of the imagination of the bourgeois propaganda apparatus?

    This is WRT the beeb's story about a tablet with loads of info about what they are doing in Libya (short version, long version):

    A Samsung tablet left by a fighter for the Wagner group exposes its key role - as well as traceable fighter codenames.
    And the BBC has a "shopping list" for state-of-the-art military equipment which expert witnesses say could only have come from Russian army supplies.
    Spoiler Pictures :

    Social media account of ‘Vakha Donbass’ The board reads: 2016 - ‘The plan. 1. Find and kill everyone’

    AK-103 automatic rifle with rail mount Total: 270

    T-72B tank, one unit
    120-mm 2B11 mortar (for Assault Team 1 and the Legion assault group) - six units

    The note - for Wagner forces in Mozambique, dated November 2019 and requesting replacements for damaged equipment - is addressed to “OOO Evro Polis”. Evro Polis is a Russian company reported to be a beneficiary of contracts for oil and gas field developments in Syria.
     
  2. red_elk

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    Modern-day mercenaries.
    People know they exist, but I wouldn't say there is a universal good or bad attitude. Some believe they are protecting country's interests, others think they work for the rich.
     
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  3. red_elk

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    Climate change.
    Catastrophic floods in Krasnodar Krai and Crimea. Anapa got a year's norm of rainfall in one day.
    Amphibious plane Be-200 crashed while extinguishing forest fires in Turkey. 5 Russian servicemen and 3 Turkey citizens were killed.

    At least water supply in Crimea won't be an issue in this and may be next year. Still, we need a weather-independent solution to it. Don't know if measures taken last year will be enough in case of another drought.
     
  4. r16

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    supposedly first one delivered , some sort of an hangar queen , forced to make emergency landings one or twice , probably hit a mountain ... ı will still blame external factors after the PM declared they might "one" fire fighting plane , to ease the criticisms after the forest fires .
     
  5. Kyriakos

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    Shouldn't a russian mercenary group at least be named after a russian composer? :D
     
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  6. Zardnaar

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    Na this way they can blame the Germans.
     
  7. Gelion

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    Or they can say: "Look, Russians are just like Germans 80 years ago".
     
  8. red_elk

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    It's named after football player, has nothing to do with the composer.
     
  9. Kyriakos

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    Would have been more intimidating if called, say, Golovkin.

    S. Golovkin, that is :p
     
  10. Gelion

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    Still better than "Vomit" (inside joke inside the joke :p )
     
  11. Sofista

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    It would be awesome.

    I'd first suggest Stravinsky (he of the Firebird suite). Or maybe Mussorgsky, whose Night on Bald Mountain is a splendid soundtrack for gunfire. If they fail, Prokofiev's stuff is just super-ballsy.

    EDIT: somewhat relatedly, to this day I can't believe Game of Thrones managed to have a big, battle on the ice sequence without using his music.
     
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  12. red_elk

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  13. Zardnaar

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    Tragic story today.

    Wife works for logistics company. Some beer got damaged in transit. Guess what beer?

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    Usually $6 each got 24 for $60 (3800 roubles approx). Only 2 were ruptured. Heading into lockdown from midnight so nice timing. 22 900ml cans unleash that inner gopnik.

    o7 Russia just making sure the beers not poisonous. Can one seems good.
     
  14. Красный Комиссар

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    Where's the appetizer? If there is a Russian beer, you also need an appetizer. Taranka or crayfish.
     
  15. Zardnaar

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    Not a fan of seafood. Want to try some Russian dishes but it's hard here
     
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    What is that added to the crayfish? They are a pest here, and so you are helping the environment if you eat them. I just boil them in plain water, it would be interesting to know what people add to it.
     
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    We have crayfish almost a delicacy. It is difficult to buy, they are expensive. (depending on the region, of course. As a child, I used to catch them with my hands in a ditch, then an environmental disaster happened....)

    In the photo, the greens are dill or parsley. Add salt, black pepper or red pepper to taste. You can do anything. But the main thing is salt.
     
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    I am not sure you can buy them here, but they are rampant in some of the rivers around here. I use an old bike wheel with chicken wire over it, baited with an old chicken carcass. They sure are a delicacy, I shall try with some dill or parsley next time.
     
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    I can't eat to much salt and might have to cut back further.

    Salted fish, bacon, salami etc is off the table.
     
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    This is not seafood)) rather, riverfood.

    Another of the traditional for Russians and unusual for other peoples is forest mushrooms. (not hallucinogenic!) This is both food and hobbies like hunting or fishing.

    Our ancestors traditionally settled along rivers and lakes in the forest zone-hence the peculiarities of the cuisine.


    In the photo, fried mushrooms "Lisichki" (yandex translated them as "chanterelles"). In general, there are a lot of cooking options - salted, pickled, boiled, fried, canned, dried. They are also added to soup, porridge, used for filling in pies...

    There are also a lot of types of edible mushrooms. They taste much better than those that are sold in the store. But if you are not sure whether the mushroom is edible or not , it is better not to eat it. It's like the Japanese and the puffer fish. Every year there are fatal poisonings, but they did not eat less.
     
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