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Russia Mocks Sanctions, Crimea Mocks Obama

From ABC News:

Russian Deputy PM Laughs at Obama’s Sanctions

By Kirit Radia | March 17, 2014

MOSCOW – Russia’s deputy prime minister laughed off President Obama’s sanction against him today  asking “Comrade @BarackObama” if “some prankster” came up with the list.

The Obama administration hit 11 Russian and Ukrainian officials with sanctions today as punishment for Russia’s support of Crimea’s referendum. Among them: aides to President Vladimir Putin, a top government official, senior lawmakers, Crimean officials, the ousted president of Ukraine, and a Ukrainian politician and businessman allegedly tied to violence against protesters in Kiev.

As is noted below and reported elsewhere, the Russian stock market actually rallied on the news of these ‘sanctions.’ Which tells you exactly how severe they are.

And, as we have previously noted, the the lower chamber of the Russian parliament has challenged Obama to extend the sanctions to all the 353 deputies who voted for Tuesday’s resolution. Perhaps they are just trying to drive up their stock market even more.

It remains to be seen whether the sanctions will dissuade Russia from annexing Crimea, but one an early clue that they will not be effective came just hours later when President Putin signed a decree recognizing Crimea as an independent state, perhaps an early step towards annexation.

U.S. official have warned of additional sanctions for Russian action, hoping it will deter Russia from any further aggression towards Ukraine, but it didn’t appear to upset the often outspoke [sic] Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin.

Rogozin, a friend of actor Steven Seagal,  took to Twitter to tweak Obama, tweeting  he thinks “some prankster” came up with the sanctions list

In a later tweet addressed to “Comrade @BarackObama,” he asked, “what should do those who have neither accounts nor property abroad? Or U didn’t think about it?”

Another Russian on the sanctions list, Vladislav Surkov, also seemed unconcerned.

Surkov,  a top Putin ideologue often called the Kremlin’s grey cardinal, reportedly told a Russian newspaper, “It’s a big honor for me. I don’t have accounts abroad. The only things that interest me in the U.S. are Tupac Shakur, Allen Ginsberg, and Jackson Pollock. I don’t need a visa to access their work. I lose nothing.” …

U.S. officials said that, among the sanctioned individuals were the “key ideologists and architects” of Russia’s Ukraine policy, while adding that some of the Russian officials were included in the list for their role in curbing “human rights and liberties” in Russia…

Oh. Now we understand. So it’s also about the gays. In fact, one of those on ABC’s list of the Russian lawmakers who are being sanctioned seems to have no other serious offenses on her rap sheet:

Elena Mizulina – A senior lawmaker, she is considered one of the Kremlin’s morality enforcers in the parliament. She is perhaps best known as the co-author of last year’s homosexual “propaganda” law which sparked outrage overseas. She also proposed a measure to give Ukrainians Russian passports…

Oh, yeah, she is being sanctioned for proposing giving Ukrainians Russian passports.

Meanwhile, there is also this bit of levity, via the Washington Times:

Crimean P.M. mocks Obama in faked Russian uniform on Twitter

By Cheryl K. Chumley | March 17, 2014

So the prime minister of Crimea has a sense of humor — and he unleashed it at the White House on Monday, sending out a mocking Photoshopped photograph of President Obama wearing a Russian military uniform.

And the accompanying translated text — take or leave a couple of pronouns — that’s attributed from Sergey Aksyonov: “Interestingly, after the success of the company in returning Crimea, Barack is getting the rank of colonel?” …

Hey, the rank of colonel was good enough for Gadhafi.

But this is from Crimea’s new Prime Minister, who is also known as ‘The Goblin." Who is a Putin puppet with major ties to organized crime.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Tuesday, March 18th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Russia Mocks Sanctions, Crimea Mocks Obama”

  1. dasher

    The MSM will bury this information with Hoffa if they get the chance.

    D.

  2. So far mockery has done no good. We’ve already tried it. Please, tighten up your response and make him cry. Please.




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