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November 8, 2007: The last Russian troops have left Georgia, the south Caucasus nation that used to be part of the Soviet Union (and was the homeland of dictator Joseph Stalin). Georgia is itself a conglomeration of several ethnic groups, and has proved unstable. But most Georgians wanted the Russian troops, kept there, by treaty, to man old Soviet bases, out.

November 7, 2007: The Russian parliament has approved the suspension of the 1990 Conventional Armed Forces in Europe Treaty. This treaty was a Cold War effort, hammered out after years of negotiations in the 1980s, that limited the size and composition of Russian armed forces in western Russia (and thus able to threaten Western Europe.) The Treaty became moot about a year after it was signed, and is a largely useless relic of the Cold War. But now Russia is threatening to build up combat forces on its Western borders, in response to a government approved conspiracy theory that NATO is planning to eventually invade Russia. Senior Russian officials openly talk about this, and many Russians believe it as well.

November 6, 2007: Dead bodies are beginning to show up, as the result of a battle between corrupt officials in the FSB (the former KGB secret police, which now combine the powers of the FBI and CIA) and the Federal Drug Control Service, which is actually a large organization dedicated to cutting organized crime down to a manageable size.

November 5, 2007: Russia and China signed a series of economic agreements, which improve links between the economies of the two nations.

November 4, 2007: The bodies of nine hunters were found in the northern Caucasus (Kabardino-Balkaria). The hunting party is believed to stumbled on the hiding place for a band of Islamic terrorists believed operating in the area.

November 3, 2007: When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, many aspects of it continued. Take the annual November parade celebrating the communist revolution of 1917. That parade continued for three years after 1991. But the government got a lot of criticism for that, even though the communists still had many fans in the new Russia. So the government turned the November 4th holiday into one celebrating Russian nationalism, and now call it "National Unity Day". That turned out to be a mistake, as that celebration attracted a lot of violent nationalists and pro-fascist groups (including racist and neo-Nazi groups). Now there's pressure to dump the November holiday completely, even if some extremist groups will continue trying to celebrate it. These nationalist groups have been connected to several recent terrorist attacks (like bombings on trains last Summer), which were initially attributed to Islamic terrorists. But currently, the nationalist thugs are more numerous, and vicious, than many of the Islamic ones.

November 2, 2007: Police in the Dagestan (in the Caucasus) discovered a cache of bomb making materials in a village. Islamic terrorists have joined forces with some criminal gangs in the area, and are cooperating in criminal and terrorist activities.

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kerravon       11/8/2007 6:50:35 AM
"The last Russian troops have left Georgia"
Would be wonderful news if that were true.  Unfortunate, according to the US State Department, 7th November, 2007,
"Russian forces have vacated three bases in Georgia, he said, but remain at Gudauta, a facility located within the disputed Abkhazia region, which remains a serious potential regional security flashpoint."
I look forward to the day when Georgia has no Russian troops and is part of NATO so that it is guaranteed to stay that way.
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McDohl       11/9/2007 11:43:02 AM
I highly doubt that will happen. I would like to see Georgia returned or me come a much better partner to Russia.(which I think will happen in the next couple of years)I would also like for Russia to return to Georgia and reestablish peace in that region.
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ManuLeMalin       11/9/2007 7:58:30 PM
Russia wont attack Europe or the Nato, believe me. It's just bluff.
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venucor       11/11/2007 10:01:05 AM
The Great Russian Empire and more has to come about in order to force the Neo-cons and the Extremists from the world and estabilish ever lasting peace!
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tigertony       11/11/2007 10:42:43 AM

The Great Russian Empire and more has to come about in order to force the Neo-cons and the Extremists from the world and estabilish ever lasting peace!

  Oh really? So name just one empire that has ever brought peace? And btw,the Russian Empire has killed far more people then any Neo-Con or Extremist combined. And not in the name of peace, but to maintain the empire you think shall bring peace. Yep, i guess those 7,000,000 piled up alone like cord wood in the Ukraine finally found the peace  your empire brings?.
  Russia is no better then a nazi,and infact, Stalin and his kind had no trouble helping them to carve up the people of Poland, or later Hungary. And the only way man will ever find peace is when we are all dead. Well Russia has certainly done it's fair share to make this happen. Funny also that most of these Extremist states have gotten their hands on Russian AK and RPG,not the M-16 and the LAW. Russia has the sole responsibility with its AK of killing and maiming more families then anyone before or after them. Yes sir, Russia sure is the worlds peacemaker!.
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reefdiver       11/11/2007 1:36:52 PM

I look forward to the day when Georgia has no Russian troops and is part of NATO so that it is guaranteed to stay that way.
   Georgia has talked about becoming part of NATO but IIRC, Russia has made several threats warning Georgia not to do so.  If a proposed gas and oil pipe line is built from the Caspian to the Black Sea, Russia will probably get even more nervous as it might reduce what natural gas/economic leverage they currently have over Europe. Funny how the Caucasus has been such a hot spot or potential hot spot for so very, very long...
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mrcrea       11/12/2007 12:40:49 AM
Kerravon's right. Just in the last couple of days Russian soldiers tried to arrest 3 Georgian police near Abkhaz region.  They aren't gone they're just in a breakaway region. 

I like how Russia's on the side of Serbia not wanting Kosovo to declare independence, while they want Abkhaz region autonomous.  Just shows they want to have their cake and eat it too.  I wonder what will happen when Osetia and Chechnya start fighting again...

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