Putin Calls On All "Large-Scale Enterprise" To Be Ready To Convert To "Military Production"

Be it a sudden surge in the effectiveness of Russia's international espionage and cyber warfare operations or a mere figment of the imaginations of a frightening group of politicians in the West who fear they're slowly losing control over the masses in their respective countries, one thing is certain, Russia is increasingly being blamed for some very serious "meddling" in foreign affairs. 

The problem, of course, is that while everyone from Hillary Clinton to Angela Merkel and Theresa May, among others, attempt to saddle Russia with the blame for their waning popularity, their farcical attempts to identify a scapegoat as a method for sowing unity within their own fractured political parties could very well result in real world consequences, including a return to cold war era military build ups.

As the latest evidence of that fact, Russian President Vladimir Putin recently called on all "large-scale enterprise" to be ready to "increase military production" on a moments notice should the need arise.  Per The Independent:

Russian business should be prepared to switch to production to military needs at any time, said Vladimir Putin on Wednesday. The Russian president was speaking at a conference of military leaders in Sochi.


“The ability of our economy to increase military production and services at a given time is one of the most important aspects of military security,” Mr Putin said. “To this end, all strategic, and simply large-scale enterprise should be ready, regardless of ownership.”


A day earlier, the president had spoken of a need to catch up and overtake the West in military technology. “Our army and navy need to have the very best equipment — better than foreign equivalents,” he said. “If we want to win, we have to be better.”


As the Independent notes, Russia's military expenses will cross 3 trillion roubles, or 3.3% of GDP in 2017, which would be a record were it not for one-off costs in 2016. Over the next two years, spending is forecast to be cut back slightly, to approximately 2.8% of GDP.

Though that budget remains less than 30% of the combined Nato budget in Europe, many countries are increasing their military spending in response to the "Russian threat". Nato military command has also been restructured — it says in response to Russian cyber and military threats.

Meanwhile, last Monday British Prime Minister Theresa May said the UK would lead a response to counter “Russian hostility” saying “we know what you are doing and you will not succeed."

"It is Russia's action which threaten the international order on which we all depend.  Since then, Russia has fomented conflict in the Donbass, repeatedly violated the national airspace of several European countries and mounted a sustained campaign of cyber espionage and disruption."


"Deploying its state-run media organization to plant fake stories and photo-shopped images in a attempt to sow discord in the West and undermine our institutions."


"So I have a very simple message for Russia.  We know what you are doing.  And you will not succeed."

Of course, all of this increasing hostility has been born out of Hillary Clinton's inability to simply admit that she lost an election...no, it was $100,000 worth of Russian Facebook ads that changed the course of human history forever...


MEFOBILLS MonetaryApostate Fri, 11/24/2017 - 15:43 Permalink

MOnetary Apostate = Monetarily Ignorant.Russia is not doing QE.  The Russian Central Bank still operates under BIS rules. Bleow link does not talk about the conflict between the "Atlantacists and the Stolypin groups."http://russia-insider.com/en/central-banks-hard-money-policies-have-fin… was during the Yeltsin years... the 90's, where there was massive privatizations, which then formed Oligarchy.  And yes, our ((friends)) were heavily involved especially with ((harvard boys)) giving advice.  Foreign credit, in the form of dollars, was used to buy up Russian industry, including her natural patrimony (for example oil).You have to balance what Oligarchy is doing vs what Russian government is doing to thwart Oligarchy moves.  Putin has installed governors that bascially spy on their districts, called oblasts.  They report back when they spot corruption, so this is a feedback mechanism that is against unearned wealth accumulation and rents.Putin did allow some of 90's oligarchs to run free, provided they paid their taxes- as there are bigger fish to fry.  Consider that in late 90's Russia was a basket case, fighting for its life.There are still plenty of big fish trying to take Russia out, witness color revolution attacks in Ukraine, and the attempt to split off Crimea.  More recently there was attempts to deny Russia FX (foreign exchange) by limiting Russia's oil exports to Europe, and by forcing Europeans to embargo Russian goods.Russian central bank uses dollars and other hard currencies to emit Rubles.  In other words, dollars are the "Capital" for which Rubles are emitted, and reducing FX reduces capital.   Russia has worked around this despite Nabulina, as Russia accumulated gold reserves, to then emit Rubles.  Russia has also done debt swaps with China to then enter into two way trade.All of this has helped the Serfs.QE is SWAPS, where new keyboard money is created by a Private Central Bank, to then buy debt instruments.  This then pushes the price of debt instruments, causing interest rates to go low.  Russian interest rates went UP under Nabulina.  Russian central bank was not creating new Rubles, to then buy Russian Ruble denominated debt.   

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Yukon Cornholius LibertarianMenace Thu, 11/23/2017 - 15:15 Permalink

This isn't anything really new. At least for the Soviets...errr...Russians. Back in my Commi-versity days (mid 90s) as a young history student, I remember there was a Russian student in one of my classes. We got onto the topic of Russian war-preparations and he mentioned that the macaroni-factory in his town was tooled to make ak-47 rounds if the event should arise. Dual-use machinery is part of their system.

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BritBob Thu, 11/23/2017 - 14:52 Permalink

Russia tells Britain give back the Falklands before telling US what to do.RUSSIA has told Britain it should "clean its conscience" and give back the Falkland Islands before it criticises them over their involvement in Ukraine. Moscow's ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin made the shocking remarks when responding to his British counterpart Matthew Rycroft at a UN security council meeting in New York. (Daily Express 4 Feb 2017) They forget that a lot of territory was 'taken' in the 19th century (much of a norm). That doesn't excuse their actions in the 21st century.Falkland Islands – The Usurpation (1 pg): https://www.academia.edu/34838377/Falkland_Islands_The_Usurpation The bad guys ?

opport.knocks Shemp 4 Victory Thu, 11/23/2017 - 16:20 Permalink

You and BritBob are both wrong. The Falkland Islands belong to the residents who live there. The Accredited Times article is an innuendo laden joke that is light on accurate facts. aka #FakeNewsIn the last referendum in 2013, 3 people out of the 1650 voted to not remain with Great Britain. If Argentina want the islands that badly, they can peacefully buy them all off with real money, not whatever toilet paper they call money in Buenos Aires these days.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Falkland_Islands_sovereignty_referendum,_…

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Yog Soggoth opport.knocks Thu, 11/23/2017 - 17:45 Permalink

Those three are still sought out by the lying murderous brits occupying the islands. Out of curiousity they say.  Britbob made a mistake by coming here. This is mostly an American website, and we still have not forgotten the orangemen or the redcoats. My ancesters were captured by the Spanish and sold to the English as slaves, we escaped and went home. You have the nerve to promote your crap on this most controversial holiday for First Nation, too? I could only imagine you do not know how we survived.  

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opport.knocks Yog Soggoth Thu, 11/23/2017 - 18:41 Permalink

As a descendant of lying murderous Brits I can only revel in how well we trained the lying murderous and duplicitous Americans to assume the mantle of Empire. Franchise imperialism, why did we never think of that? Control and financial gain without the headaches of direct occupation, brilliant. Control head office through all sorts of bribes and corruption, plus keep control of their currency and let them keep the plebes in line by whatever means necessary.However, your time is coming to an end and China will likely assume the mantle next. Assuming you do not nuke everyone to oblivion during the process.

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Wile-E-Coyote Yog Soggoth Thu, 11/23/2017 - 19:51 Permalink

FFS let it go, look forward not backwards.You weren't even born when that shit went on, what the fuck do you know about it but second hand romanticised stories written by people with an agenda.I'm a Brit, we don't think about 1776 at all but you yanks hold onto to it a like festering sore that won't heal, what do you want an apology. You fucking won what more do you want?

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veritas semper… BritBob Thu, 11/23/2017 - 18:14 Permalink

Hey ,BritBob ,don't forget you are only a SUBJECT to your pedophile Royals and nobility and political class and ,especially ,the City Of London.Uk is in a sewer,so hanging on the Falklands and Gibraltar is not ,I repeat Not going to bring back the former glory of the buccaneer and pirate Empire.Let it go already!On a more mundane note,FO!

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Kaeako Thu, 11/23/2017 - 14:54 Permalink

I'm surprised this isn't a thing already. Recovering from the fall of the SU is slower than I imagined I guess. Such arrangements exist in many countries in the west.

ThrowAwayYourTV Thu, 11/23/2017 - 14:56 Permalink

Well that only makes sense! Why didn't we think of that? Oh! We dont have any manufacturing left. Think we can get apple or googoo to switch over and start making tanks for us? We can call it the, Apple I-Tank. And if anyone wonders how to use it they can just google it.