As time permits, I’ve been wandering through the “few hundred” Roku channels I’d chosen as my starter set. I’d only picked them as they were free and had something that looked like it might interest me. Many turn out to be duds. Some are just golden. Others are a bit of a mystery. A few are just strange…
So today I decided to check out Russia Insider. I had one Russian class about 40 years ago, and can at best pick out a few words, but there are still times I wonder if I ought to pick it up again. Usually a couple of days with my old text book “clarifies” for me that the same issues remain for me. The different alphabet. The complex grammar. But I never seem to quite give up. Besides, Russia Matters. And not just because the UK is continuing “The Great Game” nor because the Soros fed and tamed EU is using it as a cudgel to try to attack Trump, nor even because the EU Wannabe Democrat Progressives are doing the same. The simple fact is that Russia is one of 4 major power centers in the world. USA, EU, Russia, China. What they do matters.
The claim is that this stuff is from inside Russia. It certainly looks like it. Some of the video clips have English subtitles, many (perhaps most) do not. What I can follow of the Russian matches the subtitles, so I think it’s a straight translation when you have it.
There are LOTS of interesting videos, and just the titles and descriptions (in English) are an interesting insight into the country. One was a short clip claiming that Russia and an Electronic Warfare capability to render useless all of the USA advanced gear. Blocking everything from radio to radar to satellites. It claims that a Russian jet got inside the defense perimeter of an Aegis Destroyer, then turned on some jamming gear when it detected the ship “lighting it up” and completely disabled the electronics of the ship. “Interesting” if true… Here’s a YouTube claiming the same thing:
True? Not true? There seems to be several sources of confirmation.
So that kind of thing is interesting to find, and this channel seems willing to brag about such things.
Then there was a speech by Putin at an Arctic Conference. It was not translated, but I picked out a few words like “climate” and “arctic”. A short search gave a translation, directly from the Kremlin.
It has an interesting bit on the Russian intent to develop their north shore for commerce.
Cooperation among scientists and the broad exchange of experience and programmes are particularly important given the scale of the development plans for this territory, including within the framework of large international projects. Of course, one of the recent positive examples is the Yamal LNG project in which seven countries are involved in one way or another.
Russia proceeds from the premise that there is no potential for conflicts in the Arctic region. International norms clearly define the rights of both coastal and other states and serve as a solid basis for joint work in solving any problems, including such sensitive ones as the delineation of the continental shelf in the Arctic Ocean and preventing unregulated fishing in the central part of the sea, which is closed off from the exclusive economic zones of the United States, Canada, Denmark, Norway, and Russia.
I stress that Russia is open to constructive cooperation and is creating all the conditions for its effective development. We have a very extensive economic programme for the Arctic that is calculated for many, many years to come. It already includes over 150 projects with estimated investment of trillions of roubles. Above all else, we will support initiatives that have a multiplier effect for the Arctic regions and for our country as a whole, including through public private partnership mechanisms and the creation of so-called development support zones, which we regard not only as territories but primarily as a list of coordinated, mutually complementary projects, as well as instruments of state support. These and many other measures will be included in the new version of the state programme for the development of Russia’s Arctic zone. In particular, we are talking about the formation of a block of modern scientific and technological solutions that are needed in the difficult conditions of this region, improvements in the environmental monitoring system, and the development of offshore deposits. We devote special attention to the Northern Sea Route, which I just spoke about at the start of my address.
Then the Russia Insider also has a web site:
It looks, on a quick scan, like mostly the same stuff, but perhaps missing the Russian Language only videos (it IS the /en English feed).
It’s a very interesting channel. It gives an insight into just what the Russians are thinking and valuing. Things like the image of Putin as a serious national leader, not just a boogie man. Emphasis on interesting armament. Emphasis on culture and more.
I’ll keep watching bits and pieced there. Both those with translations and those without. (Even without you can pick up things… posture, attitudes, images projected behind speakers).
Not a lot, and not every day, but often enough. If just feels like a nice peek behind the curtain and good counterpoint to the “All Evil All The Time” about Putin and Russia from the USA / EU “news”. Not as structured as RT, and with more “odd bits”. But you get to see more “regular folks” inside Russia.
So I’m counting it a “keeper”. Who knows, it might even teach me some more Russian and get me over the hump to try again. I’ve been able to read a few words on the screen, so something is still inside the old hat-rack…