For those who still think that Russia is intimidated or affected by “freezing” of Russia’s funds in the West or some other very PR-driven grandiose statements from the West. I don’t like Russian channel Tsragrad TV–it is very, to put it mildly, peculiar one and the presence of a professional BSer and ignoramus such as Sergei Mikheev on its long (very long) info-broadcasts is one of the factors which completely averted me personally from considering this company seriously. Having said all that, in 2020 Google blocked this channel from everywhere. No real explanation was given, but Tsargrad, having a somewhat nationalist slant, was definitely Google’s target for a while. Well, guess what. Today, without much ado one of Russia’s courts issued the order to arrest first one billion Rubles on Google accounts in Russia in favor of Tsargrad (in Russian).
This is just the start, many more actions like this one are coming and many more are planned. Vladimir Putin speaking at the meeting on social-economic development of Crimea stated that now Russian banks and companies should not worry about sanctions and can fearlessly move in (in Russian). As I already stated, I reiterate again–the “freezing” of around $300 billion worth of Russia’s currency assets in Western banks will be countered and it will hurt like hell Western financial system. Here is the proof.
P.S. In related news, Slovakia allegedly agreed (tentatively–I stress that) to deliver some of Slovakia’s S-300s to Ukraine. Interestingly, that tells you that 404’s AD is reduced to manpads primarily. If Slovakia goes for it, I think we will have interesting videos of annihilation of those S-300s once they cross the border.