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Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You, Part 30: The Third Russian Revolution
by Chris Oakley

From the January 8th, 2014 broadcast of The CBS Evening News:

Rebel air commanders in Russia tonight are claiming what may be their most significant victory in the nearly five years of civil war between the government of Russian president Dmitri Medvedev and the NRPM revolutionary army. Al Jazeera is reporting that a rebel MiG squadron has shot down ten government air force Su-35s near the southern end of the Urals....

From the book Angels 30: Air Power In The Russian Civil War, copyright 2067 U.S. Air Force Academy Press:

Once the NRPM insurgents got the opportunity to master the basics of aerial combat, they showed themselves to be quick learners. With each new successful kill their pilots recorded, they gained both confidence and experience; soon rebel air squadrons were flying circles around their government air force counterparts. By the summer of 2014 the rebel air forces were getting three air combat kills for every one scored by government fighter pilots....

From the August 7th, 2014 broadcast of Good Morning America:

Despite the continuation of martial law in Moscow and an unusually intense summer heat wave, Russian peace activists say they plan to go forward with a Red Square protest march scheduled to coincide with the one hundredth anniversary of the Battle of Tannenberg. Organizers say they are holding the march to pressure the Kremlin into finally opening peace negotiations with the NRPM; since it began in the spring of 2010, the Russian civil war has claimed a combined total of five million dead...

From the February 16th, 2015 broadcast of BBC World News:

 A report issued by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency this week estimates that close to 75 percent of Russia is now under the control of the NRPM rebel army which has been fighting the government of Russian president Dmitri Medvedev since 2010. This same report also projects the final collapse of Medvedev’s regime by the beginning of summer....

From the May 23rd, 2015 Washington Post:


From the May 30th, 2015 broadcast of Good Morning America:

The White House has declined to comment on rumors that it is about to close the American embassy in Moscow as the NRPM prepares to mount what most Pentagon analysts believe is meant to be a decisive thrust against Medvedev government troops defending Moscow, one of the last major urban areas left in Russia still under Kremlin control. With the consulate in St. Petersburg having been evacuated three days ago, the embassy complex is the only major U.S. diplomatic outpost still operating on Russian soil....

From the June 16th, 2015 broadcast of Nine News:

For the first time since the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, the United States has no embassy in Moscow. A spokesman for the American ambassador in Canberra confirmed earlier this afternoon that the U.S. State Department is in the process of transferring its embassy in Russia to the rebel capital of Novosibirsk. This decision comes as NRPM troops are locked in heavy fighting just outside the Moscow city limits with what remains of the government army of Russian president Dmitri Medvedev....

From a story posted at on June 19th, 2015:

DEVELOPING STORY--Russian rebel forces entering Moscow; AP reports Chinese embassy being evacuated

From an ABC News special bulletin that same day:

On this cell phone video e-mailed to us just moments ago you can hear what sound like rifle shots being fired near the GUM department store....

From a story posted at the CBC News home page early on the morning of
June 20th:


From the first hour of that day’s edition of BBC Breakfast:

After nearly six years’ fighting, the civil war in Russia appears to be drawing to a close. Sources on the ground in Moscow have told BBC News that NRPM rebel troops are in firm control of the traditional Russian capital and have occupied most of the Kremlin....

From the June 21st, 2015 New York Times:


Last Remaining Medvedev Regime Troops At Kremlin Surrender; Manhunt On For Deposed Russian President

From Wikipedia’s entry on the post-Russian civil war NRPM:

In the months immediately following the final overthrow of the Medvedev government, the first priority of the New Russian People’s Movement was to
 restore order in Russia, and capturing Medvedev himself was seen as a critical step towards achieving this end....

From the March 11th, 2016 broadcast of BBC World News:

Sources within Russia’s NRPM government have just confirmed to BBC News thatthe Interior Ministry will be announcing within the hour the arrest of deposed former Russian president Dmitri Medvedev....

From the book Reckoning: The Trial of Dmitri Medvedev, copyright 2041 HarperCollins Publishing:

With Vladimir Putin long since dead from an assassin’s bullets, Medvedev became the chief focal point for the new Russian government’s determined campaign to rid the country of all remaining traces of the old regime. He also became a target for the anger and frustrations of those who had endured the repressive actions of the old government’s security forces....

From the May 7th, 2016 broadcast of NBC Nightly News:

The trial of deposed ex-Russian president Dmitri Medvedev has been temporarily suspended while Medvedev undergoes medical treatment for injuries he sustained
 earlier today when he was assaulted by the mother of an anti-war demonstrator who died three years ago while in the custody of Russian federal police...

From the World Book Encyclopedia’s article on Dmitri Medvedev’s trial:

In June of 2016 Medvedev was convicted of human rights violations against critics of his fallen regime. After several days’ intense debate among the members of the special tribunal prosecuting him, it was decided he should be sentenced to life in prison....

From the July 27th, 2016 broadcast of The CBS Evening News:

Less than two months after being sentenced to life in prison for human rights violations committed by his government before and during the 2010-2015 civil war, deposed ex-Russian president Dmitri Medvedev has been found dead in his cell. Official sources within the NRPM government are calling it a suicide, though there are rumors he may in fact have been killed by a fellow inmate known to be related to the late Evgeny Petrov, the Russian army sergeant who was executed in 2010 for assassinating Medvedev’s political patron Vladimir Putin...


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