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  Redhead
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22:40 02.07.2019
Grin (25771) wrote in reply to post:
> I just can't stop watching videos from Taygan «kindergarten»)they look like plushy toys… so cute
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Just watched the video — tiger cubs seem quite a lot feistier than lion cubs. There was a tragedy here in one of the zoos up North — a tiger killed his career. The police wanted him put down, but they didn't put it down apparently. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/30/tige... It is a shame — but essentially, they are wild animals and the instincts are too strong.
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22:46 02.07.2019
Meanwhile — in the EU they went for an even crazier integrator than Junker was:

EU leaders have nominated two women to Brussels' most important jobs for the first time, picking Ursula von der Leyen, a German defence minister who supports a United States of Europe and an EU army, to be the next president of the European Commission and Christine Lagarde to lead the European Central Bank.
Mrs von der Leyen’s selection as replacement for the outgoing Jean-Claude Juncker is a victory for Angela Merkel, who will have succeeded in placing a German member of her centre-Right European People’s Party (EPP) at the top of the EU’s executive for the next five years from Nov 1.


It is like a deja vu  — they are trying to fulfil Hitler's dream for Europe, but using economic wars instead of physical genocidal wars. We will definitely have no choice but to cut ourselves off that, cause we never wanted that kind of «ever closer Union». And to be honest — I don't think it will succeed. It is just its failure will take longer than say — it would do in a war where there is a defined beginning and end — but it will fail nonetheless. It is a matter of time.
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23:46 02.07.2019
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> The body was frozen as it had to undergo -60C temperature and flew at 4,000 miles an hour — so it made a great big dent in concrete front garden tiles, basically crushed them. 10 minutes prior to that some kids were playing there. Can you imagine?
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I'm glad the body didn't hit anyone.
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23:59 02.07.2019
Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
> There was a tragedy here in one of the zoos up North — a tiger killed his career. The police wanted him put down, but they didn't put it down apparently. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/05/30/tige... It is a shame — but essentially, they are wild animals and the instincts are too strong.
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Sad to hear it. Actually there is a sad story in Tayan park too, here it is.


Crimean officials took young tiger Altay away from Taygan for some reasons (as for me they did it on phony pretext). While Taygan owner was trying to return Altay via court the tiger died in so called «живой уголок» where he was kept. You know it is very hard to do business in Russia. Even if you are famous abroad local officials will try to milk as much money from you as they could.
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07:01 03.07.2019
Grin (25771) wrote in reply to post:
> I'm glad the body didn't hit anyone.
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Yes, that was lucky, wasn't it? There was a guy sunbathing next door literally a meter away from that spot. It is just that — it happened quite close to where we live, so — just makes you think.
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07:23 03.07.2019
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> Crimean officials took young tiger Altay away from Taygan for some reasons (as for me they did it on phony pretext). While Taygan owner was trying to return Altay via court the tiger died in so called «живой уголок» where he was kept. You know it is very hard to do business in Russia. Even if you are famous abroad local officials will try to milk as much money from you as they could.
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I feel so sorry for Altay, poor thing. It is so hard to look after tigers in captivity, to keep them happy and healthy — your Taygan Zoo is really very very special.

As regards corruption in your country — it is certainly a killer — and it is multi layered and one can't really escape it. I know all about it and have heard so much about it from the Russians here in London. One of our customers — well, his relatives — is quite famous in Russia — I can't name names but I read about him even on this forum at one point. Well, they told me that if one makes money in Russia by having a successful business or whatever — there is an army of people to «milk them» — civil servants, etc. And if you don't comply — your business will be in deep trouble or you might even go to prison on some phoney corruption charges or not paying tax (I mean — in Russia — hardly anybody pays proper taxes, so it is easy to stitch anyone up). Over here — despite politics and all the political animosity between say England and Russia, China and Russia, or Saudis and Russia — their money is protected, because the City is packed full of law firms who couldn't give a monkey's chuff about politics and they will protect anyone with money. So people's money is safe. That is how the country functions as a financial centre. It doesn't refuse any money. The Anti Money Laundering laws are very strong, but somehow- there is lots of what they call «dirty money» here. But in reality — some of it is not «dirty», it is just that in the countries like Russia, etc — there is a lot more corruption in general and it is impossible to earn money in a totally clean way. People here don't mind the money which is earned by legitimate businessmen, but when you see and read about Russian civil servants swanning around in Lamborghinis and Ferraris and spending millions in Harrods — well, then one wonders — where did they get their money from? Clearly — from bribes and illegal activity. If there was less corruption in Russia, it would become an ultra rich country very quickly — even without having to rely on oil or whatever — there are a lot of people there with entrepreneurial streak and there are lots of fantastic opportunities to make money. And if they felt their money was safe in Russia, they wouldn't need to leave the country and keep it elsewhere — like in London for instance.

But this is not only the Russian problem, the whole post Soviet space is plagued with corruption. Recently there came out this story about a woman called Zamira Hajiyeva, who spent £16 million in Harrods in one shopping trip (!!!), only a café bill in Harrods was like — over £300 grand (what can one eat that amounts to £300 grand? — crazy.). She is the wife of an Azerbaijani banker (but not a private banker, state banker — !!!!), who defrauded the State Azerbaijani bank for £2.2 billion — that is someone's pension, savings, etc. — not just someone's, but lots of people's. Crazy. And she has been living in a mansion in Knightsbridge here for a decade swanning around and spending money like there is no tomorrow. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/10/10/woma...
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12:21 03.07.2019
Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
> She is the wife of an Azerbaijani banker (but not a private banker, state banker — !!!!), who defrauded the State Azerbaijani bank for £2.2 billion — that is someone's pension, savings, etc. — not just someone's, but lots of people's. Crazy. And she has been living in a mansion in Knightsbridge here for a decade swanning around and spending money like there is no tomorrow. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/10/10/woma...
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Yes, I heard about her. We have a saying «деньги любят тишину». It looks like she completely forgot about it.

Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
> And if you don't comply — your business will be in deep trouble or you might even go to prison on some phoney corruption charges or not paying tax (I mean — in Russia — hardly anybody pays proper taxes, so it is easy to stitch anyone up)
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The thing is if you pay all necessary taxes and unofficial bribes your business won't survive. Taygan owner isn't rich. He loves his animals and his business won't survive too if he start to give bribes left, right and center, so he is having troubles with local authorities for several years already. He is lucky his conflict with local authorities became viral and a lot of influential pro-Kremlin journos took his side and spoke loudly about it. I was surprised that anti-Kremlin meida didn't give a duck about it. At least I can't remember a single article about Taygan problems in oppositional media.

It's good some Kremlin officials realised what is going on and interfered. And it is sad that local officials in Crimea are dumb as f'ck. Seriously Taygan is one of the few places in Crimea where I saw some English-speaking and German-speaking tourists.
Local authorities should praize Taygan's owner for what he did instead of making troubles to him.
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12:26 03.07.2019
Btw, they have very rare white tiger cubs in Taygan.
They keep them together with their mother and father now becasue unlike male lions male tigers don't pose any threat to their cubs.
In this video you can see how protective white tigers are. And it's funny how little cubs try imitate their parents' roar


White tigers are gorgeous, aren't they?
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12:27 03.07.2019
Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
> It is like a deja vu — they are trying to fulfil Hitler's dream for Europe, but using economic wars instead of physical genocidal wars.
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Sad but true
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20:42 03.07.2019
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> White tigers are gorgeous, aren't they?
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Absolutely gorgeous. I call my littlest son sometimes «a little white tiger cub», because he was — like me — born in the Chinese year of a tiger (I had him when I was 36 — it is a 12 year cycle) and he was born in the year of a metal tiger (there are 5 elements — metal, fire, earth, water and wood. And the year he was born in — 2010 — was a metal tiger year, a gold tiger, but according to the Chinese — it was represented by white tiger in nature. I know so much about it because here they hold grand celebrations of Chinese New Years in Soho — like — really grand — the biggest after Beijing and Hong Kong and we used to go there a lot. A lot of people do — Prince Charles goes almost every year. There is a big carnival, etc. But unlike in Russia — the Chinese New Year starts end of January /beginning of February. And I went to the celebration of that year. Also — I expected my littlest to come out as the oldest two — red haired, but he came out totally blonde and still is blonde. Like a white tiger.

These are great pics to demonstrate the hair colour difference (red hair looks very different in different lights, because there are so many shades in it) - these are my kids' pics - 4 years ago

In Richmond


In grandma's (mom in law's) house for Christmas


I will delete them later of course .
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20:56 03.07.2019
Grin (25771) wrote in reply to post:
> Yes, I heard about her. We have a saying «деньги любят тишину». It looks like she completely forgot about it.
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Well, here the Russian oligarchs spend a lot and don't hide it, one can't get an investment visa unless one has a certain amount of money. But that woman went crazy — knowing that her husband was jailed for such a large fraud back in his country.
Grin (25771) wrote in reply to post:
> The thing is if you pay all necessary taxes and unofficial bribes your business won't survive.
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Well, your income tax is lower than ours I believe. This is our income tax structure

Band Taxable income Tax rate
Personal Allowance Up to £12,500 0%

Basic rate £12,501 to £50,000 20%

Higher rate £50,001 to £150,000 40%

Additional rate over £150,000 45%

On top of that you pay National Insurance — that is 2−3%, local Council tax — that depends on the area you live in, in rich boroughs it is quite high — up to £3.5K a year. Plus water rates, bills, etc.

Then there is VAT on goods — 20% (not all goods are VATable)

And you pay all that without having a choice. It is PAYE (Pay As You Earn) system, whereby any employer acts as an obligatory tax collector on behalf of the Government — You only get your wages into your bank account after all the necessary taxes get deducted and sent to HMRC (Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs).

On top of that, your pension contributions get deducted monthly as well and the employer has to contribute to anyone's pension scheme. That is all also obligatory.

This is not the Corporation Tax :82 , but personal income taxes I am describing. They calculated how much tax we end up paying in total — and it is around 60% if you take everything into account — all the above taxes. And then they are wondering why many people would rather not work, sit on welfare and get all their bills and housing paid for.

As for the Corporation tax for Limited companies and PLCs — that is 19% at the moment. But as for mergers and acquisitions or anything like that — there is Capital Gains Tax as well and so on. But huge giants like Google, etc. — have very strong legal departments, access to offshore registrations, etc. They are registered in Ireland somewhere at the moment I believe and get away with paying 6%. There is a lot of criticisms about tax avoidance by huge multinationals, but not a lot is being done about it.
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21:02 03.07.2019
Grin (25771) wrote in reply to post:
> Sad but true
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There is a massive layer of unaccountable corrupt civil servants in the EU who will never give up their power without a huge fight. Every year they churn out tons and tons of legislation in order to literally enslave the nation states to be in the EU, to make it harder and harder for anyone to leave. I laugh nowadays at those who criticise Putin for example for the fact that in 20 years of his Government — life in Russia is still shit. What about 40 years of the EU? Life in the Mediterranean countries got worse, life in France got worse, most Eastern countries live in poverty. I am not defending Putin's kleptocracy or so called corrupt «vertical», but I am just saying that on this particular forum — there is a lot of bias and hypocrisy when it comes to the EU.
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21:20 03.07.2019
Grin (25771) wrote in reply to post:
> He is lucky his conflict with local authorities became viral and a lot of influential pro-Kremlin journos took his side and spoke loudly about it. I was surprised that anti-Kremlin meida didn't give a duck about it. At least I can't remember a single article about Taygan problems in oppositional media.
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I think I start to understand why the Russians hate their opposition so much — too much hypocrisy and a very selective approach as to who and what to criticise. Nevertheless, there has to be opposition. It is just as important to have for any democratic state — as having a Government — otherwise there will be no balance whatsoever in society.
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21:41 03.07.2019
Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
> I will delete them later of course
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You have beautiful kids
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21:45 03.07.2019
Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
> Well, your income tax is lower than ours I believe
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Income Tax is 13% in Russia. But we also have unified social tax (36%).
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