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Solar Power Plant in Abakan, Russian Federation

Russia is not exactly a front runner in renewable energy, which is not surprising, given Russia’s vast fossil fuel reserves. If local initiatives do occur it is almost always without federal subsidies. On December 15, 2015, the Abakan solar power plant of 5.2 MW was commissioned.

Local Shaman appears to give his blessing to the new solar power plant. Now the waiting can begin for the first sun rays to arrive. Abakan has 310 sunny days per year.

[russia-insider.com] – Solar Power in Russia Emerges From the Shade
[bashny.net] – Abakanskaya solar power plant
[wikipedia.org] – Abakan
[news.trust.org] – Solar power surges – slowly – in regulation-heavy Russia
[Google Maps] – Abakan

South Stream not Dead

75.000-Steel-Pipes-Ordered-for-South-Stream[source] Pipes waiting to be deployed on the bottom of the Black Sea.

[reuters.com] – Turkey row leaves Russia stuck with abandoned gas pipes worth billions

Gas pipes worth 1.8 billion euros ($1.95 billion) are to be left stranded on the shores of the Black Sea after Russia’s decision to suspend work on the Turkish Stream pipeline, a potent symbol of Moscow’s falling out with Ankara…

Gazprom ordered pipes from as far afield as Japan and Germany for the 2,400-kilometre (1,491-mile) South Stream pipeline, originally slated to open in 2018, which were then reassigned to Turkish Stream after the project was axed…

Industry sources said the pipes can only be used for projects in the Black Sea because of their specialized construction.

We’re not going to let these pipes rot away on a Black Sea beach, now do we?

The Dutch company South Stream Transport was responsible for the construction of the pipeline; their website still talks about Turk Stream. The Bulgarians now proposed to at least construct the Black Sea part of the original South Stream pipeline.

[standartnews.com] – Bulgaria in talks with EU for a shorter South Stream

Bulgaria has been discussing a shorter version of its cancelled South Stream gas pipeline with the European Commission for months, Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs Tomislav Donchev revealed in the most recent parliamentary control blitz questions session. Especially in the light of the suspension of the Turkish Stream due to the recent tensions between Russia and Turkey, the new plan to deliver Russian gas to the receiving terminal in the Black Sea near Varna could bring back Bulgaria into the game of how to get more Russian gas into Europe.Копирано от standartnews.com

Editor: dear Bulgarians, don’t wait for permission from the euro-losers. The new sport in Europe is to defy orders from Brussels, humiliate them and act in both your national and European interest, like for instance in the case of building fences, preventing the euro-fools and George Soros drones from destroying European civilization on orders of the US oligarch overlords. Talk with Putin and implement the pipeline and present Brussels with a fait accompli. This is a very pro-European thing to do since the future of the Middle East is now so uncertain that gas supply to Europe from this source is not guaranteed.

south-stream-map-enThis is the original plan for the 2400 km South Stream pipe line

south-stream-map[gazprom.com]The original 925 km route through the Black Sea. Now that the Crimea is Russian again, the new pipeline can be made shorter, closer to the Crimean coast.

Crimea to be Connected to Russian Grid Soon

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Surprise visit Vladimir Putin to Simferopol, the capital of the Crimea, to announce that the Crimea will be connected to the grid again via an undersea cable, coming from main-land Russia as per December 15. The Crimea is currently cut-off from previous electricity-provider Ukraine.

[en.kremlin.ru] – The President launched first stage of power bridge to Crimea
[spiegel.de] – Putin eröffnet “Energiebrücke” auf der Krim

Bulgaria Smells Its Second Chance

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Vladimir Putin has always preferred South-Stream over Turk-Stream. The foolish Turkish action of shooting down a Russian jet over Syria last week has provided a huge second chance for Bulgaria to finally fight for its own interests as well as those of Europe.

South-Stream was cancelled last year because midgets like Juncker and Merkel are despicable servants of Washington and unworthy to lead Europe.

Dear Bulgaria… go talk with Putin and announce that Russia and Bulgaria will build the pipeline regardless of what said midgets will say. Deep in their cowardly little hearts they will be glad that the pipeline will be built anyway and that they don’t have to stand up against the Great Satan, an action for which they lack the spine.

Bulgaria, nobody is going to bomb you. Yes, they are going to call you names, just like the US called the French ‘cheese eating surrender monkeys‘ when they refused to obey the US and didn’t join the Iraq safari. Who cares what this former European colony of three centuries says?

[novinite.com] – Bulgaria Backs Nord Stream-2, Standing Up for Own Gas Hub Project (30 November)

Bulgaria is also determined that its gas hub proposal – one under which a gas distribution center should be set up at the Bulgarian Black Sea coast – should be embraced by Russia and the EU.

“I still think that the gas distribution center, or the hub, or whatever you call it, in Bulgaria, one that should received liquefied gas [LNG] and Russian gas, and also gas from our [Bulgaria’s] deposits, is a big reality [sic!],” the Bulgarian News Agency quotes him as saying.

This position is “beneficial for Bulgaria” and the government should not be reproached by it, he added.

That’s the spirit! Now, don’t be timid, you don’t need the EU to ’embrace’ it, simply implement it! Brussels’ role in life is there to be humiliated, by the US (Nuland: “Fuck the EU”), by the Eastern Europeans who refuse to take in male Islamic time bombs just because George Soros wants that to happen. Nobody is going to bomb Hungary or Poland for it. So, build this pipeline!

[reuters.com] – Bulgaria backs Nord Stream gas extension

Nov 30 Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borisov said on Monday his government supported Russia’s plans to extend its gas link to Germany… “I will defend the position for the construction of Nord Stream II and (a) gas hub in Bulgaria – it is advantageous for the country and nobody can reproach me for that,” Borisov told reporters… Bulgaria has proposed the facility be built near the city of Varna – where the South Stream pipes were supposed to come out of the Black Sea – and has said it would cooperate with Russia to build a pipe to the Bulgarian coast.

Bulgaria Wants to See South Stream Built

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Vladimir Putin’s sudden and unilateral decision to drop South Stream has been a major hit for Bulgaria.

Instead of bypassing Ukraine via Bulgaria and bringing Russian gas directly to southeastern Europe, the gas, he said, will be sent to Turkey under a project named Turkish Stream. In his words, Bulgaria had lost an opportunity to earn €400 million in annual gas transit fees and billions in investment.

The general opinion among Bulgarians is that Bulgaria and its people were simply used as the “pawn” in the chess power game of the EU/US vs Russian gas interests…

“We cannot turn the page on South Stream until Russia’s stance is made clear,” insisted Minister of Economy Bozhidar Lukarski referring to the fact that Bulgaria so far hasn’t received an official note from Russia about the cancellation of the pipeline.

Editor: what we do know is that Russia would much prefer building South Stream than Turk Stream, as Europe is hands down the best customer, paying the highest prices. And then there is the issue of shared destiny, something that the US wants to prevent at all cost. Many high-ranking politicians, like Gabriel, Juncker, Schroeder and others have expressed their hope that some day South Stream could be built after all. It is a matter of standing up against the imperial overlord and getting rid of the idiot of Berlin.

[euractiv.com] – A majority of Bulgarians want South Stream to be built
[euractiv.com] – Putin: We haven’t given up the South Stream project (Feb 2015)
[euractiv.com] – Borissov warns of Bulgarian energy ‘catastrophe’
[bloomberg.com] – Hungary Opens the Way for South Stream as Orban Defies EU

Get.the.f*ck.the.project.moving.again!

Ukraine Shut Off From Gas

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Max. temperatures Ukraine, November 25, 2015: 3 degrees Celcius = 37 degrees Fahrenheit

Russia has decided to halt gas deliveries to Ukraine. Reason: Ukraine is too far behind with its payments. But the recent sabotage of electricity cables into Crimea could also play a role.

Poor Ukrainians. In their cold homes they now have a lot of time to contemplate if that Euro-Maidan circus was really worth it. Russia has gas, Europe doesn’t. And Nuland-USA is only interested in Ukraine in as much it can be used to generate conflict with Russia, just like Poland in 1939 was used by the US to generate conflict with Germany. Perhaps you Ukrainians can keep yourselves warm by waving the EU-flag in your freezing living room.

Alternatively you could of course make a U-turn and kick Porky out of office and make up with Russia again. You can still associate with Europe, Mother Russia won’t mind, as long as NATO is kept out. Oh and Crimea is gone for ever.

ukrainian-gas-reservesUkrainian gas reserves, slightly less than 400 m3/capita

[spiegel.de] – Gazprom: Russland stoppt Gasversorgung der Ukraine
[bloomberg.com] – Russia Halts Natural Gas Supplies to Ukraine as Payments End

Eastern Europe Wants to Sabotage New Baltic Pipelines

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The North Stream pipeline Vyborg-Greifswald, directly connecting Russia with Germany, is apparently a success, now that the operators (Gazprom, E.ON, Shell, BASF, OMV and ENGIE) of that pipeline want to build a new one next to the existing pipeline. Planned completion date 2019. Reason: switching to gas to reduce CO2 emission. Additionally, the Russian openly admit that they want to circumvent notorious unreliable behavior of Ukraine.

Countries like Ukraine, the Baltic states and Poland are not amused and have announced that they will resist the new pipeline. It is easy to understand why, because the new pipeline will make superfluous existing pipelines running though countries with an anti-Russian attitude, most of all Ukraine and Poland and thus deprive these countries from a lucrative source of income. For Ukraine 2 billion $ are at stake. The Baltic states are not directly involved (no pipelines over their territory), but they are afraid that the pro-US block {Ukraine-Poland-Baltic States} could be sidelined by a Russian-German understanding (editor: go for it, Russia/Germany!).

Too bad for the Eastern Europeans, but the economic interests for Germany, France, Holland and Austria are simply too great. The outcome of the struggle between these countries on the one hand and USA and Eastern Europe on the other will determine the energy-future of Europe.

[drwn.de] – Nord Stream II gerät unter Beschuss

Russia Poised to Dominate Global Platinum Market?

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In the world of the future real tangible assets will likely be more important than paper IOY’s, certainly during the years after the coming ‘Big Reset‘ or the ‘Mother of all Defaults’ [*]. Russia is making big moves into African mining:

Russian Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Georgy Kalamanov said live from Harare that a new $3 billion platinum complex is going “according to schedule.” With the Deputy Minister noting that Phase I of the project–which includes mines and processing facilities–is just “a first step” for Russia.

world-platinumLocation platinum deposits

RT chimes in by reporting:

According to the US Geological Survey, Russia produced 25,000 kilograms of platinum in 2014. Zimbabwe produced 11,000 kilos last year, outpacing the combined production of the US and Canada. The global leader is South Africa with 110,000 kg.

Russia controls about 30 percent of global platinum and palladium output, according to OilPrice.

In a world where words still have meaning this means that South-Africa will continue to be the global leader in platinum production, with Russia a good 2nd with 25% of the world’s output.

You can safely leave it to the Boer Republic (“Boer” is Dutch for farmer) and descendants of the Dutch to know where to find and exploit precious metals. 😉

[oilprice.com] – Russia Could Gain A Stranglehold On This Market
[wikipedia.org] – Platinum

[*] – the expression ‘Mother of …’ is the main legacy, the fine Iraqi dictator Saddam of former fame, left to the world. He may be dead, but he probably drew US power with him into the grave. It is a bit like with Hitler and Britain:

londinistanLondon 2015. Hitler’s revenge.

Vostochny Cosmodrome

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Currently Russia is the country with the largest space exploration ambitions on the planet. In order to reduce dependency on the Baikonur Cosmodrome (46th parallel north) in Kazakhstan, since 1991 and independent country, Russia is building the Vostochny Cosmodrome (51st parallel north) located in the Far East. It is one of the largest Russian infrastructure projects, initiated in 2010 and completion is expected in 2018. However the first launches are scheduled before that date, including that of the new Angara rocket.

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With the new Cosmodrome, Russia would save an annual $115 million in rent to the Kazahk government. The other Russian Cosmodrome, Plesetsk, is located near Archangelsk near Finland, 62nd parallel north.

cos3[source] Launch pad Soyuz rocket, Vostochny July 2014.

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[wikipedia.org] – Vostochny Cosmodrome
[spiegel.de] – Russischer Weltraumbahnhof: Putins größte Baustelle

Turkish Stream Postponed Indefinately

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The gas pipe-line project Turkish Stream, proposed on the 1st December 2014 by President Vladimir Putin and accepted by his Turkish opposite number, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has been suspended indefinitely.

Turkish sources indicate that the suspension may be the result of a disagreement about the amount of the tariff reductions awarded by Russia.

Excellent news! Opens up new possibilities for Bulgaria to rise to European prominence by defying Brussels and their US overlords and build South-Stream regardless.

[voltairenet.org] – The Turkish Stream project is suspended

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[deepresource] – Gabriel Hopes South Stream Will Be Built Eventually
[deepresource] – EU Backpedaling on South Stream
[deepresource] – Hungary Presses for Construction of South Stream
[deepresource] – McCain Visits Bulgaria

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Greater European Natural Gas Pipeline System

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Nord Stream 2.0

Discussion of the recent agreement between Gazprom and major European companies (E-ON, Royal Dutch Shell and others) about the construction of a second Nord Stream pipeline between Viborg and Greifswald. If the pipeline will be constructed, the pipeline through Ukraine won’t be needed any longer to supply Western Europe.

Editor: we obviously hope that Nord Stream 2.0 will be build, but companies signing a memorandum of understanding is not enough. There are still the enemies of Europe (US satraps Juncker, Merkel and Hollande) necessary for the signature. But indeed, the realization of Nord Stream 2.0 would be of even greater geopolitical significance than that of South Stream. Germany and Russia, with France as king maker, are essential to change the entire global geopolitical picture.

Oh and than this: did you know that already Nord Stream consists of two parallel pipelines, but that only one pipeline is allowed to be used by Brussels? In fact, building two more pipelines isn’t strictly necessary; it’s just to circumvent stupid bureaucratic rules.

nordstream2Opening ceremony of Nord Stream 1.0. Everything still hunky dory, because the US still hadn’t manage to drive a Ukrainian wedge between Europe and Russia. To be honest, we don’t see the gnomes Merkel & Hollande repeating the same gesture any time soon: too weak. It will take a SPD government to replace the useles careerist CDU Atlanticists to get things moving again between Germany and Russia.

UPDATE – the video claims that Brussels cannot obstruct Nord Stream 2.0 because the new pipelines will be constructed next to the two existing ones. We hope this is true.

[counterpunch.org] – Putin Gobsmacks Uncle Sam … Again
[thetrumpet.com] – Gazprom’s Dangerous New Nord Stream Gas Pipeline to Germany
[mirror]

Saudi Oil Minister Announces Russian-Saudi Petroleum Alliance

petroleum-alliance[source] Putin and Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman

Russian-Saudi thaw. Last year September there were rumors/conspiracy theories that the oil price crash was the work of Saudi-Arabia, that had turned the tap open full blast after instructions consultations with US foreign minister John – where’s my bike? – Kerry. Purpose: hurt Russia with low oil prices.

Whatever the truth of that, those were the days that are no more [Alfred, Lord Tennyson]. This is 2015 and Saudi Arabia is a little bit angry with the US, that all of a sudden plays nice with Iran. And what do jealous lovers do? Right, they pick up the phone and call an old lover, the one lover Saudi-Arabia knows the US hates most: Ivan, just to rub it in.

The two new found partners inked six deals concerning oil cooperation, space cooperation, peaceful nuclear energy cooperation, and nuclear technology sharing.

Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi made an interesting remark:

“I am optimistic about the future of the market in the coming months in terms of the continuing improvement and increasing global demand for oil as well as the low level of commercial inventories.” This, the minister said, “is expected to improve the level of prices.”

“Improving oil prices” from the point of view of oil producers probably means “increasing oil prices”.

Editor: we hope and also expect that oil prices will increase soon, because peak oil is finally upon us. We need higher oil prices to ensure that sun and wind remain competitive and that the transition momentum doesn’t stall. And furthermore we want to see a Russia with a full purse, if necessary at the cost of Europe. Not because we are traitors to the European cause, we are merely traitors to the West, which we want to see blown up, to pave the way for Paris-Berlin-Moscow and the resurrection of European civilization at the end of the age of globalism and Anglo-Soviet 20th century. And old, ‘backward Russia’ all of a sudden has found new strength and has become European avant-garde.

[rt.com] – Russia and Saudi Arabia ink nuclear energy deal
[brookings.edu] – Saudi’s star prince keeps rising, visits Putin in Petersburg
[russia-insider.com] – Saudi Arabia and Russia Ink Six New Deals, Embark on New ‘Petroleum Alliance’

Nord Stream Pipeline to be Doubled

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The Austrian oil company OMW has signed a memorandum of understanding that it wants to participate in the construction of two further legs of the existing Nord Stream pipeline Viborg-Greifswald. Additional partners: Royal-Dutch Shell, E-ON and Gazprom (51%).

Extra capacity: 55 billion m3/year.

[org.at] – OMV will bei Gasprom-Pipeline „Nord Stream“ einsteigen
[zeit.de] – Gazprom baut zwei neue Leitungen für Ostseepipeline
[reuters.com] – Russia’s Gazprom to expand Nord Stream gas pipeline with E.ON, Shell, OMV

There is still a little problem though:

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[source] Needs permission from the Americans

Time to go, Angie. This job is not for you. Hand over to Steinmeier or Gabriel, no elections needed.

Vast Increase Shipping Northern SeaRoute

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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed an order for the development of the Northern Sea Route through the Arctic. The aim is to increase capacity from the current 4 million to 80 million tons in the next 15 years. “This is the shortest route connecting Europe with the Far East, with the Asia-Pacific and the Western part of North America,” the prime minister said Monday… It reduces the transport time from China to Europe by at least 12 days compared to the traditional Suez Canal route… the process of global warming had notably accelerated by the end of the 20th century, which gave vessels an opportunity to sail through the Northern Sea Route all year round with the help of icebreakers.

[rt.com] – Russian PM orders plan to increase Northern Sea Route capacity by 20 times

The PetroYuan is Born

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Where does China get its crude oil from?

Gazprom has confirmed that since the beginning of the year, all oil sales to China have been settled in renminbi.

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[zerohedge.com] – The PetroYuan Is Born: Gazprom Now Settling All Crude Sales To China In Renminbi

Norway Overtook Russia as Europe’s Largest Gas Supplier

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[rt.com] – Norway outstrips Russia as western Europe’s largest gas supplier

William Engdahl on the Abiotic Origin of Oil

The West believes that oil has an organic origin.

Russia believes that oil originates from the core of the earth and migrates to the earth’s surface under pressure until it is halted by a granite ‘roof’.

Engdahl believes that the Russians are right and that under the right circumstances oilfields could replenish.

Editor: without taking sides in this issue, it is interesting that oil accumulates in oil fields and that oil is not universally present, where in contrast life is.

Russia Continuous to Divert Gas from Europe to Asia

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Strategic disaster in the making for Europe, that runs the serious risk of running out of fuel if the Middle-East descends further into chaos.

The Americans can be proud of themselves and their actions in Ukraine, by managing to let their Euro-serfs shoot themselves in the foot, by driving a wedge between Europe and Russia. That’s what you get if you believe that your worst enemy (neocon-run USA) is your savior, a mindset aka as the Atlanticist Faith.

China and Russia will seal an agreement later this year on piped gas from Western Siberia, China’s foreign minister said on Sunday, a deal that will continue Russia’s economic shift towards Asia and away from Western Europe.

This is all to the advantage of China, that now can replace vulnerable overseas supply routes from the Middle-East, that can be interrupted by the US navy, by overland pipelines, leaving the unreliable supply from Muslim lands to the Euro-fools, ‘lead’ by the 1968-generation human rights trash a la Juncker, Merkel and Hollande. As the Middle-East descends ever more into chaos, these supplies become less certain with every passing day.

[russia-insider.com] – China and Russia Set to Finalize Another Major Gas Deal

South Stream 2.0

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It is a done deal now: South Stream is history.

Or is it?

The map shows the Black Sea pipeline (“Turk Stream”) that is going to be built, with almost the same trajectory as the original South Stream one, except that now the new pipeline will end in Turkey rather than in Bulgaria. The difference is that Turkey is not member of the EU (and never will be) in contrast to poor Bulgaria. Turkey is not interested in obstructing the construction of the pipeline with “Third Energy Packages”, like the EU did until Putin called Brussels bluff, and says ‘thank you very much’ to Putin-Russia for this little present. Turkey and Russia, unlike the Euro-fools in Brussels, realize that Europe will need natural gas for decades to come. A pipeline through Turkey means additional billions of income for Turkey from transit fees, to be paid by European consumers, ruled by incompetent US satraps in Brussels. On top of that, Turkey will get an enormous and completely unnecessary political leverage over Europe, just because the Euro-cowards are too afraid to kick American *** hard by refusing to take any more orders from Washington. If Europe does something Turkey doesn’t like, Turkey can shut off essential gas supply in a minute.

The new situation also encourages Turkey to loosen its ties with the West and become a member of the SCO alliance, the alliance with a future, unlike the West. This new alliance will enable Turkey to project its power over the Arabian peninsula with the end goal of reestablishing the Ottoman Empire and removing the US from the Middle-East. And all the signs are that this is precisely Turkey’s intention. And as long as the US has a big mouth against Russia and China, both the latter will give Turkey the free hand in the Middle-East, as long as it hurts US interests. The West gets smaller with every passing day.

For fourteen years, Putin-Russia’s grand strategy has been rapprochement to Europe

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The big winners in the Iraq drama after giving Washington the finger in 2003.

…but at a decisive moment, Europe and its two greatest losers Merkel and Hollance…

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Spineless dangerous incompetent European losers, determined to run Europe into the ground by obeying any order from Washington, like giving Europe away to Islam.

… did not have the guts to oppose the neocon-criminals in Washington and say no to the Ukrainian misadventure. Now the SCO-strategy is to weaken the West by ‘stealing’ Turkey from the alliance, in perfect symmetry with the theft of Ukraine and attempted theft of Syria from the Russian sphere of influence. And Turkey, being the de facto natural leader of Islam and potential owner of most of the fossil fuel resources west of the Gulf, is a much more valuable ally than basket case Ukraine.

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The Western ‘je suis Charlies’ outfoxed again by the geopolitical Grandmaster.

[rt.com]

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