WEDNESDAY MAY 6 CONTENTS
(1) EDITORIAL: Russia is (still) Burning
(2) EDITORIAL: Russians Yearn to Breathe Partly Free
(3) EDITORIAL: Here we go Again
(4) We must Defend Georgia!
(5) They Serve (themselves) and Protect (criminals)
NOTE: Do not fail to appreciate the signifance of the interplay between our three editorials today. #1 and #3 document the increasingly egregious and painful failure of the Putin administration across a wide range of social policy challenges. #2 makes clear that the only response the government has to this failure is the crackdown, denying information about it and keepiing the nation in the neo-Soviet darkness while brutally crushing anyone who dares to talk back.
NOTE: Once again the world chess grand prix has been held on Russia soil and once again a non-Russian has taken the title. In fact, the Russians didn’t even make the finals. Ouch. How the mighty have fallen, Mr. Putin.
Here we Go Again
Russia’s foreign currency reserves are back in freefall, and Russia’s largest company, Gazprom, is withering like a raisin in the sun. Welcome to the horror that is government by KGB spy.
Defense policy analyst Zbigniew Mazurak, writing on the American Thinker (and quoting Kim Zigfeld!):
Unless European states and America suddenly adopt a hawkish foreign policy and strengthen their militaries, Europe will become a mere province of the Russian empire.
And, suprisingly, the fate of Europe will be decided not in Paris, Berlin, London, or Brussels, but in Georgia, a tiny, seemingly irrelevant country. The Caucasian republic hosts several strategic oil and gas pipelines. These pipes are the only fossil fuel corridors leading from Asia to Europe that are not controlled by the Russian Federation. Whoever controls Europe’s fossil fuel supply rules the European continent.
If the Russians seize those pipelines, their country will be a monopolist in Europe. The Old Continent will then have no choice other than to rely on Russia for the fossil fuel supply. This will mean that Russia will have a de facto veto right over the decisions of European governments. (Russia already has this power with regard to French and German governments; Germany obtains 40% of the natural gas it uses from Russia.)
Russian “prime minister” Vladimir Putin believes it is so impossible that Russian law enforcement authorities could have been involved with the bomb attacks in Moscow that were used to justify the invasion of Chechya that no investigation of the possibility is necessary. Moscow Times crime blogger Carl Schrenk has other information about the nature of high-ranking law enforcement officers in Russia (LR readers will recall our report last week about the Moscow district police chief who turned out to be mass murderer):
In a quirky case that mirrors the plot of a famous Russian movie, a St. Petersburg police investigator is suspected of organizing the escape of an jailed felon with whom she had apparent romantic links.
Prosecutors say Yana Antonova, an investigator for “especially important cases” with the St. Petersburg police, forged an order for the jail transfer of suspect Mikhail Beryukov and then spirited him off to a rented apartment, where they spent a week together.