Daily Archives: April 19, 2006

Kremlin Launches Propaganda Attack on NGOs

The Moscow Times reveals the crude propaganda campaign instituted by the Putin regime against “evil” foreign charities:

The Moscow City Duma urged President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday to restrict the activities of foreign nongovernmental organizations that fight HIV/AIDS, saying they “encourage pedophilia, prostitution and the use of drugs among teenagers.”

Foreign NGOs condemned the appeal as a new attempt by authorities to discredit their work.
The City Duma passed a nonbinding resolution that accused foreign NGOs of “corrupting the people’s morale and health” and called for Russia to develop a homegrown prevention program.
“The implementation of [foreign programs] is facilitating the growth of HIV infections rather than prevention,” said the resolution, which was drafted by United Russia Deputy Lyudmila Stebenkova.

The appeal was backed by the legislature’s 28 United Russia deputies and four Communist deputies, while the remaining three, from Yabloko, abstained.

Stebenkova’s spokeswoman, Veronika Kochetova, said the resolution was drawn up after United Russia deputies received a copy of an April 12 petition to Putin signed by 6,000 parents in Yekaterinburg. The petition criticized a short cartoon that it said was distributed by a local NGO, Kholis, and being shown in schools.

Kochetova said the cartoon showed a man inviting a child to ride in his car. An older boy warns the child that the man wants to have sex and could infect him with HIV. The cartoon ends with the man throwing the naked child out of the car.

Anti-Fascist Protester Murdered in Moscow

Student With Anti-Fascist Leaflets Murdered

The Moscow Times

A 19-year-old student described by friends as an anti-fascist activist was attacked by a group of young men in southern Moscow and killed after being stabbed once in the chest, police said Tuesday.

Six to eight young men approached Alexander Ryukhin, a third-year student at the Moscow Electronics and Mathematics Institute, near the Domodedovskaya metro station Sunday evening as he and a friend headed for a punk rock concert, said Sova, a hate crimes watchdog.
One of the attackers stabbed Ryukhin in the chest with a knife, Sova said, citing eyewitnesses’ accounts to investigators.

Ryukhin died almost instantly, well before an ambulance arrived. Anti-fascist leaflets were found in his pockets.

The attackers fled, leaving the knife in Ryukhin’s chest and no fingerprints on the handle.

World Bank Trashes the Putin Sham Economy

The New York Times reports that the World Bank has just issued a report trashing Russia’s economy as over-reliant on petroluem and lacking any sound fundamental basis.

To quote the Times:

The report . . . reinforced warnings that Russia is relying too heavily on oil exports while allowing its manufacturing sector to wither. The country is the world’s second-largest oil producer, after Saudi Arabia.

The report found that the energy sector and consumer sales were strong but industrial output was leveling off, having reached a plateau after a few years of growth fueled by favorable exchange rates that resulted from the Russian economic crisis of 1998.

The bank estimated Russia’s gross domestic product grew 6.4 percent in 2005 compared with 7.2 percent a year earlier. Industrial production, however, increased only 4 percent compared with 8.3 percent the previous year.

“The vast majority of manufacturing sectors showed marked slowdowns in economic growth in 2005 relative to 2004,” according to the report, the latest in a series released by the bank’s Moscow office.

La Russophobe reported on Russia’s encroaching recession in industrial production some time ago.

Russia’s Top Businessmen Bemoan Putin’s Sham Economy

As the Moscow Times reports:

Russia’s big-business lobby sounded alarm bells Tuesday about the country’s investment climate and warned that Russian industry was at risk of stagnation.

The economy might even face deindustrialization if more is not done to improve business environment and encourage private investment, said Alexander Shokhin, president of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, or RSPP.

High growth can be seen mainly in sectors that are protected from imports — as well as in retail, financial and other services, and construction — but other industries are stagnating, Shokhin said at RSPP’s 15th annual congress.

“In the long-term, this threatens possible deindustrialization,” he told the gathering of more than 600 businessmen from Russia’s 88 regions, government officials and foreign entrepreneurs.

RSPP members produce 60 percent of the country’s gross domestic product, according to the lobby’s estimates.

Economic growth slowed to 6.4 percent last year, compared with 7.2 percent in 2004, according to a report distributed by RSPP during the congress. Industrial output growth slowed to 4 percent from 8.3 percent in 2004, and natural resources extraction growth slowed to 1.2 percent from 7.2 percent in 2004, the report said.

Russia’s Top Businessmen Bemoan Putin’s Sham Economy

As the Moscow Times reports:

Russia’s big-business lobby sounded alarm bells Tuesday about the country’s investment climate and warned that Russian industry was at risk of stagnation.

The economy might even face deindustrialization if more is not done to improve business environment and encourage private investment, said Alexander Shokhin, president of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, or RSPP.

High growth can be seen mainly in sectors that are protected from imports — as well as in retail, financial and other services, and construction — but other industries are stagnating, Shokhin said at RSPP’s 15th annual congress.

“In the long-term, this threatens possible deindustrialization,” he told the gathering of more than 600 businessmen from Russia’s 88 regions, government officials and foreign entrepreneurs.

RSPP members produce 60 percent of the country’s gross domestic product, according to the lobby’s estimates.

Economic growth slowed to 6.4 percent last year, compared with 7.2 percent in 2004, according to a report distributed by RSPP during the congress. Industrial output growth slowed to 4 percent from 8.3 percent in 2004, and natural resources extraction growth slowed to 1.2 percent from 7.2 percent in 2004, the report said.