Monthly Archives: May 2007

May 31, 2007 — Contents

THURSDAY MAY 31 CONTENTS


(1) Annals of Russia’s Demographic Crisis

(2) New U.S. Congress Bashes Neo-Soviet Russia

(3) Annals of Russian Pathology: The Missiles of May

(4) If That is my Country, When’s the Next Rocket to Mars?

(5) Point-Counterpoint

NOTE: Check out La Russophobe‘s latest installment on Publius Pundit, where with the help of Robert Amsterdam she exposes the outrageous lies the Kremlin is telling about the alleged protection from extradition created by the Russian Constitution, using this false claim as a basis to refuse to hand over accused Litvinenko killer Andrei Lugovoi.

NOTE: La Russophobe continues to be the fortunate recipient of a great deal of valuable input from readers, as today’s postings indicate. Two of the items (#1 and #4) come to us through the efforts of the readership, for which we express our gratitude and admiration. Submissions from readers are always welcomed by e-mail, and anonymity is assured if desired.

NOTE: La Russophobe is pleased to direct your attention to the charming slice-of-life Moscow blog “Moscow Does not Believe in Tears.” The blogger describes herself as an “avid, rabid LR reader” which clearly indicates that she’s a person of exceptional taste and refinement, to say nothing of being a rare female, sister blogger as well. You go, girl!

Annals of Russia’s Demographic Crisis

Facts about Neo-Soviet Russia’s Health:

  • In the first six months of 2005, the Russian population fell by half a million [LR: And that’s only the lowest possible number, the one provided by Kremlin data; the actual number is quite likely far higher]
  • By the middle of this century Russia could lose up to half of its people, according to Russian government stats [LR: If we used actual stats rather than those provided by a government presided over by a proud KGB spy, the picture would be even more dire. The same holds true for all the data to follow.]
  • Life expectancy for men is 56 years, the same as Bangladesh
  • Ten years ago, the life expectancy for men in Russia was 63 [LR: Still much lower than in the West, and in Vladimir Putin’s 8 years in office there has been no improvement]
  • The World Health Organisation says that at a conservative estimate more than a million people will have died because of AIDS in Russia by 2020 [LR: When was the last time you heard “President” Putin mention AIDS?]
  • Every other newborn baby is diagnosed with a disease at birth
  • There are more abortions every year in Russia than babies are born
  • Thanks to ill-health, 10 million Russians are infertile [LR: Think about that — 10 million Russians can’t make children, and among those who can more choose to abort than give birth. What does that tell you about the country they live in?]
  • A quarter of the population lives below the poverty line [LR: And that’s “poverty” as defined by Russians, not Westerners; in Russia, the average wage is $2.50 per hour, and the minimum wage is $0.25 per hour]
  • Paradox #1: Despite all of the above, Moscow has more billionaires than any other city in the world [LR: The same situation as in Tsarist Russia; Russians have learned nothing from their own history or the horrors of the Bolshevik revolution]
  • Paradox #2: Despite all of the above, although Russia’s population is in freefall, they’re still throwing people out. Thirty thousand Meshket Turks have recently had to seek asylum in America, having been forced from their homes in the south of the country by discriminatory laws and racist attacks. [LR: And they’re still favoring their government with 70% approval ratings in polls, the ultimate proof of Russian barbarism and stupidity]

Those facts and more were reported by Britain’s Channel 4 in a program called “Death of a Nation.” Click through the link to watch video excerpts and read more about the show. A reader notes:

When I read about it, I thought it would just show a lot of poverty and not focus on any real issues about what is uniquely wrong in Russia. I was wrong. The most dramatic thing was when he went and visited the Meshket Turk people in Krasnodar. Their situation seemed exactly like black South Africans in the apartheid era. Now 30000 of them are apparently being expelled from Russia and being taken in by the USA (so the people said themselves). It is worth seeing the posts to the forum on the subject on the website. Anyway, during the filming the crew were accosted by drunken neo-facist cossack police who said they had no right to film there. They were then taken away in extreme fear to the house of the officer and given hospitality with large amounts of alcoholic drinks, after which the officer collapsed in a drunken stupor. Later at the police offices, the crew were given moonshine vodka, whipped for fun, and found a copy of one of the police officers’ favorite books – Mein Kampf. They then whent to the inauguration of the same police officer as colonel, which would put him in charge of hundreds of police. Perhaps it has been shown somewhere at some time in America. It is a pity it has not been put on the You Tube.

The greatest horror of all, of course, is that despite all these egregious, undeniable failures, the Russian people still chooose to favor “President” Putin with stratospheric approval ratings, do not require him to participate in debates or to run in contested elections. In other words, they are committing suicide (again).

Annals of Russia’s Demographic Crisis

Facts about Neo-Soviet Russia’s Health:

  • In the first six months of 2005, the Russian population fell by half a million [LR: And that’s only the lowest possible number, the one provided by Kremlin data; the actual number is quite likely far higher]
  • By the middle of this century Russia could lose up to half of its people, according to Russian government stats [LR: If we used actual stats rather than those provided by a government presided over by a proud KGB spy, the picture would be even more dire. The same holds true for all the data to follow.]
  • Life expectancy for men is 56 years, the same as Bangladesh
  • Ten years ago, the life expectancy for men in Russia was 63 [LR: Still much lower than in the West, and in Vladimir Putin’s 8 years in office there has been no improvement]
  • The World Health Organisation says that at a conservative estimate more than a million people will have died because of AIDS in Russia by 2020 [LR: When was the last time you heard “President” Putin mention AIDS?]
  • Every other newborn baby is diagnosed with a disease at birth
  • There are more abortions every year in Russia than babies are born
  • Thanks to ill-health, 10 million Russians are infertile [LR: Think about that — 10 million Russians can’t make children, and among those who can more choose to abort than give birth. What does that tell you about the country they live in?]
  • A quarter of the population lives below the poverty line [LR: And that’s “poverty” as defined by Russians, not Westerners; in Russia, the average wage is $2.50 per hour, and the minimum wage is $0.25 per hour]
  • Paradox #1: Despite all of the above, Moscow has more billionaires than any other city in the world [LR: The same situation as in Tsarist Russia; Russians have learned nothing from their own history or the horrors of the Bolshevik revolution]
  • Paradox #2: Despite all of the above, although Russia’s population is in freefall, they’re still throwing people out. Thirty thousand Meshket Turks have recently had to seek asylum in America, having been forced from their homes in the south of the country by discriminatory laws and racist attacks. [LR: And they’re still favoring their government with 70% approval ratings in polls, the ultimate proof of Russian barbarism and stupidity]

Those facts and more were reported by Britain’s Channel 4 in a program called “Death of a Nation.” Click through the link to watch video excerpts and read more about the show. A reader notes:

When I read about it, I thought it would just show a lot of poverty and not focus on any real issues about what is uniquely wrong in Russia. I was wrong. The most dramatic thing was when he went and visited the Meshket Turk people in Krasnodar. Their situation seemed exactly like black South Africans in the apartheid era. Now 30000 of them are apparently being expelled from Russia and being taken in by the USA (so the people said themselves). It is worth seeing the posts to the forum on the subject on the website. Anyway, during the filming the crew were accosted by drunken neo-facist cossack police who said they had no right to film there. They were then taken away in extreme fear to the house of the officer and given hospitality with large amounts of alcoholic drinks, after which the officer collapsed in a drunken stupor. Later at the police offices, the crew were given moonshine vodka, whipped for fun, and found a copy of one of the police officers’ favorite books – Mein Kampf. They then whent to the inauguration of the same police officer as colonel, which would put him in charge of hundreds of police. Perhaps it has been shown somewhere at some time in America. It is a pity it has not been put on the You Tube.

The greatest horror of all, of course, is that despite all these egregious, undeniable failures, the Russian people still chooose to favor “President” Putin with stratospheric approval ratings, do not require him to participate in debates or to run in contested elections. In other words, they are committing suicide (again).

Annals of Russia’s Demographic Crisis

Facts about Neo-Soviet Russia’s Health:

  • In the first six months of 2005, the Russian population fell by half a million [LR: And that’s only the lowest possible number, the one provided by Kremlin data; the actual number is quite likely far higher]
  • By the middle of this century Russia could lose up to half of its people, according to Russian government stats [LR: If we used actual stats rather than those provided by a government presided over by a proud KGB spy, the picture would be even more dire. The same holds true for all the data to follow.]
  • Life expectancy for men is 56 years, the same as Bangladesh
  • Ten years ago, the life expectancy for men in Russia was 63 [LR: Still much lower than in the West, and in Vladimir Putin’s 8 years in office there has been no improvement]
  • The World Health Organisation says that at a conservative estimate more than a million people will have died because of AIDS in Russia by 2020 [LR: When was the last time you heard “President” Putin mention AIDS?]
  • Every other newborn baby is diagnosed with a disease at birth
  • There are more abortions every year in Russia than babies are born
  • Thanks to ill-health, 10 million Russians are infertile [LR: Think about that — 10 million Russians can’t make children, and among those who can more choose to abort than give birth. What does that tell you about the country they live in?]
  • A quarter of the population lives below the poverty line [LR: And that’s “poverty” as defined by Russians, not Westerners; in Russia, the average wage is $2.50 per hour, and the minimum wage is $0.25 per hour]
  • Paradox #1: Despite all of the above, Moscow has more billionaires than any other city in the world [LR: The same situation as in Tsarist Russia; Russians have learned nothing from their own history or the horrors of the Bolshevik revolution]
  • Paradox #2: Despite all of the above, although Russia’s population is in freefall, they’re still throwing people out. Thirty thousand Meshket Turks have recently had to seek asylum in America, having been forced from their homes in the south of the country by discriminatory laws and racist attacks. [LR: And they’re still favoring their government with 70% approval ratings in polls, the ultimate proof of Russian barbarism and stupidity]

Those facts and more were reported by Britain’s Channel 4 in a program called “Death of a Nation.” Click through the link to watch video excerpts and read more about the show. A reader notes:

When I read about it, I thought it would just show a lot of poverty and not focus on any real issues about what is uniquely wrong in Russia. I was wrong. The most dramatic thing was when he went and visited the Meshket Turk people in Krasnodar. Their situation seemed exactly like black South Africans in the apartheid era. Now 30000 of them are apparently being expelled from Russia and being taken in by the USA (so the people said themselves). It is worth seeing the posts to the forum on the subject on the website. Anyway, during the filming the crew were accosted by drunken neo-facist cossack police who said they had no right to film there. They were then taken away in extreme fear to the house of the officer and given hospitality with large amounts of alcoholic drinks, after which the officer collapsed in a drunken stupor. Later at the police offices, the crew were given moonshine vodka, whipped for fun, and found a copy of one of the police officers’ favorite books – Mein Kampf. They then whent to the inauguration of the same police officer as colonel, which would put him in charge of hundreds of police. Perhaps it has been shown somewhere at some time in America. It is a pity it has not been put on the You Tube.

The greatest horror of all, of course, is that despite all these egregious, undeniable failures, the Russian people still chooose to favor “President” Putin with stratospheric approval ratings, do not require him to participate in debates or to run in contested elections. In other words, they are committing suicide (again).

Annals of Russia’s Demographic Crisis

Facts about Neo-Soviet Russia’s Health:

  • In the first six months of 2005, the Russian population fell by half a million [LR: And that’s only the lowest possible number, the one provided by Kremlin data; the actual number is quite likely far higher]
  • By the middle of this century Russia could lose up to half of its people, according to Russian government stats [LR: If we used actual stats rather than those provided by a government presided over by a proud KGB spy, the picture would be even more dire. The same holds true for all the data to follow.]
  • Life expectancy for men is 56 years, the same as Bangladesh
  • Ten years ago, the life expectancy for men in Russia was 63 [LR: Still much lower than in the West, and in Vladimir Putin’s 8 years in office there has been no improvement]
  • The World Health Organisation says that at a conservative estimate more than a million people will have died because of AIDS in Russia by 2020 [LR: When was the last time you heard “President” Putin mention AIDS?]
  • Every other newborn baby is diagnosed with a disease at birth
  • There are more abortions every year in Russia than babies are born
  • Thanks to ill-health, 10 million Russians are infertile [LR: Think about that — 10 million Russians can’t make children, and among those who can more choose to abort than give birth. What does that tell you about the country they live in?]
  • A quarter of the population lives below the poverty line [LR: And that’s “poverty” as defined by Russians, not Westerners; in Russia, the average wage is $2.50 per hour, and the minimum wage is $0.25 per hour]
  • Paradox #1: Despite all of the above, Moscow has more billionaires than any other city in the world [LR: The same situation as in Tsarist Russia; Russians have learned nothing from their own history or the horrors of the Bolshevik revolution]
  • Paradox #2: Despite all of the above, although Russia’s population is in freefall, they’re still throwing people out. Thirty thousand Meshket Turks have recently had to seek asylum in America, having been forced from their homes in the south of the country by discriminatory laws and racist attacks. [LR: And they’re still favoring their government with 70% approval ratings in polls, the ultimate proof of Russian barbarism and stupidity]

Those facts and more were reported by Britain’s Channel 4 in a program called “Death of a Nation.” Click through the link to watch video excerpts and read more about the show. A reader notes:

When I read about it, I thought it would just show a lot of poverty and not focus on any real issues about what is uniquely wrong in Russia. I was wrong. The most dramatic thing was when he went and visited the Meshket Turk people in Krasnodar. Their situation seemed exactly like black South Africans in the apartheid era. Now 30000 of them are apparently being expelled from Russia and being taken in by the USA (so the people said themselves). It is worth seeing the posts to the forum on the subject on the website. Anyway, during the filming the crew were accosted by drunken neo-facist cossack police who said they had no right to film there. They were then taken away in extreme fear to the house of the officer and given hospitality with large amounts of alcoholic drinks, after which the officer collapsed in a drunken stupor. Later at the police offices, the crew were given moonshine vodka, whipped for fun, and found a copy of one of the police officers’ favorite books – Mein Kampf. They then whent to the inauguration of the same police officer as colonel, which would put him in charge of hundreds of police. Perhaps it has been shown somewhere at some time in America. It is a pity it has not been put on the You Tube.

The greatest horror of all, of course, is that despite all these egregious, undeniable failures, the Russian people still chooose to favor “President” Putin with stratospheric approval ratings, do not require him to participate in debates or to run in contested elections. In other words, they are committing suicide (again).

Annals of Russia’s Demographic Crisis

Facts about Neo-Soviet Russia’s Health:

  • In the first six months of 2005, the Russian population fell by half a million [LR: And that’s only the lowest possible number, the one provided by Kremlin data; the actual number is quite likely far higher]
  • By the middle of this century Russia could lose up to half of its people, according to Russian government stats [LR: If we used actual stats rather than those provided by a government presided over by a proud KGB spy, the picture would be even more dire. The same holds true for all the data to follow.]
  • Life expectancy for men is 56 years, the same as Bangladesh
  • Ten years ago, the life expectancy for men in Russia was 63 [LR: Still much lower than in the West, and in Vladimir Putin’s 8 years in office there has been no improvement]
  • The World Health Organisation says that at a conservative estimate more than a million people will have died because of AIDS in Russia by 2020 [LR: When was the last time you heard “President” Putin mention AIDS?]
  • Every other newborn baby is diagnosed with a disease at birth
  • There are more abortions every year in Russia than babies are born
  • Thanks to ill-health, 10 million Russians are infertile [LR: Think about that — 10 million Russians can’t make children, and among those who can more choose to abort than give birth. What does that tell you about the country they live in?]
  • A quarter of the population lives below the poverty line [LR: And that’s “poverty” as defined by Russians, not Westerners; in Russia, the average wage is $2.50 per hour, and the minimum wage is $0.25 per hour]
  • Paradox #1: Despite all of the above, Moscow has more billionaires than any other city in the world [LR: The same situation as in Tsarist Russia; Russians have learned nothing from their own history or the horrors of the Bolshevik revolution]
  • Paradox #2: Despite all of the above, although Russia’s population is in freefall, they’re still throwing people out. Thirty thousand Meshket Turks have recently had to seek asylum in America, having been forced from their homes in the south of the country by discriminatory laws and racist attacks. [LR: And they’re still favoring their government with 70% approval ratings in polls, the ultimate proof of Russian barbarism and stupidity]

Those facts and more were reported by Britain’s Channel 4 in a program called “Death of a Nation.” Click through the link to watch video excerpts and read more about the show. A reader notes:

When I read about it, I thought it would just show a lot of poverty and not focus on any real issues about what is uniquely wrong in Russia. I was wrong. The most dramatic thing was when he went and visited the Meshket Turk people in Krasnodar. Their situation seemed exactly like black South Africans in the apartheid era. Now 30000 of them are apparently being expelled from Russia and being taken in by the USA (so the people said themselves). It is worth seeing the posts to the forum on the subject on the website. Anyway, during the filming the crew were accosted by drunken neo-facist cossack police who said they had no right to film there. They were then taken away in extreme fear to the house of the officer and given hospitality with large amounts of alcoholic drinks, after which the officer collapsed in a drunken stupor. Later at the police offices, the crew were given moonshine vodka, whipped for fun, and found a copy of one of the police officers’ favorite books – Mein Kampf. They then whent to the inauguration of the same police officer as colonel, which would put him in charge of hundreds of police. Perhaps it has been shown somewhere at some time in America. It is a pity it has not been put on the You Tube.

The greatest horror of all, of course, is that despite all these egregious, undeniable failures, the Russian people still chooose to favor “President” Putin with stratospheric approval ratings, do not require him to participate in debates or to run in contested elections. In other words, they are committing suicide (again).

New U.S. Congress Bashes Neo-Soviet Russia

The Voice of America reports on how recent hearings about Rusisa before the U.S. Congress — now controlled by the Democratic P “reverberated with concerns over the deteriorating state of democracy in the world’s largest country.”

A Congressional hearing on Russia last Thursday reverberated with concerns over the deteriorating state of democracy in the world’s largest country. Meanwhile, the U.S. government says it will continue cooperating with the Kremlin wherever possible, but, at the same time, will continue to criticize Russia and defend U.S. principles, when necessary. VOA’s Ivana Kuhar has more.

Participants in a Congressional hearing on U.S. relations with Russia generally agreed that Washington and Moscow still cooperate closely on a number of critically important issues. But the experts also voiced serious concerns for Russia’s backsliding on individual freedoms and democratic institutions.

Christopher Smith
Christopher Smith

Republican Congressman Christopher Smith from New Jersey offers his comments on the situation, “I am afraid Russia today may be slipping backwards. The Russian economy is booming, but Russian democracy seems to be falling below the level of many developing countries.” Smith says he is alarmed by the repression of the opposition in Russia and the diminishing right to protest. He says the decline in media freedom is diametrically opposed to Russia’s professed commitment to foundations of a democratic state.

A Democratic congressman from Florida, Alcee Hastings, chairs the Congressional Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe — the premier Congressional body for the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms worldwide. Hastings said, in Putin’s Russia, the Kremlin is making all decisions, effectively bypassing the people, the parliament and the judiciary. “Despite President Putin’s lip service in support of democratic institutions and civil society, we now see a political agenda centrally planned in Moscow.”

Republican Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas says Russia’s behavior in the international arena has been equally troubling. In a written statement, Brownback contends Moscow is seeking to intimidate its neighbors, particularly those that choose to pursue closer ties to the West.

A U.S. presidential candidate, Brownback says he is alarmed by Russia’s use of energy as a means to exert political pressure on its neighbors and worried about the political implications of European states being overly dependent on Russia’s energy.

Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Fried presented the Congressional panel with the Bush administration’s objectives in its relations with Russia. “Ours might not be a full strategic partnership, but it includes partnership on many strategic issues. The administration wants Russia to be a partner in the world, and we want Russia to be strong, but strong in 21st century terms: with strong, democratic and independent institutions in and out of government.”

Fried said it is imperative that the two countries work together wherever possible, “even when such cooperation may prove challenging.” The U.S. will, says Fried, push back when necessary in defense of American values, interests and friends.

“We do not exempt Russia from our belief in the universal potential of freedom, and we also have Russia in mind when we say that we seek an open world characterized by partnerships with like-minded countries.”

Assistant Secretary of State Fried lauded the U.S.-Russian partnership in a number of critical areas, such as counterterrorism and nonproliferation. He said the U.S. is committed to an ongoing dialogue with Russia, to smooth over differences and bridge the rifts where they might exist.