Daily Archives: June 22, 2007

June 22, 2007 — Contents

FRIDAY JUNE 22 CONTENTS


(1) Russia is New Jersey

(2) Annals of “Pacified” Chechyna

(3) Another Fire Tragedy in Russia

(4) Albats Speaks

(5) The Georgia Failure: Putin’s Waterloo?

NOTE: For those interested in such things, here is an elaborate, lengthy prediction about how the downfall of Russia may occur. Fascinating reading. And terrifying, if you’re a Russian.

Russia is New Jersey


This provocative map from the Opinion Mill blog renames the American states according to the countries that are equivalent in GDP terms. Under this analysis, mighty Russia is rivaled by the tiny American state of New Jersey. Click the map to enlarge. We can hear the Russophile screeching now: “It’s a dirty lie! Russia’s GDP is at least as big as Texas! And with purchasing power parity, we’re hot on the heels of California!” LR wonders how they say in Russian that thing about the forest and the trees . . .

Annals of "Pacified" Chechnya: The Blood Continues to Flow

Deutsche Presse reports:

Four Russian soldiers were killed in the southern province of Chechnya in a crossfire between soldiers and traffic inspectors in a flare-up of tensions between military and police forces in the war-scarred region, reports said Thursday. A Russian-made UAZ van was stopped Wednesday night on a highway near the Chechen capital of Grozny for a registration check when an army officer was found drunk behind the wheel, a regional police source said. ‘He would not agree to inspections, it seems. Rushing up to help (the driver), the soldiers wounded three policemen, including two officers,’ the source, who was not identified, told Interfax. Local traffic police and special forces arrived to bring order to the situation. In the ensuing crossfire, four people were killed. All were soldiers in the army’s Zapad battalion. Six were taken to hospital with injuries, including three Zapad soldiers and three policemen. The southern province of Chechnya, after two separatist wars in the last 13 years, is undergoing a wave of reconstruction under recently inaugurated regional leader Ramzan Kadyrov, but the province still experiences open conflict.

Yet Another Fire Tragedy in Putin’s Russia

Not only are the crazed policies of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin placing the Russian people at risk of yet another cold war, like the one that destoyed the USSR, but Russia has one of the highest murder rates in the world, so it also lacks domestic security. And there are many threats to Russians beyond murder, with fire being one of the outstanding examples. The Associated Press reports yet another horrific example of the latter:

A fire swept through a nursing home Thursday and killed at least 10 people, the latest in a series of deadly fires, many of which were caused by rampant neglect of safety rules. Four people were hospitalized with burns and other injuries, the Omsk regional administration said in a statement. “The delay resulted in fatalities,” Beltsov told The Associated Press. Russia records nearly 18,000 fire deaths a year, several times the per capita rate in the United States and other Western countries. Deadly blazes at schools, hospitals and other state-run facilities in recent years have revealed official negligence and rampant violations of fire safety rules. In Kamyshevatskaya it took firefighters almost an hour to get to the fire site from a larger town, but on Thursday firefighters arrived at the nursing home in just five minutes after receiving information about the fire, Beltsov said. The Omsk regional administration said that local authorities had spent more than $770,000 over the last two years to renovate the nursing home building and it was considered one of the best in the region, the RIA Novosti news agency said.

Yet Another Fire Tragedy in Putin’s Russia

Not only are the crazed policies of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin placing the Russian people at risk of yet another cold war, like the one that destoyed the USSR, but Russia has one of the highest murder rates in the world, so it also lacks domestic security. And there are many threats to Russians beyond murder, with fire being one of the outstanding examples. The Associated Press reports yet another horrific example of the latter:

A fire swept through a nursing home Thursday and killed at least 10 people, the latest in a series of deadly fires, many of which were caused by rampant neglect of safety rules. Four people were hospitalized with burns and other injuries, the Omsk regional administration said in a statement. “The delay resulted in fatalities,” Beltsov told The Associated Press. Russia records nearly 18,000 fire deaths a year, several times the per capita rate in the United States and other Western countries. Deadly blazes at schools, hospitals and other state-run facilities in recent years have revealed official negligence and rampant violations of fire safety rules. In Kamyshevatskaya it took firefighters almost an hour to get to the fire site from a larger town, but on Thursday firefighters arrived at the nursing home in just five minutes after receiving information about the fire, Beltsov said. The Omsk regional administration said that local authorities had spent more than $770,000 over the last two years to renovate the nursing home building and it was considered one of the best in the region, the RIA Novosti news agency said.

Yet Another Fire Tragedy in Putin’s Russia

Not only are the crazed policies of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin placing the Russian people at risk of yet another cold war, like the one that destoyed the USSR, but Russia has one of the highest murder rates in the world, so it also lacks domestic security. And there are many threats to Russians beyond murder, with fire being one of the outstanding examples. The Associated Press reports yet another horrific example of the latter:

A fire swept through a nursing home Thursday and killed at least 10 people, the latest in a series of deadly fires, many of which were caused by rampant neglect of safety rules. Four people were hospitalized with burns and other injuries, the Omsk regional administration said in a statement. “The delay resulted in fatalities,” Beltsov told The Associated Press. Russia records nearly 18,000 fire deaths a year, several times the per capita rate in the United States and other Western countries. Deadly blazes at schools, hospitals and other state-run facilities in recent years have revealed official negligence and rampant violations of fire safety rules. In Kamyshevatskaya it took firefighters almost an hour to get to the fire site from a larger town, but on Thursday firefighters arrived at the nursing home in just five minutes after receiving information about the fire, Beltsov said. The Omsk regional administration said that local authorities had spent more than $770,000 over the last two years to renovate the nursing home building and it was considered one of the best in the region, the RIA Novosti news agency said.

Yet Another Fire Tragedy in Putin’s Russia

Not only are the crazed policies of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin placing the Russian people at risk of yet another cold war, like the one that destoyed the USSR, but Russia has one of the highest murder rates in the world, so it also lacks domestic security. And there are many threats to Russians beyond murder, with fire being one of the outstanding examples. The Associated Press reports yet another horrific example of the latter:

A fire swept through a nursing home Thursday and killed at least 10 people, the latest in a series of deadly fires, many of which were caused by rampant neglect of safety rules. Four people were hospitalized with burns and other injuries, the Omsk regional administration said in a statement. “The delay resulted in fatalities,” Beltsov told The Associated Press. Russia records nearly 18,000 fire deaths a year, several times the per capita rate in the United States and other Western countries. Deadly blazes at schools, hospitals and other state-run facilities in recent years have revealed official negligence and rampant violations of fire safety rules. In Kamyshevatskaya it took firefighters almost an hour to get to the fire site from a larger town, but on Thursday firefighters arrived at the nursing home in just five minutes after receiving information about the fire, Beltsov said. The Omsk regional administration said that local authorities had spent more than $770,000 over the last two years to renovate the nursing home building and it was considered one of the best in the region, the RIA Novosti news agency said.