MONDAY NOVEMBER 10 CONTENTS
(1) Another Original LR Translation: Listening to Dima “Teddy” Medvedev
(2) EDITORIAL: On the Trail of Seumus Milne, Russophile Scumbag
(3) EDITORIAL: Putin’s Chechen Chickens, Roosting
(4) Chechen Terror Comes to Ossetia
(5) Kiselyov on Obama
NOTE: The New York Times documents the horror met by those who foolishly tried to befriend and serve the USSR. The fate of those who seek to ally themselves with KGB strongman Vladimir Putin will be no different. Mark our words.
Listening to Dima “Teddy” Medvedev
by Dave Essel
The recent state-of-the-nation speech by Pooty’s Teddy was epoch-making. Shame is, the epoch it unfurled is “more of the same”. It makes me think, showing my age, of The Who:
I’ll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around me
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I’ll get on my knees and pray
We don’t get fooled again
Don’t get fooled again
Meet the new boss
Same as the old boss…
Of course, the Russians as a nation will be fooled again. Grani.ru’s writers and readers won’t be, of course, but they are, sadly, a practically unheard minority with no real influence except insofar as it is they who will provide a moral measure for posterity.
I’m feeling Trotskyist in wanting things in Russia to get worse so that a general desire for a cure is generated. In fact, sensible and intelligent as the comments below are, I am surprised at the absence of consideration given to the fact that, thanks to the economic crisis which is crashing down on Russia, the Pooty social contract of “we give you some stability at the low level to which we have ensured you are accustomed and a basic income and you let us get on with robbing the country blind” may break down and actually lead to something more than words.
Perhaps only a foreigner can wish such a thing on a country.
Here then, are comments on the Teddy’s speech published in Grani.ru last week, preceded by this introduction:
On the Trail of Seumas Milne, Russophile Scumbag
Two recent essays – one by Arthur Herman writing in Commentary magazine, the other by Cathy Young writing in Reason magazine – have shed considerable light on disturbing efforts by some Westerners to rationalize the KGB dictatorship of Vladimir Putin, in the manner of the collaborators of old. Today, we add our own efforts to the mix once again.
Putin’s Chechen Chickens, Roosting
With every day that passes it becomes more and more clear that the centerpiece of Vladimir Putin’s claim to fame, pacifying Chechnya, is all smoke and mirrors.
On November 2nd, a small bomb went off in Russia’s breakaway province of Ingushetia. When police responded in force, a larger explosion occurred and seven officers were injured. Once again, the Russians had fallen for the trap. The Times of India reported: “‘Many policemen resign. Why should they risk their lives for 200 dollars a month? Everyone is afraid,’ said an official who oversees finances at the regional Interior Ministry, speaking under condition of anonymity.”
Just days before, the Ingushetian rebels had forced the Putin regime to withdraw its handpicked puppet ruler of the region, Murat Zyazikov, and “spontaneous dancing broke out in the streets.” Vladimir Putin’s policies in the region have resulted in total failure, not only in terms of managing Ingushetia from within but also in terms of denying the rebels incentives to rise up based on Russia’s foreign policy. The Kremlin’s demand of freedom for Ossetia and Abkhazia from Georgian rule is viewed in Ingushetia as a blank check to revolution. In a clear indication of this failure, Zyazikov is being replaced with a military dictator.
And we report today on a massive suicide bombing attack last week, perhaps Chechen-instigated, in the heart of Russia’s newly annexed province of Ossetia.
Though Putin claims to have pacified and rebuilt Chechnya, the Kremlin’s policy of denying foreign journalists the right to travel in the country without chaperones belies this claim. As Radio Free Europe reports: “Nine years and thousands of destroyed lives later, Chechnya remains a bleak and desolate place, its cemeteries filled with fresh graves, evidence of the war still visible amid the Potemkin villages hastily erected by the local strongman, Ramzan Kadyrov, to impress the occasional visitor. ” In fact, not only has Chechnya itself not been resolved, it is now spreading the contagion of revolution throughout the region, most pointedly in Ingushetia.
The Moscow Times reports:
A female suicide bomber blew herself up near a busy downtown market in North Ossetia’s capital, Vladikavkaz, on Thursday, killing at least 10 people and wounding 40 others, authorities said. The bombing is the first terrorist attack targeting civilians since Dmitry Medvedev assumed the presidency six months ago and the first to involve a female suicide bomber since the 2004 school attack in Beslan, which is also in North Ossetia.
No one claimed immediate responsibility for Thursday’s blast. Security analysts said it bore the hallmarks of an attack by Chechen extremists.
Russian pundit Yevgeny Kiselyov, writing in the Moscow Times:
The election of the 44th U.S. president elicited an unusually large amount of interest from the Russian people from the very beginning of the campaign two years ago.
These were, after all, extraordinary elections. For the first time in U.S. history, either a woman or an African American stood a real chance of becoming president. Election day television coverage showed lines of voters stretching for whole city blocks as people waited to cast their ballots. These scenes were repeated over and over across the United States.
Still, in Russia, there seemed to be an excessive number of television reports, newspaper and magazine articles, and passionate discussions on Internet forums and blogs — all concerning whether presidential candidate Barack Obama or John McCain would be better for Russia.