March 8, 2009 — Contents


(1)  EDITORIAL:  Jail Khodorkovsky!

(2)  Another Original LR Translation:  Jobless in Russia

(3)  EDITORIAL:  Morons Inc.

(4)  EDITORIAL:  Hillary Clinton, Wonder Woman?

(5)  Putin’s Russia Flouts International Law

NOTE:  According to the website of the Russian Embassy in Washington DC:

The New Year is first on the calendar and in popularity. Many celebrate it twice, on January 1 and 14 (which conesponds to January 1 in the Julian calendar, used in Russia before 1918. Next is February 23,  Day, known until recently as Soviet Army Day, popularly viewed as holiday for all men and closely followed by its female counter-part, Women’s Day, March 8, when women receive flowers, presents and are toasted by men.

That’s a verbatim copy of the text, full of hideous linguistic errors.  So today Russians are celebrating a Soviet communist holiday, akin to worshiping the Red Army, by favoring their women with gifts, as their KGB spy  “prime minister” looks on.  Enough said.

16 responses to “March 8, 2009 — Contents

  1. Don’t you know it’s “international” holiday? ;)

  2. Meanwhile, somewhere in Russia:

    GROZNY, Russia (AP) February 28, 2009 — The bullnecked president of Chechnya emerged from afternoon prayers at the mosque and with chilling composure explained why seven young women who had been shot in the head deserved to die.

    Ramzan Kadyrov said the women, whose bodies were found dumped by the roadside, had “loose morals” and were rightfully shot.

    “If a woman runs around and if a man runs around with her, both of them are killed,” Kadyrov told journalists in the capital of this Russian republic.

    The 32-year-old former militia leader is carrying out a campaign to impose Islamic values and strengthen the traditional customs of predominantly Muslim Chechnya, in an effort to blunt the appeal of hardline Islamic separatists and shore up his power. In doing so, critics say, he is setting up a dictatorship where Russian laws do not apply.

    Some in Russia say Kadyrov’s attempt to create an Islamic society violates the Russian constitution, which guarantees equal rights for women and a separation of church and state. But the Kremlin has given him its staunch backing, seeing him as the key to keeping the separatists in check, and that has allowed him to impose his will.

    Kadyrov’s bluster shows how confident he is of his position. “No one can tell us not to be Muslims,” he said outside the mosque. “If anyone says I cannot be a Muslim, he is my enemy.”

    Few dare to challenge Kadyrov’s rule in this southern Russian region of more than a million people, which is only now emerging from the devastation of two wars in the past 15 years. The fighting between Islamic separatists and Russian troops, compounded by atrocities on both sides, claimed tens of thousands of lives and terrorized civilians.

    Kadyrov describes women as the property of their husbands and says their main role is to bear children. He encourages men to take more than one wife, even though polygamy is illegal in Russia. Women and girls are now required to wear headscarves in all schools, universities and government offices.

  3. continued:

    Rights activists fear that Kadyrov’s approval of honor killings may encourage men to carry them out. Honor killings are considered part of Chechen tradition. No records are kept, but human rights activists estimate dozens of women are killed every year.

    “What the president says is law,” said Gistam Sakaeva, a Chechen activist who works to defend women’s rights. “Because the president said this, many will try to gain his favor by killing someone, even if there is no reason.”

    Kadyrov inherited his position from his father, Akhmad Kadyrov, a Muslim cleric and former rebel commander who fought the Russians during Chechnya’s war of independence in 1994-1996. Shortly after war broke out again in 1999, the elder Kadyrov switched sides and brought Chechnya back into Moscow’s fold.

    Ramzan Kadyrov worked as the head of his father’s security force, which was accused of kidnapping, sadistic torture and murder. After Akhmad Kadyrov was killed by a terrorist bomb in 2004, power passed to his son.

    Vladimir Putin, then president and now prime minister, embraced the younger Kadyrov, who has succeeded in ending a wave of terror attacks that haunted the early years of Putin’s presidency. But as Kadyrov has consolidated his power, many of his critics and political rivals have been killed. Some have been gunned down on the streets of Moscow, including journalist Anna Politkovskaya, whose death in 2006 shocked the world.

    In one of the most recent killings, a Chechen who had accused Kadyrov of personally torturing him was shot last month as he walked out of a grocery store in Vienna, Austria.

    Kadyrov has denied any involvement in the killings.

    The Kremlin appears willing to continue allowing Kadyrov to rule as he wishes, as long as he prevents another outbreak of violence. And Kadyrov has won the grudging respect of many Chechens for bringing a measure of peace and stability.

    “People want to believe that things are getting better,” said Sakaeva. “They are tired of war.”

  4. Related:

    The terrible situation for women in Chechnya

    Die Tageszeitung 23.02.2009

    The Russian human rights activist Svetlana Gannushkina describes the terrible situation for women in Chechnya. They are increasingly killed for not obeying behavioural codes. Gannushkina quotes President Kadyrov: “A woman must know her place. She is there to love us. She is owned by her husband. If a woman runs riot, she will be killed by her relatives. These are our customs. It can happen that a brother kills his sister, or a husband his wife. As president I cannot tolerate such killings. But women should know better than to walk about in shorts,” he said in interview with the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper.

  5. Robert, women are mere chattel in much of the Muslim world where female abuse is sanctioned by the Koran. No surprise.

    Do our liberal western feminists care? Hardly. And, don’t count on the UN caring about Muslim women’s rights either. They’ve done nothing useful for decades but extort money from the west while sitting on their butts when it comes to genocide like Ruwanda and the Sudan, human rights and wasting aid money.

    That Kadyrov is Putin’s poodle speaks volumes.

  6. It was unlikely to have been merely a “honor killing” (honor killing spree?), it was a organized operation and it sent message. Some kind of message.

    Six young women have been found shot dead in Russia’s restive Chechnya region, prosecutors said. Three of the dead were found in the regional capital, Grozny, while another three were discovered on roadsides outside the city, said Mariam Nalayeva, spokeswoman for the investigative arm of the local prosecutor’s office. The women, aged between 25 and 35, had all suffered gunshots to the head and chest, leading investigators to believe the deaths may be related, RIA Novosti news agency reported, citing an investigator on the case.

    Chechnya leader tells why ‘loose’ women deserved to die

    The little Kadyrov is a lot like Uday Hussein (and Kadyrovtsy were/are Chechnya’s Fedayeen Saddam). Uday also run a brutal campaign against “immoral” women, including chainsaw murders of relatives of political opponents accused of being prostitutes.

  7. Putin’s mercenaries in action, defending the “rule of law” and “constitutional order”:

    The Daily Telegraph also said it had recently obtained a video showing a woman lying face down as she was flogged, apparently also by kadyrovtsy. “Activists have interviewed her but say she is so scared that she has begged them to drop the matter,” the newspaper reported. It compared the filmed beating to the case of Malika Soltaeva, who, after being accused by her husband of having an affair with a Christian, was filmed, apparently by kadyrovtsy, as they beat her, shaved her head and painted it green, painting a green cross on her forehead

  8. Another example:

    Meanwhile, Chechen OMON riot police on July 24 reportedly beat and detained several dozen women who had gathered outside of Ramzan Kadyrov’s residence in Gudermes the previous day to request the Chechen president’s help. Kavkazky Uzel quoted an anonymous participant in the demonstration as saying that it involved more than 100 women who had previously made a living selling goods in Grozny’s central market. That market was closed down for repairs on July 14, with a whole section of the market shut down permanently. The source said that the women had gone to Gudermes to ask Kadyrov to provide a place for them where they could continue to sell their goods.

    No flowers I guess (and certainly no toasts).

  9. Penny

    That Kadyrov is Putin’s poodle speaks volumes.

    I don’t think that Kadyrov is Putin’s poodle. Neither is Kokoity (“president” of North Ossetia), nor was Zyazikov (“Thug-in-chief” in Ingushetia). They are the colonial governors that can contain the populace and prevent the breakout of empire. The methods don’t matter.

    Zyazikov wasn’t replaced because his thugs killed a popular journalist. He was replaced because he couldn’t control the populace. Kadyrov can, and therefore he is invincible.

    It helps to think about relationship between Russian “power vertical” actors in the terms of mafia. The godfather of Palermo family is not a poodle to godfather of Sicilian family…

    And the women… they are just part of the populace. If they were killed by enemy men – it would be Casus belli and the women would be shahidas. But it was probably the friendly men – therefore “loose women” deserved it.

  10. General Zyazikov got a boot last year and then reportedly even tried to hang himself. He’s now now even in Ingushetia and living in Moscow (anyway, a few days ago a guy blew up himself while firing RPGs the Zyazikov’s empty residence).

  11. I meant he’s now NOT living in Ingushetia, of course.

  12. Ramzan is a lot like an adopted son for Putin after his dad got blown up.

    An article on their relationship:

  13. Robert, I am not disagreeing with you; what I am going to say is in a very friendly manner.

    You are putting long cut’n’paste from different places as a proof of some point, but it is often unclear what is your point.

    The link to a very long article from an Indian financial newspaper from almost 3 years ago means to prove that Ramzan is a lot like an adopted son for Putin? The article doesn’t say so (granted, I only skimmed it – so I may have missed). Even if it does – it reads more as a plot from a Boliwood movie; not a political analysis. I think most readers of this blog won’t learn anything new from that article.

    I would love to read your posts, and discuss Russian current events; but you are making it a little bit too difficult :)


  14. No, it’s “about their relationship”.

    And the defining point in this was the moment when Kadyrov Senior died, and the Junior appeared on TV with Putin in the Kremlin, famously clad in his blue tracksuit and the little-big kid found a new father. The relationship with Junior is obviously very different with the Senior Kadyrov.

    “With Putin in his heart–and a Koran in his hands”

  15. An another example:

    Kadyrov has nothing but praise for Putin. “He’s my idol,” he says. “Putin is a beauty.”

    The brutal biography of Chechnya’s Ramzan Kadyrov,0,3316082,full.story

    Do you understand now?

  16. And Ramzan being “like in Bollywood”, yes, he IS that surreal. Read the LA article I linked, for example.

    It’s life of a young simple-minded thug given billions of dollars and the unlimited power. He’s really quite like Uday Saddam Hussein, not that psychopathic but sadistically brutal anyway. Polikovskaya called him “baby dragon”:

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