July 3, 2009 — Contents

FRIDAY JULY 3 CONTENTS

(1)  EDITORIAL:  Our Shortest Editorial Ever!

(2)  Welcome to Russia!  When will you be leaving?

(3)  Desperate Russia begins Drafting Invalids

(4)  Russia still just Doesn’t get it: The problem is Russians

(5)  OPEN THREAD

4 responses to “July 3, 2009 — Contents

  1. Exercises “Kavkaz-2009” can be a prologue to new Russia’s war on Georgia, experts think

    http://www.eng.kavkaz-uzel.ru/articles/10485

    LA RUSSOPHOBE RESPONDS:

    Hopefully, Mr. Obama is not as oblivious as he appears to be.

  2. Sad to say, but I feel Obama is going to suck up to Putin & Medvedev.

    After all, coming from the Chicago democrats he is well versed in kowtowing to those with fascist/soviet tendencies.

    • Andrew, look at an illustration to this article and now please explain to me, why even in nearly year since the open war Georgia did not create their own Chechen formation?

      A video very related:

  3. The new AI report:

    http://report2009.amnesty.org/en/regions/europe-central-asia/russia

    The North Caucasus remained volatile and reports of human rights violations, including killings, enforced disappearances and torture, were frequent.

    Russian armed forces were reported to have indiscriminately attacked civilian housing during the armed conflict between Russia and Georgia. They also failed to protect the civilian population in territories under de facto Russian control from human rights abuses committed by South Ossetian forces and militia.

    The Law to Combat Extremism and legislation on libel and slander were used to stifle dissent and silence journalists and human rights activists. There were reports that criminal suspects were subjected to torture and other ill-treatment in order to extract confessions. Concerns continued about the failure to uphold fair trial standards.

    Government officials spoke out against racism, but racist attacks continued to be reported on an almost daily basis. According to Russian human rights organizations, at least 87 people died in the course of the year as a result of racially-motivated attacks.

    The situation for those in Chechnya displaced by conflict remained insecure, as families were threatened with eviction from temporary accommodation.

    A number of mass graves were found in Chechnya. However, the federal authorities blocked the construction of a forensic laboratory, which could have helped uncover the fate of victims of enforced disappearance.

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