July 17, 2009 — Contents


(1)  Essel: Welcome back, Mr. Churchill!

(2)  EDITORIAL:  Ryzhkov on his Knees

(3)  EDITORIAL:  Kudrin makes a Funny

(4)  Nemtsov in Newsweek!

(5)  Essel on Russia’s “Best and Brightest”

3 responses to “July 17, 2009 — Contents

  1. From Paul Goble’s site:

    More racist behavior from Russia’s ultra-nationalists, this time with shades of Hitler’s Aryan Nation.

    “Given the increasing acceptability in Russia of openly nationalist arguments, some Russians, including at least one scholar at the Russian Academy of Sciences, are now prepared to argue in public and without apology that the Russian government should provide monetary assistance only to women of ethnic Russian nationality.”


    • Thanks for the link Penny.

      Russians really are racist scum.

      Another bit of Russian (Cossack) stupidity see the following article:

      (The Cossacks really are the lowest form of Russian, responsible for many horrific historic crimes in the Caucasus, massacres, rapes, ethnic cleansing etc)

      “July 14, 2009

      Meeting on July 7 in Vladikavkaz, North Ossetia, the leaders of the Terek Cossacks reached agreement on drafting a formal request to the Russian State Duma to revive the 19th-century Terek Oblast.

      Doing so would require amending the current territorial-administrative structure of the Russian Federation to abolish five existing national republics: Terek Cossack Ataman Mikhail Inkavtsov told kavkaz-uzel.ru that the planned Terek Oblast would encompass Kabardino-Balkaria, Chechnya, Ingushetia, North Ossetia, Daghestan, and part of Stavropol Krai.

      The republics of Adygeya and Karachayevo-Cherkessia, he added, are considered part of Kuban. (The Kuban Cossacks have not yet made any analogous territorial claim on those republics.)

      The Terek Cossacks’ rationale, as outlined by Inkavtsov, was that in the 19th century the region was wealthy “before the Bolsheviks came to power and ruined it.” Today, the North Caucasus republics are without exception heavily dependent on subsidies from the federal budget, and should, Inkavtsov argued, be declared bankrupt.

      Moreover, Inkavtsov continued, the upsurge of local nationalism and concurrent economic decline since the collapse of the Soviet Union has led to the mass exodus of the Russian population from the region.

      Subsuming Nationalities

      In addition, according to Inkavtsov, subsuming the various North Caucasus republics into a single territorial entity would render irrelevant the claims they have on each other’s territory. And the politically loaded designations “titular and non-titular nationality” would become obsolete.

      The possibility of merging the various North Caucasus republics into a single territorial entity as a way to resolve the social, ethnic, and economic problems that currently plague them has been raised in the past. But most of the small nations that would be directly affected oppose any such move.

      Retired Army General Supyan Beppayev, a Balkar who now heads a pro-Moscow NGO, told kavkaz-uzel.ru that while it may be appropriate to merge regions in Russia’s Far East, doing so in the North Caucasus would require “extreme caution,” and should be the subject of a referendum among the populations of the republics in question.

      Mukhammed Khafitse, who heads the Kabardian chapter of the pan-Circassian organization Adyghe Khase (Circassian Council), categorically rejected the Cossacks’ proposal as “impossible.”

      By contrast, Ruslan Babayev, one of the leaders of the Council of Elders of the Balkar People, which is fighting perceived discrimination against the Balkar minority in Kabardino-Balkaria, said that “we would vote with both hands for” the creation of the Terek Cossack Oblast.

      There has been no reaction to date from Chechnya to the Cossack initiative. The Chechen Interior Ministry categorically rejected in late April as unnecessary an offer of “help” from the Terek Cossacks in maintaining order in Chechnya following the formal end of the counterterror operation there.

      Commenting in April 2008 on an article by Ruslan Gorevoy in the Russian weekly “Versiya,” Ingush activist Magomet Barakhoyev denounced Moscow’s imputed plans to merge the North Caucasus republics into a “Cossack Krai.”

      Writing on the independent website ingushetiya.ru, Barakhoyev recalled the punitive actions of the Cossacks in the North Caucasus in the 19th century, and warned that the creation of a Cossack Krai would inevitably lead to the loss of national identity of the various peoples of the North Caucasus and the extinction of their languages. ”


  2. Another great Russian failure:

    Russian Bulava missile test fails again
    Another test of Russia’s intercontinental Bulava missile has failed, the defence ministry said on Thursday, with the missile blowing up in mid-flight, following a similar failed test in December.

    The missile, which can carry nuclear warheads, veered off course after the first stage of the rocket malfunctioned, said the ministry, quoted by the Ria Novosti agency.

    It was launched by Russia’s Dmitri Donskoi submarine in the White Sea on Wednesday.

    A committee of inquiry has been set up to determine the causes” of the incident, the defence ministry’s press service added.

    Several such tests have already ended in failure, including one in December 2008 launched by the same submarine in the White Sea, off the northwest coast of Russia. On that occasion the missile also exploded in mid-air.

    A defence ministry source said the problem was in the device designed to separate the different stages of the missile and said tests would continue this summer.

    The Bulava missile normally has a range of 8,000 kilometres (5,000 miles) and can carry up to 10 nuclear warheads.

    It is intended to equip the Russian navy’s fourth-generation missile-launching nuclear submarines, which are being built at the Sevmash shipyard at Severodvinsk, on Russia’s Arctic coast.


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