August 5, 2009 — Contents

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 5 CONTENTS

(1)  EDITORIAL:  The Slobbering Russian Beast Eyes Georgia

(2)  EDITORIAL:  Russia in the Crosshairs of Europe

(3)  EDITORIAL:  Putin Sticks it to Medvedev (Again)

(4)  EDITORIAL:  Bruce Chapman, Talking to Himself

(5)  In Putin’s Russia, Wanton Savagery

NOTE:  For those who’ve always wondered what it felt like to be a spermatozoa of the Great Khan himself:  “Visitors can even take an elevator and emerge from between his legs to gaze at the lush Mongolian steppe from a deck atop his steed’s head.”

6 responses to “August 5, 2009 — Contents

  1. Another reason why Putin will be around for a long time, he has broad support with the educated young:

    Yet this is the paradox of the educated Russian — education and professionalism do not translate into a wish for a greater democracy in Russia. Most Russian yuppies wholly embrace the Kremlin’s official interpretation of national ideologies. Critical thinking rarely equals a willingness to consider alternatives to state-controlled sources of information. They fail to apply their problem-solving skills to compare Kremlin and outside narratives of where Russia is heading.

    This generation is also overtly nationalist — a real Russian patriot does not believe Western reporting of news. Most are convinced that Western media is biased, trying to persuade Russians to think in a certain way. But they rarely question the Russian media’s wish to fulfill this same goal of purposeful persuasion. Their stubbornness confirms that the Russian government has succeeded in linking the love-for-Russian instinct with suspicion of the West.

    http://www.themoscowtimes.com/article/1016/42/379609.htm

  2. LR, I don’t know if you saw this or not:

    http://jamestownfoundation.blogspot.com/2009/08/russian-mvd-colonel-slams-gazprom.html

    Russian MVD Colonel Slams Gazprom

    On July 31, Mansurov shared with the Russian internet publication, Novaya Gazeta, a sensational letter he had sent to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

    Mansurov claimed that in February 2003, when he worked in the Department of Criminal Investigation of the energy and power sectors, he conducted an investigation into the legality of a contract signed between Gazprom and a Hungarian company, Eural Trans Gas (ETG). The company had been linked in the media to Semyon Mogilevich, a Russian mobster, wanted by the FBI for fraud and money laundering.

    Had they allowed me to conclude my investigation, then we would have rejected the use of intermediary companies as far back as 2003 and possibly the New Year’s gas conflict (with Ukraine) would not have taken place and Gazprom’s, as well as Russia’s reputation would not have suffered” Mansurov wrote.

  3. Thanks guys, you two are fountains of important information as always and a valued part of our blog.

  4. Semion Mogilevich -Putins friend is free.

    Russia frees crime boss wanted by U.S.

    http://www.themoscowtimes.com/article/1010/42/379837.htm

    Litvinenko and Scaramella clamed that Semion Mogilevich, a Ukrainian organised crime boss, had extensive links to the Putin government in Russia.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2008/jan/26/weekend.adrianlevy

    Taking on Mogilevich, who runs a private army of brutal killers, was a huge risk for a civilian outfit such as the Mitrokhin Commission, and Litvinenko soon picked up word that he was enraging the Ukrainian’s siloviki friends in Moscow. In autumn 2005, he made a tape recording in London, expressing his concern: “I gave a lot of information about Mogilevich to Scaramella. Now I know Russian special services are very afraid that this commission will uncover information about its agents in Italy. The Russian embassy asked for my brother to be extradited so he could be prosecuted back in Russia. It is blackmail against me to stop me working with Scaramella.”

    But Litvinenko would not back off. In October 2005, he claimed to have uncovered an FSB agent hiding in Naples, a man he believed had been in deep cover since 1999. This FSB agent was Ukrainian by birth and, according to Litvinenko, he had strong links to Mogilevich’s mob. His name was Alexander Talik, he was born in 1970 and, according to the Italian dossier and to depositions read out in a subsequent Italian court hearing, had served with the Red Army before being recruited by the FSB, where he rose to the rank of captain.

  5. What do you make of these reports of Russian subs off the Eastern Coast of the U.S.?

    • Scary. Obama tries to “reset” by showing friendship and this is the thanks he gets. What’s more, it’s part of an ongoing pattern of strategic provocation of the US, especially in Alaska, for several years now, with no such actions by the US to retaliate.

      The Kremlin hates America and wants it destroyed, actions speak louder than words. Is Obama listening? We don’t know.

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