FRIDAY AUGUST 7 CONTENTS
(1) EDITORIAL: Annals of Putinomics
(2) Putin Fails, and then he Fails Again
(3) Putin Obliterates the Constitution
(4) Latynina on the Coming war in Georgia
(5) If it’s August, Putin must be Nude
NOTE: Kim Zigfeld’s latest installment of her Russia column on Pajamas Media looks at the latest affront to American national security by Russia, nuclear submarines off our coastline, and reviews the litany of similar outrages over the past several years (it’s the lead item! congrats again KZ!). Where is Barack Obama? Who knows.
NOTE: Herein we offer another special issue devoted to exposing the many outrageous failures of Russia’s lunatic KGB dictator Vladimir Putin.
Annals of Putinomics
One third of Russia’s retail clothing businesses, 15,000 in all, will be shut down by the end of this year.
Russia’s second-largest bank posted a first quarter 2009 loss nearly twice as large as analysts had expected, as its bad loan portfolio exploded. Its third-largest oil company saw profits fall by half.
Milk farmers aggrieved by insane, Soviet-like consumer price controls that threaten them with bankruptcy are on the verge of mass insurrection.
Credit Suisse downgraded the Russian stock market, ridiculing it as “more than ever a pure oil play.”
Violence related to economic hardship is soaring.
The bad economic news continues to roll in from Russia like a tsunami.
Vladimir Ryzhkov, writing in the Moscow Times:
Russia’s foreign policy failures are snowballing at such a rate that they threaten a second geopolitical collapse on a par with the disintegration of the Soviet Union 20 years ago.
Nikolai Petrov, writing in the Moscow Times:
Last week, a precedent was set in which a governor initiated the process of removing an elected mayor from office. It happened in the Perm region, well known for its active political and civil life. It was there that Governor Oleg Chirkunov called for the removal of Yury Vostrikov, the mayor of the city of Chaikovsky. (Chirkunov was never elected to his post, having been appointed in 2004 to replace his predecessor, Yury Trutnev, who left to become natural resources minister.) An amendment to the federal law on local government proposed by President Dmitry Medvedev and passed in May served as the legal basis for the move.
Yulia Latynina, writing in the Moscow Times:
Events in South Ossetia are unfolding according to last year’s scenario. No sooner had U.S. Vice President Joe Biden announced that the United States would not provide arms to Georgia than South Ossetian leader Eduard Kokoity accused the United States of complicity in genocide against the Ossetian people and announced that Tskhinvali had come under fire from the Georgian village of Nikozi. Considering the fact that South Ossetian forces had already wiped Nikozi off the map, his statement sounded a bit strange.
The next day, a Georgian citizen died after stepping on a mine on the Georgian side of the border with the Akhalgorsk district. (Remember that before the Russia-Georgia war last August, the Akhalgorsk region belonged to Georgia, and after the war both Georgians and Ossetians began leaving the area.) President Kokoity announced that Georgia had intentionally blown up its own citizen as part of its policy of preventing Akhalgorsk refugees from returning home.
In August, a young neo-Soviet lunatic’s thoughts turn once again to love . . .