August 7, 2009 — Contents

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.

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5 responses to “August 7, 2009 — Contents

  1. Russian inmates used for torture, activist says

    By KARINA IOFFEE
    Associated Press
    2009-08-04 11:52 PM

    A prominent Russian human rights activists accused the prison system Tuesday of using hardened criminals to torture other inmates with the aim of extracting confessions.

    Lev Ponomaryov said his organization, For Human Rights, has received many letters from prisoners reporting abuse.

    “There exist about a dozens of these concentration camps, and I’m not exaggerating here, in which groups of the toughest criminals, people who are serving time for pedophilia, for rape and other crimes, get official permission to torture, to rape and sometimes even to kill whomever they are told,” Ponomaryov said at a news conference.

    http://www.etaiwannews.com/etn/news_content.php?id=1022409&lang=eng_news

  2. This Paul Goble post points out a disturbing trend on increasing aggressiveness occuring in Russia with the unfolding crisis:

    Aggressiveness among Russians, Gudkov notes, had been declining in recent years as members of that community adjusted to the many shocks of the social and political transformations of the last two decades, but now, the economic crisis has reversed this trend and the indicators of aggressiveness are all headed up again.

    “If we compare Russia with other countries in terms of external causes of mortality as a result of murders, suicides, and accidents, then it turns out that Russia heads the list of all developed countries,” the sociologist says, with 190 such cases per 100,000 population or four times the rate in France and eight times that in Great Britain.

    —–

    While the VTsIOM survey found that Russians are far more likely to say now than four years ago that they do not feel antipathetic to any people, 55 percent in the new poll as opposed to 34 percent in 2005, 29 percent said that they had negative attitudes toward people from the Caucasus, six percent toward Central Asians, and four percent toward Roma.

    http://windowoneurasia.blogspot.com/2009/08/window-on-eurasia-economic-crisis.html

    http://windowoneurasia.blogspot.com/2009/08/window-on-eurasia-economic-crisis.html

  3. Attacks on Twitter and Facebook were the result of someone trying to silence a Pro-Russian Georgian activist….

    ‘A Russian activist blogger with accounts on Twitter, Facebook, LiveJournal and Google’s Blogger and YouTube was targeted in a denial of service attack that led to the site-wide outage at Twitter and problems at the other sites on Thursday, according to a Facebook executive.

    The pro-Georgian blogger, who uses the account name “Cyxymu,” (the name of a town in the former Soviet Republic) had accounts on all of the different sites that were attacked at the same time, Max Kelly, chief security officer at Facebook, told CNET News.

    “It was a simultaneous attack across a number of properties targeting him to keep his voice from being heard,” Kelly said. “We’re actively investigating the source of the attacks and we hope to be able to find out the individuals involved in the back end and to take action against them if we can.”‘

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-10305200-245.html

  4. correction- Pro-GEORGIAN Russian blogger-

  5. Looks like the saga of Russian incompetance continues.

    Not So Friendly Fire

    August 06, 2009
    The Russian military is on the march again.

    You may recall that in May a Russian warship accidentally fired missiles into a Leningrad Oblast village. Apparently the seamen could use more training, since 10 missiles were fired at the unsuspecting target but no one was injured and almost nothing was damaged.

    In June, while training for a naval demonstration to mark Navy Day in Vladivostok, another ship tossed a shell into the heart of the city. No one was injured, but the foundation of a residential building was damaged and windows were broken.

    Not to be outdone, Russia’s ground forces yesterday launched an offensive into a Moscow Oblast dacha community. It’s unclear who is to blame in this case, since the village is located between two army divisions and on the edge of a Moscow Military District training ground.

    Although locals are used to the sound of artillery and tank fire, yesterday was the first time a shell strayed into their midst. In all, four shells hit the unlucky village, damaging a well and churning up a road. No one was injured, and the military has promised to repair the damage.

    “Our dog was so scared she ran into the house and hid in the corner under the couch,” one resident was quoted as saying. “You really did have the feeling a war had begun.”

    http://www.rferl.org/content/Not_So_Friendly_Fire/1794136.html

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