EDITORIAL: Putin’s Russia is a Basket Case


Putin’s Russia is a Basket Case

On Monday, nearly two dozen Russians were killed in the terrorist bombing of a police station in Nazran, Ingushetia, and more than a hundred were injured.  These weren’t the only photos of smoking ruins filled with twisted human carnage that blazed across the international newswires out of Russia.  The same day, on the other side of the country in the Siberian enclave of Khakassia, as many as five or six dozen more Russians had perished in a massive explosion at a dam which wiped out industrial electric power across the region for years to come, resulting in massive expected drops in industrial production.

Back in Moscow, as we report below, employees of state-owned Sberbank were plundering their national institution of nearly 200 million dollars.  The most shocking thing about the report is that it could be a lie, an effort by the Kremlin to camouflage the even more humiliating mismanagment of Sberbank’s legal business.

These events show the Russia of proud KGB dictator Vladimir Putin in perfect microcosm:  It is failed state on the brink of collapse, just as were the corrupt Tsarist regime and the even more corrupt Soviet dictatorship before it.  To the the left is a massive upheaval brought on by separatist violence, separtism which the Kremlin itself foolishly justified by its annexation of Ossetia and Abkhazia.  To the right is an even more devastating upheaval, brought on by a horrific economic contraction and looming banking crisis, all caused by the woefully incompetent management of the Putin regime.

Now, at last, the full consequences of being governed by the KGB are clear.  Now, at last, the full brunt of blame falls on those who caused this catastrophe — the shockingly irresposible citizens of Russia who authorized Putin to take power.

30 responses to “EDITORIAL: Putin’s Russia is a Basket Case

  1. So the punishment begins!

  2. Are these events really that serious when you consider the decades/centuries of misery that precede them?

    I think not.

  3. Hard not to laugh:

    ‘The Emergencies Ministry official directing the rescue operation (at Sayano-Shushenskaya power station), Maj. Gen. Daniyar Saifullin, suffered a heart attack at the disaster site Wednesday and was flown to Moscow for treatment, the state news agency RIA Novosti reported.’

    Sucking too many Sobranias mate?

  4. Ahhhhhhhh…..


    1228GMT 18Aug2009 – Russia generators spike on dam flood

    Gazprom (GAZP.MM) owned Russian power generator OGK-6
    (OGK6.MM) leads gains in Moscow as investors bet its Siberian
    power station will boost sales to compensate for a deadly flood
    which could put a giant neighbouring hydro dam out of service
    for months.

    OGK-6 is up 6.09 percent at 0.61 roubles per share after 64
    people went missing and were feared dead at the dam, operated by
    state owned RusHydro (HYDR.MM). Hydro shares are suspended in
    Moscow but down 2.5 percent in London trade. [ID:nLI52532]

    Among the other generators likely to step into the gap,
    Norilsk Nickel-owned OGK-3 (GMKN.MM)(OGKC.MM) are up 5 percent
    and illiquid shares in Irkutskenergo, another generator in
    Siberia’s metals and mining heartland, spike 28.4 percent.

    “These shares are going to be revalued now,” KIT Finance
    trader Alexander Bokhin said.

  5. MOSCOW (AP) — The head of the world’s top aluminum producer visited Russia’s largest hydroelectric plant on Wednesday to discuss how his Siberian factories will get enough energy after an accident crippled the power plant and killed at least 14 workers.

    Rescue workers found two bodies Wednesday in the destroyed turbine room of the massive Sayano-Shushenskaya power station in southern Siberia, raising the confirmed death toll to 14, officials said.

    Sixty other workers are missing and feared dead after an explosion Monday during repairs caused the plant’s turbine room to flood. Three of the plant’s 10 turbines were destroyed and three others were damaged, plant owner RusHydro said.

    The giant power station has been idle since.

    At least 1,000 rescuers have been involved in the search for the missing workers, including divers who on Wednesday braved the near-freezing waters that have flooded the power plant.

    The Emergencies Ministry official directing the rescue operation, Maj. Gen. Daniyar Saifullin, suffered a heart attack at the disaster site Wednesday and was flown to Moscow for treatment, the state news agency RIA Novosti reported.

    Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko described the accident as “the biggest and most mysterious in global hydroenergy” and said Wednesday it would cost 40 billion rubles ($1.2 billion) to rebuild the power plant’s engine room.

    Oleg Deripaska, director general of aluminum producer Rusal, toured the damaged plant and talked with Russia’s energy ministry and RusHydro about securing energy supplies during the upcoming repairs, which are expected to take up to two years.

    More than 70 percent of all the energy from the hydroelectric plant goes to four Rusal smelters, which are believed to be the company’s most efficient plants.

    Rusal officials warned that the company may lose up to 500,000 metric tons of output due to the accident. Its smelters are now being powered from other power plants, but Rusal admitted that was just a temporary solution.

    Deripaska also pledged to speed up the construction of the Boguchanskaya hydroelectric plant, 500 miles (800 kilometers) northeast of the Sayano-Shushenskaya.

    “RusHydro and we will do our best to speed up the commissioning of the Boguchanskaya plant which would help partially restore the energy balance in the region,” he said.

    The Boguchanskaya plant, co-owned by RusHydro and Rusal, is the largest hydroelectric project under construction in Russia. It began in 1980 but was mothballed in the 1990s. The first turbines are to be switched on next year but the plant is not expected to reach full operating capacity until 2012.

    The cause of the Monday’s accident at Sayano-Shushenskaya was still unclear. Government officials and RusHydro have cited a faulty turbine and a rise of pressure in the pipes as possible causes.

    The accident caused power shortages in several towns and major factories, but by Wednesday the energy ministry said Siberia’s power supply had been restored. Energy supplies from other power plants were being rerouted to cover the shortfall.

    The Sayano-Shushenskaya plant, located north of the Mongolian border, provides 10 percent of Siberia’s energy needs and is a key energy supplier for Siberian metallurgy.

    The power plant’s undamaged turbines could be switched on in a month and a half but the damaged turbines may take as much as two years to repair, RusHydro says.

    The accident also produced an oil slick that by Wednesday stretched over 60 miles (100 kilometers) down the Yenisei River.

    Stocks of RusHydro dropped 10 percent at Russia’s MICEX stock exchange on Wednesday after trading resumed following a two-day suspension.


  6. Did anyone catch this gem on Paul Goble’s blog?

    “Russian officials at the dam took pride in the fact that they did not employ any local people, as if that provided a guarantee the dam would be safe. ‘We have no Tuvans and Khakass,’ the deputy director of the hydro-station said in September 2008.”


    Marx himself couldn’t improve on this. And I mean Groucho.

  7. Reuters:

    Analysts said the suicide bombing at a police headquarters in the southern republic of Ingushetia, which claimed at least 20 lives, was the latest blow to the Kremlin’s dreams of taming Islamist violence and buying peace with oil revenues.

    Across the poor republics which make up the North Caucasus, violence this summer has hit levels unseen for years.

    Bombings, shootings and kidnappings have blighted in particular southeastern Chechnya, Ingushetia and Dagestan.


    During Russia’s economic boom earlier this decade the best the government achieved, he said, was to slow the decline of the situation thanks to liberal use of oil money to boost spending but it did not resolve any of the region’s fundamental problems.

    Now, with less money available and the country in the grip of economic crisis, matters have got worse.

    The Kremlin had trumpeted Chechnya as a success earlier this year, claiming that normality had been restored thanks to a tough crackdown on rebels pursued by its strongman president Ramzan Kadyrov and a big Moscow-funded rebuilding programme.

    A suspected attempt on Kadyrov’s life followed, along with a spate of killings of human rights activists, Kadyrov enemies and rebels, ruining the image of normality.

    “Unfortunately, Kadyrov’s so-called normality was only achieved by mowing down anybody who looked like they might disagree with him; and that just created more violence,” one diplomat commented.


    “There is no point toughening the policy, this has been tried more than once as a response and never worked,” he said. “Things need to be changed fundamentally in the Caucasus, but it appears to be too late, things are simply out of control.”

    As long as the violence is confined to the North Caucasus, which has a long history of ethnic strife and bloodshed, a relatively small population and matters little economically, most Russians are unlikely to be overly concerned.

    But if militants start a campaign of terror attacks in Moscow — such as the apartment bombings which swept the city in the 1990s — that could all change. Shvedov saw a three in 10 chance of that happening.

    The Kremlin will also pay a price overseas if it fails in the North Caucasus.

    “Where the North Caucasus really matters is as a barometer of the strength of the Russian state,” said Cornell.

    “If Russia is unable to control its own territory, then global respect for Russia as a great power will diminish.”


    • Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009

      Russia admits militants remain strong in Caucasus


      MOSCOW Militants remain a strong challenge to Russian authorities in the North Caucasus, the president said Wednesday – reversing months of Kremlin assurances that stability was returning to the restive southern region.


      “We must continue to fight them without ceremony and liquidate them without any emotions or hesitation, or we won’t succeed,” Medvedev said.


      And then also keep crying crocodile tears about Gitmo (where people are NOT being “liquidated without any emotions or hesitation”).

      Interfax (no, I don’t know what “schools”, as in plural, or “hospitals” this “expert” is talking about):

      Islamologist: Terrorists in the North Caucasus are trying to demonstrate that they wield the real power in the region


      • General Yedelov sent to “liquidate without any emotions or hesitation” the agents of “the United States and Britain, including Israel”:


        Ingushetia’s new Interior Minister Yedelev made a career in the Soviet-era state security service, the KGB, and then in its successor Federal Security Service, FSB.

        In 2004 he was put in charge of the operations headquarters in Chechnya as Moscow fought its second war against rebels there.

  8. “On Monday, nearly two dozen Russians were killed in the terrorist bombing of a police station in Nazran, Ingushetia” – I doubt any of those killed were really Russian.

    • @“On Monday, nearly two dozen Russians were killed in the terrorist bombing of a police station in Nazran, Ingushetia” – I doubt any of those killed were really Russian.

      Oh. So, there are now 25 confirmed fatalities (besides the two bombers): 10 Russian citiziens and natives of Ingushetia serving in Russian police, but then the 15 others were the policemen sent from Russian regions. In case if you didn’t know, the ethnic Ingush are actually a minority in the “Ingush police” since 2007 and even the deputy interior minister was (and is) a guy named Victor Zhernov.

      And the new trend now will be replacing them with “real” Russians entirely, just like they replaced the republic’s interior minister Ruslan Meiriev with the KGB veteran Arkady Yedelev:

      “Not only was the interior minister replaced in Ingushetia, but according to a statement by the Russian Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliev in Nazran, practically all Ingush police may be replaced with external policemen. Nurgaliev said that “temporary operative groups” would be formed to deal with the insurgency. The groups would be comprised of people who “have experience in the North Caucasus region” (Regnum news agency, August 18).”

      So, it will be the guys who:
      1. Were in Chechnya
      2. Didn’t die there (and also still can walk).

      Btw, is at least the federal interior minister Rashid Nurgaliyev “really Russian” or not? I’m really curious. And what about the Abkhaz and South Ossetians? (I heard they’re totally worth to waste the blood of “really Russians”, not to mention the money, economy and the country’s international prestige.)

      • I didn’t see any info on 15 of the dead being Russian, as oposed to Ingushi policemen. Link please? I have previously voiced my opinion regarding the goat-herding republics of the Caucases. They need to be given independence and walled off, along with a deportation of all of their inhabitants from Russian lands. So I agree with you there, Russians should be serving in Ingushetia. And you’re once again right about Nurgaliev, he is not Russian and is nothing more but a part of Putin’s Russophobic regime one of whose main goals is the destruction of Russian people as an ethnicity.

  9. Russkies,wherever you are,you are not safe,we muslims will destroy the russian satanist state,you will be punished for 500 years of Slaughter in Chechnya and elsewhere. Do you think,that we will stop our Jihad after the liberation of Northern Chechnya´s steppe??? You are wrong,this Jihad will stop on today´s “russian borders”,when the last russian flag is burnt and the green flag of Islam flattering over the Kremlin.Then this war will be over! And there is nothing you can do! We are stronger and god is on our side,you Vodka-killers!!!

  10. Hi akhmad,

    Maybe this letter is a “false flag”, created by the Vodka-kremlin, to use as an excuse to kill more non-rooshans, rather than take the blame for their own ineptitude?

    The State Political Directorate (OGPU) of the Soviet Union set up such an operation from 1921 to 1926. During Operation Trust, they used loose networks of White Army supporters and extended them, creating the pseudo-“Monarchist Union of Central Russia” (MUCR) in order to help the OGPU identify real monarchists and anti-Bolsheviks.

    On the night of February 27, 1933 the Reichstag building was set on fire. At the urging of Hitler, Hindenburg responded the next day by issuing an emergency decree “for the Protection of the people and the State,” which stated: “Restrictions on personal liberty, on the right of free expression of opinion, including freedom of the press; on the rights of assembly and association; and violations of the privacy of postal, telegraphic and telephonic communications and warrants for house searches, orders for confiscations as well as restrictions on property, are also permissible beyond the legal limits otherwise prescribed.” The question of who actually started the Reichstag fire is still unknown and occasionally debated.

    In the Gleiwitz incident in August 1939, Reinhard Heydrich made use of fabricated evidence of a Polish attack against Germany to mobilize German public opinion and to fabricate a false justification for a war with Poland. This, along with other false flag operations in Operation Himmler would be used to mobilize support from the German population for the start of World War II in Europe.

    On November 26, 1939 the Soviet Union shelled the Russian village of Mainila near the Finnish border. The Soviet Union attacked Finland four days after the Shelling of Mainila. Russia has agreed that the attack was initiated by the Soviets.[4] Also, the nearest Finnish artillery pieces were well outside the range needed to shell Mainila

    Former GRU officer Aleksey Galkin,[9] former FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko[10] and other whistleblowers from the Russian government and security services have asserted that the 1999 Russian apartment bombings that precipitated the Second Chechen War were false flag operations perpetrated by the FSB, the successor organization to the KGB. Galkin has since recanted his accusations, which were made while he was a prisoner of Chechen rebels. However, there are other theories that the FSB engineered this incident.

    MOSCOW – The death toll in the Russian power plant accident rose to 17 Thursday after three more bodies were found, and harrowing escape stories emerged from the few survivors.

    Over 1,000 rescue workers searched the massive Sayano-Shushenskaya hydroelectric plant in southern Siberia for the 57 people who remain missing and are feared dead. On Thursday they pumped out the remaining water from the damaged engine room to try to find more bodies.

    A powerful explosion on Monday blew out walls and caused the power plant’s turbine room to flood. Three of the plant’s 10 turbines were reportedly destroyed and three others were damaged. The cause of the accident is unclear but officials cited a faulty turbine and a rise of pressure in the pipes as possible triggers.

    The first victims of the accident were buried Wednesday in the nearby town of Cheryomushki, which has been deeply shaken because the whole families worked at the plant.

    Nikolai Shchip, covered head-to-toe in oil from the destroyed turbine, was blown away by the bursting water into the Yenisei River, but somehow made it to the shore, according to Moskovsky Komsomolets daily.

    Shchip’s 28-year-old son Roman, who also was working at the plant Monday morning, never got out of the engine room. Roman’s pregnant wife Yelena was rushed to hospital once she heard about the accident and gave birth to a daughter, the newspaper said.

    Another worker, Alexander Podkopayev, spent 15 agonizing hours in icy water at a flooded section of the plant, surviving thanks to a 10-centimer (4-inch) air space under the ceiling, according to the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper.

    Authorities acknowledged days ago that people who are still missing are most likely dead.

    The accident prompted new warnings about increasing risks posed by Russia’s aging infrastructure.

    “(This accident) exposed the fairly fragile state of key parts of the infrastructure and provided a stark reminder that this key program of investing in rebuilding the infrastructure has been long overdue,” said Chris Weafer, chief strategist at the UralSib investment bank.

    “Time and time again in Russia it does take an accident to spur the government into taking some actions in terms of improving safety or regulations,” he added.

    Columnist Sergei Leskov wrote in the Izvestia paper that Russia’s crumbling infrastructure has become a top threat for the nation’s security.

    “Equipment and infrastructure are horrendously worn-out and neglected. An urge for modernization and support for high technology are no longer an issue of economic security — they are badly needed for the survival of Russian citizens,” he said.

    Sayano-Shushenskaya is Russia’s largest power plant, providing 10 percent of Siberia’s energy needs and a key energy supplier for Siberian metallurgy.

    The accident caused power shortages in several towns and major factories, but by Wednesday the power supply in Siberia had been restored with the help of rerouted supplies from other power plants.

    Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko described the accident as “the biggest and most mysterious in global hydroenergy” and said it would cost 40 billion rubles ($1.2 billion) to rebuild the power plant’s engine room.

    Oleg Deripaska, director general of aluminum producer Rusal, toured the damaged plant Wednesday and talked with Russia’s energy ministry and plant owner RusHydro about securing energy supplies during the upcoming repairs, which are expected to take up to two years.

    More than 70 percent of all the energy from the hydroelectric plant goes to four Rusal smelters, which are believed to be the company’s most efficient plants. Rusal is the world’s largest aluminum producer.

    Deripaska also pledged to speed up the construction of the Boguchanskaya hydroelectric plant, 500 miles (800 kilometers) northeast of the Sayano-Shushenskaya.

    The accident also produced an oil slick that stretched over 60 miles (100 kilometers) down the Yenisei.


  11. Les,
    Maybe this letter is a “false flag”, created by the Vodka-kremlin, to use as an excuse to kill more non-rooshans, rather than take the blame for their own ineptitude?
    Or just a desire to take credit for any disaster that happens in Russia in a desperate attempt to look meaningful. As I said many times, kavkaz center has as much credibility as Russian TV

  12. Felix,you stupid asshole,Kavkazcenter is the most credible information source all over russia,even ethnic russians are reading the website more and more often,because Kavkazcenter tells the truth. Stupid ignorant western asshole who you are,your own western media are the biggest scum,they always report the Kremlin-propaganda

    • Given that Russia is a KGB state, that is hardly saying anything to be proud of.

      If you think you are making KC seem more credible by using crude profanity, you’re quite mistaken. In fact, you only prove your enemies right who say that KC is nothing but a nest of terrorists. Think about it — if you can think.

      • Strange. I thought LR supports terrorist-islamofascist scum, as long as its anti-Russian?

        • Profanity and ad hominems aside, it must be admitted that we have pretty broad factional representation here.

          I volunteer to be LR’s resident radical Finno-Ugric activist. We seek a Greater Uralic Tasavalta stretching from the Gulf of Bothnia to the Yamal Peninsula, with our historic capital reestablished at Maska-Ava (“Mother Bear”, vulgarly known as “Moskva” by the Slavic invaders). Komi Power! Free Udmurtia! Glory to the Mari and Mordvin peoples! Karelia back to the Finnish motherland!

          That should cover it.

          Oh crap, we still need a representative for the radical Kalmyk Buddhist agenda. C’mon guys. Step away from the chessboard and pony up!

          (Ha ha, get it? Pony? Because, um … you know … Mongols … horses … never mind)

  13. Putin said:

    “We need to conduct a thorough check of all strategic and vital parts of infrastructure and work out a plan for their regular upgrade.”

    Perhaps replace ‘infra’ with ‘brain’ and you might actually get somewhere.

    It’s just getting worse.

  14. akhmad wrote:

    Felix,you stupid asshole

    If I were phobophobe, I would complain about ad hominem attacks. But I think that it actually proves my point.

    Kavkazcenter is the most credible information source all over russia

    Yep! and Truthers are the most credible information source about September 11. And I have a very-well priced palace to sell to you in Ichkeria Caliphate!

    • Felix, you do suck. Kavkaz center has been a credible reaction, and I like it.

      There is no wining in Afghanistan and US is in Iraq to stay, until we go broke and have no more credit. Furthermore there is no reason to attack Iran unless it is done for Israel. Which is prolonging the problem.

      I know where you are coming from.

      Felix, I ignored your attack on myself the last time. But attacking Kavkaz Center and their just cause has provoked my response. Akhmad makes his point as far as I am concerned you are an asshole.

      The US was not innocent, when they gave the Plutonium and the Bomb to Israel and London. Chickens coming home to roost.

  15. http://www.kavkazcenter.com/russ/content/2009/08/21/67511.shtml

    “russian muslim” martyr batallion “Riyadus Saliheen” claims responsibility for heroic attacks in Nazran and Siberia! ALLAH AKBAR!!!!

  16. http://www.kavkazcenter.com/russ/content/2009/08/21/67525.shtml


  17. (The following statement was posted in Russian on the Chechen rebel Web site http://www.kavkazcenter.com and translated by Reuters) Aug 21 –

    “The editorial of Kavkazcentre has received an electronic mail signed by the commander of the Battalion of Martyrs “Riyadus-Salikhiyn” in which it is stated that the mujahideen of this unit carried out a martyrs’ operation in Nazran and carried out a major subversive action in Russia, disabling the Sayano-Shushenskaya hydro-electric dam.

    “Kavkazcentre publish the entire text of the statement unabridged and in full:

    “In the name of Allah, all Merciful and all Forgiving:

    “A decision was taken at the start of the year at a meeting of the council of the mujahideen of the Emirate of the Caucasus, led by Caucasus Emir Doku Abu Usman, to activate an economic war against Russia on its territory.

    “To carry out these tasks, subversive groups were created and sent to a host of Russian regions with the aim of carrying out industrial sabotage.

    “The priority targets laid out for them are gas pipelines, oil pipelines, the destruction of electricity stations and high-voltage power lines, and sabotage at factories.

    “In the name of Allah, through our efforts on Aug. 17 an act of sabotage, long in the making and thoroughly thought out, was carried out at the Khakasia region’s Sayano-Shushenskaya hydro-electric power plant, the largest in Russia.

    “An anti-tank mine on a timer was planted in the turbine room, and its explosion caused enormous damage, greater than we anticipated.

    “The result halted the hydro-power station completely, and caused losses to Russia worth many billions of dollars.

    “The worry among the infidel leadership showed that this operation dealt a heavy blow, and this work will continue to be carried out in the name of Allah.

    “On the same day, Aug. 17, in the city of Nazran, the Riyadus-Salikhiyn Shahid battalion carried out an operation to destroy the occupying puppet gangs of the Neighborhood Interior Ministry Precinct and the City Interior Ministry Precinct.

    “At exactly 9:06 in the morning, an automobile filled with explosives penetrated the gates of the precinct buildings, after which the mujahid behind the wheel detonated the explosives.

    “The explosion and resulting fires destroyed a large part of the buildings and incapacitated the fleet of armoured cars in these departments used by the infidels and apostates.

    “But the primary damage was inflicted on the apostates gathered for the so-called line-up, in the centre of which the car was blown up.

    “According to various accounts coming in from the apostates, the explosion killed everyone in the line-up, and in this group there were no less than 50 people.

    “We declare our responsibility for carrying out these operations, in the planning and execution of which we made every effort not to hurt the local Muslims who may have been close by.

    “To this end, we limited the amount of explosives, seeking to prevent the destruction of the nearby five-storey apartment building.

    “But as was later discovered, this house is mainly inhabited by families of apostates, some of whom were wounded.

    “We did have the option of simply laying the same amount of explosives near the city precinct and avoiding the death of the mujahid, but in order to limit the number of civilian victims we decided in favour of carrying out the Shahid operation.

    “The aim of the mujahid belonging to Riyidus-Salikhiyn was not to destroy the building but the apostate personnel, and by the Will of Allah, he was able to carry out exactly this goal.

    “So far, many of the apostates are being counted among the ‘missing’, their relatives are storming the hospitals and morgues, even though their bodies were ripped apart into little fragments, which were burned up in the ensuing fire.

    “The apostates of the city and neighbourhood precincts made their careers on torturing and humiliating Muslims, taking part in operations in the forests as part of the ‘mopping-up’ operations and storming the homes of the mujahideen.

    “We wish once again to appeal to all those who decided that by working within the structures of the infidels and apostates they are not hurting Islam, all those who came to them to work for money — quit now before it is too late.

    “Today we are giving you the chance for an amnesty and to peacefully leave the service of the infidels, after which we will cease searching for and destroying you.

    “Consider whether you want to risk your life and the lives of those close to you for the sake of the apostates, whether you want to be among the people liable to be killed.

    “Lay down your arms and return to your homes, work and earn money in the ways permitted under Sharia, and you will once again have a calm life.”


  18. GROZNY, Russia (AP) — Suicide bombers detonated explosives in Chechnya’s provincial capital on Friday, killing at least four police officers in separate attacks, officials said.

    Russian emergency services spokesman Alexei Zemskov said another four policemen were wounded in the attacks in the city of Grozny.

    Zemskov said suicide bombers approached police officers in two locations in the city of Grozny and detonated their explosives.

    Russian news agencies reported that there were several other explosions in Grozny, but it wasn’t immediately clear whether there were more victims.

    The attacks follow Monday’s suicide bombing of a police station in neighboring Ingushetia which killed 25 and injured over 160. The bombing was the worst attack in years in the volatile North Caucasus region and unraveled Kremlin claims that it has managed to bring calm and prosperity to the impoverished region’s patchwork of ethnic groups, clans and religions.

    While large-scale battles ended years ago in Chechnya, which has been ravaged by two separatist wars since 1994, rebels have continued daily raids against police and other authorities in Chechnya.

    The violence also has increasingly spilled into neighboring provinces of Ingushetia and Dagestan.


  19. Vodka-kremlin shows their idiotic logic again!

    Moscow, August 26 (Interfax) – Russia’s emergency situations minister, in a radio program on Wednesday, described the August 17 accident at Russia’s Sayano-Shushenskaya hydroelectric power plant, where an explosion claimed at least 71 lives and destroyed the turbine hall, as “the biggest manmade emergency situation for the past 25 years.”

    Asked whether he believed the Sayano-Shushenskaya accident, after which four people still remain missing, was similar in scale to the Chernobyl disaster, Shoigu said: “I wouldn’t draw such a parallel. If we talk about capacity, roughly yes, they are roughly of equal capacity. There was about 4,000 megawatts there and 6,300 megawatts here.”


  20. Vodka-kremlin now tries to set a precedent that the kremlin can pirate a ship and send citizens of other nations to their gulags for slave labor.

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian authorities said Wednesday they will run the investigation into the alleged Arctic Sea hijacking but will ask other nations to help solve the mystery of the cargo ship’s bizarre voyage.

    The Maltese-flagged freighter headed to Russia under a navy escort on Wednesday.

    According to Russian media, hijacking suspects say their case should be heard not in Russia but in Malta, or Sweden — in whose Baltic Sea waters the alleged hijacking occurred. But Alexander Bastrykin, head of the federal Investigative Committee, stressed that Russia has jurisdiction over the ship and the suspects.

    “We have the full legal right to conduct investigative activities with both the ship and its crew,” Bastrykin was quoted as saying Wednesday in the government daily Rossiiskaya Gazeta.

    In a statement on its Web site, the Investigative Committee said a Russian court had formally impounded the Arctic Sea

    The agency also defended the treatment of 11 Arctic Sea crew members, calling them victims but demanding they remain in Moscow for further questioning.


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