September 6, 2009 — Contents


(1)  EDITORIAL:   Annals of Russian Insanity I

(2)  EDITORIAL:  Annals of Russian Insanity II

(3)  What was on that Ship, Mr. Putin?

(4)  Another Russophile Disgusted by Russia

(5)  A Sunday (S&M) Mystery

NOTE:  In a shameful display of cowardice, the Conde Nast publishing group is censoring an article from the American version of GQ magazine from running in the Russian version and refusing to place the article on GQ’s website.  GAWKER is running pages of the article, in the current issue, alongside a working Russian translation.  The article delves further into the allegations that the Putin regime, not Chechen terrorists, blew up Moscow apartment buildings in the 1990s.

2 responses to “September 6, 2009 — Contents

  1. Ingushetia:

    This tiny Muslim republic, swept up in kidnap, torture, arbitrary killings and suicide bombings, is the new front line in Russia’s struggle to contain a growing anti-government insurgency in the North Caucasus.

    Russia has sent thousands of troops to fight what it claims are extremists who want an Islamic caliphate. Monitoring organisations said that although an Islamist element exists, the violence is fuelled by a tradition of blood vengeance for the brutality of Russian special forces.


    The murder rate has risen from 96 in 2006 to 250 so far this year. An oppressive atmosphere cloaks Ingushetia as tanks and troops guard fortified checkpoints along main roads, trying to spot suicide bombers.


    Human rights groups in Moscow warned this week that the death squads would trigger a civil war in Ingushetia and the neighbouring republics of Chechnya and Dagestan.

  2. Here’s the translated GQ piece implicating Putin in the apartment bombing that was omitted by Conde Nast publishers to protect their profits:

    Let’s hope it makes its way to Russian LJ blogs.

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