September 11, 2009 — Contents

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 11 CONTENTS

(1)  EDITORIAL:  Russia, Crushed by Putinomics

(2)  Putin, Dancing with Neo-Nazis

(3)  Putin Wipes out Opposition in Moscow Elections

(4)  Photo Essay:  It Seems Putin is no Music Lover

(5)  The U.S. Open isn’t over yet, except for the Russians

NOTE:  Kim Zigfeld takes on Conde Nast and GQ in her most recent installment of her Russia column over at Pajamas Media (now 37 columns strong).  Needless to say, they don’t stand a chance.  It’s the third time Kim has had the lead item at the superblog.

NOTE: The bleak news coming out of Russia can be depressing sometimes, and looking for good news from Russia as consolation is like looking for a needle in a haystack.  So let’s look at Mt. Bosavi in Papaua New Guinea where in the crater of an extinct volcano has been discovered an entire new world of never-before-seen creatures that have evolved in isolation for 200,000 years. The photos are breathtaking, and remind us that anything is possible. Even democracy in Russia, however unlikely it may seem.

8 responses to “September 11, 2009 — Contents

  1. Russian lawmakers OK Kremlin bill on military force abroad

    Today, 18:39 | Associated Press

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian lawmakers have given preliminary approval to a Kremlin bill expanding the legal reasons to deploy Russian troops abroad.

    The lower house of parliament voted unaniumously Wednesday to approve President Dmitry Medvedev’s bill in the first of three required readings. The motion is expected to sail swiftly through two other readings in the State Duma before being rubber-stamped by the upper house.

    The bill would allow the president to send troops outside Russia to fend off attacks on the Russian military, deter aggression against another state, protect Russian citizens or combat pirates.

    The bill was seen by some as a sign that the Kremlin was taking a tougher posture in relations with ex-Soviet neighbors after last August’s war with Georgia.

  2. Paul Goble translates the insights of Sergey Kovalev, “the longtime rights activist who heads the Public Commission for Investigating the Explosions” who does not think the FSB was directly involved…..

    But having said that, Kovalev says that it is his “personal impression” that “the organization” of the bombings reflected “political goals,” including “raising the rating of the future president.” And for that reason if for none other, “the FSB could have been tangentially involved.”

    http://windowoneurasia.blogspot.com/2009/09/window-on-eurasia-kovalev-says-fsb.html

  3. LR, I see your point as it seems that Sergey Kovalev is willing to take it only so far regarding the FSB’s most likely hand in that atrocity.

    The rest of Russia is just too terrified, ignorant of the event or apathetic to open a public dialogue on this. It’s another atrocity event that gets buried down the memory hole.

  4. Kyiv expects Moscow to explain possible use of Russian military formations in other countries

    Today, 17:17 | Interfax-Ukraine

    Kyiv has asked Moscow to clarify clauses of amendments to Russian law proposed by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that concern the use of Russian military formations in other countries, Ukraine’s Presidential Secretariat has said.

    http://www.kyivpost.com/nation/48438

  5. No surprise that two oil fascist thugs, Pootie and El Clowno in Caracus are forging a deeper alliance:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090910/ts_nm/us_venezuela_russia_chavez

    And, add recent moves into a more solidified Axis-of-Evil by Iran too.

    The utter nothingness of Obama seems to have opened the door for every thug on the planet to partner up with impunity.

    Jimmy Carter was a naive rube too. He single handely gave the radicals in Iran a script that they are still using.

    Innocent people get hurt all over the globe when America is weak. Liberals are incapable in getting that.

  6. STOP THE PRESSES!!!!

    Exciting news – Hugo Chavez recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. If that is not the clear acknowledgment that Unkneeling Russia is the leader of the world, I don’t know what is! If the naysayers think that UN resolution recognizing the territorial integrity of Georgia – it just shows the naysayers for the Russophobes they are!

    Look who voted for – Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, San Marino, etc. One Russian tank will crush them all in a matter of days!

    Speaking of tanks… Chavez’s recognition didn’t come for free, of course! Russia will sell tanks, submarines, ATV, and other military equipment to Venezuela at no charge. But what’s a few military planes between friends?! Especially, since they will be located in the underbelly of strategic adversary.

    Russia, Ahead! Now everyone in the world can see the huge progress that Russia is making not only economically, but internationally as well!

  7. Felix, courtesy of Andrei Illarionov’s blog on LJ is the list of Russia’s official friends and enemies:

    Enemies of Russia’s leadership (48):
    Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Albania, Andorra, Belgium, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Great Britain, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Georgia, Denmark, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Saint Lucia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Uganda, Ukraine, Finland, France, Croatia, Montenegro, Czech Republic, Sweden, Estonia Japan.

    Friends of Russia’s leadership (18):
    Algeria, Armenia, Belarus, Bolivia, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zimbabwe, Cuba, North Korea, India, Iran, Laos, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Syria, Sri Lanka, Ecuador, Ethiopia

    http://aillarionov.livejournal.com/112432.html

    India I can’t account for, but, every loser rogue state on the planet is on Putin’s friends list.

    Sweet. Face it, people and countries are known by the company that they keep.

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