October 2, 2009 — Contents


(1)  EDITORIAL:  Stinging Defeat for Russia in Germany

(2)  Russia’s Virulent Hatred of America, Part I

(3)  Russia’s Virulent Hatred of America, Part II

(4)  Armenia and the Caucasus

(5)  Russia and the Movies

NOTE:  Kim Zigfeld’s latest installment of her Russia column on the American Thinker blog is up and running, it exposes the pathetic level of Internet access available to Russians

NOTE:  Yezhedevny Zhurnal columnist Alexander Podrabinek, whom we’ve often translated on this blog, has received death threats over a recent column and gone into hiding.

NOTE:  A Russian photographer posts graphic, deeply disturbing photographs taken by his colleague at a provincial Russian mental hospital.  Note the photographer’s response to comments in English.  Warning:  not for the squeamish. Hat tip:  Global Voices. 

6 responses to “October 2, 2009 — Contents

  1. And, what kind of a culture would tolerate this? I’m sure this would not come as a surprise to most Russians.

    I don’t know who is more despicable Putin or the lumpen mass of Russian ignorant sheeple that stretching back to Stalin’s era are one of the cruelest groups on the face of the earth. In any civilized country criminal charges would be brought.

  2. Let me also add that Hitler’s death camps were as awful as Klimov’s photos. It’s obvioius that those patients are starving to death.

    What kind of people work there? Who in the neighborhood knows about this? And, you can bet that this wouldn’t shock most Russians even though they would feign being shocked.

    It’s truly a crime against humanity.

  3. Russians don’t do well with their handicapped or mental health patients at all.

    The other thought that crosses your mind once in a while when in Russia is where are the people in wheelchairs? I lived in a regional city in Russia for a few years and I honestly can’t recall seeing anyone using one. Even if there were, I don’t know how they’d get around. In most buildings, you have to take the stairs to get to the elevator (makes a lot of sense, doesn’t it) You can only assume that they are permanent shut ins.

    I’ve personally witnessed some programs for the blind and I was actually reasonably impressed with a couple orphanages I visited, but I also frequently walked by a hospital for the mentally ill and let’s just say, it looked grievous. The photos on the website above do not conflict with how I imagine this particular hospital and it chills my spine. Penny asks about who in the neighborhood knows about the true conditions in the photographed hospital. Believe me, they know, and have no desire to change the status quo. Part of it is resources, which shows the near poverty a large chunk of Russia is still in. But the other part is certainly a culturally inert will to care for these people.

  4. The photos were taken in 1998 not recently and not by Oleg Klimov. They were taken by Valery Shchekoldin.

    No while I don’t dispute that mental health care in Russia is not great I am trying to work out how a photographer would manage to get into an asylum and take those photos and be able to publish them. They seem setup.

    Now during my time in Russia I saw quite a lot of people in wheelchairs, though yes I did wonder how they got out given most apartments don’t have ramps.

    However as a contrast when I lived in the US for a couple of years I also did not see many disabled people about, especially those with mental retardation or downs-syndrome. Contrast that where I live in the UK and we have active programs for care in the community with day centres for them to attend and even those with mild downs-syndrome working at supermarkets.

    • Can you show us where your evidence is about who took the photo’s Mike?

      • Ok, in the article he states the photo’s are by Valery Shchekoldin.

        However as to your “staged photo’s” comment.

        I doubt it, this looks fairly typical of the Russian attitude to the mentally ill, and to orphans for that matter.

        As for how did he get access, well that is explained in the article, he befriended a nurse, and when he was caught taking pictures by a doctor he was turfed out.

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