October 23, 2009 — Contents


(1)  EDITORIAL:  The End of Russian Energy Terrorism

(2)  EDITORIAL:  Vladimir “Commie” Putin

(3)  Annals of Russian Elections Fraud

(4)  Russia’s Collapsing Cities

(5)  Babitsky on Chechnya

21 responses to “October 23, 2009 — Contents

  1. A posthumous award for Estemirova:

    Russia rights group wins EU prize

    Russian rights group Memorial has won the European Parliament’s annual Sakharov Prize, in memory of murdered activist Natalya Estemirova.

    Estemirova was found dead in July in the Russian republic of Ingushetia after being abducted in Chechnya.

    A Moscow court recently ordered Memorial to retract its accusation that the Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov was responsible for her murder.

    Memorial campaigns against abuses in countries of the former Soviet Union.

    ‘Circle of fear’

    Awarding the prize, the European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek said people who defended human rights must be free to express themselves.

    He said the assembly hoped “to contribute to ending the circle of fear and violence surrounding human rights defenders in the Russian Federation”.

    The prize, named after the late Soviet dissident Andrei Sakharov, went to Memorial head Oleg Orlov and the group’s activists Sergei Kovalev and Lyudmilla Alexeyeva.

    In a statement, Mr Orlov said: “I am flattered… that we have been awarded the Sakharov prize.

    “In our view the prize has been awarded to the Russian rights movement. I am thankful for that,” the statement said, according to AFP news agency.

    But he admitted having concerns about the rights movement in Russia.

    “We see that the development of the situation is not going in the direction that we would have liked,” he said.

    “This is also our fault. The rights mechanisms that we worked out at the beginning of the 1990s are not working today.”

    This month, Mr Orlov lost a defamation lawsuit brought by President Kadyrov. He was ordered to retract his accusations that Mr Kadyrov had been behind Estemirova’s murder.

    The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, now in its 21st year, comes with a cash reward of 50,000 euros ($75,000; £45,000). It will be awarded at a ceremony in Strasbourg in December.

    The Chinese dissident and civil rights campaigner Hu Jia won the prize last year.


    A salute to the work done by Memorial, real Russian patriots, who oppose the fascist scum that inhabit the halls of power in Russia, and who (unlike Putinist apologist scum like “Michael Tal/Phobophobe/Ostap Bender) try to make Russia a better place.

    • Sakharov Prize 2009 awarded to Memorial

      Human rights – 22-10-2009 – 11:27


      The European Parliament’s 2009 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought has been awarded to Russian civil rights defence organization Memorial, and their three representatives Oleg Orlov, Sergei Kovalev and Lyudmila Alexeyeva, as well as all other human rights defenders in Russia. The winner was announced by EP President Jerzy Buzek in Strasbourg on 22 October. The prize ceremony will take place in Strasbourg on 16 December.

      Awarding the prize Mr Buzek said: “By awarding this year’s prize to Oleg Orlov, Sergei Kovalev and Lyudmila Alexeyeva on behalf of Memorial and all other human rights defenders in Russia, we hope to contribute to ending the circle of fear and violence surrounding human rights defenders in the Russian Federation, and to advance our message that civil society activists everywhere must be free to exercise their most basic rights of freedom of thought and freedom of expression.”

      He went on to say that “we need to be free to follow our thoughts because this is essential in getting at the truth. Let me share with you my personal satisfaction that I can announce today this prize as the President of the European Parliament. In particular for a man who comes from Solidarity and who saw Poland fighting for truth and finally won freedom in the 1980s”.

      The organisation’s three representatives are:

      Oleg Orlov, the current chair of Memorial. On 6 October 2009 Oleg Orlov was fined and ordered to retract public statements following a defamation lawsuit brought against him by the President of the Republic of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov. Orlov had accused Kadyrov of being behind the murder of Chechen rights activist Natalya Estemirova. On 23 November 2007 Orlov himself was abducted in Ingushetia, together with three journalists, before being beaten, threatened with execution and released.

      Sergei Kovalev, who founded the first Soviet human rights association in 1969, the Initiative Group for the Defence of Human Rights in the USSR, and became one of the initiators of Memorial. Kovalev has been an outspoken critic of authoritarian tendencies in the administrations of Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin. In 1996 he resigned in protest as head of Yeltsin’s presidential human rights commission. In 2002 he organized a public commission to investigate the 1999 Moscow apartment bombings, which was effectively paralyzed after the persecution and assassination of its members.

      Lyudmila Mikhailovna Alexeyeva, who, together with Andrei Sakharov and others, founded the Moscow Helsinki Group to monitor Soviet compliance with the Helsinki Final Act in 1976. Since the 1960s Alexeyeva had been campaigning for fair trials of arrested dissidents and objective coverage in the media. She was excluded from the Communist Party and deprived of her job as editor of a scientific magazine. Alexeyeva co-chaired, with Garry Kasparov and Georgy Satarov, the All-Russian Civic Congress which Alexeyeva and Satarov left due to disagreement with Kasparov in January 2008. She has been critical of the Kremlin’s human rights record and has accused the government of encouraging extremists with its nationalistic policies, such as the mass deportations of Georgians in 2006 and police raids against foreigners working in street markets, as well as Russian conduct in Ingushetia.

      The Sakharov Prize

      The Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, named in honour of the Soviet physicist and political dissident Andrei Sakharov, has been awarded by the European Parliament every year since 1988 to individuals or organisations who have made an important contribution to the fight for human rights or democracy. This year’s award coincides with the 20th anniversary of Andrei Sakharov’s death.

  2. Memorial was also nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and should’ve won instead of “we can” Obama.
    Congratulations, Memorial! You so deserve it!

  3. Russia has been violating the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty treaty for years and the Republicans are calling Obama on it:

    Mr. Kyl said in a Senate floor speech Oct. 19 that Russia’s development of a new multiple-warhead RS-24 missile that was tested as recently as May 2007 violates the current treaty.
    “In this case, it appears the Russians have cheated – if not in the letter of the START agreement, at least in its spirit – by converting one of their existing missiles, the Topol-M, to this new multiple-warhead variant,” he said. The new missile is also known as the SS-27 by the Pentagon.


  4. ss-27, otherwise known as “Satan” almost can not be destroyed on approach to the goal, but can be shot down during the launch. To do this, and construct a missile defense system in Eastern Europe … Pentagon to put his pants just at the sight of ss-27

  5. Well then ss-27 is even more deadly than the old

    • “Deadly”? And who ever was killed by Satan missiles?

      I mean besides the Soviets in accidents.

      (Accidents such as Nedelin catastrophe or the Kursk disaster, killing hundreds of Soviet soldiers, including even the country’s Chief Marshal.)

  6. SS-7 Saddler being deadly:

  7. you would think if the U.S. military did not die because of accidents

    • Can you please recall me what American marshal (heck, even just a general) was ever killed in a rocket accident?

      A nuclear submarine sunk since the fall of USSR? Russia had 2 such submarines sunk with crews, althrough one with a skeleton crew only.

      And so on. For example, the (by far) greatest helicopter disaster in history belongs to Russia: 127 soldiers killed in the Mi-26 shoot down in Chechnya in 2002.

      (Chechens also killed many Russian generals in the downed choppers, including deputy interior minister of Russia Mikhail Rudchenko and deputy chief of Russian general staff Pavel Varfolomeyev in 2001.)

      • In 1960, the Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev anxiously awaited coming of another playing card in the Cold War with the US. The R-16 ICBM developed by the collective of Mikhail Yangel promised all new level of readiness for the Soviet nuclear fleet. On his end, Mikhail Yangel, the chief designer of the R-16, could not wait to demonstrate to Khrushchev what his collective could achieve.

        Yangel and Marshall of Artillery Mitrofan Nedelin, the commander of the Russian Strategic Missile Forces hoped to deliver a big present to Khrushchev for the celebration of the Bolshevik Revolution on November 7 — a successful test launch of the first R-16 missile.


        Traditionally for the Soviet rocketry, so-called State Commission was formed to oversee the R-16 testing. The State Commission is a temporary body composed of top officials from the institutions involved in a particular project.

        Nikita Khrushchev and G. Stepanov, Chief of Staff of the Soviet of Ministers, personally signed the list of the commission members.


        As time of the launch approached, the members of the State Commission gathered at IP-1B ground control station at Site 43. It was located 800 meters from the launch pad 41. A wooden terrace was prepared for the commission at the site to view the launch.


        When the commission members arrived to the launch pad, General Konstantin Gerchik ordered to bring a chair for Nedelin, and a coach for other officials. Nedelin sat within 15-20 meters from the rocket!


        Probably, many people were incinerated instantly, while many others died in the following several seconds of a living hell. Eyewitnesses described a horrifying scenes of burning people running from the rocket or hanging on the their safety harnesses from the access pads. Those who were on the ground and tried to escape the flames had to overcome the fence surrounding the pad and a fresh tar, which was melting under their feet. Some had no choice but to jump into the wells dug around the launch complex, only to suffocate from the poisonous propellant fumes released by the inferno.


        Although powerful explosions at the pad continued for about 20 seconds, the following fire raged for two hours. The flashes of light were seen as far as 50 kilometers from the pad, including the main residential area of the range. There, at Site 10, numerous relatives of the victims were about to learn the news, they could not imagine in their worst nightmares.


        Speaking to the staff at Tyuratam, Brezhnev said the commission had no intention to punish anybody. “All guilty had been punished already,” Brezhnev reportedly said.


        I must admit, such utterly supreme deadliness really showed him warmongering American imperialist Pentagon dude to “put his pants” – no US or any other ballistic missile ever did even remotely that much devastation to the Russian forces.

  8. Do you think the U.S. military reveal all their secrets?
    I don’t believe that the Pentagon lays out the public the whole truth.

  9. Everyone can see when the Space shuttle crashes, but that’s about accidents of military equipment, I never heard.
    American Technology also is flawed, but accidents sophisticated technology in the U.S. Army does not … This is strange

    • Btw,


      But I guess this one is not very deadly, as all the failed tests killed no one yet.

      • And what does this mean? What the development of high-tech weapons is a long and laborious process?
        But remember the test of American anti-missile systems. Not one missile failed to hit a target, despite the fact that it was known where these target are!

        • ANd how many exactly US soldiers (or sailors, the Kursk disaster was caused by torpedo exercises) died in the American test failures?

          Damn, even the Chernobyl nuclear catastrophe was a field test gone horribly wrong.

          And then of course the biggest failure of them all – the Russian experiment with communism (millions upon millions of dead Russians and other people from bullets, hunger, cold, overwork and other causes).

  10. Do you think the Pentagon would advertise a major accident that occurred in the American army? And if the Soviet system collapsed, the U.S. continues to live. Between the USSR and the U.S. are not so many differences, if you look closely. I DO NOT believe that the Pentagon is absolutely transparent. Only a naive person could think that he knows all about the American army. Your faith in the “honesty” of the Western media can play a cruel joke with you in future.

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