WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 2 CONTENTS
(1) EDITORIAL: Shame on Russia!
(2) EDITORIAL: A Blogosphere under Siege in Putin’s Russia
(3) EDITORIAL: Another Test, another “F” for Russia
(4) Is Russia “driven” to Revolution?
(5) Book Review
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Passengers evacuating other passengers, official rescuers nowhere to be seen
Shame on Russia!
There was nothing we could do to help the injured. There was no doctor, no first-aid kit on board the train. It seems like there wasn’t anything to provide even the most basic assistance. There weren’t even any torches to look for the injured with. A lot of time valuable time was lost, time that could have been used to save people. The apparent absence of first-aid kits on such a train was simply unbelievable, especially in the light of the 2007 blast. No one even thought to have reserves of bandages.”
— Stanislav Aranovsky, Nevsky Express rail passenger, to Delovoi Petersburg
When a terrorist bomb exploded underneath a high-speed train halfway between Moscow and St. Petersburg on Saturday night, once again the greatest damage to Russia was not the loss of life, horrible as it was, but the humiliating light cast on Russia’s reckless indifference to the welfare of its citizens.
A Blogosphere under Siege in Putin’s Russia
- Irek Murtazin
Even though, as we’ve repeatedly shown, less than a fifth of the Russian population has Internet access, that’s way too much freedom of information for the Kremlin’s taste.
Because of this, the Putin regime has been engaged in a feverish, Stalin-like crackdown on bloggers from the first moments it took power.
Alexei Sidorenko of Global Voices reports on the two most recent casualties in this final battle for the Russian soul.
The New York Times reports:
Every society has a breaking point. In Boston it was the tea tax; in France it was Marie Antoinette’s wigs. If you’re curious where the breaking point may lie in Russia, try slamming the door as you get out of a taxicab — even the most rickety Soviet-era Lada. What will pass across the driver’s face is an expression of such exquisite suffering that you will first apologize and then run. Russians love their cars.
The Seattle Times reports:
‘Rasskazy: New Fiction from a New Russia’
edited by Mikhail Iossel and Jeff Parker
Tin House Books, 374 pp., $18.95
“Do you know how I knew spring was here? I found a skull in the garden. I immediately looked for a bullet hole in it.” With a beginning like this, you know you have picked up no bland, overly processed work of fiction, but something raw, intense and sure to leave an impression.
And that is just what “Rasskazy” (the word means “stories”) offers with its collection of 22 short pieces by some of Russia’s finest young writers.