December 2, 2009 — 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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5 responses to “December 2, 2009 — Contents

  1. 30 November 2009: It’s been exactly 70 years since RuSSians, those biggest parasites and fascists on Earth, attacked Finland on 30th of November 1939. Without declaring war fascists started bombing civilian targets all over Finland killing hundreds of civilians, bombing homes, hospitals and schools. They also raped and murdered women and children in Karelia and burned their homes. Their purpose was to occupy Finland and to kill Finns and send them to Siberia. 105 days later when the Winter war was over, 27 000 Finns were killed by RuSSians and 44 000 were wounded, mostly women and children. Fascists lost 200 000 SS-red army soldiers and 300 000 were wounded and Finns took 5000 prisoners of war.

    Since that, RuSSian aggression has continued several times. Last time fascists attacked to Georgia. Putler and RuSSia must be stopped !

  2. Where Reichstag Fires Take Place Again and Again

    November 30, 2009

    Paul Goble

    Tomorrow, December 1, is the 75th anniversary of the murder of Sergey Kirov, an action that Russian commentators continue to refer to as “the Stalinist version of [Hitler’s] Reichstag fire” because it opened the way to the purges and the great terror of the following years.

    But what is even more disturbing now three-quarters of a century later is that, as one Moscow observer put it today, in Russia “the Reichstags burn and burn” because neither in the case of Kirov nor in that of so many other tragedies in that country has there been a full and honest reporting by the government or by authoritative people about what happened.

    And because of the lack of such an honest accounting of events, Aleksandr Ryklin writes in today’s “Yezhednevny zhurnal,” thoughtful Russians would need to be presented with “convincing evidence” that the special services did not blow up the “Nevsky Express” this week in the service of the powers that be (

    Just as the Reichstag fire opened the way to a period of unrivaled evil in Germany, Rokityansky continues, so too the murder of Kirov led to the horrors of the GULAG along with all of Stalin’s other crimes. Unfortunately, while this period has been overcome in Germany, there is an important respect in which it has not in Russia.

    “This epoch,” the “Novaya gazeta” writer continues, “has not become the past of our country. Stalin continues to restrain its development in intellectual, spiritual and economic relations. It remains a serious obstacle on the path to the advancement of Russia toward humanism, political freedom and historical truth.”

  3. Yet another OMON-crackdown, but maybe this time they a bit too far? Not many people in Russia care about how the opposition is treated, but they might question why OMON has to beat up and detain teenagers going to a football game.

    • Oh, it’s just Spartak hooligans. Some of them will themselves join OMON in future.

      Russians warn they will crack down hard on hooligans and drunks

      Anyway, an interesting thing is that last year 8 Sochi OMON actually got jailed for indiscriminate beatings:

      The “Caucasian Knot” has reported that at night on June 17, 2006, two drunken Sochi OMON fighters in civil clothes began to accost to girls in a cafe situated in Nizhnee Makopse settlement of Sochi, provoking a conflict with the young man who danced with the girls. Two men from Rostov who witnessed the conflict tried to rebuke the hooligans. Then, a fight burst out among them, and the militiamen were heavily beaten.

      At night on July 19, 2006, some 30-50 OMON fighters arrived to Nizhnee Makopse. They began detaining all teenagers and males, making use of physical force, electric shockers and bamboo sticks. According to the victims, some of them were armed with sub-machine guns.

      The most massive detention was made in that very cafe in the seacoast, where the two militiamen had been beaten two days before. The cafe was full of young people. The attackers threw them out over the cafe fence and placed face down on the coast. The detainees were beaten with sticks and struck with shockers. Then, they were brought to Lazarevskoe ROVD (District Militia Station), where, according to parents, victims were not allowed to use medical aid.

  4. Dmitry Medvedev’s plan, announced last week in his address to the Federal Assembly, of creating a special “boss” for the North Caucasus, seems an absolutely logical step. During the past few months Medvedev has repeatedly criticized the present state of affairs in the region, pointing to the absence of any serious progress there. So harsh were his remarks on the situation that many experts decided they were really an attempt to undermine the authority of Vladimir Putin – author of the federal centre’s current law enforcement policy in the North Caucasus. These assumptions were not confirmed, as the president confined himself to criticism, without offering any new approaches that could replace the old failed policies of the Kremlin.

    Meanwhile, as Medvedev’s experiments give off an air of declarative emptiness, his potential antagonist has consistently stuck to his guns without raising doubt as to the identity of the main source of serious projects that lack much relevance to the North Caucasus. The opening last week of an international terminal at Grozny airport and the scandal of Ramzan Kadyrov’s promotion to the rank of major general show that Vladimir Putin does not intend to give up his priorities, even if his successor is showing cold feet.

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