December 11, 2009 — Contents


(1)  EDITORIAL:  Putin’s Final Solution for the Internet

(2)  EDITORIAL:  Russia and the Environment

(3)  Putin Crushes the Life out of the Russian Economy

(4)  One American is Worth Five Russians

(5)  Putin to Russia:  Don’t Hold your Breath!

(6)  PERM FIRE PHOTOS:  One is Worth a Thousand Screams

NOTE:  Kim Zigfeld’s latest installment on the powerful American Thinker blog addresses the shocking manner in which Vladimir Putin has forced not one but two Russian Supreme Court justices to resign from the bench after criticizing the regime.

NOTE:  A translation of Russian short stories by Lyudmila Petrushevskaya entitled There Once Lived a Woman who tried to Kill her Neighbor’s Baby has made it into the New York Times top 35 bestseller list.  Sure sounds like somebody who’s seen Russia up close and personal to us.

6 responses to “December 11, 2009 — Contents

  1. Report: Russian missile fails, visible in Norway

    MOSCOW, Dec 10 (Reuters) – Russia’s new submarine-based intercontinental missile suffered the latest in a series of test failures, newspapers reported on Dec. 10, as unusual lights were spotted in Norway across the border from the launch site.

    The Bulava intercontinental missile has been billed as Russia’s newest technological breakthrough to support its nuclear deterrent, but the repeated test failures are an embarrassment for the Kremlin.

    The missile failed in its thirteenth test on Wednesday morning, the Vedomosti daily reported, quoting a source in the military-industrial complex.

    The Kremlin has touted the missile as a unique weapon capable of breaching any air defence and a way to bolster the country’s once mighty submarine fleet.

    The test failures have convinced a growing number of analysts — and even senior navy officers — that the Bulava is fundamentally doomed and that it would be cheaper and safer to start from scratch on a new project.

    • “An unique weapon” uncapable of launching.

      I wonder when one of them will explode during a launch attempt, Kursk-style, sinking one of the last Russian servicable submarines. (Preferrably with Putin abroad.)

  2. Here’s a link to a reuters video about this (in english):

  3. Let us note here that extrajudicial executions and kidnappings have become more frequent in Ingushetia recently.

    Magomed Mutsolgov, a human rights activist and a member of the expert’s board at the Russian Ombudsman, also expressed his concern of the above facts to the “Caucasian Knot” correspondent. According to the human rights organization “Mashr”, headed by him, from the start of 2009, about 300 persons were killed in the republic.

    “We choke in blood. There’s no real fight against arbitrariness, that is, murders and kidnappings. These crimes got back to the level of the former president Murat Zyazikov. Today, even more are killed. Unfortunately, this year human rights defenders have much more work,” the human rights activist has noted.

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