December 23, 2009 — Contents

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 23 CONTENTS

(1)  EDITORIAL:  Congratulations, Memorial!

(2)  EDITORIAL:  NATO lays down the Law to Putin

(3)  EDITORIAL:  A New Low for Russia

(4)  China sticks it to Russia and Gazprom

(5)  Yegor Gaidar, Russian Hero:  R.I.P.

(6)  Russia’s 2009 Report Card is In

(7) Georgia brings down a Soviet Eyesore

(8) Uh-oh:  Here comes the Karchai Jamaat

NOTE:  With Friday being Christmas day, we will not publish again until Monday, December 28.  By way of compensation, today we offer a double issue.

We wish all our readers a Merry Christmas and we hope the spirit of the season will lighten the heart of the Russian dictatorship and make them see the harm they are doing to Russia’s future.

Perhaps one day, the Russians will even learn to celebrate Christmas on the same day as the rest of the world, and realize that they are not a separate species of human being but part of the global family, whose basic moral values they have an obligation to honor and even celebrate rather than repudiating and seeking to destroy.

NOTE:  A little additional Christmas present for our readers in the form of a cool YouTube video — Are you sure of what you see?

15 responses to “December 23, 2009 — Contents

  1. La Russophobe, please put link to this great website http://grani-tv.ru/

    Show that there are some Russians who care! Please.

  2. Just to make a point:
    About what date ,(i.e. what calendar) various Orthodox Christians, including Russians, celebrate Christmas (Nativity): that is a totally seperate issue, from ALL that is so horribly wrong with the current KGB-run Russian Federation, & the present gangster rule there.
    The sacred/historic church calendar of the Universal Orthodox Church, (which has existed for many long centuries before communism!) is part of our faith.
    When the neo-soviet masters of Russia are long gone, Russia will still keep the sacred Orthodox Church calendar. When Russia frees itself from these communist hang-overs, THEN there can be a realistic/peaceful/fraternal/open & co-operative relationship with the rest of the world. And that will have nothing to do with, when, we Orthodox celebrate anything.
    That hoped-for day of a real rebirth and reformation of Russia, will have nothing to do with the date Russians celebrate Christmas.
    If only it would be that simple!
    For general information, Greece, Romania, Bulgaria, and some other local/national Orthodox churches, celebrate Christmas on the western date. But by doing that, this radical change from tradition, has severely divided the Orthodox world, and flung us into much chaos, internally. Serbs and Russians, and Georgians, and some others, still stick to the traditional Orthodox calendar. ‘Old-calendarists’ in all Orthodox countries, whose national churches have gone to ‘the New Calendar’, are dissidents, such as in Greece, Romania, Bulgaria, and others.
    And regarding ‘ecumenical’ relations, (which some would see as simply positive-friendliness between Orthodox and western Christians & others), unfortunately, it is precisely….the Kremlin which is pushing that ‘friendly’ movement, in order to USE Western churches, for their geo-political aims and for espionage activities in western countries.
    BUT! to all people who will celebrate Christmas this week, I greet you with: Merry Christmas!,
    and Greetings With the Nativity of Christ!
    Just my observations….
    Reader Daniel

    • Yes, I see nothing wrong in keeping the church events by the Gregorian calendar.

      Christmas is still celebrated on December 25th in the Georgian Orthodox Church, but just by the old calendar.

      But whichever calendar you use, “Bednieri Shoba” (Happy Christmas) to you and you families.

  3. The secular Christmas spirit began.

    Drunks kill priest outside Moscow

    “Father Alexander (Filippov) was killed only for reproving those beasts who were relieving themselves in an entrance of an apartment house,” the Interfax news agency quoted the priest’s widow Yelena as saying.

    The priest preaching at the Ascension of the Lord Church near the town of Podolsk died from a shot in the heart, she said. He left three teenage daughters.

    http://www.kyivpost.com/news/russia/detail/55743/

  4. Ramzan K sez:

    GUDERMES, Chechnya — Russia needs a military strategy to resist the United States and other Western powers that are stoking disorder in the North Caucasus to destroy Russia, Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov said in an interview.

    Kadyrov, 33, said last year’s attack by Georgia on South Ossetia was part of a Western plot to seize the whole Caucasus region.

    “If they get control of the Caucasus, you could say they’ll get control of virtually all of Russia, because the Caucasus is our backbone,” Kadyrov said.

    The conversation was conducted at his exotic private offices near the town of Gudermes. The complex features a zoo, a racecourse for his horses, two large golden lions guarding the entrance and an artificial mountain lit up in different colors at night.

    “The Russian government needs to work out a strategy. It needs to attack,” Kadyrov said. “Georgia, South Ossetia, Ukraine, all this will go on and on. It’s Russia’s private affliction. Why should we always suffer if we can eradicate this for good? We are a great power. We have everything — an army, technology. We need to attack.”

    Kadyrov took pains in the interview to counter accusations by human rights groups that he had been involved in the murders of activists, journalists and opponents in Russia and overseas.

    Dressed in a dark blue Ralph Lauren velvet-finish shirt, his hair and beard carefully groomed, Kadyrov smiled frequently but became animated when asked why many of his opponents at home and abroad had met violent deaths.

    Human rights groups have linked him to the murders of campaigning journalist Anna Politkovskaya, activist Natalya Estemirova, opposition Chechen exiles in Austria and Turkey and rival Chechen clan chiefs shot dead in Moscow and Dubai.

    Kadyrov, who was guarded by armed, black-clad militiamen wearing balaclavas embossed with his initials, said he had personally helped many of the murder victims and their families and was not their enemy.

    “I don’t want to kill,” he said. “Who did I fight? I fought terrorists. Who did I protect? I protected the whole of Russia so that people in Moscow or St. Petersburg … could live in peace. … They accuse me of killing women and children. It’s not true.”

    Kadyrov dismissed a claim on an Islamist web site that fugitive Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov was behind a bomb attack Nov. 27 that derailed a Moscow-St. Petersburg train, killing 26 people. Umarov, he said, lived in a cave in the mountains and had no idea what was going on.

    “Today there are very few [rebels] left,” he said. “This year we destroyed a great many terrorists in Ingushetia, Dagestan and Chechnya.”

    Asked how many remained, Kadyrov replied: “If I knew how many and where, I would have destroyed them a long time ago.”

    Kadyrov said the remaining rebels were kept going by Western money and guns.

    “The West is financing them,” he said. “I officially declare this: Those who destroyed the Soviet Union, those who want to destroy the Russian Federation, they stand behind them.”

    Kadyrov said it would be good for Washington if the United States followed more friendly policies toward Russia. “And if not,” he said, “we have a very strong politician of global stature, Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin. There is no one like him on the world stage.”

    Kadyrov made several references to Prime Minister Putin during the one-hour interview last week but did not mention President Dmitry Medvedev.

    At pains to appear modest and show his loyalty to the Kremlin, Kadyrov shrugged off suggestions that he might extend his responsibilities to cover the entire North Caucasus.

    http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/kadyrov-says-west-backs-rebels/396586.html

  5. Dear La Russophobe

    Regarding link suggestions. But you have some space on the right hand side. Why not put some links there. http://www.grani.ru I think deserves it and it has good reputation for many years.

  6. A hundred new complaints submitted to European Court from Chechnya this year

    Dec 19 2009

    In 2009, about one hundred new complaints were lodged from Chechnya to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). They have to do mainly with disappearances of applicants’ relatives. This was explained by Anatoly Kovler, Judge of the European Court from the Russian Federation.

    The Judge also said that 55 decisions passed in Strasbourg this year were on Chechen cases. “Complaints from Ingushetia should be added here,” said Mr Kovler and added: “I’d like to hope that the law draft developed by the Ministry of Justice on compensations to the persons who suffered from counterterrorist operations, will be adopted in the near future”, ITAR-TASS reports.

    This year, the number of complaints from Russia to the ECtHR has increased by more than 10 percent. They now make a third of all the complaints considered by the ECtHR.

    http://www.eng.kavkaz-uzel.ru/articles/12046/

  7. The Moscow House of Journalists hosted a ceremony of awarding the first premium of the Moscow Helsinki Group (MHG) in the area of human rights defence for 2009. Natalia Estemirova, a human rights defender and employee of the Human Rights Centre (HRC) “Memorial”, was posthumously awarded “for the courage demonstrated in defence of human rights.”

    Liudmila Alekseeva, head of the Moscow Helsinki Group, told Radio Liberty that this award has eleven nominations, and the one for courage demonstrated in defence of human rights was awarded to Natalia Estemirova, who was kidnapped and murdered in Grozny this July.

    Apart from Estemirova, Igor Kaliapin, chairman of the regional public organization “Committee against Torture” (Nizhni Novgorod), became the laureate of the premium in the nomination “For successes in developing and managing human rights organizations”. Ms Alekseeva has noted that when the “Memorial” was forced to suspend its work in Chechnya, several human rights organizations decided to replace it. Mr Kaliapin’s organization was among them; they still work in Chechnya.

    http://www.eng.kavkaz-uzel.ru/articles/12052/

  8. Happy Birthday, Joe: Russia Celebrates Josef Stalin

    During Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s annual call-in TV show earlier this month, which included several staged questions aimed at sending the public a message, Putin warned Russians against making any “overall judgment” against Stalin. To prove his point, he cited the forced collectivization of agriculture, a process that historians say caused millions of deaths from starvation in the 1920s and ’30s, when Stalin was general secretary of the Communist party. “It’s true, there was no peasantry left after that,” Putin said. “Everything that happened in this sphere did not have any positive effect on the villages. But after all we did get industrialization.”

    But perhaps the most blatant example of rewriting history yet came in August, when the city of Moscow unveiled an inscription to Stalin in the marble entryway of the Kurskaya Metro station. In giant letters, it reads: “Stalin raised us to be loyal to the fatherland, inspired us to labor and great works.” The praise caused an outcry from human rights groups and opposition politicians, but officials haven’t taken any actions to remove it.

    But hundreds of younger people also sat in the auditorium or milled around the vestibule as the musicians performed. One of them, Vadim Kasimov, a secretary of the Union of Communist Youth, said that Stalin’s legacy is one of his group’s best tools for recruiting new members. “Young people, when they think of him at all, think of him as a strong leader, a vibrant personality, and what he stood for they often want to emulate,” he says.

    Read more: http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,1949500,00.html?iid=tsmodule#ixzz0aSWYvhVN

  9. http://iconicphotos.wordpress.com/2009/12/07/when-putin-met-reagan/

    From the comments:

    “seems that this little boy is Medvyedyev?”

  10. Another local disappears in Kabardino-Balkaria

    http://www.eng.kavkaz-uzel.ru/articles/12073/

    Valery Khatazhukov, head of the public human rights centre, has expressed, in his interview to the “Caucasian Knot”, his concern of recent frequent disappearances. “We shouldn’t admit the situation in our republic to aggravate to the extent of Ingushetia and Dagestan,” he said.

  11. Chechnya President Ramzan Kadyrov told a British newspaper that “Georgia and Ukraine are afflictions of Russia that need to be eradicated.”

    “Georgia, South Ossetia, Ukraine, all this will go on and on. It’s Russia’s private affliction. Why should we always suffer if we can eradicate this for good? We are a great power, we have everything – an army, technology. We need to attack,” Kadyrov said in an interview with London’s “The Telegraph” published on Dec. 21.

    Political scientist Valeriy Bebyk called attention to Kadyrov’s statement at a press conference at the Interfax-Ukraine news agency on Thursday. Bebyk, who heads the Ukrainian Association of Political Science, alleged that the statement was sanctioned by top Russian leaders.

    http://interfax.com.ua/eng/main/28626/

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