January 6, 2010 — Contents


(1)  EDITORIAL: Russia on the Brink

(2)  National Projects? What national projects?

(3)  Kirill prepares for Holy Russian Empire

(4)  Dobrokhotov Speaks

(5)  In Putin’s Russia, no Shops

(6)  Russia sucks!

NOTE:  A few weeks ago we published an interview with the firebrand Russian historian Yuri Felshtinsky.  Now, Felshtinsky’s Live Journal blog has been shut down by the provider because, according to Global Voices, Felshtinsky dared to publish a link to a Russian translation of his book “The Age of Assassins: The Rise and Rise of Vladimir Putin.”  Yet one more nail in the coffin of the Russian Internet, driven by proud KGB spy Vladimir Putin while the craven population of the country turns a blind eye.  Apparently, if we were on ZheZhe, the lines we’ve just written would get this blog turned off. Yikes.

8 responses to “January 6, 2010 — Contents

  1. Well I never had anoy doubts… LJ was a US company and then Russkies in connection to FSB bought it… now basically 90% of Russian blogging is done there… happy freedom of Internet Russia!

  2. In Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s Russia, human rights activists are the new dissidents.

    The recent experiences of Oleg Orlov — chairman of Memorial, a Russian rights organization — helps illustrate the difficult environment in which rights activists operate in Russia today. On December 16, Orlov, acting on behalf of Memorial, accepted a leading human rights award, the Sakharov Prize, given by the European Parliament. At home, however, the group’s work appears to be increasingly despised by the government.

    Speaking to EurasiaNet, Orlov asserted that his organization experiences constant pressure from authorities. “In 2007 I was abducted … in the North Caucasus. I was threatened and beaten,” Orlov says. “Currently, there’s a criminal case against me.” Orlov is convinced that people with ties to security services carried out the 2007 abduction, although no one was ever arrested in connection with the crime. However, recently Orlov lost a libel suit against Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of Chechnya. The lawsuit stemmed from Orlov’s public statement in which he placed responsibility for the July murder of Natalia Estemirova, a journalist an Orlov’s colleague at the center, on Kadyrov’s regime.

    Self-evident occupational hazards are not daunting Russian activists, said Friederike Behr, a researcher for Amnesty International in Moscow. “There is work that has to be done. None of the organizations that Amnesty International collaborates with here in Russia have ever cowered in the face of difficulties,” Behr said.

    This year saw several high-profile activists gunned down, including Estemirova and Stanislav Markelov, a prominent lawyer and rights activist who was murdered last January. [For background see the Eurasia Insight archive].

    Amnesty International has repeatedly condemned the failure of Russian authorities to investigate various criminal acts committed against rights workers. In July, the group published a detailed report on human rights abuses in the republics of the North Caucasus. In response, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs dismissed the findings as biased, claiming that it was primarily designed to undermine Russia’s international reputation.

    These days, human rights organizations that question Russia’s domestic policies are routinely accused of carrying out anti-Russian activities. A significant share of the Russian public willingly embraces the notion that human rights groups in Russia are financed by foreign donors to sully the Kremlin’s international image. In a recent poll conducted by the Ekho Moskvy radio station, for example, 15 per cent of respondents agreed that organizations like Memorial are harmful to Russia.


    • @“In 2007 I was abducted … in the North Caucasus. I was threatened and beaten,” Orlov says.

      What should the father of a murdered six-year-old boy do, when for over six months the prosecutor’s office has been unable to establish whose weapon fired the shot, and when punishing the leader of this FSB operation is not even under discussion? How can they express their protest, if the authorities make promises but do not keep them, and rallies are essentially prohibited? Write to the newspaper? But there is no independent press in Ingushetia. And visiting journalists are thrown out of the republic, and particularly curious journalists are even kidnapped, as was the case with the television journalists from REN-TV.

      When asked about these journalists, however, President Zyazikov said that this kidnapping should also be seen as a “provocation” by forces interested in discrediting the authorities. And it is, in fact, strange that REN-TV sent three camera crews to the small republic of Ingushetia. “What for? To film a Molotov cocktail, and then portray it as a public protest?” In other words, in this situation, the journalists benefited from their own kidnapping, and their behaviour was quite suspect. “Mr. Zyazikov, do you mean to say that the REN-TV journalists kidnapped themselves – along with Mr Orlov, the head of the ‘Memorial’ Human Rights Centre, who happened to be in the same hotel?” “No, I’m not saying anything of the kind, but you must agree, the situation is strange…” It certainly is strange. You can’t argue with that.


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  4. Journalists and human rights activists and lawyers – Anna Politkovskaya, Stanislav Markelov, Anastasia Baburova, Natalia Estemirova and dozens of others – are murdered, and no one in the Kremlin seems to mind, because they are not really a part of the New Russia that Putin is building. Indeed, in November, Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer for Hermitage Capital Management, died in prison because of his captors’ negligence.

    Perhaps US Vice-President Joe Biden summed up Russia’s predicament best: “The reality is, the Russians are where they are, having a shrinking population base, a withering economy, and a banking structure that is unlikely to withstand the next 15 years. The world’s changing before them and they’re clinging to something in the past that’s not sustainable.”

    So long as the facade holds, Russians will continue to cling to Putin’s illusion of power.

    Nina Khrushcheva


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  6. Suicide bomber kills six in Russia’s Dagestan

    Windows were blown out over 200 metres (650 ft) away by blast, which bomb experts from Russia’s domestic intelligence agency, the Federal Security Service, said was equivalent to about 50-60 kg (110-130 lb) of TNT.

    A doctor at the local hospital told Reuters on condition of anonymity that the death toll could increase, but declined to give any further details.


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