January 8, 2010 — Contents


(1)  EDITORIAL:  The Perils of Pikalyovo

(2)  EDITORIAL:  A Tsunami of Sports Humiliation for Russia

(3)  EDITORIAL:  Look, up in the Sky – It’s Super Russia!

(4)  Annals of Russian “Education”

(5)  The Traitors among Us

NOTE:  A few issues back we hammered Russia over a restaurant review in the New York Times that crucified one of its establishments, while right next door it praised the cuisine of Trinidad.  As if to add insult to injury, the Gray Lady followed with a love letter, complete with lush photographs, to a famous and time-honored Ukrainian restaurant. Ouch.

4 responses to “January 8, 2010 — Contents

  1. Dear LaRussophobe,

    I suggest you and especially Dave Essel, look at this video from 2009, by Russian hero journalists Andrei Nekrasov and his compatriot Olga Konskaya, who proceed to demolish the Russian governments claims regards the causes and conduct of the war, and of its aftermath.

    They interview many ordinary Ossetians who roundly condemn the separatist government.

    The film is in Russian with Georgian subtitles.

    “uroki-russkogo-2009” (Russian Lessons)


  2. The number of police killed in a suicide bomb attack in Russia’s North Caucasus Republic of Dagestan has risen to seven, after a police officer died from blood loss, Russian TV channel NTV reported on Wednesday.

    Surgeons are now struggling to save the lives of 15 police officers wounded in the deadly bomb attack, NTV said.


    Dagestan, Ingushetia and Chechnya, all predominantly Muslim republics in the North Caucasus, saw a sharp rise in violence last year, with many of the nearly daily attacks targeting police and other officials.

    The violence sweeping the impoverished southern region is increasingly being described as a civil war between Kremlin-supported administrations and Islamic militants. Widespread abuses against civilians by police, including abductions, torture and killings, have helped to swell the ranks of the militants.

    Suicide bombings, once rare, are occurring with growing frequency.


  3. I went to Veselka a month ago with a friend of mine, and it was a really good experience.

  4. There are times and places when rebellion can be judged justifiable and even the radicalization of a community by Islamic extremism entirely understandable.

    That is the case of Russia’s seven southern provinces in the region called the North Caucasus, where Moscow has attempted to deal with the restive Muslim populations by handing over control to bought-and-paid-for gangster clan leaders.

    One result of this institutionalized thuggery is the systematic, imagination-taxing abuse of the more than six million people who live in this region.

    There is an ongoing murderous campaign of abductions, police death squad killings, torture, the razing of villages in reprisal for rebel attacks, and the holding hostage of the families of people suspected of involvement in the insurrection.

    That, of course, is just the record of Moscow’s brutal proconsuls in the area that comprises Chechnya, Ingushetia, Dagestan, North Ossetia, Karachaevo-Cherkessia, Adygea and Kabardino-Balkaria.

    The responses from the local insurgents have been an increasingly violent and intense campaign of bombings, assassinations and guerrilla assaults against the so-called authorities.


    With Moscow seeing the off-loading of the Chechen problem as a great success, the same recipe has been employed in the other North Caucasus states. While Putin — now prime minister, but still the real power in Moscow — thus avoids having to answer to the mothers of dead Russian soldiers, living conditions in the region get worse by the day.

    Many seasoned observers are now questioning whether Moscow has any effective control over the North Caucasus and even Russians have taken to calling the region the “internal abroad.”

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