EDITORIAL: They’re Just being Russians

EDITORIAL

They’re Just being Russians

“I have never seen anything like this, I have never even heard of anything like that. I can’t recall such things happening in the NHL. And they couldn’t happen there because of the rules.”

That was former Pittsburgh Penguins NHL star Jaromir Jagr last week, commenting on a savage brawl during a Russian professional hockey match that lasted only four minutes.  During warm-ups, a Neanderthal player for the Vityaz Chekhov team fired the puck at the head of an opposing player.  Then, just minutes into the game, both benches cleared and war broke out on the ice, resulting in a barbaric 691 penalty minutes and $133,000 in fines.  With every player on both teams packed into the penalty box, the game could not continue and was cancelled, fans having seen less than 10% of they match they paid hard-earned cash to watch.

What can we say? We told you so?  That hardly seems adequate to cover the stunning display of animalistic violence on display here, or the extent to which, remembering the inhuman murders of civilized members of Russian society under Vladimir Putin, from Statovoitova to Estemirova and beyond, this bloodletting is characteristic of Russian society as a whole.

Right about now, the has-been Jagr is wishing he’d stayed in the Great White North in his rocking chair.

The latest report on freedom and civilized society from Freedom House blames Russia, China and Venezuela for leading the world back into the dark ages of authoritarianism. The report excoriates Russia for  continuing its slide into totalitarian despair, labeling Russia an “unfree” state with “a downward trend arrow due to a presidential election that was neither free nor fair.”

But is anyone in Russia concerned? Do they care that, as FH states:

Women in Russia have particular difficulty achieving political power. They hold none of the key positions in the federal government, and the female governor of St. Petersburg is the main exception at the regional level. Domestic violence continues to be a serious problem, and police are often reluctant to intervene in what they regard as internal family matters. Economic hardships contribute to widespread trafficking of women abroad for prostitution.

They don’t. They care no more about their country’s imagine before the slack-jawed world or about their own plight and the future of their children than did those brutes who shut down the hockey contest.

10 responses to “EDITORIAL: They’re Just being Russians

  1. Great they did not have guns.

    Russian police kills citizens now when oil is about 70$ per barrel. What will all crazy guys who work in security services, etc. who get state salaries do after oil gets to 40$ per barrel for several years?

    They all have guns…

    • Moscow policeman charged with killing
      Yesterday at 18:08 | Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Russian prosecutors say a senior police officer has been charged with manslaughter after shooting dead a snowplow driver for grazing his car.

      The Moscow Investigative Committee said Thursday in a statement that 39-year-old Anatoly Maurin was detained Jan. 13.

      It said Maurin shot 60-year-old Vladimir Demidov in the knee, hitting an artery and leading to death by blood loss. The shooting occurred late last month and was apparently provoked by Demidov scraping Maurin’s parked car as Demidov drove past in the snowplow.

      It could not immediately be determined if Maurin had an attorney.

      Several Russian police officers have been recently charged with murder, beatings and other abuses — denting public trust in law enforcement.

      http://www.kyivpost.com/news/russia/detail/57034/

  2. LR: Correction. According to the link you provided, Vyataz Chekhov is not a specific player, it’s the name of the team

  3. Violence and dirty play have been of paramount importance to North American sports, especially hockey, where it has been credited with attracting spectators and young players:

    http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,917144-1,00.html

    LA RUSSOPHOBE RESPONDS:

    You’re a very rude and ignorant person. This post does not claim hockey violence is bad, it claims that SIX HUNDRED PENALTY MINUTES AND A CANCELLED GAME IN THE FOURTH MINUTE is bad. It claims that has never happened in the NHL, and your UTTERLY RIDICULOUS barrage of spam links says NOTHING to the contrary.

    We demand that you read our post and respond to it’s actual contents, not your own weird imagination. If you can’t do that, your privilege of commenting here will be revoked.

  4. Well, if you are threatening to revoke my privilege of commenting, I will do whatever you demand. I will start commenting immediately:

    [This post does not claim hockey violence is bad, it claims that SIX HUNDRED PENALTY MINUTES AND A CANCELLED GAME IN THE FOURTH MINUTE is bad.]

    Yes, you are absolutely right: Russian referees are totally intolerant to fighting on ice and dish out enormous penalties for doing so. Do you think that they should not have ejected players and kept the game going?

    Look, with more and more Canadians playing in the Russian league, there is growing violence and bodily harm damage to Jagr and other European and Russian players. Sadly, the Vityaz’s General Manager, who used to be an NHL player, is currently stacking his team up with Canadians, who bring violence and mayhem to hockey:

    [During warm-ups, a Neanderthal player for the Vityaz Chekhov team fired the puck at the head of an opposing player. ]

    Yes, you are absolutely right: this player is indeed a Neanderthal. His name is Darcy Verot, and he is a Canadian:

    …………………….
    http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/KHL-hands-out-fines-suspensions-for-brawl-Jagr?urn=nhl,212683

    Vityaz Chekhov was found to be the instigator and was punished severely. It was established as a fact that during pre-game warm-ups Vityaz’s Darcy Verot intentionally shot a puck at Avangard’s Lasse Kukkonen. It is a very rare occasion in hockey and was the first such instance in the history of Russian hockey.

    It is anyone’s guess why Vityaz’s General Manager, former Chicago Blackhawks captain Alexei Zhamnov, needs these types of players. Goons like Verot and Sugden add very little value to the team in terms of actually playing hockey. Following the game, Avangard’s President Anatoli Bardin told Sovetsky Sport that there was no place for Vityaz in the KHL, and that the club is an embarrassment to the league. The KHL agreed.

    Darcy Verot #68 Center Columbus Blue Jackets
    Born: Jul 13, 1976 – Radville, Saskatchewan, Canada

    Brandon Sugden #24 Right Wing Washington Capitals
    Born: Jun 23, 1978 – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    …………………….

    [It claims that has never happened in the NHL, and your UTTERLY RIDICULOUS barrage of spam links says NOTHING to the contrary.]

    Yes, you are correct: the NHL referees don’t eject players for fighting:

    …………………….
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fighting_in_ice_hockey
    Unique to North American professional team sports, the National Hockey League (NHL) and most minor professional leagues in North America do not eject players outright for fighting[6] but major European and collegiate hockey leagues do.[7] Therefore, the vast majority of fights occur in the NHL and other North American professional leagues.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fighting_in_ice_hockey
    Fighting in ice hockey is an established aspect of the sport in North America, with a long history involving many levels of amateur and professional play and including some notable individual fights.[1] It is a considerable draw for the sport, and some fans attend games primarily to see fights.
    …………………….

    • Man, Hats down to you. I’ve been fighting the slack-jawed ignorance and bigotry here for quite some time now, and I have yet to see someone so thoroughly shut down and disprove whatever La Russophobe spouts.

  5. No, we American degenerates prefer launching cruise missiles during the day. In the middle of the night we are busy being engaged in other degenerate activities.

    • Oh, Come on, you needn’t say that. That was already general knowledge. Did you really think that we’re no aware that most Americans spend their time lying slack-jawed before their televisions and watching reality TV.

  6. Thanks. You should have seen my more detailed reply before it was deleted…

    Actually, I have just submitted it to you new blog:

    http://russiastrong.wordpress.com/2010/01/17/hello-world/#comment-2

    It is awaiting your moderation.

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