February 3, 2010 — Contents

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 3 CONTENTS

(1)  EDITORIAL:  Russia, Enslaved

(2)  EDITORIAL:  Russia’s Thugboat Diplomacy

(3)  EDITORIAL:  Russia, Land of Barbarians

(4)  Virulent Russian Racism on the Rampage

(5)  Henin the Russian Killer

NOTE:  That cowardly bastard Vladimir Putin has arrested both Boris Nemtsov and Oleg Orlov for peaceful demonstrations in downtown Moscow.  What are you afraid will happen if you let these two Russian patriots speak, Mr. Putin? That your entire government will crumble to ruin? Are you admitting that’s possible, you pathetic little rat? More than 150 others were jailed along with them.  The Moscow turnout was exceptionally large, and in Kaliningrad a stunning crowd of 12,000 gathered to demand Putin’s resignation.  Panicking, the Kremlin has launched a massive attack on the Novaya Gazeta website, shutting it down for days.

59 responses to “February 3, 2010 — Contents

  1. More video here.

  2. If all possible, I’d love it if you can post here the traces of the Kremlin’s IP adress in Gazeta’s system and all, if any, evidence that the Kremlin is at all associated with this. Do hurry please, because I’m doing my best to keep from laughing.

    • First, you tell us what action against the Kremlin you would be prepared to support once you see this evidence. Would you be prepared to agree that Putin should be fired and jailed?

      If not, what’s the point in proving anything?

      It’s sad you find it funny that one of Russia’s leading Kremlin-critical newspapers is under attack with no end in sight after having several of its journalists murdered with no convictions. It makes you seem like a barbaric ape. Is that what you are?

      • Let’s see, if I found any of these points to be true, I would support and activelly participate in any number of measures, from civil disobedience to the removal of the authorities. But why all this talk ? Come back when you’re not so sadly lacking in the evidence department.

        @what’s the point of proving anything.
        That sounds just like you. You are very right. If you all of a sudden decided to actually prove one of your points, I’m sure many a visitor to this blog would do a double take, but that long-awaited day has yet to come around.

        No you see, before you get carried away with your tirade about barbaric apes, you might notice that what I find funny is you spewing the chupacabra stories about evil Kremlin Neo-Stalinists hacking websites. It’s farfetched, unconcievable, and most importantly UNPROVABLE. Not that this simple fact would sway you, since it’s common knowledge that you operate in the realm of wild conjecture and conspiracy theorizing.

        • You’re right, Mr. “lolz”, the Kremlin lackeys aren’t hacking any websites. I guess the opposition and the Georgians and Estonians and so on are just hacking themselves.

          (Just like the neferious world-wide conspiracy of enemies the Kremlin and/or Kadyrov assassinate the critics and fellow enemies of the Kremlin and/or Kadyrov in order to blame the Kremlin and/or Kadyrov.)

          Btw, let’s come back to the filtration camps for a moment. You might go and check out the ECHR verdicts about the illegal detentions and torture in Chernokozovo and the related deaths:

          Medov v. Russia, (1573/02)
          Bitiyeva and X v. Russia, (57953/00 and 37392/03)
          Chitayev and Chitayev v. Russia, (59334/00)
          Gelayev and Others v. Russia, (20216/07)

          Including attempts by the Russian government to give the filtration process some appearance of “legality” and any legal status to ” a reception and identification centre” while unsuccesfully defending their criminal conduct in the Court:

          23. In addition, the applicants submitted press and NGO reports about the situation in the Chernokozovo detention facility at the end of 1999 and the beginning of 2000, which described the intolerable conditions of detention and the widespread torture and ill-treatment of detainees, together with relevant Council of Europe documents (see Part C below).

          24. In their observations the Government submitted that the first applicant and her son Idris Iduyev had been detained on 25 January 2000 on the basis of the Presidential Decree of 2 November 1993 (no. 1815) on measures aimed at prevention of vagrancy, and placed in the reception and identification centre (приемник-распределитель) in Chernokozovo, which had operated from November 1999 to February 2000. The first applicant had remained there until 17 February 2000, when her identity had been established and she had been transferred to a hospital in view of the deterioration of her health. The Government submitted some documents relevant to the first applicant’s detention (see Part B below).

          25. As to the status of the Chernokozovo detention facility, in December 2005 the Government submitted that there were no documents available about the legal status of the institution prior to 8 February 2000, but that the premises of the former high-security wing of correctional facility IS-36/2 (помещение бывшего штрафного изолятора исправительной колонии ИС-36/2) had been used as a reception and identification centre. According to the Government, on 8 February 2000 the Minister of Justice had issued orders for a pre-trial detention centre (“SIZO”) to be set up and for responsibility for the institution to be transferred to the Ministry of Justice of Chechnya.

          Also, this particular applicant (Chernokozovo “prevention of vagrancy” survivor) has been murdered along with her entire family in a raid by a Russian government death squad before the judgement. Regarding this:

          135. In the light of the foregoing, the Court finds that the second applicant made out a prima facie case that her relatives had been extra-judicially executed by State agents on 21 May 2003. The Government failed to provide any other explanation of the events. The Government’s statement that the investigation did not find any evidence to support the involvement of the special forces in the killings is insufficient to discharge them from the above-mentioned burden of proof. The Court also finds that it can draw inferences from the Government’s conduct in respect of the investigation documents.

          136. On the basis of the above the Court concludes, therefore, that the deaths of the second applicant’s relatives can be attributed to the State.

          http://cmiskp.echr.coe.int/tkp197/view.asp?action=html&documentId=819060&portal=hbkm&source=externalbydocnumber&table=F69A27FD8FB86142BF01C1166DEA398649

          Now, go and get Putin and “hang him from his balls” for his “genocide of Russian citiziens” (many thousands of them).

  3. That little obnoxious rat Putler must be wetting his already soiled pants as a result of these latest demonstrations.

    I just hope that these demonstrations start to grow in size and number, just so that he gets the real taste of what the decent Russian citizen feels and thinks. And not what his criminally warped co-conspirators fawn and lick his behind to remain in their cushy, corrupt and overpaid positions.

  4. “The IPs”:

    Every time something like this happens, it’s the Russian government-connected cybercrime groups like the Russian Business Network and the infected (“zombie”) computers they control around the world for DDOS attacks, and of course the other kind of zombies, an army of brainwashed Nashis like Nikita.

    Moscow Times has some interesting comments about the Kaliningrad enclave:

    Yashin said, however, that the protesters were united over their anger with Putin, not over a popular issue like the transportation tax. He noted that the rally occurred in the “most European city,” close to the Polish city of Gdansk, the birthplace of the Polish Solidarity trade movement led by activist Lech Walesa in the 1980s.

    Dmitry Oreshkin, an independent political analyst, said the size of the protest was not surprising given Kaliningrad’s close proximity to the rest of Europe but it would take time for other cities to follow suit.

    “Kaliningrad is surrounded by the European Union, and the residents can compare,” Oreshkin said.

    A similar but much smaller opposition rally took place in St. Petersburg on Saturday.

    • Evidence, man.

      @its the Russian governement connected cybergroups and thier zombie computers”
      Their photon cannons and deathrays must also be around here somewhere. lolz. Do you have anything more convincing ? I didn’t think so.

      I’m sorry that I only belive what I can see with my own two eyes, rather than adapting the truth to my skewed ideological persuasions, like you do. If that makes me “brainwashed,” I will gradly continue.

      LA RUSSOPHOBE RESPONDS:

      Have a LOOK at this:

      http://www.rferl.org/content/Behind_The_Estonia_Cyberattacks/1505613.html

      Did you SEE the Russian government ADMIT it uses cyberattacks on its enemies?

      Putin has OPENLY DECLARED Politikovskaya and Novaya Gazeta to be enemies of the state.

      Russia has engaged in cyberwar against Estonia, Poland and Georgia. This is WELL documented right here on this blog and elsewhere.

      Now, we demand you call for Putin’s ouster.

      • Yes, I took a look at your article from a State Departement subsidized news service. Very nice, that article, funnily enough, mentions how a political commentator or one of his associates carried out this intervention, ON HIS OWN INITIATIVE.
        So, I didn’t see the Russian government “ADMIT” anything.
        @Putin has openly declared politkovskaya and Novaya Gazeta to be enemies of the state. WHERE ? WHEN ? HOW ? IN WHAT MEDIA OUTLET ? IS IT ON TAPE ? DID SOMEONE CAPTURE IT ON VIDEO ? NO. NO. NO. And unless you can prove your wild accusations, STOP MAKING THEM ! It’s really pretty simple.
        @Russia has engaged in cyberwar against Estonia, Poland, and Georgia.
        WHEN ? WHERE ? FROM WHAT SOURCE ? CAN YOU TIE ATTACKS ON COMPUTERS IN ANY OF THESE NATIONS TO ANY STATE AGENCY, BODY, DEPARTMENT, OR REPRESENTATIVE of the Russian authorities ??? NO. NO YOU CANNOT. DESIST. And, I’m sad to tragically inform you that just becuse you write a hysterical editorial about something on your blog, IT DOES NOT MEAN THAT IT HAPPENED. YOU ARE NOT A DIVINE BEING. Thing do not happen becuse you bid them to.

        If you want to disparage Mr. Markov on a personal level, because he’s waging his own campaign against the servers of a government that pins that raises monuments to SS divisions and pins medals on the chests of NAZI WAR CRIMINALS, do it to your heart’s content. It’s not my business to question your morals.

        • In other words, only YOU get to decide what is “evidence.” Ah yes, Russian justice. How marvelous it is!

          Let’s try something else: The Russian government has done NOTHING to criticize the attack on NG or to help them resist it. Wouldn’t you agree that’s a serious error, and that the government should apologize and that those responsible for the error should be punished, starting with Putin?

          • If you were not in the business of twisting my words to your advantage, you might have noticed that all I said was that in the absence of substantiating evidence, you citing your blog as evidence of some wrongdoing by public officials is simply ludicrous. Such subtle details might have escaped you, but you might notice that I never made a judgement as to what the truth is. I merely pointed out that the chupacabra theories about evil Kremlin neo-stalinists sitting in smoke -filled rooms and shutting down websites remains unproven, and you have so far failed to present evidence to the contrary.

            It’s not the business of the government to look out for the security of individual businesses. The Kremlin did not compensate those store owners who had their storefronts beaten out by Limonovs neo-fasist thugs, nor is this their responsibility. If they were in the business of looking into every petty crime commited by political groups of various persuasions, they would not have time for anything else.

            So, No, there is no serious error, and the governement has nothing to apologize for, as the evidence so far suggests that neither the government, nor Putin himself, has any relation whatsoever to these events. If you have evidence, then present it, and I will gladly condone any “punishing.”

  5. Somehow I got into a comment blast with some nakhal over at washingtontimes.com who insisted that there is more freedom today in Russia than in the USA.

    I wonder how he would interpret/spinovat this turn of events in Moscow.

  6. Putin seems to be on the rampage. Last week he arrested 54 peaceful demonstrators in Washington, DC., who protested the use of illegal torture prisons. That is on top of 62 demonstrators arrested last April:

    http://thehill.com/homenews/news/77417-police-arrest-guantanamo-protesters-at-capitol

    Police arrest Guantanamo protesters

    01/21/10 03:45 PM ET

    Capitol Police on Thursday arrested more than 40 people protesting the delay in closing the Guantanamo Bay prison. The protesters, clad in orange jumpsuits, swarmed by the East Front steps of the Capitol and were arrested between 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Thursday. They were charged with disorderly conduct and unlawful assembly.

    Capitol Police also arrested a separate group of 14 demonstrators in the Capitol Rotunda, who were charged with the same offenses, according to a Capitol Police spokeswoman.

    The protesters were from the group Witness Against Torture, which posted video footage on its website of members walking the halls of the Senate Hart Office Building. Names of individual Guantanamo detainees were written on the backs of the protesters’ jumpsuits.

    http://100dayscampaign.org/node/489

    May 1, 2009

    On Thursday, April 30th, 62 members of Witness Against Torture were arrested at the gates of the White House demanding that the Obama administration support a criminal inquiry into torture under the Bush administration and release innocent detainees still held at Guantanamo. Facing the White House, each of the arrestees wore the name of a Guantanamo inmate who had been cleared for release or who had died at the prison. A giant banner they carried read “Justice Delayed is Justice Denied.”

    • Why is it that you can only respond to instances of Russian misconduct by, as the Soviets did, pointing to other countries.

      America was invaded by Britain in 1812. Does that mean Russians had no right t complain about being invaded by Germany in 1940?

      Your remarks ares so utterly stupid and ignorant that they make a mockery of the people of Russia. You want Russia to ignore its problems rather than correct them. As such, you are Russia’s most venal enemy.

      Oh and, by the way, THESE PROTESTERS WERE NOT IN THE DUMA BUILDING, THEY WERE ON A PUBLIC STREEET FAR AWAY FROM THE HALLS OF POWER.

      Your stupidity makes it appear that Russia has only apes for her defenders. Is that the impression you intend to give?

      • My point is that arresting protesters at unsanctioned demonstrations is a common practice, employed by ALL countries on Earth, even those that are reputed to be “the greatest democracies in the History of the Universe”.

        • Meanwhile, at Arthurs “Torture in Guantanamo”

          “The mothers of the eight Russians held with other prisoners from Afghanistan at the US military base at Guantanamo Bay have begged Washington not to extradite their sons to answer terror charges in Russia, fearing that conditions in their jails and judicial system are even worse than those at Camp Delta.
          “In Guantanamo they treat him humanely and the conditions are fine,” Amina Khasanova, the mother of Andrei Bakhitov, told the newspaper Gazeta. “I am terribly scared for my son in a Russian prison or court system.”

          She said her son wrote to her that conditions were so good in Camp Delta in Cuba that “there is no health resort in Russia that can compare”.”

          “Russian jails, where inmates may be held 20 to a cell, tuberculosis is rampant and hygiene minimal, have been condemned as “deadly”.

          Although the death penalty has been abolished in Russia, Muslim prisoners held on “terrorism” charges may be persecuted by fellow prisoners and prison staff angered by the terrorist attacks on civilians by Chechen rebels.

          Allegations of torture and beating in remand custody are commonplace. By contrast, Mr Bakhitov told his mother that in Guantanamo “everything is fine with me”.

          “They give me books here and I am held in a clean place. The food is tasty. I want for nothing but freedom. Good people are sat around me.” ”

          http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2003/aug/09/guantanamo.russia

          As for “unsanctioned demonstrations”

          Well not true, the US does not persecute unsanctioned demonstrations that do not block traffic or tresspass on private or government property.

          Look at the anti-war protesters picketing outside George Bush’s private ranch for details, the stayed off the road, and caused no inconvenience to the public, and so were left alone.

          If you protest peacefully in Russia, you get your head bashed in by OMON.

      • [Look at the anti-war protesters picketing outside George Bush’s private ranch for details]

        But that’s a PRIVATE ranch that has no foot or car traffic. The Russian demonstrators were demonstrating in the middle of the most crowded streets in the center of one of the most crowded cities in the world – Moscow.

        When Americans try to demonstrate near the White House or the Capitol – they get arrested too (see above).

        [If you protest peacefully in Russia, you get your head bashed in by OMON.]

        If you protest peacefully in USA, you get exactly the same treatment, unless it’s a sanctioned demonstration. And in UK, innocent passers-by get clobbered to death by the police (see above).

        • You posted a film about “riot”. Okay.

          @The Russian demonstrators were demonstrating in the middle of the most crowded streets in the center of one of the most crowded cities in the world – Moscow.

          Until they were machingunned to death.

          And then the next morning, Russian tanks shelled the Russian parliament.

  7. Actually the example you gave was for an unsanctioned invasion of an area that has extremely high security requirements.

    As for “sanctioned” protests, well at least western governments give permission for people to protest, do you remember the 1,000,000 strong anti war protest that brought london to a halt in 2003?

    As for the private ranch comment.

    They were protesting on the PUBLIC road that runs past the ranch Arthur, protesting in public, alongside a public road, but not causing an inconvenience to the public.

    Sorry Arthur, bbut as usual you either lie or distort the facts.

    BTW, look at the outrage in the UK regards the terrible incident of the bystander, and compare to the behaviour of OMON.

    You can cherry pick all you want, but the simple fact of the matter is that in Western Europe, the US, and even in Georgia (despite Nov 7th 2007) you can, in the vast overwhelming majority of cases) hold an anti government protest which will not result in your unwarranted arrest, detention, beating or torture.

    This is not the case in Russia, where even individual protesters are arrested and violently beaten.

  8. .And in UK, innocent passers-by get clobbered to death by the police (see above).

    Yes Arthur a police officer acted like a criminal. He was later arrest for this crime, and is awaiting trial.His actions were not state sanctioned as your trying to imply.

    • OK, the UK police didn’t mean to actually beat the innocent by-standers to death, but tell me, R John, what terrible things were those demonstrators in UK doing to justify the use of violence on the part of the UK police?

      And why were and are the peaceful US anti-Guantanamo demonstrators constantly arrested in Washington, DC? Were these demonstrations being violent?

  9. .
    Arthur this is an issue that I am not going to argue, unfortunately a few years ago the police changed the way they police demonstrations they introduced a method called kettling where demonstrators are hearded together in one area, this was supposed to stop damage to property, but courses unnecessary stress and is not humane. It provokes the crowd to react violently. I and millions of others do not agree with this method. As far as I know because of public anger they are beginning a re-training programme for police officers. As the current situation is unacceptable in a democratic country. The next big demonstration will show if progress has been made.

    Any police officer that commits a crime should be prosecuted.

    • You seem to blame the police officers. But the blame lies with those, who order the police to disperse peaceful demonstrations.

      How much harm to the American government’s image can peaceful demonstrations against Guantanamo Bay pose?

      Does the US government seriously thinks that if they arrest demonstrators, the public will forget about Guantanamo Bay and the various secret torture prisons in Europe?

  10. Russia is greeting the New Year in a state of depression. The real standard of living is falling, unemployment is rising, there is a massive budget deficit, manufacturing output is exhausted, the country has neither the means nor the energy to modernize, nanotechnology and other intricate projects have failed, society is split and stratified and unwilling to gather its forces in one single “army”. If no drastic measures are taken, 2012 will be a year of disaster for Russia. In order to save the country we will have to reduce our “non-core” aspirations, to abandon our ambitions.

    I think that Russia needs to leave the Caucasus.

    http://www.watchdog.cz/?show=000000-000024-000002-000040&lang=1

    Russia is spending too much effort trying to hang onto the Caucasus and not succeeding. In Transcaucasia there is neither peace nor harmony. De facto, Russia’s North Caucasus has become a set of territories. each of which has a special status: Chechnya is a state within a state, Ingushetia – a hot spot, Dagestan – a mass of contradictions, and so on. Nothing seems to work, and Russia’s strength is running out. In such a situation, a good manager needs to make a decision to change his priorities. After the breakup of the USSR, Russia (if Russia is considered as the USSR’s successor) lost all of Eastern Europe, the Baltics, Transcaucasia and Central Asia. That was a defeat, but it was not a collapse. Now there is reason to suppose to think that the separation of the former republics and protectorates was not only inevitable but also desirable, like the process of reorganization in a bankruptcy case. Otherwise, Russia might have torn itself apart. Russia will be able to survive the separation of the North Caucasus without any prejudice to its status as a world power. Moreover, such a separation would not necessarily mean a complete loss of influence. In the Caucasus the interests of various global actors – Europe, United States, the Islamic world – collide. By playing on these contradictions Russia might be able to maintain a presence in the region. As in the former British Empire, a division of diplomats would be able to do the job better and at lower cost than an army, thus avoiding war and bloodshed.

    But there is a territory whose loss would present a far greater danger to Russia than a withdrawal from the Caucasus – that of the geopolitically different Far East and Siberia. It would not be surprising to learn that China and Japan have already signed a secret agreement on the division of spheres of influence in eastern Russia. There will be no maneuvering, no room for diplomacy. Should Russia show weakness, it will lose most of its land to the east of the Urals, which will fall into the hands of the Chinese and Japanese, and this would bring about a complete collapse. Without Siberia and the Far East, Russia really would become a Third World state. These sparsely populated but vast and resource-rich expanses represent the most important part of Russia’s inheritance, its capital and its potential for development. They are its hope for the future for Russia. Without the Caucasus, Russia will remain Russia, but without Siberia and the Far East it could change its name to “The Moscow Federation of the Central Russian Upland”. And the process of disintegration would not stop there. If Russia were to lose the resources of its Eastern territories, neither the Bashkirs not the Tatars nor the Buryats would see much sense in remaining within such a small, weak Russian principality.

    If Russia is unable to keep all its territory and influence in all the regions along the perimeter of its borders, it should concentrate its forces on the main, vitally important area – the East. If Russia had an administration that was intelligent and patriotic, it would have done just that. But we see quite the opposite. Russia continues to deplete its last resources in an attempt to hold onto the Caucasus: it carries out endless “mop-ups” in Ingushetia and Dagestan, enables the despotism of the regime in the Chechen Republic, supports the self-declared republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in defiance of the international community, and so on. But it is giving up the Far East! A large piece of territory has been transferred to China, Russia inclines towards giving back the Kurile Islands to Japan (the official line is that Russia is ready to “make compromises” in this territorial dispute with the Land of the Rising Sun), Siberian deposits are being conceded to Chinese capital, and a temporary “lease” is preparing the ground for a change in the jurisdiction. It seems that despite all the slogans, Russia’s current government is not patriotic and not even efficient, guided more by ambition than by the interests of its own country.

    • [I think that Russia needs to leave the Caucasus. Russia is spending too much effort trying to hang onto the Caucasus and not succeeding. In Transcaucasia there is neither peace nor harmony. De facto, Russia’s North Caucasus has become a set of territories. each of which has a special status: Chechnya is a state within a state, Ingushetia – a hot spot, Dagestan – a mass of contradictions, and so on. Nothing seems to work, and Russia’s strength is running out. In such a situation, a good manager needs to make a decision to change his priorities. ]

      I think that Russia needs to leave the Caucasus.

      http://www.watchdog.cz/?show=000000-000024-000002-000040&lang=1

      Georgia is spending too much effort trying to hang onto Abkhazia and S. Ossetia and not succeeding. In Transcaucasia there is neither peace nor harmony. De facto, Abkhazia and S. Ossetia have become independent. Nothing seems to work, and Georgia’s strength is running out. In such a situation, a good manager needs to make a decision to change his priorities.

  11. Looks like the sovok FSB trolls are taking a new tack in the efforts of ‘robert’.

  12. Apparently, the Russian Federation has found themselves a native English speaker to counter the truth being spoken about them. We have all heard most, if not all, of your Kremlin provided talking points. “Life is great in Russia…education, science, the economy, benevolent foreign policy, blah, blah, blah…”

    Unfortunately, for you, most of us have either been there and seen for ourselves or know other more trustworthy people who have been there, or perhaps even came from there, that are infinitely more believable than you. The secret is out and no amount of PR is going to put the cat back in the bag.

    The Russia that you describe has very little in common with reality. The facts and figures that you mention are cherry-picked to bolster an argument that has already been lost.

    At the present rate, Russia will never achieve high standards of living for its people and it is very sad that, even further, Russia would seek to deny its neighbors achieving higher standards of living for their own people. Not to mention the denial of the benefit of living life in open, free, civilized, diverse, and lawful countries.

    People such as yourself have a not-so-wonderful way of spinning everything around and turning the truth on its head. Thats why everything in Russia is backwards. Thanks t0 people such as yourself.

  13. Meanwhile in reality (as opposed to the strange place that Nikita and Arthur inhabit)…..

    “Riot Police Complain Of Corruption As Demonstrations Rock Russia

    February 01, 2010
    (RFE/RL) — Just as a wave of demonstrations is sweeping Russia, an elite battalion of OMON riot police in Moscow has appealed to President Dmitry Medvedev, complaining of rampant abuse among police commanders.

    The letter was published by the independent “Novoye vremya” magazine.

    The officers complain that battalion commander Sergei Yevtikov has demanded that each officer arrest no less than three demonstrators at opposition rallies or face loss of bonuses and awards. They say that there is a standing order to detain Eduard Limonov, head of the banned National Bolshevik Party, as soon as he is spotted.

    In an exclusive interview with RFE/RL’s Russian Service, Sergei Taran, a former OMON officer and a coauthor of the letter to Medvedev, explained how commanders ordered OMON troops to disrupt demonstrations.

    “There is usually an order, and I don’t know where it comes from, to take certain people away [during opposition rallies],” Taran said. “So [OMON members] detain them, throw them into buses, and bring them to police stations. There are prewritten reports — for instance, charging them with crossing the street illegally — so [policemen] just fill in their names and make up these absurd reports.”

    Interior Ministry spokesman Mikhail Sukhodolsky was quoted by Interfax today as saying the information published in “Novoye vremya” will be checked. “And if in some form or another the facts are confirmed, which I strongly doubt they will be, then the harshest possible measures will be taken against those who allowed violations,” Sukhodolsky was quoted as saying.

    A spokeswoman for the Moscow police told the agency that the OMON letter “bears a clearly libelous character” and said several of the signatories were dismissed from OMON late last year.

    The OMON complaints come as Russia faces a wave of protests by opposition activists seeking to defend the right to assemble peaceably, which is guaranteed by Article 31 of the Russian Constitution. They have vowed to hold nationwide demonstrations on the 31st of every applicable month to highlight their complaints. A wave of unsanctioned protests on January 31 led to dozens of activists in numerous cities being detained by police.

    In Moscow, OMON troops detained about two dozen demonstrators, including former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov, who described the arrests for RFE/RL’s Russian Service.

    “Those who were standing around us, a colonel called Viktor Aleksandrovich, acted completely pleasantly and agreed that the authorities are doing everything so that in the end there will be a revolution,” Nemtsov said. “They are acting stupidly. The remaining police acted like animals — they grabbed us, spun us around, shouted, screamed, pushed, and pressed up tight against Lyudmila Mikhailovna [Alekseyeva, the 82-year-old head of the Moscow Helsinki Group].”

    Asked how many people were at the demonstration, Nemtsov said that “if you count OMON and the police, several thousand. If you don’t count OMON and the police, a few hundred.”

    The letter by the Moscow OMON battalion complains of widespread corruption and abuse of office. Officers have quotas for the number of people they are to detain per shift and are docked pay if they fail to fulfill the plan, the letter states.

    The officers also complain that they are forced to protect elite cottages outside of Moscow and the businesses of alleged criminals who are protected by senior Interior Ministry officials. Officers also complain that the police protect the prostitution business in exchange for money and sexual favors.

    The letter also states that OMON troops are regularly assembled and told by officers that protest actions such as the Marches of Dissent, neo-Nazi demonstrations, and gay-pride parades are sponsored by foreign intelligence agencies.

    Late last year, Novorossiisk police Major Aleksei Dymovsky made headlines by posting a video appeal about police corruption on YouTube. He was jailed earlier this month on fraud and abuse-of-office charges. The handling of the Dymovsky matter has raised doubts about President Medvedev’s announced intention to reform the Interior Ministry and combat police abuses.

    http://www.rferl.org/content/Riot_Police_Complain_Of_Corruption_As_Demonstrations_Rock_Russia/1945465.html

  14. Meanwhile in reality, as opposed to the strange fantasy land which Nikita and Arthur inhabit…

    Riot Police Complain Of Corruption As Demonstrations Rock Russia

    February 01, 2010
    (RFE/RL) — Just as a wave of demonstrations is sweeping Russia, an elite battalion of OMON riot police in Moscow has appealed to President Dmitry Medvedev, complaining of rampant abuse among police commanders.

    The letter was published by the independent “Novoye vremya” magazine.

    The officers complain that battalion commander Sergei Yevtikov has demanded that each officer arrest no less than three demonstrators at opposition rallies or face loss of bonuses and awards. They say that there is a standing order to detain Eduard Limonov, head of the banned National Bolshevik Party, as soon as he is spotted.

    In an exclusive interview with RFE/RL’s Russian Service, Sergei Taran, a former OMON officer and a coauthor of the letter to Medvedev, explained how commanders ordered OMON troops to disrupt demonstrations.

    “There is usually an order, and I don’t know where it comes from, to take certain people away [during opposition rallies],” Taran said. “So [OMON members] detain them, throw them into buses, and bring them to police stations. There are prewritten reports — for instance, charging them with crossing the street illegally — so [policemen] just fill in their names and make up these absurd reports.”

    Interior Ministry spokesman Mikhail Sukhodolsky was quoted by Interfax today as saying the information published in “Novoye vremya” will be checked. “And if in some form or another the facts are confirmed, which I strongly doubt they will be, then the harshest possible measures will be taken against those who allowed violations,” Sukhodolsky was quoted as saying.

    A spokeswoman for the Moscow police told the agency that the OMON letter “bears a clearly libelous character” and said several of the signatories were dismissed from OMON late last year.

    The OMON complaints come as Russia faces a wave of protests by opposition activists seeking to defend the right to assemble peaceably, which is guaranteed by Article 31 of the Russian Constitution. They have vowed to hold nationwide demonstrations on the 31st of every applicable month to highlight their complaints. A wave of unsanctioned protests on January 31 led to dozens of activists in numerous cities being detained by police.

    In Moscow, OMON troops detained about two dozen demonstrators, including former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov, who described the arrests for RFE/RL’s Russian Service.

    “Those who were standing around us, a colonel called Viktor Aleksandrovich, acted completely pleasantly and agreed that the authorities are doing everything so that in the end there will be a revolution,” Nemtsov said. “They are acting stupidly. The remaining police acted like animals — they grabbed us, spun us around, shouted, screamed, pushed, and pressed up tight against Lyudmila Mikhailovna [Alekseyeva, the 82-year-old head of the Moscow Helsinki Group].”

    Asked how many people were at the demonstration, Nemtsov said that “if you count OMON and the police, several thousand. If you don’t count OMON and the police, a few hundred.”

    The letter by the Moscow OMON battalion complains of widespread corruption and abuse of office. Officers have quotas for the number of people they are to detain per shift and are docked pay if they fail to fulfill the plan, the letter states.

    The officers also complain that they are forced to protect elite cottages outside of Moscow and the businesses of alleged criminals who are protected by senior Interior Ministry officials. Officers also complain that the police protect the prostitution business in exchange for money and sexual favors.

    The letter also states that OMON troops are regularly assembled and told by officers that protest actions such as the Marches of Dissent, neo-Nazi demonstrations, and gay-pride parades are sponsored by foreign intelligence agencies.

    Late last year, Novorossiisk police Major Aleksei Dymovsky made headlines by posting a video appeal about police corruption on YouTube. He was jailed earlier this month on fraud and abuse-of-office charges. The handling of the Dymovsky matter has raised doubts about President Medvedev’s announced intention to reform the Interior Ministry and combat police abuses.

    http://www.rferl.org/content/Riot_Police_Complain_Of_Corruption_As_Demonstrations_Rock_Russia/1945465.html

  15. Nikita tells us;

    Hey, If you want to stop buying our oil and gas, be my guest.

    We have has partial taken you up on this offer, that’s why Russia has decided not to develop the giant Shtoman gas field in the Barents Sea which holds 134.178 billion cubic meters of natural gas,This was meant for customers in western Europe,but these potential customers Britain, France Spain for example are focusing more on the LNG spot market. Plus Russia had planned to supply the USA with 10% of its gas needs from LNG produced at Sakhalin because of Shale the US no longer needs this LNG they can produce their own gas ,

    So Nikita your wish has been granted.( we aim to please).

    • [So Nikita your wish has been granted.( we aim to please).]

      So, now Russia is overflowing with unsold gas and oil? LOL. Poor Russia. :-)

      • Well, the problem is than nobody else trusts russia further than they can spit.

        So Russia will remain awash in unsold oil and gas, and without any meaningful industry, will collapse even faster.

        Everybody wins!!

        • Are you saying that Russia is now “awash in unsold oil and gas”? How much do they want to sell? How much has been bought?

          I need references from sane sources, not your infantile wet dreams, of course.

          • Well, you were the one that said it Arthur.

            Deary me, are you losing your marbles already?

            It would explain most of the rubbish you post.

            It would be catastrophic for Russia to lose its European market.

            Europe on the other hand will easily find alternatives to unreliable Russia.

            • Yep, I’m sure it will. What with the failure of Nabucco and all, it’s appearing to be doing a great job.
              As for the fluctuations in our European market, we don’t lose sleep over it. In any case, by 2020, we plan to draw down European exports by %18-%20 in the interests of our major clients in China and elsewhere in Southeast Asia. So, I hope Europe does hurry up with finding alternatives to the life-line we provide them currently. It’s the only way they will remain afloat.

              • What makes you think Nabucco has failed?

                The Turkmenistan government has comitted its Caspian gas fields to the project.

                Furthermore thay are no longer keen to sell gas to Russia.

                You did know that the majority of gas supplied to the EU by the slime pit that is Russia is not Russian at all didn’t you?

                It comes from central asia, and they are very sick of Russia.

              • BTW Nikita, you Russians only supply around 20% to 25% of the EU’s gas requirements.

                Whereas the EU basically props up your entire economy.

                Your inferior “science and research” produces basically nothing the world really wants or needs.

                China is rapidly replacing you as supplier of weapons to those who can only afford cheap equipment.

                Face it, you are just a 3rd world banana republic, with about as much long term future as the dodo.

            • Andrew wrote:
              [Well, you were the one that said it Arthur.]

              Said what, Andrea? The sarcastic remark that Russia cannot sell any of its oil and gas? Have you considered buying or at least leasing a sense of humour?

              [Deary me, are you losing your marbles already?]

              Dear you, you are too effeminate even for a gay man.

              [It would be catastrophic for Russia to lose its European market. Europe on the other hand will easily find alternatives to unreliable Russia.]

              1. The only source of unreliability of Russian gas supply is the danger that third-world Ukrainian and Belorusan leaders may try to syphon off this gas for themselves. But when the Northstream pipeline is built, the gas will go directly from Russia to civilised countries like Netherlands and Germany, by-passing the Third World.

              2. If Europe lost Russian gas, in the short run, it would freeze to death. In the long run, it would have to build expensive oil refineries and import oil from much more unreliable Arab countries, paying at least triple for their energy. And with gas being clean energy, while oil is dirty energy, this will also fill European air with soot and carcinogens and will destroy the environment. So, Europeans will never agree to this.

              3. If Russia lost the European market, it would export its gas to China, Korea and Japan, using the recently built Central Asian pipeline to China and building more pipelines. It will also liquify gas and sell it all over the World, like to India.

              You should read up on the concept called “free market” which explains that if you set competitive prices, you will always find a buyer for your product.

              • Now Arthuretta, don’t project your homosexual fantasies onto others, we all know you get your jollies from perverted dreams of all boys schools, as evidenced by your homoerotic posts…..

                Russia actually only supplies around 25% of the EU’s gas needs.

                Nabucco and shale gas will completely remove Europes need for Russian gas, and gas can be easily imported from Libya, the UAE (which has heaps one might add), and various other sources.

                Russia does not currently have the technical ability to even open new fields without foreign assistance, and far from being able to build new facilities such as liquification plants cannot even maintain the infrastructure that it has without significant foreign assistance.

                Russia has no respect for international law (see its deliberate sabotage of the pipeline from Turkmenistan and ist subsequent refusal to buy gas at market rates from Turkmenistan, as contracturally obligated….), and is considered by the EU and pretty much everybody else, ase a completely unreliable partner with an imperial agenda.

                • [Nabucco and shale gas will completely remove Europes need for Russian gas]

                  Yeh, yeh, I’ve been hearing this for many decades, just as the American claims, dating back to more than 35 years ago, that soon USA will be self-sufficient and will not import one drop of Middle Eastern oil.

                  As I said, Russia and USSR before that has never had no problem selling all the gas and oil it wants to sell at the going prices, and this will continue to be true for the next 100 years at least.

                  • We have also been hearing for over 100 years that Russia will join the ranks of civilised nations, can’t see it happening.

                    Besides, you forget the collapse of oil prices in the 1980’s that destroyed the USSR economically.

                    History tends to repeat.

                    The US and Europe become more prosperous, while Russia collapses.

                  • By the way, the going prices are currently not so good for Russia’s economy, what happens if they drop further?

  16. Meanwhile in the real world, as opposed to the strange little fantasy land in which Arthur and Nikita live…..

    Riot Police Complain Of Corruption As Demonstrations Rock Russia

    February 01, 2010
    (RFE/RL) — Just as a wave of demonstrations is sweeping Russia, an elite battalion of OMON riot police in Moscow has appealed to President Dmitry Medvedev, complaining of rampant abuse among police commanders.

    The letter was published by the independent “Novoye vremya” magazine.

    The officers complain that battalion commander Sergei Yevtikov has demanded that each officer arrest no less than three demonstrators at opposition rallies or face loss of bonuses and awards. They say that there is a standing order to detain Eduard Limonov, head of the banned National Bolshevik Party, as soon as he is spotted.

    In an exclusive interview with RFE/RL’s Russian Service, Sergei Taran, a former OMON officer and a coauthor of the letter to Medvedev, explained how commanders ordered OMON troops to disrupt demonstrations.

    “There is usually an order, and I don’t know where it comes from, to take certain people away [during opposition rallies],” Taran said. “So [OMON members] detain them, throw them into buses, and bring them to police stations. There are prewritten reports — for instance, charging them with crossing the street illegally — so [policemen] just fill in their names and make up these absurd reports.”

    Interior Ministry spokesman Mikhail Sukhodolsky was quoted by Interfax today as saying the information published in “Novoye vremya” will be checked. “And if in some form or another the facts are confirmed, which I strongly doubt they will be, then the harshest possible measures will be taken against those who allowed violations,” Sukhodolsky was quoted as saying.

    A spokeswoman for the Moscow police told the agency that the OMON letter “bears a clearly libelous character” and said several of the signatories were dismissed from OMON late last year.

    The OMON complaints come as Russia faces a wave of protests by opposition activists seeking to defend the right to assemble peaceably, which is guaranteed by Article 31 of the Russian Constitution. They have vowed to hold nationwide demonstrations on the 31st of every applicable month to highlight their complaints. A wave of unsanctioned protests on January 31 led to dozens of activists in numerous cities being detained by police.

    In Moscow, OMON troops detained about two dozen demonstrators, including former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov, who described the arrests for RFE/RL’s Russian Service.

    “Those who were standing around us, a colonel called Viktor Aleksandrovich, acted completely pleasantly and agreed that the authorities are doing everything so that in the end there will be a revolution,” Nemtsov said. “They are acting stupidly. The remaining police acted like animals — they grabbed us, spun us around, shouted, screamed, pushed, and pressed up tight against Lyudmila Mikhailovna [Alekseyeva, the 82-year-old head of the Moscow Helsinki Group].”

    Asked how many people were at the demonstration, Nemtsov said that “if you count OMON and the police, several thousand. If you don’t count OMON and the police, a few hundred.”

    The letter by the Moscow OMON battalion complains of widespread corruption and abuse of office. Officers have quotas for the number of people they are to detain per shift and are docked pay if they fail to fulfill the plan, the letter states.

    The officers also complain that they are forced to protect elite cottages outside of Moscow and the businesses of alleged criminals who are protected by senior Interior Ministry officials. Officers also complain that the police protect the prostitution business in exchange for money and sexual favors.

    The letter also states that OMON troops are regularly assembled and told by officers that protest actions such as the Marches of Dissent, neo-Nazi demonstrations, and gay-pride parades are sponsored by foreign intelligence agencies.

    Late last year, Novorossiisk police Major Aleksei Dymovsky made headlines by posting a video appeal about police corruption on YouTube. He was jailed earlier this month on fraud and abuse-of-office charges. The handling of the Dymovsky matter has raised doubts about President Medvedev’s announced intention to reform the Interior Ministry and combat police abuses.

    http://www.rferl.org/content/Riot_Police_Complain_Of_Corruption_As_Demonstrations_Rock_Russia/1945465.html

  17. Meanwhile in the real world, as opposed to the strange little fantasy land in which Arthur and Nikita live…..

    Riot Police Complain Of Corruption As Demonstrations Rock Russia

    February 01, 2010
    (RFE/RL) — Just as a wave of demonstrations is sweeping Russia, an elite battalion of OMON riot police in Moscow has appealed to President Dmitry Medvedev, complaining of rampant abuse among police commanders.

    The letter was published by the independent “Novoye vremya” magazine.

    The officers complain that battalion commander Sergei Yevtikov has demanded that each officer arrest no less than three demonstrators at opposition rallies or face loss of bonuses and awards. They say that there is a standing order to detain Eduard Limonov, head of the banned National Bolshevik Party, as soon as he is spotted.

    In an exclusive interview with RFE/RL’s Russian Service, Sergei Taran, a former OMON officer and a coauthor of the letter to Medvedev, explained how commanders ordered OMON troops to disrupt demonstrations.

    “There is usually an order, and I don’t know where it comes from, to take certain people away [during opposition rallies],” Taran said. “So [OMON members] detain them, throw them into buses, and bring them to police stations. There are prewritten reports — for instance, charging them with crossing the street illegally — so [policemen] just fill in their names and make up these absurd reports.”

    Interior Ministry spokesman Mikhail Sukhodolsky was quoted by Interfax today as saying the information published in “Novoye vremya” will be checked. “And if in some form or another the facts are confirmed, which I strongly doubt they will be, then the harshest possible measures will be taken against those who allowed violations,” Sukhodolsky was quoted as saying.

    http://www.rferl.org/content/Riot_Police_Complain_Of_Corruption_As_Demonstrations_Rock_Russia/1945465.html

  18. Meanwhile in the real world, as opposed to the strange little fantasy land in which Arthur and Nikita live…..

    Riot Police Complain Of Corruption As Demonstrations Rock Russia

    February 01, 2010
    (RFE/RL) — Just as a wave of demonstrations is sweeping Russia, an elite battalion of OMON riot police in Moscow has appealed to President Dmitry Medvedev, complaining of rampant abuse among police commanders.

    The letter was published by the independent “Novoye vremya” magazine.

    The officers complain that battalion commander Sergei Yevtikov has demanded that each officer arrest no less than three demonstrators at opposition rallies or face loss of bonuses and awards. They say that there is a standing order to detain Eduard Limonov, head of the banned National Bolshevik Party, as soon as he is spotted.

    In an exclusive interview with RFE/RL’s Russian Service, Sergei Taran, a former OMON officer and a coauthor of the letter to Medvedev, explained how commanders ordered OMON troops to disrupt demonstrations.

    “There is usually an order, and I don’t know where it comes from, to take certain people away [during opposition rallies],” Taran said. “So [OMON members] detain them, throw them into buses, and bring them to police stations. There are prewritten reports — for instance, charging them with crossing the street illegally — so [policemen] just fill in their names and make up these absurd reports.”

    Interior Ministry spokesman Mikhail Sukhodolsky was quoted by Interfax today as saying the information published in “Novoye vremya” will be checked. “And if in some form or another the facts are confirmed, which I strongly doubt they will be, then the harshest possible measures will be taken against those who allowed violations,” Sukhodolsky was quoted as saying.

    A spokeswoman for the Moscow police told the agency that the OMON letter “bears a clearly libelous character” and said several of the signatories were dismissed from OMON late last year.

    The OMON complaints come as Russia faces a wave of protests by opposition activists seeking to defend the right to assemble peaceably, which is guaranteed by Article 31 of the Russian Constitution. They have vowed to hold nationwide demonstrations on the 31st of every applicable month to highlight their complaints. A wave of unsanctioned protests on January 31 led to dozens of activists in numerous cities being detained by police.

    In Moscow, OMON troops detained about two dozen demonstrators, including former Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov, who described the arrests for RFE/RL’s Russian Service.

    “Those who were standing around us, a colonel called Viktor Aleksandrovich, acted completely pleasantly and agreed that the authorities are doing everything so that in the end there will be a revolution,” Nemtsov said. “They are acting stupidly. The remaining police acted like animals — they grabbed us, spun us around, shouted, screamed, pushed, and pressed up tight against Lyudmila Mikhailovna [Alekseyeva, the 82-year-old head of the Moscow Helsinki Group].”

    Asked how many people were at the demonstration, Nemtsov said that “if you count OMON and the police, several thousand. If you don’t count OMON and the police, a few hundred.”

    The letter by the Moscow OMON battalion complains of widespread corruption and abuse of office. Officers have quotas for the number of people they are to detain per shift and are docked pay if they fail to fulfill the plan, the letter states.

    The officers also complain that they are forced to protect elite cottages outside of Moscow and the businesses of alleged criminals who are protected by senior Interior Ministry officials. Officers also complain that the police protect the prostitution business in exchange for money and sexual favors.

    The letter also states that OMON troops are regularly assembled and told by officers that protest actions such as the Marches of Dissent, neo-Nazi demonstrations, and gay-pride parades are sponsored by foreign intelligence agencies.

    Late last year, Novorossiisk police Major Aleksei Dymovsky made headlines by posting a video appeal about police corruption on YouTube. He was jailed earlier this month on fraud and abuse-of-office charges. The handling of the Dymovsky matter has raised doubts about President Medvedev’s announced intention to reform the Interior Ministry and combat police abuses.

  19. Yes and China will pay you peanuts not the market price the EU pays.

  20. 12.000 in Kaliningrad ?
    It is written in article that police says 7.000 ;)

    But the 2 most important quotes are

    ” analysts said many people see little connection between Putin and their grievances ”

    and also

    “In addition to Solidarity, the rally included activists with the Communist Party, the Liberal Democratic Party, Yabloko, the Patriots of Russia party, the banned National Bolshevik Party, motorists’ groups and several minor opposition movements, Solidarity said on its web site.”

    **

    This is this “orange-brown” front (liberals and radicals united) against the Kremlin.

    Which side are you all supporting ?

  21. This is to Nikita, I hope you would be laughing after 2012 – while walking to the goulags – the only infrastructure that works in Russia . You will walk there without any resistance as millions of Russians before you, in support of your so called russian empire this symbol of barbarity and stupidity. Whoops I forgot by then Siberia will be totally Chinese, Karelia the stolen territory of Finland, will be returned to Finland, Konigsberg, this pearl of the Baltic which you turned into the public toilet, be German again and Northern Territory, of course, will go back to Japan. By the way, I heard an excellent joke from Poland – Nauru, by tragic mistake, recognized Tatarstan instead of South Ossetia Yikes!!!

    • Have you woken up from your wet dream and reconected with reality ? Then again, you might be afloat in a sea of irrationality and aimless anger, so who am I asking ?
      – Gulags don’t exist anymore, so i won’t be walking to one in 2012, or at any time, for that matter.
      – One definition of infrastructure is “the basic physical and organizational structures needed for the operation of a society or enterprise,or the services and facilities necessary for an economy to function. The term typically refers to the technical structures that support a society, such as roads, water supply, sewers, power grids, telecommunications, and so forth.” Gulag’s don’t quite fit in there.
      -We have plenty or roads, water supplies, sewers, power grids, and telecommunications and somehow, they have yet to let me down which means that they WORK.
      -Let’s see, didn’t the Chinese try to make Siberia their own in 1969 ? What happened to them ? Oh, thats right, they were shot to pieces.
      – Oh yes, I happen to have a cousin who serves in the fleet in Koenigsburg, oops, excuse me, I meant KALININGRAD. It’s funny that he doesn’t often mention his home as being a public toilet, I’ll have to ask him next time I visit. He’s doing a good job making sure that our conquests don’t become anyone elses, so unless Germany wants to go up against nuclear cruise missile submarines, I don’t think they will be much interested in Kalinigrad any time soon.
      -Do you really believe that, what, we’re going to just pass out our lands becuse you would like us to ? One word, man : Niavete.
      -They in Poland must be pretty bad at coming up with jokes, becuse this one doesn’t even make sense. Nonsensical jokes don’t change the reality of thing in the South Caucasuses. No joke can change the reality of bad decisions by the authoritarian Saka and his State Department handlers.

      All in all, your little tirade sounds sort of like a video game plot. Chaos, war, nations falling apart. It would make a great first person shooter. But, if you would like to comment on world affairs, then at least try to sound realistic and competent, will you ?

      • Actually the Russians lost more men in 1969 than the Chinese.

        It was one of the reasons Kurschev was pushing for the slashing of conventional forces and a much greater reliance on Nuclear weapons.

        And of course, the barbarian attitude of Russians in general is confirmed by your sub 20th century (let alone 21st) comment about retaining conquests.

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