Dangerous, Tsarist Russia

James Corum, Dean of the Baltic Defence College in Estonia, has taught at American and British staff colleges and is the author of seven books on military history and counter-insurgency. He is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Reserve and has 28 years’ experience as an army officer. Writing on a blog of The Telegraph, he describes a dangerous, Tsarist Russia bent once again on confrontation with the West:

Western nations and NATO ought to take note. Several events have recently occurred that will embolden Russia to adopt a more aggressive and less cooperative stance in its dealings with the West.

Domestically, Russia has had some good news lately. After disastrous yearly drops in population for two decades, Russia showed a minuscule increase in population (11,000) last year. The Russian inflation rate has dropped to single digits. A rate of 8.8 per cent is high by Western standards, but a huge improvement over the massive inflation suffered by Russia in the last decade. With oil prices holding fairly high, the Russian regime can count on a steady income.

The foreign news is especially favourable. The Ukrainian attempt to join the West is now finished, or at least put on hold. The election in the Ukraine pits two Russia friendly candidates against each other. Whatever the outcome, Ukraine is now likely to opt to become a satellite state of Russia and join with Russia and Belarus (another satellite state) in a Russian-controlled trade pact to counter the EU and WTO. The Russian lease on the Ukrainian naval base will be extended on good terms and the Russians will be allowed to continue their strong military presence in the Ukraine. The Ukraine leadership will turn away from democracy – with strong Russian encouragement. The Ukrainian people will get nothing from the arrangement – but that’s what being under the Russian “sphere of influence” is all about.

The good news on domestic and foreign fronts will give the Russian leadership the impression that things are turning around for Russia. This will encourage the Russian leadership to continue its recent crackdown of dissent and to suppress the small vestiges of democracy that remain in Russia.

Russian leaders will use the news to take a much harder line on cooperating with the West to limit nuclear technology and weapons sales to Iran. It will also mean a more aggressive policy in the Caucasus in regards to Georgia and the two Russian-occupied breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Russia will also take a harder line against NATO emplacing missile defenses in Central Europe – even as the threat from Iran grows.

Russian foreign policy is based on a truly weird combination of nostalgia for the old Soviet Union and the imperialism of the Tsarist Empire. Russian politicians and academics use the term “sphere of influence” in the late 19th-century sense of the ruler’s right to control the external and domestic policies of neighbouring states. One of the strangest aspects of the new Russian ideology is the revival of the old Tsarist symbols to include the double-headed Romanov Eagle – complete with crown— displayed on official buildings and in the Russian parliament.

While Russia demands recognition as a first rank power, the only things it has to back up this claim is a lot of oil and nuclear weapons. Even with vast oil and energy reserves, its GDP is barely above Brazil’s. Outside of Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia is an impoverished, miserable Third World country. Life expectancy for men is 61 years – mostly due to the prevalent alcoholism. Most of the Russian government and economy is mired in corruption. The incredibly low birthrates and high alcoholism rates of the last decades are evidence of a demoralised population.

The rise of the new form of Russian nationalism and authoritarianism is something the West should not ignore. Russia is likely to turn away from any cooperating with the West and chart a course based on more open confrontation. Both NATO and the EU need to take a firm line and not ignore Russian expansionism and support of the Iranian regime.

46 responses to “Dangerous, Tsarist Russia

  1. Assuming the vote counting is not tampered with,(perhaps a big assumption!), at any rate, residents of Ukraine have voted for their self-destruction. Perhaps it is just. Maybe they will deserve what is going to happen to them.
    Ukraine is a weird mix of many different residue ethnic nationalities, left-over peoples from previous ruling empires. And, they seem unable to make a truly united country. So, why not just accept Moscow’s swallowing them up?
    But of course, the foreign observers, have declared the election, ‘democratic’ (!).
    Is my memory wrong, or wasn’t Herr Hilter, at one early stage, domocratically elected too?

    • They did not say the election was democratic, I think they said it was fair. Which seems to be true — no massive cheating, ballot box stuffing and the like was observed.

      I don’t think that comparison with Hitler is fair or relevant. Ukraine today may be a lot of things, but a Nazi state it ain’t. And yes, Hitler came to power lawfully

      • RV,

        How can the people of Ukraine be allowed to choose a pro-Russian president? That’s not democracy! Democracy is when pro-American candidates win.

        Another thing: why are you surprised when russophobes like Psalomschik compare Nazi Germany to modern Russia and Ukraine? These are just attempts at making the Nazi crimes look unimportant.

        • Comrade ‘Arthur’, America-Hater:

          ‘Democracy is when a pro-American candidate wins’ (your silly words).

          I respond: No! in this Ukrainian election situation, the best and most democracy-preserving- result would have been, when/if…a pro-Ukrainian/anti-Moscow candidate had won.
          Present day enslaved Russia, is THE most evil nation, on this earth! It is a culture of repression and murder, murder, murder! Day by day, it resembles more and more, Nazi-Germany, or better to say, Stalin’s tyranny- which your Putler worships.
          Russia is today, extremely anti-Democracy and too, anti-Ukrainian freedoms and anti-Ukrainian independence.
          And, yes, I am indeed your ‘russophobe’, as I with much of the civilized world, have much to FEAR from your stinking anti-civilized neo-soviet ‘Russia’.
          (By the way, in my English language, which you use imperfectly, ‘phobe’ means fear, not ‘hate’! dummy).
          THOUGH, I and many millions of fellow humans on this planet, have every right, every reason, to HATE your stinking slave-state of ‘Russia’!
          Especially do they have the justified right to hate your Russia, are those which border you, and which used to be under your Communist-
          Russian boot.

          But, ‘Arthur’, it is just peaches and cream, that you and your always-lying Russian communist ilk, are America-Haters, isn’t it?
          You and every word you utter, are nothing but pure Kremlin FSB propaganda.
          Propaganda, means….lies and distortions, not truth.
          How often do they give you your new propaganda script to spew here?
          You don’t care about truth, do you?
          Hitler’s Nazis and Russian Communists, BOTH, never cared about the truth….and both evil systems have MUCH in common, as you well know.
          To compare ‘modern Russia, to Nazi Germany’, is not difficult. Just look at all the ever-expanding political repression under Putler and his Kremlin gang.
          Come on! ‘Arthur’, we are not all blind idiots, as you are.
          You… will go down, as your neo-soviet KGB-gangster run, Russian Federation goes down.
          It is crumbling already. Just look and see, comrade.

        • Modern Ukraine is not comparable to Nazi Germany, it is not a dictatorship and people are free to choose their leaders. Daniel was just making a point that even fair election can bring about undesirable results. Of course, no surprises in Russia as their elections are just a sham.

          • Well, Latynina thinks that the problem with Ukraine is that it has democratic elections. She thinks that only wealthy people should be allowed to vote:

            http://www.themoscowtimes.com/opinion/article/letting-poor-people-vote-is-dangerous/399397.html

            LA RUSSOPHOBE RESPONDS:

            Artie, you are truly one of the most hilariously ignorant slobs who has ever commented on this blog.

            We published Yulia’s article IN THIS ISSUE. Instead of reading the issue before spewing out your brain-dead nonsense, you spammed another post as if you had discovered the piece. We’ll let your SPAM lie, just because it is so hilarious.

            Meanwhile, Latynina never said only wealthy people should be allowed to vote. She merely said, as our headline states, that Ukraine has made the institution of democracy look bad.

            Isn’t that exactly what YOU think Georgians do when they elect Saakashvili? Do you have any trace of intelligence AT ALL?

            • [Artie, you are truly one of the most hilariously ignorant slobs who has ever commented on this blog. We published Yulia’s article IN THIS ISSUE.]

              Looks like when I wrote my post, I hadn’t seen or read your latest batch of articles.

              [Do you have any trace of intelligence AT ALL?]

              No. Keeping up to date on your articles is the necessary condition for all human intelligence. I can understand why you are so mad at me. I apologise. From now on, I will pay more attention to homework.

              [Meanwhile, Latynina never said only wealthy people should be allowed to vote]

              What she said is:

              http://www.themoscowtimes.com/opinion/article/letting-poor-people-vote-is-dangerous/399397.html

              Letting Poor People Vote Is Dangerous

              10 February 2010
              By Yulia Latynina

              Viktor Yanukovych’s victory in Sunday’s presidential election once again raises doubt about the basic premise of democracy: that the people are capable of choosing their own leader.

              Unfortunately, only wealthy people are truly capable of electing their leaders in a responsible manner. Poor people elect politicians like Yanukovych or Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

              Iimpoverished people are incapable of making sober decisions and voting responsibly in a popular election.
              ……………………………………

          • [you spammed another post as if you had discovered the piece.]

            Actually, Latynina’s article was published in Russian 4 day ago, on February 8, in Yezhednevnyj Zhurnal; and on February 10 she published an “export version” in the Moscow Times, the main English-language newspaper in all of Russia. I read both.

            http://ej.ru/?a=note&id=9864

            О геноцидах, дебилах и выборах
            8 ФЕВРАЛЯ 2010 г.
            ЮЛИЯ ЛАТЫНИНА

            http://www.themoscowtimes.com/opinion/article/letting-poor-people-vote-is-dangerous/399397.html

            Letting Poor People Vote Is Dangerous
            10 February 2010
            By Yulia Latynina

        • Well, Nazi crimes are terrible, but no worse than Russian ones during the same period.

      • To RV,
        Well we shall yet see, if there will be a comparison with Hitler, after this criminal character gets his full power.
        I did not claim that Ukraine is a Nazi state, but it may indeed become a Moscow submissive province, where just like the RF, there will be NO civil rights for anyone! Isn’t that bad enough in itself?
        And, hooray! for that ‘fair’ election, when ‘yes, Hitler came to power…legally’.
        ‘LEGALLY’! ???
        Well then so much for voting as a protection or guarantee of anything!
        Where is your head, ‘RV’?
        I suppose, it is loyal to the Kremlin, which can do anything, is that correct, ‘RV’?

        • Very true. Voting as such is not a protection or guarantee, it is not sufficient without other things. But none of those things mean anything if there is no fair vote.

          I just stated the historic fact about Hitler. So, don’t shoot me, it ain’t my fault

  2. The Machine of Victor Yanukovich won the election for him, and by a very small margin. Ukrainians wanted to punish the Orange Candidate. The vote for “against all” could have carried it either way. The system of elections in Ukraine needs constitutional correction.

    The OSCE made a suggestion for Open Party Lists, as this would prevent sale of Ministerial Posts added by party list. Voters had no choice of representatives, and the President Picks the Governors.

    Overall the voting was heavy, and the people picked a very flawed candidate for the sake of stability caused by the upheavals.

    The government is going to be more Roosified and Kremlin Organized. The set back could be 20 years, if Filthy Rooshan Kremlin has its way in Ukraine.

    Balts and Poles left alone now. No thanks to the EU policies of “Maybe yes, and Maybe no of the Syphilitic Alphonse’s in the EU like France and Germany. Moscow is not a State if Ukraine cannot be used to their advantage.

  3. In other words, the fact that Ukraine remained out of Western Alliances and Aide that Roosha got in Lend Lease, the Marshall Plan for Germany. Particulaly when Part of Germany was still under Rooshan occupation.

    The US rejected WTO for Ukraine because of Jackson Vanik. Being in the middle of a rock and a hard place. Ukraine had no way of becoming a neutral or or unaligned country since it was destroyed many times by both sides.

    The preaching of the Eurocrats, and with the stupid Obama reset button, Russia made the case in Ukraine, that the West does not want you, but we do, and will give you gas and oil.

    Being fresh out of Savokdom they took the bait.

  4. Letting poor people vote is deadly. The purpose of poor people is to work.

    The purpose of the middle class is to vote and work and screw things up slower.

  5. sascha_hero Germany

    http://www.kavkazcenter.com/russ/content/2010/02/13/70645.shtml

    URGENT! RUSSIAN TERRORISTS KILLED 12 CHECHEN SCHOOLBOYS IN INGUSHETIA

  6. sascha_hero Germany

    http://www.mk.ru/incident/article/2010/02/13/429839-po-chesnoku.html

    URGENT! RUSSIAN MEDIA CONFIRM! 14 CHECHEN SCHOOL-CHILDREN SLAUGHTERED BY THE RUSSIAN ARMY IN INGUSHETIA!!!

  7. LaQuanta Washington

    Wonderful contribution to humanity:

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    * Charles Albright: convicted of murdering three prostitutes in Dallas, Texas; sentenced to life imprisonment in 1991
    * Joe Ball: AKA “The Alligator Man”; killed at least 20 women in the early 20th century in Texas
    * Herb Baumeister: suspected of killing 20+ men along I-70; fled and committed suicide after remains of 11 were found on his Westfield, Indiana property
    * David Berkowitz: AKA “Son of Sam” and “The .44 Caliber Killer”; convicted of six murders in New York
    * Bloody Benders: family who killed guests at their inn in Labette County, Kansas in 1872
    * Robert Berdella: convicted of killing six men in 1988 in Kansas City, Missouri; sexually tortured and dismembered his victims
    * Kenneth Bianchi and Angelo Buono Jr: AKA the “Hillside Strangler”; killers of 13 women and possibly involved in three other killings
    * Richard Biegenwald: convicted of killing five people in the early 1980s in the Asbury Park, New Jersey area; suspected in at least six other murders
    * Arthur Gary Bishop: Utah man who murdered five young boys; executed in 1988
    * Lawrence Bittaker and Roy Norris: kidnapped, tortured, raped and murdered five girls in 1979
    * Terry Blair: Kansas City serial killer and rapist; active 1982–2004
    * William Bonin: AKA “The Freeway Killer”; with several accomplices, claimed the lives of 20 boys in California
    * Robert Charles Browne: convicted of two murders in Colorado; confessed to 48 murders
    * Jerry Brudos: AKA “The Lust Killer” and “Shoe Fetish Slayer”; killed at least five women in Oregon
    * Ted Bundy: law student who raped and murdered more than 35 women in six states; executed in Florida State Prison on January 24, 1989
    * David Carpenter: AKA the “Trailside Killer”; murdered five women on San Francisco-area hiking trails between 1979 and 1981
    * Michael Bear Carson and Suzan Carson: nomadic hippie killers involved in the counter-culture movement; suspects in 12 homicides; sentenced to life imprisonment for three San Francisco Bay Area murders in 1983
    * Dean Carter: murdered at least four women
    * Richard Chase: AKA “The Vampire of Sacramento”; murdered six people in California the 1970s
    * Doug Clark and Carol M. Bundy: AKA “Sunset Strip Killers”; killed at least seven people during 1980
    * Carroll Cole: killed 16 people between 1948 and 1980; executed in 1985
    * Alton Coleman and Debra Denise Brown: multi-state killers whose killings took place during two months in 1984; convicted of murder in three states
    * Ray Copeland and Faye Copeland: oldest couple ever sentenced to death in the United States at the ages of 75 and 69; convicted of killing five men; modus operandi was to hire unskilled drifters as farm hands and later kill them
    * Dean Corll, Elmer Wayne Henley and David Brooks: committed the Houston Mass Murders in the 1970s
    * Juan Corona: California killer convicted of murdering 25 men in 1971
    * Andre Crawford a convicted serial killer, who killed 11 women between 1993 to 1997
    * Charles Cullen: nurse in New Jersey and Pennsylvania who killed as many as 40 patients through lethal injection
    * Jeffrey Dahmer: Milwaukee, Wisconsin cannibal who kept heads, skulls and body parts in his apartment for sexual gratification; convicted of 15 murders, but believed responsible for at least two others
    * Albert DeSalvo: AKA “The Boston Strangler”; convicted of unrelated rapes; DeSalvo was never indicted for the Strangler murders, although he did confess to them
    * Westley Allan Dodd: raped and murdered three boys in 1989; executed on January 5, 1993
    * Ronald Dominique: confessed to raping and murdering at least 23 men in Louisiana; sentenced to eight life sentences in 2008
    * Nannie Doss: AKA “The Giggling Granny” and “The Jolly Black Widow”; serial poisoner who killed 11 family members
    * Paul Durousseau: murdered seven in southeast United States between 1997 and 2003; may have killed while stationed in Germany with the Army
    * Mack Ray Edwards: convicted of murdering three children after confessing to the murders of six in Los Angeles County between 1953 and 1969; claimed at one point to have killed as many as 18
    * Raymond Fernandez and Martha Beck: AKA the “Lonely Hearts Killers”; killed at least three women and one child in the 1940s but suspected in up to 20 murders in New York and Michigan
    * Albert Fish: AKA the “Werewolf of Wisteria”; sadist and pedophile who cannibalized several children; convicted of one murder, confessed to 2 others,claimed to have molested 100 children
    * Wayne Adam Ford: AKA “Wayward Wayne”; confessed to murdering four women; believed to have killed others
    * Kendall Francois: serial killer from Poughkeepsie, New York who targeted prostitutes; after strangling the women, he would store them in various crawl spaces in and around his home
    * Joseph Paul Franklin: racist serial killer who targeted interracial couples and attempted to assassinate Larry Flynt and Vernon Jordan; convicted of 11 murders and confessed to nine others
    * John Wayne Gacy: AKA “Killer Clown”; killer of at least 33 men and boys; kept bodies buried under his Chicago home
    * Gerald and Charlene Gallego: AKA the “Gallego Sex Slaves Killers”; kidnapped, raped and killed victims in the late 1970s; most of them were teenagers
    * Carlton Gary: convicted of the murders of seven elderly women in Georgia
    * Donald Henry “Peewee”” Gaskins: AKA “Meanest Man in America”; convicted of nine murders; confessed to more than 200; executed on September 6, 1991
    * Ed Gein: two known victims, one suspected victim, four missing persons; elements of Gein’s life and crimes have inspired, at least in part, the films Psycho and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and the novel/movie The Silence of the Lambs
    * Janie Lou Gibbs: Georgia poisoner who killed five family members
    * Kristen Gilbert: AKA the “Angel of Death”; nurse convicted of killing four by epinephrine injection
    * Lorenzo Gilyard: killed up to 13 prostitutes in the Kansas City area 1977 to 1993
    * Harvey Glatman: Californian rapist and killer of three women; lured women to pose for “bondage photographs”; executed September 18, 1959
    * Jeffrey Gorton: convicted of two rape-murders in Michigan, suspected of more
    * Dana Sue Gray: convicted of murder of three elderly women and attempted murder of a fourth in California
    * Vaughn Greenwood: convicted of nine counts of murder, including eight of the “Skid Row Slasher” killings in southern California
    * Belle Gunness: Norwegian-born murder-for-profit killer who killed her suitors and children in Indiana
    * Anna Marie Hahn: German-born murder-for-profit killer who poisoned five elderly men; executed in 1938
    * Robert Hansen: Alaskan baker who killed prostitutes at his cabin; convicted of four murders but admitted to 11 others
    * Donald Harvey: AKA “Angel of Death”; hospital orderly; confessed to more than 80 “mercy killings” with 37 confirmed killings
    * William Heirens: AKA “The Lipstick Killer”; confessed to three murders spanning from June 1945 to January 1946
    * Dr. H. H. Holmes: active from 1890 to 1894 during Chicago’s 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition; convicted of only one murder but definitively tied to at least eight more and confessed to a total of 27
    * Waneta Hoyt: New York woman who murdered her five children
    * Michael Hughes: killed four women in the Los Angeles area between 1992 and 1993; charged in 2008 with raping and murdering four additional women between 1986 and 1993
    * Leslie Irvin: AKA “Mad Dog”; convicted of killing six people in Indiana in the mid-1950s; his Supreme Court case set a precedent for fair trials of highly publicized defendants
    * Phillip Carl Jablonski: killed at least four women in California and Utah
    * Keith Hunter Jesperson: Canadian serial killer convicted in the United States
    * Vincent Johnson: AKA the “Brooklyn Strangler”; a homeless crack addict who killed at least five prostitutes
    * Genene Jones: Texas pediatric nurse who poisoned infants in her care; convicted of only one murder but suspected of 10 or more others
    * Patrick Kearney: necrophiliac convicted of 21 murders in California and admitted to seven other murders
    * Edmund Kemper: started killing when he was 15 years old in Santa Cruz, California; convicted of six murders and implicated in four others
    * Tillie Klimek: Chicago woman who poisoned five husbands; sentenced to life imprisonment
    * Paul John Knowles: raped and murdered 18 people
    * Randy Kraft: convicted of the murders of 16 young men and boys; suspected of 51 others in California
    * Timothy Krajcir: confessed to killing more than nine women—five in Missouri and four others in Illinois and Pennsylvania
    * Peter Kudzinowski: killed children in New Jersey in the 1920s
    * Leonard Lake and Charles Ng: ex-Marines and survivalists; killed at least 11 people and suspected of 25 in Wilseyville, California; collected and murdered female sex slaves
    * Derrick Todd Lee: AKA the “Baton Rouge Serial Killer”; convicted of two murders; linked by DNA evidence to five others
    * Henry Lee Lucas: convicted of 11 murders and confessed to approximately 3,000 others, although most of his confessions are considered outlandish; a task force set up to investigate his claims suggested that the true number of his murders may be as high as 213
    * Rhonda Belle Martin: Alabama poisoner who murdered six family members; suspected of poisoning at least nine; executed in 1957
    * Michigan murders (John Norman Collins and Gary Leiterman): committed separately in Ypsilanti and Ann Arbor between 1967 and 1969
    * Frederick Mors: Austrian who killed 17 elderly patients by poisoning in New York
    * John Allen Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo: AKA “Beltway Snipers”; Muhammad was convicted of seven murders and was executed for the murder in Virginia, leaving nine others unprosecuted; Malvo was convicted of, plead guilty to, or confessed to at least nine murders
    * Herbert Mullin: schizophrenic in Santa Cruz, California who killed people to prevent earthquakes; convicted of 10 murders and confessed to three others
    * Earle Nelson: AKA “Gorilla Man”; necrophiliac convicted and hanged for one murder; implicated in about 20 others
    * Marie Noe: murdered eight of her children between 1949 and 1968
    * Gordon Stewart Northcott: AKA the “Wineville Chicken Coop Murders”; California man who confessed to kidnapping, raping and murdering nine young boys with the aid of his mother, Sarah Louise Northcott in the 1920s; suspected of the murder of nearly 30, executed in 1930
    * Carl Panzram: murderer, rapist and arsonist; convicted of two murders; confessed to 19 others; executed in 1930
    * Gerald Parker: AKA the “Bedroom Basher” raped and murdered five women and killed the unborn baby of a sixth woman in Orange County, California
    * Christopher Peterson: AKA the “Shotgun Killer”, confessed to shooting seven people with a shotgun in a killing spree spanning from October 30, 1990 to December 18, 1990 in Indiana.
    * Dorothea Puente: convicted of three killings in Sacramento, California during the 1980s; suspected of six others
    * Dennis Rader: AKA the “BTK Killer”; killed ten people between 1974 and 1991 in Sedgwick County, Kansas
    * Richard Ramirez: AKA the “Night Stalker”; terrorized Los Angeles in 1984 and 1985; convicted of 14 murders
    * David Parker Ray: convicted of rape and torture and sentenced to 224 years in prison; FBI believes he was responsible for the deaths of 60 women in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico
    * Paul Dennis Reid: killed seven people during armed robberies between February and April 1997
    * Ángel Maturino Reséndiz: killed nine people in Texas, Kentucky, and Illinois
    * Gary Ridgway: AKA the “Green River Killer”; convicted of murdering 48 women in Washington state
    * Joel Rifkin: murdered 17 women in the New York City and Long Island areas
    * John Edward Robinson: AKA the “Cyber Sex Killer”; lured victims through the internet; convicted of murdering six women in Missouri and Kansas
    * Dayton Leroy Rogers: murdered at least six women in Oregon
    * Danny Rolling: pleaded guilty to murdering five students in Florida; executed in 2006
    * Michael Bruce Ross: raped and murdered seven women in Connecticut; executed May 13, 2005
    * Efren Saldivar: respiratory therapist who killed six patients, possibly as many as 120
    * Altemio Sanchez: AKA the “Bike Path Rapist”; responsible for three murders and numerous rapes spanning a 25-year period in Buffalo, New York; currently serving three consecutive 75 years-to-life sentences for the murders
    * Heriberto Seda: New York City copycat killer of the “Zodiac Killer” active from 1990 to 1994; convicted of shooting eight individuals, killing three; sentenced to life imprisonment in 1998
    * Gerard John Schaefer: Florida police officer who killed up to 34 women and girls
    * Tommy Lynn Sells: convicted of only one murder; admitted to murdering dozens of people across the United States, possibly in excess of 70 although only six are confirmed
    * Serial Shooter ( Dale S. Hausner and Samuel John Dieteman): Convicted of killing 8 people in random drive-by shootings in 2006 in Phoenix, Arizona
    * Arthur Shawcross: AKA “The Genesee River Killer”; convicted of 12 murders; confessed to one more
    * Robert Shulman: convicted of murdering five prostitutes between 1991 and 1996
    * Lemuel Smith: confessed to the murders of five people, including an on-duty female prison guard
    * Morris Solomon Jr.: handyman who killed six young women between 1986 and 1987 in Sacramento, California
    * Gerald Stano: convicted murderer of 41 women; executed in 1998
    * Cary Stayner: killed four women in Yosemite, California
    * Michael Swango: physician and surgeon who poisoned over 30 of his patients and colleagues
    * William Suff: AKA the “Riverside Killer”; killed up to 19 women near Riverside, California
    * Marybeth Tinning: New York woman who smothered nine of her children to death
    * Ottis Toole: Henry Lee Lucas’ accomplice; convicted of six murders in Florida; confessed to but never tried for Adam Walsh’s murder
    * Maury Travis: St. Louis area torture killer of 12-17 prostitutes from 2000 to 2002
    * Chester Turner: murderer of women in Los Angeles, California; convicted of 12 murders and linked through DNA evidence to another
    * Henry Louis Wallace: Charlotte, North Carolina killer of at least nine young women from 1992 to 1994
    * Coral Eugene Watts: convicted of two murders; admitted to killing 80 people in Texas and Michigan; possibly guilty of 100 murders
    * Nathaniel White: convicted of stabbing to death six women in the Hudson Valley, New York area from 1991 to 1992
    * Wayne Williams: convicted of two murders; police claim his arrest solved 23 others in a string of 29
    * Gwendolyn Graham and Cathy Wood: Michigan duo who murdered five elderly nursing home residents in their care and claimed to have killed another
    * Randall Woodfield: AKA the “The I-5 Killer” and “The I-5 Bandit”; convicted of four murders; believed responsible for 14 others
    * Aileen Wuornos: shot six men dead in Florida; executed in 2002
    * Robert Lee Yates: murdered at least 13 women in Spokane County, Washington

    • ‘LaQuanta Washington’:

      Your list of mentally insane murderers in America, is very very small, compared with Russian murderers.
      And by this list, are you trying to claim, that in your Russia, you do not have these same insane criminals?…or more and worse?
      Ha! Ha! Ha!
      You barbaric and savage uncivilized Russian criminals, both those who are simply common criminal-murderers ,(which your rotten and immoral culture seems to produce a lot of!) and those violent murderers sponsored/employed by your FSB, have tortured and murdered, many millions, and that by state-orders and deliberate design, not because of simple or common mental imbalance.
      In America, when we catch our murderers, we arrest them, and we imprison them for life or execute them. In your Russia, you seem to promote your murderers to higher posts in your government.
      Come on, comrades, get real! You are not fooling anyone.

      • LaQuanta Washington

        the US has 4% of the world’s population, yet produces 75-80% of the world’s known serial killers;

        you’re the one that needs to get real comrade

        and I’m not Russian; I’m a liberated black woman from the racist US

        • ‘LaQuanta Washington”:
          In that case, why don’t you go and live in the Russian Federation, where you will be better appreciated, since you are a liberated black woman from the racist US -?

          “75-80% of the world’s KNOWN (???) serial killers”-?
          And how many millions of unknown mass murderers, and the mass murdered, are there, in Russia???
          Try to exist in Russia, madame or whoever you really are, (likely since you post on this site, you are not who you claim to be!) and see how THEY appreciate black people.
          As a white American, I am sick to death, of black belly-aching, while black criminals commit most crimes in this country, way out of proportion to their % in the total population.
          Why you choose to post your venom towards America, on this site, dedicated to exposing what is wrong in current Russia, I cannot know, except that it seems that your motives are pro-communist, comrade.
          Go live there, and then tell us how you got along.

          America, love it or LEAVE IT!!!

          • LaQuanta Washington

            You’re a white cracker whose AmeriKKKan compatriots have been killing and enslaving my people for ages now.

            Your fellow white crackers also start endless, criminal wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, etc., to enrich their pockets and cheer up their ugly cracker white faces.

            The US now has 2.5 million people behind bars, the MOST OF ANY NATION!

        • And, you are not liberated from insanity-
          whoever you really are-

  8. LaQuanta Washington

    I swear Obama will punish you white cracker devils for the damage that you’re doing to this country!!!

    • to’ La Quanta’:

      First of all, your comments do not fit the purpose of this site, or the above article, which has to do with RUSSIA, not America.
      Secondly, the racism that I see around me today, is mostly black, anti-white racism.
      And, ‘white’ people here, are VERY tired of all that CRAP!
      Your Obama, was elected, mainly, by air-headed ‘white crackers’, being manipulated by the ‘race-card’ i.e. collective white-guilt, due to the past history of slavery, etc.
      Unfortunately, though there are many truly qualified to be president, black men or women in America, Obama is not one of them.
      Yes, Obama IS punishing us all, as he is a totally incompetent leftist airhead, regardless of his skin colour.
      My Prussian immigrant grandfather fought in the Union Army, to free blacks from slavery, and all of my life, I have stood up for blacks and other minorities, not only for their full civil rights, but for their total acceptance as….fellow human beings.
      My Christian beliefs, are a mainstay of my sympathy for black people, and indeed for people of every race and ethnicity.
      No one in my family, EVER sympathized with or belonged to the despised KKK!…nor did any of us , northerners, sympathize with the Confederate cause.
      I was once called ,by a black friend, ‘Casper the friendly ghost’, but I realize that your ‘cracker’ is more current a black put-down term for all white people-?
      And, who is ‘white’ anyway? That term is meaningless, so I cannot take offense at being labeled that, or….’cracker’ either. Aren’t white crackers good to eat? (especially in starving Haiti?)
      What about all the CRACKERS helping out, black people, in Haiti ?….both long before this quake and for many many years before it?
      Assuming you are who you say you are, you need to get your head straight, and stop uselessly blaming people of a different skin colour than your own, for everything that may be perceived wrong or lacking in people of your skin colour.
      Racial hatred, of any sort, is soul-corrupting/mind-blinding/self-destroying, and it never contributes to any SOLUTIONS to the problems, ever!
      It is time to move on.
      Black Americans who are succeeding, are those who take the bull by the horns, stop blaming others, (i.e. ‘the man’), and…..start DOING for themselves.
      There are lots of such people in America.
      But, why mix up issues, by posting your rabid-‘black’, hate-white-America sentiments, on this, RUSSIA-oriented site?
      It doesn’t add up….unless you are a KGB propagandist? Are you?
      Those dear commie folks, love to stir up racial fighting in America, though……their Russia does not have a good record on such matters. Go there, and see.

      Black Americans, as with people here of every ethnic mix, succeed in America, IF they struggle to MAKE a place for themselves.
      Why not be busy on positive efforts, madame, and leave off your venom, which is only poisoning yourself-?
      Just some random thoughts from an old cracker…….who sees good & beauty in all people, and is not turned off by their skin colour or their differences with myself. Communists, however, are persona non grata with me, as they seek to take over the whole world and turn us all into slaves of the state.
      Stop hating, LaQuanta! it is messing up your head.

      • OOPS! I meant to say, my Prussian GREAT-grandfather fought in the Union Army….
        (I am not THAT old!)

        • Don’t waste your breath Daniel. It’s useless. Also, an expression “liberated black woman” strikes me as quite dated and sounds odd. It’s what black panthers and such would use in the 60’s and the 70’s.

          It does not sound authentic anymore; contemporary black Americans don’t talk that way — it may be that the modern day NKVD thinks they do, and re-uses the old play book.

        • Psalomchick,

          I never understood one thing, why are you Americans so fake and superficial in your day-to-day interactions with other people?

          Why do always have such a fake smile on your face?

          • ‘Skiff’:
            Your words are so true, ‘I never understood one thing,’……..

            What dumb two sentences you put here. They make so sense at all.

            Who said that we Americans, ‘always have such a fake smile on …our…faces’?
            I am not smiling at you now, comrade.
            Ha! Ha!

            • Most immigrants in the US, even the ones who have been here for a long time, always observe the fake smile on the faces of Americans.

              That’s hardly a secret. Your response is quite immature, as you have been unable to answer neither of my questions.

              • ‘Skiff’,
                I have read no questions from you. Did you aim some at me? Where are they?

                Could it be, that you…..do not smile, because you are not a happy or successful person?, that you are a failure in life?
                Never smiling, is a sign of mental unbalance and severe long-term depression.
                Are you a product of soviet-Russia?
                If I were from that same sour culture, I would never smile too.
                Why don’t you answer my questions? Has the cat got your tongue?
                You are beginning to make me smile….thanks!

                • To ‘Skiff’ and to all,
                  Since today is ‘Maslenitsa’ (Forgiveness Sunday, the start of the Great Lent before Pascha/Easter), I refuse to argue with anyone today. It is against the sacred tradition of the Orthodox Church to do so. Now is the time for forgiveness and self-introspection and repentence, of how we can be better human beings.
                  If anyone wants to continue to argue, let them do it with themselves or others.
                  But, I do remind others: this comment section is supposed to be connected to the main article, about the recent election in Ukraine, and related to current matters in the Russian Federation.
                  We all do tend to get off-topic, don’t we? (myself included).
                  PEACE!
                  To those who observe the lent, have a good one, and a great celebration of Pascha/Easter at the end of it.
                  Reader Daniel (Psalomschick)

                  • If you are an American, you should ask forgiveness for your country’s crimes (Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, etc.), and the Russians should do the same (Chechnya, Afghanistan, etc.)

                    High time to eliminate that karmic debt!

                    • How about the French? Should they apologize for Vietnam or Algeria? Or Hungarians? Didn’t they have Atilla the Hun to apologize for? What about Spaniards and their Cortez and Pizzarro? Or Mongolians? Surely, Ghengis Khan was not a very pleasant person? And then the British; here you have a long list of victims: your Indians and Pakistanis, and South Africans and Kenyans and on and on…

                      How about everybody apologizes for everybody and everything?

              • Really? I have never noticed. Even if true, would you rather have us scowl or make grimaces or something like that. Perhaps some sociologists have studied this, I don’t know. I think smiling is merely an outward expression of friendliness, just like saying hello, thank you and please. Or maybe it reflects optimism or maybe the standard of living. It’s hard to say, it really is automatic, if it truly exists, that is.

                But whatever it is, if some of those immigrants don’t like it, they only have two options, either to adjust or to keep a stiff upper lift (or go home). When in Rome , they should do as Romans do. Americans are not going to abandon their cultural habits just because some newcomers don’t feel comfortable.

  9. Nice try, ‘LaQuanta’ and congratulation – what an exhaustive list you prepared, considering you live in the homeless shelter and you deal with drugs. I suspect you are a seventy-year old crippled ex-KGB man who tries to survive on a Russian pension of 15 dollars a month.

  10. LaQuanta honey (what a ghetto-ass name, by the way), why don’t you go try to be a “liberated black woman” in Russia? Take the subway a few times, visit some working class neighborhoods, go to a football match and hang out with the fans, have a nice pleasant stroll around Moscow on Hitler’s birthday. And see what happens. Psssst everybody, don’t tell her what happens to black people in Russia on a daily basis, or what the Russian word for black person (“makaka”) means.

    It’s interesting how some of these “liberated black people” are so incensed against white devils (even though the ancestors of most modern-day Americans have had nothing to do with slavery, and some, like the Italians or Irish, suffered discrimination themselves) and against “Amerikkka” yet they love totalitarian or authoritarian regimes that are more openly racist than America ever was (whether it is Russia, or Islamic theocracies where black people are still considered subhuman). That’s kinda like how the extremists in Hamas and Hezbollah talk about America and Israel being evil and all that, yet take money from a country that has a long record of genocide against Muslims (unlike either America or Israel).

  11. skiff wrote:
    [If you are an American, you should ask forgiveness for your country’s crimes (Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, etc.), and the Russians should do the same (Chechnya, Afghanistan, etc.)

    RV wrote:
    [ How about the French? Should they apologize for Vietnam or Algeria? Or Hungarians? ]

    Are you trying to say that both Russia and USA should NOT apologise for their crimes? Or is your point that Russian should apologise, but USA should continue to commit crimes without apologies? Double standard?

  12. Your parents should apologise Arty.

  13. “Democracy is when a pro-American candidate wins”

    This is so true. All of “La Russophobes” polemical ramblings above could have been condensed into this simple statement.

  14. RV ignore this piece of Muscali trash.

    Skiff – how lopsided your communist propaganda is! You should crawl back to Putler’s dung heap where you obviously originated from and still belong.

    Also how come you never mention the 10s of millions that your beloved NKVD murdered, or the 100,000’s that the KGB did away with. Aye you must be proud of that murdering scum – but why? most probable because you are a member of it and no doubt proud of it.

    Now you brainless baboon show me where the Americans come anywhere near this number in times of peace or civil war.

    You were born a communist idiot and sadly you will die as such.

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