March 12, 2010 — Contents


(1)  EDITORIAL:  Secession in Kalinigrad and Vladivostok?

(2)  EDITORIAL:  Russia’s Lame excuse for an Internet

(3)  In Russia, Old evils in New Guises

(4)  Putin and Sochi: They just don’t Work


NOTE: In another amazing “get,” the CATO Institute will have a panel discussion between Andrei Illarionov and Yulia Latynina in Washington DC on March 17th.  Be there or be square.  It will also be available via the web.

NOTE:  Be sure to take our “Sochi 2014” reader poll in today’s issue!

NOTE:  Reader “Andrew” points readers to an interesting report on Vladimir Putin’s corrupt background in St. Petersburg over on Radio Free Europe, which does some of the best reporting on Putin’s Russia in the business.

NOTE:  Blogger Julia Ioffe wishes Russians a happy Women’s Day.  Not.

5 responses to “March 12, 2010 — Contents

  1. Thank you so much for the CATO institute link!


    Great, great, great. If you will be there – say many many thanks to David Satter from Hudson Institute, if he will attend as well (he often does as far as I know). His book – Darkness at Dawn is absolutely brilliant and a must read.

    Excellent event! THANK YOU!

  2. Ingush Organize Demonstration to Protest Against Kidnappings of Compatriots

    Scores of Maksharip Aushev’s relatives disappeared or died in unexplained attacks since his death on October 25. On December 16, before the four men vanished in St. Petersburg, a car with Aushev’s widow, her mother and two brothers blew up after it was searched at a police checkpoint in Ingushetia. Only the widow survived the attack, which took place a week after the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced a posthumous award for Maksharip Aushev as one of two “exceptional human rights champions” (, December 9, 2009).

    There are strong signs that Russian government authorities were involved in the attacks on Ingush opposition leader and his relatives. This can be described as an unprecedented pressure on a single group of relatives.

    It is remarkable that the increased number of attacks with the apparent involvement of government forces on citizens of Ingushetia has been reported outside of the republic. This may be indicative of the law enforcement agencies’ extremely weak position in the republic and their fear of a possible popular revolt. This means that the government has lost control over the situation in Ingushetia, with only fear remaining as one of the few instruments for imposing any semblance of order in the republic.


    On March 2, a court ordered the release of the killer of another prominent Ingush opposition figure, lawyer and journalist Magomed Yevloev. The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the decision. “With today’s ruling, the Supreme Court of Ingushetia is fueling impunity for those who kill journalists –an endemic problem for Russia,” the CPJ said in a statement (, March 2). Yevloev, who owned the opposition website, which battled with the authorities, was killed in police custody within hours after his arrest in August 2008. In December 2009, his killer, a high-ranking police officer, was convicted of negligent homicide and initially sentenced to two years imprisonment. This is an oblique sign that the state authorities are strongly in favor of suppressing Ingushetia’s legal opposition, using all accessible means, including unrestrained violence.

  3. COHEN: Free Khodorkovsky
    Russia’s capitalist future is in the balance

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