March 19, 2010 — Contents


(1)  2,000,000 visits for La Russophobe

(2)  EDITORIAL:  Dima Medvedev, Shameless Liar

(3)  EDITORIAL:  China to Russia — Drop Dead!

(4)  EDITORIAL:  Pathetic Military Failure for Putin’s Russia

(5)  Nemtsov thumbs his Nose at Putin

(6) Sberbank:  Russia is the CIS Caboose

NOTE:  In her latest post on the powerful American Thinker blog, LR publisher and founder Kim Zigfeld reviews heartening signs of weakness and decline in Putin’s Russia, and discouraging signs of craven weakness from the American president.  Her simultaneously running item on Pajamas Media compliments this with details about the furious assault on the Kremlin being waged by an unbowed Mikhail Khodorkvosky.

2 responses to “March 19, 2010 — Contents

  1. Aeroflot crashed, killing dozens, ‘because pilot was drunk’
    Russia’s national flag carrier Aeroflot has received a fresh dose of bad publicity after investigators blamed a drunken Aeroflot pilot for a crash that killed 88 people two years ago.

    By Andrew Osborn in Moscow
    Published: 9:52PM GMT 16 Mar 2010
    The disaster took place in September 2008 in Siberia and was initially put down to engine failure, but investigators say they are now certain that the pilot, Rodion Medvedev, had been drinking.
    “The crash was caused by the loss of spatial orientation by Captain Medvedev, who piloted the plane in the final stage of the flight due to his mentally unstable condition from the presence of alcohol in his body,” a top investigator told Russian news agency Interfax.
    A recording of the plane’s final moments reveals Captain Medvedev, who died along with everyone else on board, handed the controls to his co-pilot moments before disaster struck.
    The co-pilot is heard saying: “You can see for yourself that I can’t.” Captain Medvedev was working for Aeroflot-Nord, a subsidiary of Aeroflot.
    The iconic airline faced similar embarrassment last year when it emerged it was forced to replace a pilot on a Moscow-New York flight who appeared to be blind drunk.
    Aeroflot insisted that the pilot was not drunk, but passengers worried by his slurred speech refused to take off until a replacement pilot was found.
    Aeroflot has a safety record to rival many Western carriers and boasts a fleet of relatively new planes, especially on international routes.
    It has worked hard to shed its Soviet-era image as a shoddy rude airline rebranding itself with the help of expensive public relations experts.
    Stories of drunken pilots risk undoing that good work, however, and bring back memories of an infamous 1994 incident in which a pilot allowed his 13-year old son to take the controls killing all 75 people onboard.

  2. Afghan MPS demand reparations from Russia for Red Army occupation
    Afghan MPs are demanding war reparations from the Russian government for the devastation caused by the Red Army during its nine-year occupation.

    By Ben Farmer in Kabul
    Published: 9:00PM GMT 18 Mar 2010
    A proposal to demand compensation from Moscow has been tabled by the group and will be discussed in the Afghan parliament’s lower house, officials have confirmed.
    An estimated 1.5m Afghans died during the 1980s when Moscow resorted to punitive bombings, barrages and massacres in the Afghan countryside as it unsuccessfully sought to quell the Mujahideen resistance.

    The repression drove between five and six million Afghans, or a third of the population, into exile in Pakistan and Iran and devastated rural regions.
    Mohammad Saleh Saljuqi, a secretary of the lower house, said: “A proposal has been prepared by a large number of MPs which says the people of Afghanistan, led by the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, want reparations for what happened in Afghanistan during the former Soviet Union’s invasion of the country.”
    Previous aborted calls for reparations have foundered on desires to forge closer links with Russia and confusion over whether to demand compensation for particular massacres or the general destruction of the country.
    Amanollah Payman MP said: “Any aggressive country must pay reparations to the country that faced aggression, but a long time has passed since then and Afghanistan now wants to have contacts at a bigger level on international issues.”
    The Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission is already cataloguing atrocities committed throughout the country’s 32 years of conflict to further claims for prosecution and reparation.
    But Nader Nadery, a commissioner, said any claim for compensation may now be nullified by a recently approved amnesty law, which controversially offers blanket immunity to warlords who committed outrages in the past.
    Russia is one of the Paris Club of nations which on Wednesday announced it would write-off a billion dollars of debt owed by Afghanistan.

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