April 14, 2010 — Contents

WEDNESDAY APRIL 14 CONTENTS

(1)  EDITORIAL:  The Pathetic Failure of Putinomics

(2)  EDITORIAL:  Russia, Perishing

(3)  Obama and his Noxious Nuclear Nonsense

(4)  Sokolov on Katyn

(5)  Zakayev on the Subway Bombings

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7 responses to “April 14, 2010 — Contents

  1. It would be nice if La Russophobe might put something together on the adoption scandal brewing in Russia now. Some of her previous editorial posts have dealt with the subject of Russian Children’s Homes I believe. There are some stats regarding criminal activity and even affiliation with the KGB I have seen online and here on LR. It’d be great if Kim could synthesize some of this stuff in a good editorial. Just a suggestion. Thanks!

    • Corey,
      I saw a while ago a horrifying program on European Journal concerning the matter of Russia’s children homes. The story was about the ONLY orphanage in the whole Siberia where children were not starved to death, beaten, or sexually and psychologically abused. This children home was run by THE POLISH CATHOLIC NUNS, who were allowed to go to Russia to take care of the catholic churches built by the Polish exiles and prisoners all over Russia. Those good catholic nuns were so shocked by the condition in the nearby children home run by Russians that they asked the local authority for permission to stay and take care of them. The journalist interviewed the Polish nuns and those brave, poor little souls; those abandoned russian children who walked days to get to this orphanage. It was really touching. Russians repaid the Poles the only way they know by assassinated Polish President….

  2. A great loss for the Russian justice system, a judge who regularly convicts Russian racist killers has been murdered in Moscow.

    Leading Moscow judge gunned down

    A leading Russian federal judge has been shot dead as he was leaving his apartment building in central Moscow, court officials have said.
    Eduard Chuvashov was leaving for work on Monday morning when he was shot by an unknown gunman who fled the scene.
    He had presided over several cases involving nationalist organisations and had received death threats.
    In February, he sentenced nine members of a neo-Nazi skinhead group called the White Wolves to up to 23 years in jail.
    The group was behind a series of racist murders.
    He also worked on cases involving Russian officials accused of corruption and embezzlement.
    No bodyguard
    “An unidentified person shot Mr Chuvashov in the entrance to an apartment block and then fled,” a police source was quoted by Ria Novosti as saying, adding that investigators were at the scene.
    There were reports that CCTV cameras recorded the shooting, by a man who appeared to be in his 20s.
    The judge is reported to have died instantly after being hit in the head and chest.
    Just last week Mr Chuvashov had convicted the teenage leader of the most notorious skinhead gang in Russia for the murder of three more immigrants, says the BBC’s Richard Galpin in Moscow.
    The teenager was already serving a long sentence for killing 20 people.
    There are reports that despite receiving death threats, Mr Chuvashov had refused to have bodyguards.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8614859.stm

  3. Two very important and (seemingly) unrelated issues have left the headlines lately: Post-election Ukraine, and the struggle by the Crimean Tatars for basic civil and human rights.

    Dr. Goble brings them both sharply into focus this morning with some deeply disturbing stuff.

    http://windowoneurasia.blogspot.com/2010/04/window-on-eurasia-new-ukrainian-mvd.html

    New Ukrainian MVD Chief’s Anti-Tatar Rhetoric Raises Questions about Yanukovich’s Plans for Crimea

    The anti-Crimean Tatar statements and actions of the new Ukrainian interior minister, who had served as MVD chief in Crimea prior to his elevation, raise serious questions about the policies Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich intends to pursue on the peninsula.
    Anatoly Mogilev gained notoriety among the Crimean Tatars and others concerned with human rights when he dispatched militia units in APCs to attack Crimean Tatar businessmen from Ai Petri in November 2007, an attack so violent that it undermined any hope that he was prepared to enforce the law equally for all the ethnic communities there.
    Not surprisingly, Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Cemilev met with Yanukovich and Prime Minister Mykola Azarov before Mogilev’s appointment was announced to try to persuade them not to take that step, but the support the Crimean Tatars gave to Yanukovich’s opponent Yulia Timoshenko limited their influence and may have even inspired Yanukovich to go ahead.
    Crimean Tatar leaders and activists are certain that Mogilev’s appointment will have a negative impact on ethnic relations in Crimea, reversing much of the progress that community made during the last decade and possibly generating the kind of radicalism from despair that Kyiv might use to justify the kind of policies Mogilev appears to favor.
    But one need not accept their testimony alone. Mogilev has laid out his position in a variety of public statements in recent years in such detail that all those in Ukraine and more generally who are concerned about human rights and the stable development of Crimea, Ukraine and the entire former Soviet space.
    Perhaps Mogilev’s clearest statement came in an article he wrote for “Krymskaya Pravda” in January 2008. Entitled “In Crimea, Conflict is Developing According to the Kosovo Scenario,” the article blame the Crimean Tatars and their international supporters for all the problems there (www.kp.crimea.ua/newspaper_details.php?newspaper_calendarDate=2008-01&newspaper_id=2539).
    The MVD official says that “during the period of the peaceful co-existence on the well-favored land of Crimea, more than 100 nations and nationalities formed a special community of people who proudly called themselves Crimeans,” a regional identity that he was pushed national identities into second place.
    But now, and Mogilev was writing at the start of 2008, the situation is changing and conflicts are emerging, a development that he says is being “provoked artificially by concrete forces and concrete money.” And he suggests that the Crimean Tatars and their foreign backers are pursuing scenarios “long ago worked out in Kosovo.”
    The authors of this strategy, Mogilev suggests, “cover themselves with expressions of concern about peace and stability and the defense of the supposedly lawful interests of the supposedly indigenous population” and then “are prepared at any move to provide ‘assistance’ in any corner of the earth with air strikes and ‘peacemaking.’”
    In short, the man who is now the head of Ukraine’s interior ministry says, “everything is done [both by the outside sponsors of this policy and their assistants on the ground] to make the situation irreversible and a return to peaceful existence impossible” as a means of achieving their ends.
    In Crimea, Mogilev writes, this policy has split “not only the Christian and Muslim worlds but is destroying the Slavic one as well. Our Slavic brotherhood is for the West like a bone in the throat,” whose and its leaders respect not the many things which unite Crimeans but rather follow “the law of the jungle.”
    But Mogilev continues, “because Crimean Tatars are not a flock of sheep,” those pushing for a Kosovo scenario in Crimea seek to mobilize them around several key myths: “about the indigenous people and national state, about the exclusive and priority rights [of that people], and about the great goal which justifies any means.”
    The MVD chief dismisses all of these ideas, but he says that “among the Crimean Tatars,” some of them are widely accepted, especially among “the more radical” groups who now are being lead to “consciously ignore the laws of the state of Ukraine since they were written for unbelievers.”
    He argues that what he calls “the myth” of the special suffering of the Crimean Tatars must be unmasked and dispelled. During the famine of the early 1930s, the deaths of members of that community were “a drop in the sea,” Mogilev suggests. Even during their deportation — which Mogilev says they deserved for collaboration — only 191 Crimean Tatars died.
    “Of course,” the MVD official says, “the first years of deportation took place in difficult circumstances and mortality significantly exceeded the births.” But, he continues, in recent years, the Crimean Tatars and their Western backers have dramatically overstated the human losses of the deportation to justify the special treatment of the Crimean Tatars on their return.
    When the Crimean Tatars began to return from Central Asia, “only Ukraine despite all its problems” assumed responsibility for helping them, Mogilev says, suggesting that the Crimean Tatars should be grateful to Kyiv rather than angry that they have not received even more disproportionate assistance.
    The vast majority of Crimean Tatars understand this and are interested only in what Mogilev says would be “a just division of land, property, and monetary support.” But some radicals want to go further and seize property on the basis of claims that it was taken from them 65 years ago. They must be countered by the forces of order, Mogilev says.
    If Mogilev’s attitudes become the basis of Kyiv’s policy in Crimea under Yanukovich, then the MVD official’s predictions of a Ukrainian Kosovo could prove to be a self-fulfilling prophecy. Consequently, all people of good will need assurances that Interior Minister Mogilev will not be allowed to act on the basis of the views he expressed in this article.

    ******

    For more recent background, check out this:

    http://www.rferl.org/content/Crimean_Tatars_Seek_Criminal_Case_Against_Ukrainian_Interior_Minister/1985581.html

    …and this:

    http://www.rferl.org/content/ProRussia_Groups_Want_Crimean_Tatar_Bodies_Disbanded/2004234.html

    The Crimean Tatars are NOT Islamo-fascists, despite a long and ugly history with Moscow under several regimes. But Kyiv is now run by precisely the type of idiots capable of radicalizing these people once and for all.

    Apologies for such a lengthy comment, but this issue deserves attention.

  4. FSB inflistrated so many areas. I wonder, maybe La Russophobe also special FSB project to collect information on potential dissidents and enemies among foreigners? I mean, I like LR, very much. But I just wonder what if? Well, it’s kind of a joke message… but again… maybe not… (?)

    LA RUSSOPHOBE RESPONDS:

    Then again, maybe YOU are the KGB, attempting to make our commenters fear retribution! If the KGB were half as clever as you imagine, Russia would hardly be the mess it is today.

    • This is quite sad that Russian people still live in darkness and allow organisations like KGB to exist.
      Many young people in Russia, most of them, don’t even know about real history of terror in USSR. This is very bad because 21 century looks very bleak for Russia.

  5. Dubai Jails 2 in Chechen Commander’s Murder
    13 April 2010
    Reuters

    DUBAI — A Dubai court jailed two men for life on Monday for assisting in the killing of Sulim Yamadayev, a prominent foe of Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov.

    Yamadayev, one of Kadyrov’s top commanders until he fled Chechnya in 2008, was shot dead on March 28 last year in the underground car park of a luxury apartment block in Dubai with a gold-plated Makarov handgun.

    Dubai police have accused a cousin of Kadyrov, State Duma Deputy Adam Delimkhanov, of masterminding the killing. Delimkhanov has denied involvement.

    Russian analysts said Yamadayev’s death, one of a string of recent high-profile killings in Dubai, removed one of the last remaining powerful opponents of Kadyrov’s increasingly strong control over Chechnya.

    http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/dubai-jails-2-in-chechen-commanders-murder/403772.html

    Yamadayev fought against Russia in the first Chechen war of 1994-1996 in which Moscow suffered a humiliating defeat.

    After changing sides together with Kadyrov, he became the commander of the Vostok battalion, consisting of battle-hardened former rebels who played a key role in subduing large-scale armed resistance to Russian rule. In 2005 Yamadayev was named a “Hero of Russia.”

    Yamadayev challenged Kadyrov for control of the local security forces until 2008, when he was dismissed from his command post and forced to flee. He was the fifth Chechen living abroad to be killed in the space of six months.

    Four other suspects in the case are wanted by Dubai police, including Delimkhanov, who has been a Duma deputy with the United Russia party since 2007.

    Interpol issued an arrest warrant for Delimkhanov last year, although Russia’s Constitution bans the extradition of Russian nationals for crimes committed abroad.

    In 2008, Yamadayev’s brother Ruslan, also a former commander in Chechnya, was gunned down in a busy central Moscow street. Kadyrov at the time denied involvement and said the killers wanted to discredit him and destabilize Chechnya.

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