April 16, 2010 — Contents

FRIDAY APRIL 16 CONTENTS

(1)  EDITORIAL:  Stormclouds over the Putin Economy

(2)  EDITORIAL:  The Russian Virus

(3)  The Brutalized Women of the Caucasus Strike Back!

(4)  Obama’s Fraudulent Nuclear Gambit

(5)  Sochi, Collapsing

NOTE:  LR publisher and founder Kim Zigfeld reviews Barack Obama’s disaster in Kyrgyzstan over on the powerful American Thinker blog in the latest installment of her column there.

54 responses to “April 16, 2010 — Contents

  1. Lawyer: same gun killed Russian judge, journalist

    Today at 15:22 | Associated Press

    MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian lawyer with close ties to ultranationalist groups says the same handgun was used in this week’s killing of a Moscow judge and last year’s slaying of a human rights attorney and a journalist.

    Moscow City Court Judge Eduard Chuvashov was gunned down Monday. He had convicted a neo-Nazi gang several months ago of multiple hate killings.

    Two activists of ultranationalist groups were arrested and charged with the November 2009 murder of lawyer Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anastasiya Baburova.

    Their lawyer Alexey Baranvsky said Wednesday that ballistic examination showed the same gun was used in all three murders. He said the finding proves his clients’ innocence since they were incarcerated when the judge was killed.

    Russian prosecutors were not immediately available for comment.

  2. Russian rap song slams officials for Moscow metro blasts

    Fri Apr 9, 10:35 AM

    MOSCOW (AFP) – A young Russian rapper has caused controversy with a song about last week’s Moscow metro attacks that accuses the country’s leadership of lying to the public about the risk of terrorism.
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    In the song, simply titled “March 29 2010” and set to video footage of emergency workers and flowers left by mourners at the scene, rapper Dino MC 47 slams officials — “insolent fat faces” — for failing to protect the public.

    They “tell us from the screen that no one can scare us” while “their children are in London and all their money is in the Cayman Islands,” he says. “What should we do, tell us. Where should we run?”

    In an apparent dig at the power duo of President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, the rapper asks: “Who is the head of our country? Who will answer for this? Will anyone at all resign?”

    http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/afp/100409/entertainment/russia_attacks_entertainment

    The song makes ironic references to the Russian leaders, saying that “our top leaders with very serious faces tell us that the fight will continue, there will be no talks with terrorists and every single one should be destroyed.”

    After the attacks, in tough rhetoric Medvedev vowed to “find and wipe out” the bombers, while Putin called for security forces to “scrape them out from the bottom of the sewers.”

    The song’s video hints at a lack of leadership with a shot of an empty microphone standing on a podium decorated with the Russian Federation’s double-headed-eagle emblem.

    Russian officials have previously tried to cosy up to rappers.

    In November, Putin appeared on stage at a televised rap contest called “Battle for Respect,” where he praised rappers for spreading an anti-drugs message.

    Kuzminykh’s song comes as part of a recent trend for rappers to target officials in outspoken songs.

    In February, rapper Noize MC posted an angry rap video about a deadly car crash involving the chauffeur-driven Mercedes of a vice-president at oil giant Lukoil, which has been watched more than 130,000 times on YouTube.

    Kuzminykh said he was aware of the Noize MC track. “There should be more tracks like this, then maybe our bosses wouldn’t relax too much,” he said. “I do it for the people, I’m with my people.”

    He said he aimed the song primarily at teenagers. “Maybe it will force them to have a think and sharpen up and realize what kind of a country they’re living in.”

    • Yes, to teenagers… I hope as many of them as possible will get as far as possible from their beautiful motherland. It is only the beginning… and you won’t build democracy there, like in US. This is very different land.

  3. St. Petersburg LJ Users Plan to Decorate a Bus with an Image of Stalin on Victory Day

    http://viklamist.livejournal.com/462930.html

    • How cute. I hope it crashes into the Hitlerbus of the LJ users from Germany.

      • Hitler lost the war. Stalin won it.

        • And then Stalin pissed and shat himself all over and died on the floor (while all of his dear comrades looked on and did nothing to help him), so don’t forget to add this image too. Also he was an evil “Georgian oppressor of Russia and Russians” (according to RTS, or maybe was it “Dr Goebbels” Nikita), so why this love for evil “Georgians”?

          • The symptoms you describe are characteristic for anyone who suffered from an apoplectic attack; but not everyone who dies from it previously manages to win a war against the whle continental Europe.

            • Did the USSR win WWII? That’s news to us! We thought USSR was gutted by the war and then staggered around for a few years before totally collapsing and disappearing into the dustbin of history (helped of course by the fact that its own government massacred at least as many Russians as the Germans).

              Do tell us more about this great victory, Eugene. Russians have a most unusual definition of certain words!

              • I won’t object to you, Kim. Maybe in your universe it were brave GIs who took Berlin and rose the Stars’n’Stripes above the ruins of Reichstag. BTW, the “a few years” the USSR “staggered around” after its victory WWII amount to almost half a century, during which the USSR sent the first man into space (oh, I won’t object, maybe in your universe it was Alan Sheppard and not Yuri Gagarin who did it). Were it not for Khrushchev’s and Gorby’s betrayals… :-((( Now under Obama you begin to understand how it feels!

                • @I won’t object to you, Kim. Maybe in your universe it were brave GIs who took Berlin and rose the Stars’n’Stripes above the ruins of Reichstag.

                  Maybe in your universe (Soviet universe) taking the burnt-out shell of Reichstag (since the Reichstrag Fire more than decade before) is something important.

                  But for me it’s quite funny how in the final hours of WWII hundreds of Soviet soldiers died there for no reason at all (no political, no military, just some ruin manned by a bunch of Kriegsmarine cadets), instead of advancing on the Reich’s Chancellary the other way.

                  • Dear Robert,
                    I would like to know the name of the military academy you graduated from. Otherwise, I don’t think you are competent enough to judge how should the Reichskanzlei be stormed.

                    • Eugene, Russian tactics are notorious for being “all noise and frontal assaults”, one looks in vain for any intelligence, for any attempt to avoid losses.

                      Duntroon and Sandhurst by the way.

                    • Reichskanzlei =/= Reichstag

                      Reichstag was just a ruin. And it was a ruin many years before rest of the Berlin became a ruin too. It was not in use since 1933. A sturdy ruin and nothing else.

                      Someone smart (not Soviets) would just mark it “strategically unimportant”, block this position and proceed to the real objectives (such as Fuhrerbunker).

                      Oh, and after Hitler killed himself the cadets would give up anyway with the rest who did not break out (like these holed up in the Flak towers etc) during the capitulation. Just wait few days/hours, and then hoist your stupid flag just anywhere you want (while wearing several stolen watches).

                      @I would like to know the name of the military academy you graduated from

                      Btw, is this true in yours they still don’t learn anything about the international conventions on the laws of war?

                • Eugene wrote;

                  St. Petersburg LJ Users Plan to Decorate a Bus with an Image of Stalin on Victory Day

                  Comment;
                  So you russians will be guided by the great stalin to return to the gulags.

              • Did the USSR win WWII? That’s news to us!

                Well, I am not surprised that it’s news to you all. But if you think that USSR lost WWII, ask yourself why would a loser get to occupy the entire Eastern Europe as the spoils of war. Losers lose territory, not gain it.

                If your point is that during the WWII, Nazi Germany successfully annihilated some 27 million Soviet people, especially Jews, turned huge parts of Ukraine and Belarus into wasteland, and depleted Soviet economy – then yes, that was the cost of the victory. Do you wish that USSR didn’t make such an effort to defeat the Nazis?

                • @during the WWII, Nazi Germany successfully annihilated some 27 million Soviet people

                  And that’s only few days after Dr Goebbels (also known as Nikita) wrote:

                  “How can you in all honesty try to spin this in your favor? You’ve got to know that no matter how you try, the facts will still remain that 21,300,000 Soviets dies as opposed to 7,060,000 Germans.”

                  https://larussophobe.wordpress.com/2010/04/09/april-12-2010-contents/

                  I know Dr Goebbels is not exactly known of telling truth, but come on, maybe you two just stick to the one “fact that will still remain” figure.

                  Oh, and maybe ask Eugene why he and the millions upon millions of other Russians love them evil “Georgians” like Stalin so much.

                  @Do you wish that USSR didn’t make such an effort to defeat the Nazis?

    • Oh my god. I hope some of these “designers” will get some feeling of Stalin in their real, not virtual, life. I am sure it will happen with them sooner or later. They crave to be slaves.

  4. Robert wrote: “And then Stalin pissed and shat himself all over and died on the floor (while all of his dear comrades looked on and did nothing to help him)

    So, Robert, you are really enjoying LR’s kind license to you to continue your compulsive lying without having to bother to check the sources, eh? His comrades watched while he was dying on the floor, eh? Here’s how it was:

    http://www.promved.ru/articles/article.phtml?id=1391&nomer=50

    The night before at 11pm, Stalin had dinner with Malenkov, Beria, Khrushchev and Bulganin. They left at 5am, and Stalin went to sleep. But he didn’t get up at 10am, as he usually does. Because they were strictly forbidden, the guards didn’t go in to wake him up, but agonizingly waited for his orders. At 6:30pm Stlain turned on the lights in his room. Finally, at 10:30 pm, they dared to go in under the pretext of the arrival of new mail. Peter Lozgachev, with papers went to Stalin. He saw a tragic picture. Stalin was lying on the carpet near the table, as if leaning on his arm. He quickly ran to him: “What’s wrong with you, Comrade Stalin?” In response he heard “ds” and nothing more. Apparently, Stalin lay there in his underwear for quite some time: he was stiff and had urine on him. The guards put Stalin on a plaid sofa and covered him. That’s when the other leaders were notified. Stalin died on the sofa without regaining the conscience.

    • Oh, so you say they found him on the floor and his own piss AND placed him on a sofa? Awww. So adorable. Changes everything, because, you know, “the other leaders” (Malenkov, Beria, Khrushchev and Bulganin) totally gave him aid. Not. They however possibly gave him something else:

      The guards rushed to call Stalin’s drinking companions, the Politburo. It was their tardiness in responding and calling for medical help that put questions of doubt in Radzinski’s mind. Did they already know too much and so did not need to hurry to the “old man’s” side?

      Mr Radzinski says Yes. He asserts that Stalin was injected with poison by the guard Khrustalev, under the orders of his master, KGB chief Lavrenty Beria. And what was the reason Stalin was killed?

      “All the people who surrounded Stalin understood that Stalin wanted war – the future World War III – and he decided to prepare the country for this war,” Mr Radzinski says.

      “He said: we have the opportunity to create a communist Europe but we have to hurry. But Beria, Khrushchev, Malenkov and every normal person understood it was terrible to begin a war against America because the country [Russia] had no economy.

      “It wasn’t a poor but a super-poor country which was destroyed by the German invasion, a country which had no resources but only nuclear weapons.

      “It was the reason for his anti-Semitic campaign, it was a provocation. He wanted an answer from America. And Beria knew Stalin had planned on 5 March to begin the deportation of Jewish people from Moscow.”

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/2793501.stm

      And the more traditional, no-poison version:

      A Delay in Treatment:
      The guards felt they didn’t have the right authority to call for a doctor – indeed many of Stalin’s doctors were the target of a new purge – so instead they called the Minister of State Security. He also felt he didn’t have the right powers and called Beria. Exactly what happened next is still not fully understood, but Beria and other leading Russians delayed acting, possibly because they wanted Stalin to die and not include them in the forthcoming purge, possibly because they were scared of seeming to infringe on Stalin’s powers should he recover. They only called for doctors sometime between 7:00 and 10:00 the next day after first travelling to the Dacha themselves.

      The doctors found Stalin partially paralysed, breathing with difficulty and vomiting blood. They feared the worst but were unsure. The best doctors in Russia, those which had been treating Stalin, had recently been arrested as part of the forthcoming purge and were in prison. Representatives of the doctors who were free and had seen Stalin went to the prisons to ask for the old doctors’ opinions, who confirmed the initial, negative, diagnoses. Stalin struggled on for several days, eventually dying at 21:50 on March 5th. His daughter said about the event: “The death agony was terrible. He literally choked to death as we watched.” (Conquest, Stalin: Breaker of Nations, p. 312)

      Was Stalin Murdered?:
      It is unclear whether Stalin would have been saved if medical help had arrived shortly after his stroke, partly because the autopsy report has never been found (although it is believed he suffered a brain haemorrhage which spread). This missing report, and the actions of Beria during Stalin’s fatal illness, have led some to raise the possibility that Stalin was deliberately killed by those afraid he was about to purge them (indeed, there is a report saying Beria claimed responsibility for the death). There is no concrete evidence for this theory, but enough plausibility for historians to mention it in their texts.

      http://europeanhistory.about.com/od/communistrussia/a/histmyths3.htm

      Anyway, why do you think the millions of Russians still LOVE Stalin, despite him killing them by the millions and being “Georgian”? I just wonder, excuse me my wondering into your “Russian psyche”.

      @So, Robert, you are really enjoying LR’s kind license to you to continue your compulsive lying without having to bother to check the sources, eh?

      Anyone knows what it was even supposed to mean?

      • Robert,

        I am quite familiar with the circumstances of Stalin’s death and have no problems with the real facts, so you didn’t have to make an over-long post.

        My point is that you are a liar. Your statement “And then Stalin pissed and shat himself all over and died on the floor (while all of his dear comrades looked on and did nothing to help him)” is a vicious lie, and an intentional one at that, given that you, “a student of history”, are so intricately familiar with Stalin’s death.

        Anyone knows what it was even supposed to mean?

        It means that if you were required to provide references, you wouldn’t be able to spread so many Goebbels-like lies.

    • OK. Let me correct myself:

      And then Stalin pissed and shat himself all over and died on the sofa (while all of his dear comrades looked on and did nothing to help him, and also possibly actively poisoned him too.

      Please don’t compare me to Nikita anymore :(

      • I don’t compare you to Nikita. The two of you are quite different.

        And your last corrected statement is still a demagogical Goebbels-like misrepresentation, trying to make it look like his comrades were guilty of not helping him. This is a damn lie.

        What happened was that Stalin was all alone in his room, had a fatal stroke/attack, fell down and remained lying unconscious, because he had forbidden others to enter his room. He lay there so long that he pissed in his pants and got very stiff. After his guards found him, they put him on the sofa, where he died later without regaining conscience.

        His “comrades” had nothing to do with any of this. By the time they got there, Stalin was already on the sofa, passing away like we all shall one day. You are a big Goebbels-style demagogue.

        And, btw, could you please give me the reference for the “shat himself” part?

        • Yes, you did. And hey, look, you just did it again:

          ” a demagogical Goebbels-like misrepresentation”

          So could you just please stop comparing me to Dr Goebbels/Nikita? This is making me so sad :(

          • OK, I understand your point: you think that Dr. Goebbels is still alive and calls himself “Nikita”. I am going to let your shrink deal with this problem. I am going to continue to call your behavior Dr. Goebbels-like and let you yourself decide if you choose to equate Goebbels with Andrew or Nikita or anybody else.

            However, you use your psychiatric delusions to demagogically avoid facing your own lies. Let me repeat:

            1. Could you please give me the reference for the “shat himself” part?

            2. Your accusations towards Stalin’s comrades are intentional Goebbels-like misrepresentations.

            • Now RTR, just because you are a communist does not give you the right to insult those of higher intelligence, or with a better understanding of history than yourself.

              Really RTR, time to lay off the samogan old boy, you need all of the few brain cells you have remaining.

              BTW, why do you label all those who disagree with your lies “fascist” or “neo-nazi”, I would suggest from the evidence that you are the neo-nazi piece of dog waste here old scum.

              After all, your support for the “final solution” of the enemies of Russia in the racist drivel you spout against those who desire never again to come under the domination of filth such as yourself is plain for all to see.

              • Andrew wrote: “Now RTR, just because you are a communist does not give you the right to insult those of higher intelligence.

                This phrase should be immortalized, Andrew. Every word in it is a masterpiece.

                http://www.co-intelligence.org/Universal_Intelligence.html

                Christians see ahigher intelligence they call God’s plan, or the will of God. Taoists see a higher intelligence they call the Tao, the Way of Nature. Meditative traditions speak of cosmic consciousness.

                http://www.creationresearch.org/crsq/articles/30/30_4a.html

                The Scientific Existence of a Higher Intelligence

                by Robert A. Herrmann, Ph.D.
                Mathematics Department, U. S. Naval Academy,

                From Feuerbach’s viewpoint, the hypothesis of the nonexistence of a higher intelligence exterior to the natural world, of God, is the ultimately correct hypothesis from which to begin a complete rationalization for all religious experiences and perceived phenomena.
                ……………………

                So, do you consider yourself also to be of “higher intelligence” or only Robert? And what kind of God’s Plan are you two? The Christian one? The Taoist one? Or the Muslim one? Or are you the one and only “God – Lord of the Universe?”.

                • Now RTR, Robert is much more intelligent than you.

                  As usual in your delusional response there is little of value.

                  Your childish behavior grows tiresome.

                  By the way, you still have not explained why you support ethnic cleansing and genocide by Russia and her proxies.

            • Meanwhile, in the land of Putin (RTR’s idol), the re-Stalinization of Russia continues apace:

              Vladimir Putin nominated for music award honouring contributions to hip hop

              Vladimir Putin is poised to receive an award honouring his musical talents after making an improbable foray into the world of hip hop and rap.

              By Andrew Osborn in Moscow
              Published: 4:35PM BST 15 Apr 2010

              Russia’s home grown answer to MTV – Muz TV – said it had nominated the Russian prime minister for its “Event of the Year” award for his bizarre appearance last November on the televised final of a rap “battle for respect”. The nomination is something of a surprise, since at the time the 57-year-old Mr Putin looked awkward and stood motionless among a crowd of teenagers as they writhed to a noisy rap song.
              At another point, as a hip-hop groove played in the background, Mr Putin delivered a speech that mixed teenage street slang with observations on the hip hop scene – about which he apparently knew little. Critics dismissed the move as a cynical ploy to boost his already stellar ratings but Mr Putin denied that, saying he wanted to reach out to young people to warn them of the dangers of drugs and vodka.

              http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/7594083/Vladimir-Putin-nominated-for-music-award-honouring-contributions-to-hip-hop.html

              • @Vladimir Putin nominated for music award honouring contributions to hip hop

                He should leave the (gangsta) rap to his adopted son Ramzan.

            • Hey, it was who you gave this nickname to your BFF, Nikita (you know, the one who loves Islamist terrorists when they fight Israel, while you hate all Muslims in general). In response to his stupid lie of “no OMON anywhere in vicinity” you said “yes, this blog has its own Dr. Goebbels.”

              And also now I’m very sorry I hurt your feelings because I think Stalin’s death was so damn HILARIOUS. Everything about it. If they have poisoned him, or smothered him with pillow, it was super funny. If they didn’t and he sloooowly died in his bed in total agony, it is even better!

              So blow me

  5. Georgia Files Europe Suit Over Soldier’s Alleged Torture, Killing
    April 14, 2010
    TBILISI — Georgia has filed a case against Russia in the European Court of Human Rights over the alleged torture and killing of a Georgian soldier taken prisoner during the countries’ August 2008 war, RFE/RL’s Georgian Service reports.

    Georgian soldier Giorgi Antsukhelidze was reported missing from Tskhinvali on August 9, 2008. His was one of several soldiers’ dead bodies returned to Tbilisi from South Ossetia in November 2008.

    Antsukhelidze’s wife, Maka Chikviladze, did not know the circumstances of his death until late 2009 when graphic videos were shown on the Internet allegedly showing Russian soldiers torturing a Georgian soldier who appeared to be Antsukhelidze.

    The videos are a key piece of evidence in the case.

    “The Russian soldiers are accused of violating the basic human right to live, as well as the principles of freedom and the prohibition on torture,” Nino Khaindrava of the Georgian Young Lawyers, said.

    She said Antsukhelidze was targeted simply because he was a Georgian.

    Khaindrava said she believes the European Court of Human Rights will rule in favor of Antsukhelidze’s family.

    Georgia reported 42 of its soldiers were captured and 162 killed when Russian and Georgian forces fought a five-day war in August 2008 over Georgia’s breakaway region of South Ossetia.

    http://www.rferl.org/content/Georgia_Files_Europe_Suit_Over_Soldiers_Alleged_Torture_Killing/2012560.html

  6. Eugene wrote;

    during which the USSR sent the first man into space (oh, I won’t object, maybe in your universe it was Alan Sheppard and not Yuri Gagarin who did it).

    comment;

    We all thought that the race to conquered the space was won by the dog.

    so
    1. Dog
    2. Gagarin

    • The dog was also Soviet, wasn’t it?

      • Eugene wrote;

        The dog was also Soviet, wasn’t it?

        comment;

        Of course, the heroic soviet dog, [a party member and the great great grandson of the dog that destroyed 10 nazi tanks – we salut it] what was its name vanka vstanka or something like that. I was told that the dog was awarded highest military and civilian medals of the USSR.

    • aaa,

      I like your point that, being a Georgian scientist, you think that the Soviets shouldn’t have first sent a dog to Space (who died) but instead have sent a man to his death.

      And if this had happened before Stalin’s death, I am sure there would have been a lot of Georgian scientists like you, who would have sent Gagarin to his death. But luckily it was after Stalin’s death, so Gagarin lived.

      And he was the first man in Space.

      • RTR wrote;

        And if this had happened before Stalin’s death, I am sure there would have been a lot of Georgian scientists like you, who would have sent Gagarin to his death. But luckily it was after Stalin’s death, so Gagarin lived.

        And he was the first man in Space.

        comment;

        your first men in Space owed his life to the dog , but was later slaughter by the Soviet forces – nobody knows in what circumstances. Apparently, poor yuri became emboldened by the world recognition and started criticizing the soviet paradise – a deadly mistake.

  7. The name of the dog was Laika. It died – in typical sovok fashion, whether the dog died or lived was not important.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laika

    It takes a truly sick, twisted mentality to want to praise a mass murderer like stalin, especially in the 21st century.

    stalin’s statue on the Moscow Canal was removed years ago during “de-stalinization.”

    Don’t Russians have anything better to do than to keep propping up mass murderers?

    • “The name of the dog was Laika. It died – in typical sovok fashion, whether the dog died or lived was not important.”

      Actually, genius, whether the dog died or lived was crucially important. If you hadn’t dropped out of 3rd grade, you would have known that before experimenting on people, scientists first experiment on other animals.

      If you don’t like the fact that modern science involves a lot of animal suffering and death – go back to Africa.

      • RTR wrote;

        “The name of the dog was Laika. It died – in typical sovok fashion, whether the dog died or lived was not important.”

        Actually, genius, whether the dog died or lived was crucially important. If you hadn’t dropped out of 3rd grade, you would have known that before experimenting on people, scientists first experiment on other animals.

        If you don’t like the fact that modern science involves a lot of animal suffering and death – go back to Africa.

        comment;

        Poor laika died and most probably was eaten by the brave kosmonauts — as we kno the starvation in russia was endemic .

        Talking about Africa, I met some Africans who studied in Lumumba University – they had a fond memories of Russia – the only problem was starvation diet so THEIR RESPECTIVE PARENTS FROM AFRICAN COUNTRIES SENT FOOD TO RUSSIA.

  8. Andrew wrote:

    > Eugene, Russian tactics are notorious for being “all noise and frontal assaults”, one looks in vain for any intelligence, for any attempt to avoid losses.

    If you want to keep the posts you occupy at present, I demand:

    Stop frontal attacks of the population center;

    Stop frontal attacks of heights having a good field of fire;

    Advance only through ravines, forests and the terrain that is not being heavily fired.

    (с) G.K. Zhukov, 27.01.1942.

    • Well it seems from the evidence that that order was ignored.

      Just look at Kursk, where in the “great” Russian victory the Red Army lost 5 men for every German killed, and an even worse ratio in tanks….

      The human wave attacks continued right to the end of the war, look at the massive losses on Seelow heights for example.

      • @Just look at Kursk, where in the “great” Russian victory the Red Army

        This was crazy. The Soviets had many more men and tanks (more than the attacking side!), they were on VERY well-prepared defensive positions (5 lines), the Soviets knew exactly when and where the Germans will begin their offensive and they inititated the battle first with their a massive artillery barrage on the Germans surprised in the open… and yet still the Germans almost won this one, and suffered lower losses.

        Btw, the Germans actually won a battle against the Soviets and Poles even in THE final days of WWII: Bautzen (the last German offensive of the war, near Dresden). This one is almost completely unknown, but also pretty crazy (whole Polish units practically wiped-out). Oh, and the Germans were even more outnumbered and outgunned there (of course, it was late April 1945 after all).

  9. Robert wrote:

    > and then hoist your stupid flag just anywhere you want (while wearing several stolen watches).

    It is quite natural for an Army man to wear a wrist compass besides a watch. The heirs of Dr. Goebbels who raise such ballyhoo about “the second watch” worn by the officer hoisting the flat just don’t know it.

    • I think I have nothing to do with the heirs of Nikita. But I know the Soviets edited out the “wrist compass” later – and added smoke to the photo, because it was just a staged photo after the battle (and war) ended. It’s so natural!

      • Alright, alright, just the battle (of Berlin).

        The war officially ended only on May 7 (“May 8” according to the Russians).

  10. ‘YouTube Cop’ Gives Medvedev a Deadline and a Warning
    April 12th, 2010

    Former Police Major Aleksei Dymovsky, who gained widespread notoriety last November as Russia’s whistleblowing “YouTube Cop,” has issued a final video address to President Dmitri Medvedev, giving the president a deadline to once and for all respond to his allegations of corruption in the country’s police forces.

    Dymovsky is notably more heated in this latest video than the original clips he posted online last year – not surprising, considering that those videos resulted in him being promptly fired from the Novorossiysk police department and forced to flee to Moscow, where he was then arrested and charged with laundering money from the police department’s operational budget. Those charges, which Dymovsky and his supporters maintained were ridiculous and obviously politically motivated, were finally dropped earlier this month.

    “You know, from the moment that my first video address was released, already five months have passed,” says the ex-major, addressing President Medvedev. “I think that in that time you could have paid some kind of attention.” But indeed, the Russian president has not once publicly acknowledged the existence of either Dymovsky, his videos, or his allegations. And they certainly would have been hard to miss: Dymovsky’s press conference when he first arrived in Moscow was packed beyond capacity, as few sectors of Russian society disagree on the need for drastic reform of the police. But while Medvedev has made several proposals in the past few months to that end, experts question their efficacy and positive results have yet to be seen.

    Dymovsky goes on in his video to accuse the president of “jumping around abroad” and ignoring problems in his own country, before launching into a tirade against a swath of high-ranking government officials, including Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, for spending their time fighting over money to buy up Pacific islands and “wiping their feet on the Russian people.” Appealing to Medvedev “as a man,” the ex-major asks Medvedev to bring criminal charges against Putin for a number of national tragedies in which, according to Dymovsky, the prime minister has direct responsibility. Evoking such incidents as the Nord-Ost theater siege in 2002, the Beslan school massacre in 2004, and the Moscow metro bombings just last month, the ex-major insists that “for every drop of blood spilled, someone should be punished.” Russians, he says, want to live in a country that is safe for themselves and their children.

    Since Dymovsky posted his first video exposés last November, police officers from all over Russia have come forward with similar videos and accusations of institutionalized corruption throughout the ranks of the Russian police. The wave of videos reflects a recent trend in which ordinary Russian citizens, feeling that their grievances will go unheeded by government institutions, post videos online detailing police abuses of authority. Some of the clips, such as a recent one in which a man details how he was used by traffic police as a human shield in a hunt for armed robbers, have gone viral and sparked outrage in many Russians.

    In his closing remarks, Dymovsky gives the president a deadline to rectify such problems or face an angry rally on Red Square. “Nobody will forgive you for what’s happening in Russia today,” says the former officer. “Remember every mother’s teardrop, remember every baby’s teardrop, starting from 1917. The Russian people remember it. So that said, I advise you to establish order by November 12, 2010, or to step down together with your cabinet. How many more facts do you need, how many more videos do you need about the fact that lawlessness is stirring in Russia? That a genocide of the Russian people is being committed?”

    If Dymovsky does follow through with his plan to stage a massive demonstration – especially on as high-profile a place as Red Square – he will be faced by the same basic organizational problem faced by Russia’s entire political opposition: according to the Rosbalt newspaper, Dymovsky says that journalists have been prohibited from writing about him altogether. It was this media blockade that forced him to film another internet video instead of holding a press conference, he says.

    But Dymovsky is a man who has voluntarily given up his career, risked his own and his families lives, been forced out of his home, been charged with a variety of nonexistent crimes, and been sent without proper clothing in the middle of winter to sit in a criminal investigative detention center for more than two months – and he still isn’t backing down. The resolve in Dymovsky’s voice as he issues his final line to Medvedev is undeniable: “Remember who you are, and who we are.”

    Article:

    http://www.theotherrussia.org/2010/04/12/youtube-cop-gives-medvedev-a-deadline-and-a-warning/

    Dymovsky’s video:

    • I must say the new, disillusioned Dymovsky 2.0 has earned my respect now.

      A documentary about Putin’s MVD (OMON exactly) at their worst:

      http://www.watchdog.cz/?show=000000-000024-000006-000011&lang=1

      • And some context of this (also from PW):

        The weather in early February 2000 was nasty, cold and grey. It was as if nature were responding to the horror of what was taking place and to the fear that was spilling over everywhere.

        After their defence of Grozny the Chechen insurgents had fled to the mountains, leaving dead and wounded as they went. Now that Russia’s generals and politicians had tasted real victory they were almost impossible to stop.

        The men who managed to escape from the combat zone no longer expected a quick end to the war. They were preparing to survive in terrible conditions, with an unpredictable future ahead of them. But the civilians who remained in Grozny and its suburbs tried not to look too far ahead. They lived for the present, and waited uneasily for what might come tomorrow. This went on for the next two months. For these people the departure of the Chechen forces meant a chance of survival – or at least that was how it seemed at the time.

        On February 3 the bombardment of the city eased in intensity. By the following day it had subsided altogether. Russian military vehicles and armour began to appear in one district of the city and suburbs after another, at first tentatively, and then with growing confidence. Few were glad to see them, but they presented little threat. At least if the city were now under Russian control, people thought, there would be an end to the round-the-clock indiscriminate shelling. They wanted to believe that the worst of the trouble and danger was now over. In the village of Novye Aldy, just outside town, people started to mend their roofs, repair and patch up the walls and windows of their houses.

        I will not describe the “mop-up” operation in the village, the number of people who were killed or the manner in which they met their deaths. All of that is explained in detail in the Memorial Human Rights Centre report. I will add only one correction: what Russia’s military did in Novye Aldy was nothing unusual or untypical. It did not represent the height of their brutality and judged by their normal standards it was not a supremely wicked act. Crimes no less terrible were committed in other parts of the city and the neighbouring villages. And they continued for much longer.

        Even according to the most conservative estimates, during January 2000 several hundred people in Staropromyslovsky distict lost their lives at the hands of the security forces. They were not buried immediately, because there were cases when civilians were killed for doing just that. Many of the corpses were gnawed by animals and later collected and transported to the cemetery completely skeletonized and unidentifiable.

        The events in Alkhan-Yurt and Starye Promysly were overshadowed by the battle for Grozny. People’s suffering there was drowned by the roar of the artillery. But the killings in Novye Aldy were done after that roar had ceased, and that is why their echo was so deafening.

        After Novye Aldy Russia’s security forces focused on counter-insurgency operations of the “roundup” type. Their principal characteristic was violence against a particular part of the population – males of fighting age. The operations were carefully planned and organized, leaving no doubt as to the awareness of the political leadership of what was going on. To all this were added hostage-taking, torture, looting, unlawful detention and killing, killing, killing.

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