May 5, 2010 — Contents

WEDNESDAY MAY 5 CONTENTS

(1)  EDITORIAL:  Vladimir Putin, Liar

(2)  EDITORIAL:  Russia, Food Wasteland

(3)  The Russian Army on the Verge of Collapse

(4)  Russia, once again a Sucker

(5)  CARTOON:  Putin the Environmentalist

NOTE:  For those who read Russian, Yuri Felshtinsky’s book about Vladimir Putin and the KGB has been posted online.

NOTE: In the “we thought we had seen it all” department, a reader tips us that state-sponsored propaganda network Russia Today has opened an online dating service encouraging Russians to meet foreigners, and presumably then to leave the country. 

5 responses to “May 5, 2010 — Contents

  1. The best -and the worst- places to be a mother according to Save the Children’s 11th annual “Mothers’ Index”. It seems Europe’s last fascist state, Putler’s RuSSia, has failed again:

    http://www.savethechildren.org/newsroom/2010/the-best-and-worst-places.html

  2. Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov has joined Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on a list of 40 “predators of press freedom” compiled by Reporters Without Borders.

    The list, compiled annually since 2000, contains politicians, officials and groups who “cannot stand the press, treat it as an enemy … are powerful, dangerous, violent and above the law,” the organization said in a statement Monday.

    Reporters Without Borders said Kadyrov was linked to the murders of two outspoken critics of Moscow’s handling of the conflict in Chechnya, Anna Politkovskaya and Natalya Estemirova. Politkovskaya was gunned down in Moscow in 2006, and Estemirova was abducted in Grozny last July and found dead hours later in Ingushetia.

    “Both these murders had Kadyrov’s prints on them, as have many others that have taken place under the regime of terror he has imposed in Chechnya,” the group said.

    http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-world/watchdog-names-40-predators-of-the-press-20100503-u2mh.html

    Turning to Putin, the group accused him of being responsible for increased state control over the country’s media, deteriorating working conditions for independent journalists and human rights activists and promoting “a climate of pumped-up national pride” that encourages the persecution of dissidents and fosters impunity.

    Five journalists were murdered in the country in 2009, bringing the overall death count since 2000 to 22, it said.

    Along with Taliban leader Mullah Omar, Kadyrov is the only new entry on this year’s list, which brings together dictators like North Korea’s Kim Jong Il with rebel militias from Somalia and the Philippines and Mexican drug cartels.

    Russia is the only country with two politicians on the list, which features five other post-Soviet leaders: Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus, Azerbaijan’s Ilham Aliyev, and the presidents of Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

  3. Eternal Russian victory in the peaceful North Caucasus continuing on May 3:

    Eleven police injured in grenade attack on S. Russian police station [in Ingushetia]

    http://en.rian.ru/russia/20100504/158862757.html

    Police officer injured in North Caucasus attack [in Kabardino-Balkaria]

    http://en.rian.ru/russia/20100503/158851358.html

    (And more, of course.)

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