May 26, 2010 — Contents

WEDNESDAY MAY 26 CONTENTS

(1)  EDITORIAL: Russian Barbarism towards Journalists

(2)  Poisoning and Coverup in Sunny Tuapse

(3)  The Hopeless Failure of Medvedevinomics

(4)  Why Russians block Trains

(5)  Russia and the Muhammad Cartoons

NOTE:  LR publisher and founder Kim Zigfeld’s latest installment of her Russia column on the mighty Pajamas Media blog crucifies the foreign policy of Barack Obama, using the abject failure of his Russia policy as the key example.

NOTE:  Once again, Putin’s Russia has gone down to spectacular, humiliating failure in sports, this time at the World Ice Hockey Championships in Cologne, Germany.  Tiny Czech Republic gave Russia a proper spanking.

43 responses to “May 26, 2010 — Contents

  1. Russia will collapse in 2 years. It will start in 2011-2012.

    • Voice of Reason

      Next year? Manana?

      “Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love you tomorrow – you’re always one day away!”

      Keep the dream going!

    • An wrote;

      Russia will collapse in 2 years. It will start in 2011-2012

      Comment;
      You are absolutely correct – Russia is rotting from within and with the number of wars being fought by Russia [Georgia, Chechnia, Ingushetia, Dagestan, Ukraine and recently Kyrgyzstan [Kyrgyz started already the slaughter of Russians in their country – so the conflict became racial and religious – a dangerous turn indeed..] things aren’t looking too good for Russia. All the kgb ‘commentators with names ranging from Polish, Georgian, English, French etc. seem to miss that important point….It might talke a bit longer though….

  2. I am new on this blog and I wonder, how can an American usurp the right to speak up for Russians. I am not a fan of neoconservatism – and thats exactly what you do – you want to force Russians into something what they dont really care for. All your democratic and liberal ideals like indepencence of Chechnya would be in fact very dangerous if they came true. Democracy isnt always the best system of government. Certainly not for Russia.

    Greetings from Czechia.

    LA RUSSOPHOBE RESPONDS:

    Your comment is stunningly ignorant. Pat Buchanan, one of the biggest necons on earth, is one of the most strident proponents of leaving Russia alone, and we’ve repeatedly trashed him here ion this blog.

    How would you know whether Russia would make out well under democracy, you cretin? Russia has NEVER BEEN DEMOCRATIC FOR ONE SINGLE DAY OF ITS ENTIRE HISTORY.

    Your patronizing suggestion that Russians are not capable of managing a democratic state as well as Americans is outrageously offensive.

    • Russia is an independent country and as such Russians have a perfect right to be whatever they want, including remaining a soft type of dictatorship they are now.

      But they insist, vociferously, aggressively and often that they already are a civilized, well developed and modern country having superb culture (not just good or important, superb).

      They have fraudulently and with zero justification made their way into the G-8 and loudly demand that everybody consult with them and that their opinion should be always considered. No country of a similar level of development (Mexico, Thailand, Malaysia, Argentina, South Africa, etc.) has ever made such demands.

      In other words, they are free to be whatever they want to be. They are not required to be an economically developed modern liberal democracy. All they have to do is to stop lying about being one.

      • Francis Smyth-Beresford

        “But they insist, vociferously, aggressively and often that they already are a civilized, well developed and modern country having superb culture (not just good or important, superb).”

        Really? Could you point me in the direction of a blog like that? Because I’d be interested in reading from a Russian perspective how Russians routinely humiliate Americans in women’s tennis, how Americans are savages and barbarians, that American food is disgusting slop and that every setback to America constitutes a new low in recorded whatever-it-is. I’d like to hear their stupidity exaggerated out of all reasonable proportion. It might be interesting to hear what sickening racists Americans are, if they ever make mention that they believe America is for Americans (as they have done, frequently). It might enhance the experience if the moderator referred to everyone who defended Americans as a monkey, and ape, an imbecile or a piece of fruit.

        Think you can help me out?

        • Voice of Reason

          Francis,

          What you are looking for are some kind of neo-nazi sites in Russian. They probably exist, although I suspect even they wouldn’t be so stupid and jealous as to write hateful articles about female American tennis players or about how American food sucks. Such things are highly uncommon among people over the mental age of 10.

          • You don’t have to go far to look for anti-American and anti-Semitic rants (for some reasons those often come together). Just read the stuff Mr. Dima posts here.

        • The site you are looking for is called “Mat Rodina”.

      • Voice of Reason

        RV wrote: “But they insist, vociferously, aggressively and often that they already are a civilized, well developed and modern country having superb culture (not just good or important, superb).

        It is your inferiority complex speaking. If you weren’t totally preoccupied with the feeling of intellectual and cultural inferiority, you would not fuss over these non-issues.

        Just as those, who aren’t totally preoccupied with the feeling of inferiority in sports, wouldn’t make a national holiday every time some Russian tennis star loses a tennis match and/or gets injured, and wouldn’t throw fits of hysteria, shouting “Fraud!” every time a Russian wins.

        • Well, OK, do you or do you not think they are a civilized, well developed and modern country having superb culture? I am sure you do, all the evidence to the contrary notwithstanding.

          But if by some miracle you are smarter than you usually sound and you don’t agree with that statement above, then how come they are in the G-8.

          I think they insist on remaining in the G-8 just as a matter of pride, while what do they have to be proud of? And what do you think? Please, don’t mention Tolstoy or Tchaikovsky. I’ve heard this a million times here. Both have been dead for a hundred years or more

          • Voice of Reason

            Well, OK, do you or do you not think they are a civilized, well developed and modern country having superb culture?

            Yes, they have a superb culture, just as do many other countries, including USA.

            But if by some miracle you are smarter than you usually sound and you don’t agree with that statement above, then how come they are in the G-8.

            Because G-8 stands for “Group of Eight”, an unofficial “country club” whose members are entitled to decide for themselves whom to accept and whom ot reject. Russia is in G-8 because the other members chose to accept it.

            Look, country clubs have a full right to decide for themselves whom to accept. Being Jews, you and I know very well that some country clubs don’t like to accept Jews, but it’s their right.

            I think they insist on remaining in the G-8 just as a matter of pride

            They insist on remaining in G-8 because this gives them an opportunity to meet with and influence the other G-8 members.

            And what do you think? Please, don’t mention Tolstoy or Tchaikovsky. I’ve heard this a million times here. Both have been dead for a hundred years or more

            Tolstoy and Tchaikovsky have nothing to do with G-8 membership. G-8 is neither a literary club nor a music club. It is a political club, concerned not with music or literature, but with international politics. If you weren’t so crazy, you would see this obvious fact. But, as I said, your are insanely preoccupied with your envy towards Tolstoy and Tchaikovsky and even blame them for G-8’s acceptance of Russia as a member.

            • Oh. Tolstoy, Tchaikovsky is just one letter in Russian alphabet.

              As to the modern literature, Victor Pelevin, Boris Akunin, Victor Yerofeev, Sergey Lukyanenko – these names are coming to mind as they are well-known modern Russian writers.

              Tatyana Tolstaya, Dmitri Prigov, Vladimir Sorokin, Dmitry Vodennikov, Mikhail Shishkin and many others are less well-known abroad, but still they create a very strong literature inside the country.

              Most probably, all they can not compare to Dostoyevsky or Tolstoy, but where do you find, say, another Shakespeare, or Goethe, or Verlaine in the XXI century?

  3. Givi Hachikian

    “Once again, Putin’s Russia has gone down to spectacular, humiliating failure in sports, this time at the World Ice Hockey Championships in Cologne, Germany. Tiny Czechoslovakia gave Russia a proper spanking.”

    Do you mean silver medals are failure? Look at yourself. The most remarkable and humiliating failure is of USA and Canada who didn’t get any medals at all — what a spanking! And Russia is on top — well done, guys, we love our team!

    LA RUSSOPHOBE RESPONDS:

    So you agree that Russia’s failure to get ANY MEDALS AT ALL at the Olympics was a horrifying humliation, right?

    Thanks! We also think so. BTW, the team you love is the one that got no medals.

    • Silver medals are a miserable failure for RuSSia which had all their best players at the World Ice Hockey Championships in Germany while other teams have their best players playing in NHL play-offs in the USA and Canada.

      RuSSia sucks a big time again, vodka-drinking fascists are born to lose.

      • Voice of Reason

        Ari,

        I understand that finishing 6th behind even Germany and Switzerland must hurt your Finnish pride a lot, but you don’t have to be so sour grapes about it and look for lame excuses. NHL play-offs? How many Finnish players are still involved in the NHL play-offs? Three? Four?

        And speaking of vodka, what do Finns get drunk on these days? Finlandia? Or some new vodka?

        • When seeing those drunken RuSSians in Cologne it seems that silver medals was almost as big shock as Vancouver 2010 for vodka-drinking barbarians.

          RuSSia can’t even win when they are the only team who have all the best players playing. You fascists are born to lose. What about quitting to drink vodka ?

          Canada, the USA and Finland seem to be the best ice-hockey teams in the world:

          http://www.vancouver2010.com/olympic-hockey-medals/

          • Finland is a home of high welfare and high suicide rates. Home of strong liquor and countless alcoholics. Home of high prices and high taxes. Home of the nightless night and dayless day. Home of asocial people and social welfare. Home of mobile phones and untalkative people. Home of bad yet popular music.

          • Ari Virtualnen-Haemaelaenen is here. Where are your best friends Jussi Pekkonen and Pekka Jussinen, mate?

          • Sunshine, I think it’s a good time to impose real duty on wood exports to Finland.

            It’s time to develop our own woodworking industry instead of sponsoring Finnish budget deficit.

            • dima wrote;
              Sunshine, I think it’s a good time to impose real duty on wood exports to Finland.

              It’s time to develop our own woodworking industry instead of sponsoring Finnish budget deficit.

              comments;
              The world should impose real duty on EVERYTHIGN RUSSIAN so the civilized world won’t be infested by russian filth.

              I thought the russian proletarians developed highly sophisticated woodworking industry in the gulags – correct me if I am wrong …

              • “The world should impose real duty on EVERYTHIGN RUSSIAN so the civilized world won’t be infested by russian filth.”

                You bet, girlie, then Georgia would flourish even more than it does now, under wise and benevolent ruler Misha the Unifier:D

                BTW, it seems, I just invented a perfect name for him – Misha the Unifier. Do you like it?:D

                “I thought the russian proletarians developed highly sophisticated woodworking industry in the gulags – correct me if I am wrong …”

                Can’t say you evoke a wish to do anything with you, even if only to correct:D

  4. Voice of Reason

    Givi wrote: “ “Once again, Putin’s Russia has gone down to spectacular, humiliating failure in sports, this time at the World Ice Hockey Championships in Cologne, Germany. Tiny Czechoslovakia gave Russia a proper spanking.”

    Shame on you, Givi. Why are you gloating? Yes, you damn russkies won a silver medal, defeating 7 teams in a row, including Canada by a humiliating score of 5-2.

    But we, Americans, have done great too. We finished 13th! And look at the powerhouses that we Americans lost to: Finland, Germany and Denmark. I didn’t even know they knew how to play hockey in Denmark.

    And Canada has done even better, finishing in the amazing 7th place, just ahead of Denmark.

    But Russia was humiliated again, by finishing 2nd, losing in the final by a lopsided score of 2-1.

    LA RUSSOPHOBE RESPONDS:

    It’s sad and truly, genuinely pathetic that you can’t assess Russian achievements except by reference to the USA and Canada, that you can’t remember how, when issues like democracy arise, you scream to high heaven about how USA and Canada are “different countries” and can’t be compared to Russia. It makes you seem more like an ape than a human being.

    It’s sad and pathetic, too, that you can’t read your own comments. Russia’s string of victories against tiny states with bad teams meant THAT IT WAS EXPECTED TO TAKE GOLD. It didn’t. Therein lies the humiliation, you deluded, raving fool.

    Russia was denied the opportunity to repeat as world champion and redeem its horrific failure at the Olympics (NO MEDAL for EITHER MEN OR WOMEN) by a country less than one-tenth its size and a cold-war rival. That’s truly awesome humliation. And slither though you may, nothing you will say can change that.

    • This is a warning to some commenters who seem to have forgotten they are publishing statements on somebody else’s blog by privilege not right, and are acting like they own the place. They would be well advised to exercise some discretion, lest their privilege be lost. This blog has clearly published comment publication guidelines will will be enforced, as they always have been.

    • Voice of Reason

      Givi,

      If you don’t understand that winning 2nd place in the World is a humiliation but placing 13th is a victory – you are an ape!

  5. Putin Peace chronicle: “violence” expands.

    Three prison guards shot dead in Russia’s south
    http://in.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idINIndia-48711420100522

    Kabardino-Balkaria is near Russia’s turbulent regions of Chechnya, Ingushetia and Dagestan but the level of violence there has been has been comparatively low.

    Attacks against law-enforcement officers are frequent throughout the region, part of a surge in violence a decade after wars pitting government forces against Chechen separatists.

  6. Kyiv (AsiaNews) – Russia and Ukraine may no longer be at loggerheads over trade, energy or military bases, but Russian President Dmitry Medvedev’s first official visit to Kyiv (today and tomorrow) for the official inauguration of the new Ukrainian administration of President Victor Yanukovich has not started without controversy, especially among Ukrainian nationalists, because of the presence in the Russian delegation of Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov.

    In a recent interview, the Chechen leader, a close Kremlin ally, said, “Georgia, South Ossetia, Ukraine—all this will go on and on. This is a private disease in Russia. Why do we must always suffer if we can eliminate this problem? We are a great country; we have it all, military technology. We must attack.”

    Words aside, it is clear that the victory of pro-Russia Yanukovich is seen by many as a move towards Ukraine’s subordination to the Russian Federation. This is especially the case among Ukrainian nationalists and the country’s political opposition who are clearly irritated by the presence of a hawk like Kadyrov.

    http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Medvedev%E2%80%99s-visit-in-Kyiv-casts-a-Russian-%28and-Chechen%29-shadow-over-the-Ukraine-18431.html

  7. Regarding Obama: The more outrageous his actions the better. It would be much more difficult for us if he were more cunning.

    Instead his behavior seems to indicate a person divorced from reality. We are lucky.

  8. VOR: What you say about popularity is not true. The people of the world are extremely upset at US because of Obama the weakling.

    Besides popularity is not the point. Nipping wars in the bud before they start is in our national interest. Helping gangsters achieve their foreign policy objectives leads to war. Putin would not dare pull his BS if Bush were still around as his ass would be kicked into the middle of next week.

    • Voice of Reason

      What you say about popularity is not true. The people of the world are extremely upset at US because of Obama the weakling.

      Bull. Just read up how our own LR is bragging that USA’s popularity around the World has skyrocketted in the last year.

      Besides popularity is not the point. Nipping wars in the bud before they start is in our national interest. Helping gangsters achieve their foreign policy objectives leads to war.

      Well, Bush started the war we shouldn’t have fought – Iraq – but didn’t do what we need to do: bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities.

      Putin would not dare pull his BS if Bush were still around as his ass would be kicked into the middle of next week.

      What are you talking about? The only major controversial thing that Putin has done in the last couple of years was give a strong counter-attack on Georgia. And that happened in August 2008, when Bush was in power. In fact, many people feel that Bush and Rice misled Saakashvili into thinking that USA would give him military support, but when he attacked Ossetia and Russians retaliated, Bush hanged Saaka out to dry. All Bush did vis-a-vis Russia was talk and no action. I bet Obama will get more Russian concessions on Iran that Bush could.

  9. Ah you all crack me up with your anti-russian stuff.

    If Kim Zigfeld is so great why won’t she show her self. I challenge her to post a photo of herself on the web. If you are so courageous stand up and be counted, don’t hide behind the anonymity of “La Russophobe.” Unless of course Kim Zigfeld is not a real person but whoever happens to be on duty that day.

    • Says “Bob”

      How about you post your real name and photograph?

    • Oh, ищиб but she doesn’t want to become another martyr in the long row victims of Putin. The evil dictator can’t sleep until he gets our little duffer. Told me personally during the last briefing.

      So let’s leave the girl alone:D

    • Oh, Bob, but she doesn’t want to become another martyr in the long row victims of Putin. The evil dictator can’t sleep until he gets our little duffer. Told me personally during the last briefing.

      So let’s leave the girl alone:D

  10. We are not really anti-russian. We have interests in that part of the world such as the free flow of oil around the world and reducing Muslim attacks on us.

    Russia is under the control of gangsters and have a long history of siding with other foreign gangsters.

    As for US actions in Iraq you lefties always forget the 550 tons of yellowcake that Bush found and sold to Canada. The Iraq government got the money resulting from the sale.

    Bush just might have saved the world.

    • So, you claim that was a potential WMD?

      Is it ok for a democracy to sell, buy and trade at all the could-be WMDs?

      Your logics seem a bit twisted.

      And if we get back to a normal way of thinking, yellowcake is not a WMD, it’s a fuel. It is a substance physically and chemically different from U235.

      That is why Canada gladly bought the nuclear power station fuel you robbed Iraqis of. Just like it continues now with oil and gas.

      Catch a link, cowboy:

      http://www.factcheck.org/askfactcheck/was_it_recently_revealed_that_the_us.html

  11. “Andrew”

    I’m not a supposed journalist proclaiming from the rooftops how crap Russia is and Russians are just by the virtue of being born in that country. So I don’t think I am in the same position do you?

  12. LR – I was a bit puzzled by some references I saw to “little blue buckets.”

    As it turns out, apparently there is a protest going on in Russia. People hang little blue buckets from their cars, usually from their exhaust pipers, to protest the use of blue emergency lights by Russian officials to drive recklessly and violate rules of the road.

    Here is a link:

    http://globalvoicesonline.org/2010/04/19/russia-the-little-blue-buckets-protest/

  13. A further comment on Iraq:

    A successful, democratic Iraq is destabilizing the entire Muslim world. Once people get the idea that they can be free there is no stopping them. Islam is being hollowed out from inside.

    Bush spent his off hours reading dozens of books. He was and is deeply intelligent. Unfortunately he is not a penny pinching conservative. That was his only fault.

    In addition to his other accomplishments he set the left up for destruction. It is the ideas of people and what they believe that is important.

    The left is destroying themselves by their irrational hatred. Bush set them up and they took a big bite of the poison apple.

    • How then come Bush couldn’t pronounce the word “nuclear” and confused Austria with Australia, Slovakia with Slovenia, APEC with OPEC, etc.? I never forget how at one of meetings with Merkel, having journalist questions about Lebanon, Israel and Palestine, Bush answered with stupid Texas idiot jokes like “I hope I’ll have a privilege to slice a pig today evening”, as he was thinking about upcoming dinner rather than Lebanon. And you try to convince us he is deeply intelligent?

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