Russia sinks to a Pathetic new Low
Vladimir Putin’s neo-Soviet KGB state sank to a shocking new low last week when it turned to public advertisements on the Internet to locate an attorney to defend it from a burgeoning onslaught of lawsuits in the European Court for Human Rights, suits which Russia routinely loses at great financial and public relations cost.
Is Putin’s Russia really so absolutely incompetent, clueless, and friendless, that the only way it can find competent lawyers is by advertising for them as if it were any other helpless company adrift on the legal seas? Are there really no lawyers employed by the Kremlin itself who could be called upon to do battle in the courtrooms of Strasbourg?
It is that clueless, and there are no such persons. Russian “law schools” exist in name only, since the very definition of “law” is unheard of in Putin’s Russia. Russians simply have no idea whatsoever how to behave in a real Western courtroom where judges cannot be bribed and government edicts have no force.
So the Kremlin must go with its begging bowl to the world and implore competent lawyers to help. The job is made much more difficult, of course, by the fact that few civilized people would wish to defend Russia’s appalling, barbaric human rights record in places like Chechnya, no matter how much they might be paid to do so.
Apparently, it never occurs to the Kremlin to have a look at the outrageous misconduct that is giving rise to all the lawsuits. Instead, all the pathetic wretches in the Kremlin can think to do is try to cover them up by any means possible.
It’s steady work as our old friend commenter “Robert” recently pointed out:
Just yesterday the ECHR decided the case of Alapayeva v. Russia, from Chechnya, in the 170th ECHR case of Russian forced disappearance:
At about 3 a.m. on 27 December 2004 a group of about twelve armed men in camouflage uniforms broke into the house of the Alapayev family in the village of Sernovodsk. The servicemen started kicking and beating Salambek Alapayev and his elderly grandfather. After another 15 minutes, the servicemen dragged Salambek outside, put him in one of their cars and drove away. He has been missing since.
Other recent decisions offer only more of the same:
On the night of 16 December 2001 between 2 and 3 a.m. a number of armed men in camouflage uniforms burst into the houses of the Khutsayev and the Didayev families in the village of Gekhi. The servicemen beat several family members, searched the houses and seized all valuables. Upon leaving, they took Beslan and Movsar Khutsayev and Adam Didayev with them. None of the three men have been seen since.
At about 7 a.m. on 16 February 2003 a group of armed masked men arrived at the Dzhabrailov’s house in the settlement of Pervomayskiy. They broke into the house and apprehended Valid and Aslan Dzhabrailov. The brothers were taken to a detention center where they were severely ill-treated for two days. On 18 February 2003, Aslan was put in a military car where he discovered the dead body of Valid. The servicemen drove to an abandoned building where they dumped Valid’s body, shot Aslan in the head and put explosives under their bodies before leaving. Playing dead, Aslan managed to escape and return home.
At about 10 p.m. on 23 November 2002 Adam Khurayev, who was staying with his aunt in Urus-Martan, went outside to the outhouse in the yard. Shortly thereafter about fifteen armed masked men in camouflage uniforms broke into the house where they conducted a search. Before driving away in an APC and two UAZ cars the men shouted to someone in the yard. When the men had left, Adam’s relatives realized that he had disappeared.
On 16 May 2000 at about 7 p.m., Ramzan Suleymanov, his pregnant wife Petimat Aydamirova, their son Ibragim Suleymanov and their relative Aslanbek Aydamirov left the village of Gekhi to visit a sick relative. Their truck was later found burning outside Gekhi, Petimat’s body lying next to it. Russian military had approached the vehicle in an APC and opened heavy fire. Due to the curfew, local residents and administration could not examine the scene until next morning. At that point, the corpses had been removed. On 19 May 2000, the remains of Ramzan, Petimat, Ibragim and Aslanbek were found bearing signs of violent death.
That the events in these recent decisions occurred so many years ago is indicative of the gigantic backlog of Russian cases with which the ECHR is burdened. But the ape-like demons who patrol the Kremlin would rather continue heaping innocent bodies onto the pyre than to reform and become civilized.
Given that, we do not believe any number of lawyers, however talented, can save Russia from its ultimate downfall and oblivion.