EDITORIAL: In Putin’s Russia, Citizens most of all Fear the “Police”

EDITORIAL

In Putin’s Russia, Citizens most of all Fear the “Police”

Oleg Kozlovsky in Triumfalnaya Ploshchad

Here’s what happened to Oborona opposition faction leader Oleg Kozlovsky last week:

First, he was illegally arrested for doing nothing more than asserting his Constitutional right to peacefully assemble in Triumfalnaya Ploshchad in Moscow.

Then, he was illegally beaten while in police custody as he protested (peacefully) the illegality of his arrest.

Next, he was held illegally for nine hours in police custody (the law allows for only three).

Finally, he was indicted on the signature of a police officer who had nothing whatsoever to do with his arrest and therefore could not have been a party to it, and on a pre-printed form prepared by bureaucrats miles away.

In other words, in the space of just a few hours Oleg had his legal rights trampled upon by the Russian police who are supposed to protect those rights not once, not twice, not three times but four separate times. More than a hundred other activists were treated similarly by the Russian “police” and Oleg saw a reporter get his arm broken by these thugs for trying to cover and report on the their atrocities.

Meanwhile, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin was telling rock legend Yuri Shevchuk that Russia has “no future without democracy.”  And at the same time, he was pushing a new law through the Duma which would allow the FSB to assume policing duties and to lock up anyone who attempts to organize civic action for more than two weeks without charges or any right of resort to the courts — in other words, legalized torture.  And then for the coup de grace, Putin shut down all debate in the Duma over the police atrocities.

Russia is now through the looking glass.  It is a fully barbarous state run by a mafia of ignorant thugs who are no more hesitant to utter ridiculous falsehoods than were the rulers of the USSR.  Putin sounds not one bit different muttering platitudes about democracy than did the crusty old men of the Soviet Union, and the world is not fooled. It knows that actions speak louder than words, and when it seems Putin liquidating the rule of law and cracking skulls it cannot but remember the worst horrors of the Communist dictatorship.

Meanwhile, as we report below in today’s issue, U.S. President Barack Obama stands exposed. Obama has totally failed to stand up for the values of freedom and democracy and for the oppressed people of Russia, and has clearly transmitted the message to Russia’s dictator, just as Neville Chamberlain once did to Adolf Hitler, that the West will ignore Russia’s domestic crackdown as long as Russia does nothing to attack them.  This policy will only breed more and more aggression from Russia until Obama, just like Chamberlain before him, is forced to confront a rampaging, rabid Russian bear.

4 responses to “EDITORIAL: In Putin’s Russia, Citizens most of all Fear the “Police”

  1. “Meanwhile, as we report below in today’s issue, U.S. President Barack Obama stands exposed. Obama has totally failed to stand up for the values of freedom and democracy and for the oppressed people of Russia”

    Obama has to stand up first for the American people. What about the Nashvillians who lost everything in the flood? What about those on the Gulf coast who will lose everything in the oil spill. Obama knew the flood was bad in Nashville and he did nothing. Obama knew from day 1 that the oil spill was bad, but he waited a month before taking a limp noodle action.

    Obama supported the Iranian Government over the Iranian protesters because he thought it was the best path to dialogue. (Guess not).

    Obama criticized Israel over the Jihad Flotilla. Then he called for the end of the blockade.

    Now, you condemn Obama for not acting to protect human rights in Russia?

    There is a pattern here, don’t you think?

    By the way, where is Amnesty international and all those Close Gitmo jerk offs?

    • @By the way, where is Amnesty international and all those Close Gitmo jerk offs?

      AI Russia report 2009 (latest annual):

      http://www.amnesty.org/en/region/russia/report-2009

      The North Caucasus remained volatile and reports of human rights violations, including killings, enforced disappearances and torture, were frequent.

      Russian armed forces were reported to have indiscriminately attacked civilian housing during the armed conflict between Russia and Georgia. They also failed to protect the civilian population in territories under de facto Russian control from human rights abuses committed by South Ossetian forces and militia.

      The Law to Combat Extremism and legislation on libel and slander were used to stifle dissent and silence journalists and human rights activists. There were reports that criminal suspects were subjected to torture and other ill-treatment in order to extract confessions. Concerns continued about the failure to uphold fair trial standards.

      Government officials spoke out against racism, but racist attacks continued to be reported on an almost daily basis.

      The situation for those in Chechnya displaced by conflict remained insecure, as families were threatened with eviction from temporary accommodation.

      • Chechnya

        A number of mass graves were found in Chechnya. However, the federal authorities blocked the construction of a forensic laboratory, which could have helped uncover the fate of victims of enforced disappearance.

        In May, seven bodies were discovered in a mass grave on territory which had been under the control of the so-called “East” battalion of the Ministry of Defence.

        About a dozen enforced disappearances were reported in Chechnya in 2008.

        * Makhmadsalors (or Makhmudsalors) Masaev was detained by men wearing camouflage on 3 August in Grozny. A month earlier a newspaper had published his account of his previous unlawful detention in 2006, reportedly in Tsenteroi in an area under the control of Ramzan Kadyrov, then Chechen Prime Minister. Makhmadsalors Masaev had also filed a complaint against his detention at that time and it was feared that his enforced disappearance may have been aimed at preventing his complaint from proceeding. His fate and whereabouts remained unknown at the end of the year.

        In 2008 the European Court of Human Rights adopted judgments in more than 30 cases finding that the Russian authorities were in violation of the European Convention of Human Rights regarding the conduct of its forces in Chechnya or the failure to initiate prompt and effective investigations into enforced disappearances and deaths.

        “In a climate of growing intolerance towards independent views, several human rights defenders and supporters of opposition groups faced criminal charges…”

        * The European Court of Human Rights held the Russian authorities responsible for the presumed death of 15-year-old Aminat Dugayeva (Dugaeva) and her cousin, Kurbika Zinabdieyva (Zinabdieva), who have not been seen since they were taken from Kurbika Zinabdieyva’s home by Russian soldiers in May 2003. The Court also regretted that the Russian authorities had not disclosed documents relating to the investigation and stated that the treatment of the relatives during the investigation had been inhuman and degrading.

        Dozens of families of internally displaced people were threatened with eviction from temporary accommodation in Chechnya without being offered adequate alternative housing or compensation. There were also reports of families being evicted and their property destroyed because of alleged links with armed groups.

        (…)

        Armed conflict with Georgia

        Large-scale hostilities broke out in South Ossetia on the night of 7 August, resulting in a five-day war between Georgian and Russian forces in which over 600 people, more than half of them civilians, died. Russian forces rapidly pushed Georgian forces out of South Ossetia and further occupied areas of undisputed Georgian territory, referred to as the “buffer zone”, until early October. By the end of the year the Georgian authorities reported that up to 25,000 internally displaced [Georgian] people from South Ossetia were unable to return, and faced long-term displacement.

        Russian aerial and artillery attacks took place over 8 to 12 August. While most of the bombardments appeared to have targeted Georgian military positions outside of built-up areas, villages and towns were also hit amid reports that some attacks may have been indiscriminate, or directly targeted civilians and/or civilian infrastructure.

        Russian forces also reportedly failed to take adequate action when militia groups loyal to the de facto South Ossetian authorities carried out large-scale pillaging and arson of several Georgian-majority settlements in South Ossetia, and threatened and abused the residents there. These settlements were under Russian military control at the time. There was also evidence that Russian forces had used cluster bombs during the fighting.

        (…)

        Torture and other ill-treatment

        Torture and ill-treatment of detainees and prisoners were reported from throughout the Russian Federation. Methods detailed included beatings, electric shocks, suffocation with plastic bags and being forced to stay in painful positions for prolonged periods. There were also reports of rape in detention. Some detainees were denied necessary medical treatment.

        A number of ethnic Ingush men were reported to have been abducted in Moscow in early September. One of them stated that he was ill-treated while held for several days in a secret detention centre in the Moscow region run by the Ministry of Defence. An investigation was opened and was continuing at the end of the year.

        In September, a law allowing public scrutiny of places of detention by selected individuals came into force. However, monitoring had not started by the end of the year.

        Prisoners in several Russian prison colonies protested at their conditions of detention, which sometimes reportedly constituted inhuman or degrading treatment. Riots and hunger strikes were reported from several prison colonies in the Urals and the Volga Federal District. Prisoners complained about beatings and ill-treatment by prison officials and by other detainees and alleged that the prison authorities refused them access to medical treatment. According to reports, four prisoners died after being beaten during transfer from one prison colony to another in Cheliabinsk region. Criminal charges were brought against several prison officials in connection with the deaths and the case was continuing at the end of the year.

        (…)

        Discrimination – racism

        According to Russian human rights organizations, at least 87 people died in the course of the year as a result of racially-motivated attacks. Government officials acknowledged that this was a serious problem and called for harsh punishments for those convicted of such crimes. However, no comprehensive plan to combat racism and racial discrimination had been put in place by the end of the year.

        In July and August, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination examined Russia’s report under the UN Convention against Racism. In its concluding observations the Committee called on the Russian authorities to take appropriate action to tackle racially-motivated violence and racial discrimination by law enforcement officials.

        * In May, eight men were sentenced to between two years’ and life imprisonment for their involvement in an explosion in 2006 in a Moscow market frequented by foreign traders. The explosion left 14 people dead and dozens injured.

        * In December, seven young people, several of them under 18, were sentenced to six to 20 years in prison for the killing of 20 people of non-Slavic appearance. Several of the killings had been filmed and distributed by the group on the internet.

        Violence against women and girls

        Violence against women in the family was widespread. While some government officials acknowledged the problem in public statements, government support for crisis centres and hotlines was totally inadequate. There were fewer than 20 shelters across the country for women fleeing domestic violence. No measures under Russian law specifically addressed violence against women in the family.

  2. Don’t you love it that all russophile scum(кодла) have their mouths shut!!?? Hypocrites! Useful idiots!

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