June 28, 2010 — Contents

MONDAY JUNE 28 CONTENTS

(1)  EDITORIAL:  Khodorkovsky slashes Putin

(2)  EDITORIAL:  Russian Failure in Ossetia and Chechnya

(3)  EDITORIAL:  Russia as Laughingstock

(4)  EDITORIAL:  More Brutal Sports humiliation for Russia

(5)  More on the Failure of the Obama “Reset”

NOTE:  Russia’s so-called “president” Dima Medvedev has started Twittering.  You will probably not be surprised to learn that, as Oleg Kozlovsky points out, Medvedev’s very first tweet, which started out with a highly presidential “Hi everybody!” contained a typo:  He wrote the number “6” as the last letter of the word “my.”  Oleg notes that in Russian slang “6” means “underling.”  Freudian tweet?  A little while later he bleated:  “I just ate a hamburger.” Yum, yum.

14 responses to “June 28, 2010 — Contents

  1. Finally the mustachioed monster is gone from Gori, now we just need the Russians to get rid of the 200 or so monuments (including the 13 put up since Putin came to power…..) still standing in Russia.

    Stalin statue taken down in his Georgian hometown

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/europe/10412097.stm

    • voce della ragione

      Andrew wrote: “Finally the mustachioed monster is gone from Gori

      You still haven’t learned reading comprehension, Andrew. The statue is NOT gone from Gori. It remains in Gori:

      “The statue will be moved to a museum in Gori dedicated to Stalin, said the head of the city council, Zviad Khmaladze.”

      So, they are just moving this statue a few yards from the outdoors to the indoors.

      The statue stood right in front of the Stalin Museum in Gori, aging from the weather conditions. Now it will stand inside this very same Stalin Museum in Gori, protected from the elements.

      Good news for Stalin lovers! Now his statue in Gori will truly be immortal.

      • Now Voice of Retardation, ReTaRd, Arthur the child molester, or whatever name you want to go by, you truly are a little worm, wriggling in the arse of Russia.

        No surprises that you are (as usual) unable to congratulate the Georgians on removing Stalins statue from the square in Gori.

        I guess you missed the fact that the Gori museum will be changed to show the horrific crimes that Russia committed in Georgia, from the 18th to 21st centuries.

        Many of them committed by monsters of your particular strain of the Russian virus, such as Kaganovich, Yagoda, Berman, etc.

        Of course, Russians like yourself worship Stalin, so I can’t see you applauding the Georgians any time soon.

        BTW retard, the statue will be placed in the courtyard of the museum, still exposed to the elements.

        • By the way Voice of Retardation, the Stalin Museum in Gori was opened in Stalins time.

          Compare this with the veneration shown for Stalin by modern Russians who opened a new museum to the glorification of Stalin in Volgograd in 2006, and recently renovated a station in the Moscow metro to venerate Stalin with an ode.

          So, as we can see once again.

          Georgians are disgusted by Stalin, Russians worship him.

        • Alexander Galich

          Andrew // June 27, 2010 at 3:37 pm
          Many of them committed by monsters of your particular strain of the Russian virus, such as Kaganovich, Yagoda, Berman, etc.

          Who are these people and what “virus strain” are you talking about?

    • Where’d you get the 200 statues and 13 put up by Putin figure?

      • And now, half a century later, do the Russians still believe in his genius? There is no doubt that Stalin is back in vogue.

        More than a dozen new statues of Stalin have been erected in Russia in the recent past, in addition to the more than 200 that still existed in the country: in the Siberian diamond-mining town of Mirny, at High School No. 2 in Chelyabinsk in the Ural Mountains, and in the Siberian village of Kureika, where Stalin spent his exile under the czar.

        ‘Stalin Raised Us to Be Loyal’

        Once again, Moscow residents can read the phrase “Stalin raised us to be loyal to the nation” when they walk into the Kurskaya metro station in Moscow, where a frieze bearing the inscription has now been restored. And anyone who is interested can visit the website of notorious Stalin apologists or, in any bookstore, choose among dozens of works of lightweight Stalin literature, arranged next to the shelves of bestsellers, with titles like: “Stalin’s Great War,” “Stalin’s Terror: The Great Lie of the 20th Century” or the five-volume work “200 Legends About Stalin.”

        Volume 14 of Stalin’s “Collected Works,” which were no longer published after 1951, is now on the market again. There is even an 800-page book that contains all the information that was meticulously recorded in notebooks in Stalin’s outer office, such as the names of people who went in and out of the general secretary’s office, together with the exact times of their arrival and departure. A new schoolbook goes so far as to praise Stalin as an effective manager.

        http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,692971-2,00.html

  2. Anyone who honors Stalin deserves death by hard labor and starvation.

  3. Of course, now racist Russians (are there any other kind) are getting ready to introduce rules banning minorities from doing things like speaking languages other than Russian in public in Moscow, wearing items of national dress, eating certain foods, and performing national dances or playing national music.

    Given how vermin such as Voice Of Retardation complain that the rights of the Russian or Armenian minorities are “trampled” in places like the Baltic republics, or Ukraine, or Georgia, all of which have schools for ethnic minorities, I wonder if he will condemn this latest example of Russian racism and fascism?

    Somehow I doubt it, given that he is really just a Russian neo-nazi.

    MOSCOW — If you’re a foreigner and you really want to annoy Mikhail Solomentsev, you might want to don some of your country’s traditional clothing and head out to the balcony to grill some kebabs, preferably while babbling to yourself in your native tongue.

    These are just a few of the unspeakable acts that a new etiquette guide for foreigners — penned by Solomentsev, Moscow’s point man on national policy — solemnly advises visitors against if they want to fit in with the locals. Oh, and you might think twice about slaughtering sheep in the courtyard, too.

    This so-called Muscovite’s Code, soon to be introduced by city authorities, includes what Solomentsev calls the “unwritten rules that residents of our city are obliged to follow.” But activists like Svetlana Gannushkina from the Civic Assistance Committee say the initiative is little more than a fresh opportunity to crack down on migrants from the former Soviet republics.

    “Does this mean that if the French come, we’ll ban them from speaking French? No, of course not,” Gannushkina says. “The law is obviously not directed against the Germans or the French. It’s directed against our own former citizens. And that is simply racism. It’s hard to imagine that we would ever be banned from speaking Russian in some other city elsewhere.”

    Meanwhile, a lawmaker in Russia’s second city of St. Petersburg has now filed an official request with Governor Valentina Matviyenko to develop a parallel document for that city, highlighting the lure of such seemingly ethnocentric initiatives.

    ……..

    In a poll of more than 2,500 people, some 30 percent of respondents said it should be forbidden to speak any language other than Russian in a public place.

    That proposal in particular has raised hackles among foreign Moscow residents who argue the rainbow of languages overheard in Moscow is a large part of the city’s cosmopolitan allure.

    Michele Berdy, a columnist with the English-language “Moscow Times,” criticized the Muscovite’s Code in a recent piece, saying the proposal simply goes too far.

    “It gets really ridiculous when they talk about people speaking Russian and wearing national costumes as if everyone should be wearing a rabbit-fur hat and a quilted jacket,” she explains to RFE/RL. “I don’t think that people are really upset if they hear people speaking English or Tajik or Korean on the street.”

    ……….

    By extension, Berdy says, the unspoken rules of good behavior that bond many societies should apply not only to foreign newcomers — but to the locals as well.

    “If you concentrate on what all of these supposedly impolite, rude foreigners do, you forget the fact that, probably, a good percentage of native Russian Muscovites do the same or even worse,” Berdy says.

    http://www.rferl.org/content/Russia_Passions_Foreigners_Locals_Muscovites_Code/2083279.html

    • “If you concentrate on what all of these supposedly impolite, rude foreigners do, you forget the fact that, probably, a good percentage of native Russian Muscovites do the same or even worse,” Berdy says.

      Russian immigrants are despised for far worse behavior in every country they contaminate.

      Even in New Zealand I have seen Russian filth urinating and defecating in public parks, getting drunk on vodka and molesting passers by and children.

      Practice what you preach Russian hypocrites.

  4. Dmitry,

    What did Medvedev give Steve Jobs in return for the iPhone?

    Looking for a good punchline here people!

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