July 21, 2010 — Contents


(1)  EDITORIAL:  The Estemirova Fraud

(2)  TRANSLATION:  Nemtsov Volume III, Final Installment

(3)  Essel on Hypcrossiya

(4)  EDITORIAL:  Russia, Melting

(5) PHOTO:  So that’s how he Does it!

NOTE:  Today we complete the publication of the third Nemtsov white paper on the Putin economy, via the marvelous efforts of linguistic expert Dave Essel.   We’ve put the full white paper online as a PDF, and will have it online as HTML in our next issue.

NOTE:  LR publisher and founder Kim Zigfeld’s latest installment of her Russia column on the mighty Pajamas Media mega blog is up and running, exposing the total collapse of the Obama administration’s policy towards Russia.

NOTE:  More sensational athletic humiliation for Russia, this time on the basketball court.

22 responses to “July 21, 2010 — Contents

  1. Let us all rejoice in the great performance of Russian cyclists from the CIS republics in the Tour de France. Just yesterday, Aleksandr Vinokurov from Petropavlovsk, competing for Team Astana, won stage 13 yesterday in a heroic fashion:


    Tour de France 2010: stage 13 – as it happened!

    Alexandre Vinokourov broke clear with 7km remaining and stormed to a fantastic solo victory in Revel

    4.16pm: HTC had no answer to Astana’s Vinokourov. He blitzed the field with 7km to go and looked strong all the way to the finish.

    Today, Denis Menshov, competing for Rabobank, took 2nd place in stage 14:


    Denis Menchov and Samuel Sanchez snatch time during Tour de France’s Stage 14

    Menchov is currently in 4th place in the overall standings, while Vinokurov is in 11th. Both are on the attack and are likely to move up. Americans can rejoice too: the best American – Levi Leipheimer – is in 7th place, and the second best American – Christopher Horner – is in 23rd place, just 6 minutes behind Vinokurov and only 10 minutes behind Menshov. Go USA!

    • Vinokurov rides for KAZAKHSTAN, you ridiculously stupid ape.

      It’s sad that the only Russian achievement you can take pride in is a single stage in the TDF by A PERSON WHO IS NOT EVEN RUSSIAN.

      Just pathetic. It’s about the race, idiot, not the stages. When will Russia match America’s Lance Armstrong? NEVER!

      Gosh, you’re an idiot.

      • Lance Armstrong is in 38th place. He was great, but this is his one of his last competitions. Let’s all hope that some day an American will win the Tour again. But until then let’s all root for Menshov, who has a real chance.

        • Chance to become the next Armstrong? Dream on, doofus.

          Chance to win the TDF? Based on what absurd logic did you come up with THAT? Perhaps it would be better to wait for the final results before you take credit for them.

          Meanwhile, you simply IGNORE the facts we cited in this post and try to change the subject.

    • Остап Бендер

      larussophobe wrote: “Chance to become the next Armstrong? Dream on, doofus.”

      I doubt if Menchov has a chance of being as much of a cheat and a fake as Armstrong. Haven’t you seen the ABC Nightline tonight:


      Exclusive: Floyd Landis on Lance Armstrong

      Floyd Landis was racing his bike in a simple T-shirt . It was the decision to come clean about his own doping and make sweeping accusations against others, including one of the biggest names in all of sport, Lance Armstrong.

      We asked Landis: You’re saying Lance Armstrong is a fraud?

      “Well, it depends on what your definition of fraud is,” Landis said. “I mean it — look — if he didn’t win the Tour, someone else that was doped would have won the Tour. In every single one of those Tours.”

      In the sporting world, the Landis allegations, printed but never before broadcast, have been a bombshell of unprecedented proportions… Landis, Armstrong’s former teammate, painted a much less glamorous picture of cycling’s greatest.

      Over the course of a 90-minute interview, Landis described in detail for “Nightline” how he says he and fellow cyclists — his former friends — doped during the Tour de France.

      The same federal agents who took on steroid use in baseball are now probing Landis’ claims in a very big way, issuing subpoenas to riders and team sponsors and reportedly going after Armstrong and his former U.S. Postal Service cycling team.

      Alleged Blood Transfusions

      Landis told us he first started using perforance-enhancing drugs when he joined the U.S. Postal Service team, led by Armstrong.

      “Lance Armstrong handed me some testosterone patches,” Landis said. “It’s just a little patch that you put on your skin. It’s not like it’s a– I mean, a blood transfusion is a bit more dramatic. It’s a large needle. And it’s blood. But a patch that delivers testosterone? A trans-dermal patch? Not anything dramatic.”

      Nightline: Did you see Lance Armstrong receiving transfusions?

      Landis: Yes.

      Nightline: More than one?

      Landis: Yes, multiple times.

      Landis says Armstrong — his former teammate and friend — transfused his own blood, a banned practice that gives endurance athletes an advantage by increasing their red blood cell count and, therefore, their endurance. Lance Armstrong and his lawyer both have categorically denied that he has ever cheated.

      Nightline: You’re saying Lance Armstrong is a liar.

      Landis: Yes, I suppose, if that’s the question, yes.

      Here is more from that Nightline segment:

      Nightline: The blood between Landis and Armstrong wasn’t always so bad. Landis was once a trusted training partner to Armstrong, his faithful leutenant… Armstrong himself was a Landis supporter… In his book “Positively False” Armstrong wrote that Landis was clean.


      Actually, at the last Olympic Games Russians were proved to have been the very worst cheater of all nations present.


      Your lies are really quite silly and neo-Soviet in character.

      And thanks for admitting that no Russian would win the TDF. They didn’t. Not even a top-three finish.

      Much less did any Russian even dream of repeat wins like Armstrong, the greatest biker in the history of the world. Russia has never produced one such figure in any of the leading athletic contests in world history.

  2. More Russian barbarism:

    Parasailing donkey stunt sparks police inquiry

    Police in southern Russia are investigating allegations of animal cruelty after a donkey was made to parasail as part of an advertising stunt, Russian media report.

    The donkey was sent up into the sky last week by entrepreneurs hoping to attract people to their private beach.

    Witnesses near the beach on the Sea of Azov in the Krasnodar region said the animal had been screaming in fear.

    It landed in the water and was pulled onto the shore, said police.

    “The donkey screamed and children cried,” regional police spokeswoman Larisa Tuchkova told the AFP news agency.

    “No-one had the brains to call police.”

    Instead, bystanders took photos and phoned newspapers, she said.

    “It was put up so high into the sky that the children on the beach cried and asked their parents: ‘Why did they tie a doggy to a parachute?'” Taman newspaper reported last week.

    “The donkey landed in an atrocious manner: it was dragged several metres along the water, after which the animal was pulled out half-alive onto the shore,” the paper reported.

    Police began to investigate after the incident, which occurred at the coastal village of Golubitskaya, was aired on national news on Tuesday.

    The businessmen responsible may face criminal charges for animal cruelty, according to news agency RIA-Novosti.

    The stunt was condemned by the Brooke equine welfare charity, whose president is the Duchess of Cornwall.

    “The Brooke is appalled at the cruel and irresponsible behaviour of the people behind this ‘advertising’ campaign,” said Kimberly Wells, an equine welfare advisor.

    “There was clearly no thought for this animal’s welfare before they strapped it into a parachute, sending it catapulting into the sky.

    “This animal would have been extremely distressed, suffering immeasurable fear and pain. This should never have happened.”


    • I can find you plenty of examples of barbarism from all other parts of the Earth.

      • But this blog is not about any other places on Earth. Surely, there is a lot of cruelty, including to animals, everywhere. Does that fact excuse Russian barbarity?

        • Well, if animal cruelty is commonplace everywhere in the World, why would a small example of such cruelty be of i9nterest to an American blog like La Russophobe?

          I can understand why Russian bloggers and readers would want to write and read about animal cruelty in their own country. But why would you, RV, be so starved for reading about cruelty to a donkey in far-far-away Russia?

          What sense of inferiority or vindictiveness drives you? Why do you need to read that things in Russia are no better than in your own country? What physical or mental disability has ruined your life, RV?

          • Ozzy Bender?

            Strange that you should use an Australian expression, which means to go out and get drunk.

            Say no more, this explains clearly the irrelevance of your reply to RV’s intelligent comment.

          • I didn’t post anything about animal cruelty here, but merely commented on someone else’s post? What’s your problem?

          • Looks like Ostap Bender/Phobodunce/Arthur the child molester/ReTaRd/Michael Tal/Voice of Retardation has go himself a new moniker….

            • Wow, Andrew, you are very smart. Your mommy must be very proud of your progress.

              • Pity we cant say the same for you ReTaRd.

                Of course, your intimate relations with your mother stop her from criticizing you too much, outside your bedroom anyway…..

  3. Andrew wrote: “Police in southern Russia are investigating allegations of animal cruelty after a donkey was made to parasail as part of an advertising stunt, Russian media report.

    So, now you are bragging about the great vacation that you took in southern Russia, Andrew? How convenient for you that southern Russia is right next to your Georgia.

    Was this your very first time parasailing?

    “This animal would have been extremely distressed, suffering immeasurable fear and pain.”

    Is that true? Did you hate it as much as they say you did, Andrew?

    • Hi ReTaRd, why the new name?

      Worried the FBI have found out about your treason?

      • Hi Andrew,

        Just in case the FBI is slow off the mark with our ‘mutual and extremely thick fiend’, why don’t we start a petition about his treason and then mail it to them?

        Who knows we may be doing mankind a good turn by getting him deported/booted out of the States, back into his beloved Putinist Russia.

        By the way I’ve heard on the ‘grapevine’ that there in fact are 12 Russian spies, but that only 11 of them were caught. Hmm, I wonder who this 12th traitor could be??

  4. On July 15, Moskovsky Komsomolets published a revealing report about a bitter conflict between the Russian interior ministry troops stationed in Chechnya and the Chechen Sever (“North”) battalion. Russian interior ministry sources told the newspaper that on February 4, 2010 during an operation against a group of insurgents near the settlements of Alkhazurovo and Dachu-Borzoi, members of the Sever battalion fired on Russian troops. The sources also alleged that supposedly pro-Moscow Chechen Sever battalion had warned the insurgents about the arrival of Russian troops and allowed the insurgents to take away the bodies of slain comrades following the armed clash (www.mk.ru, July 15).

    One of the survivors of the operation elaborated in an interview with Moskovsky Komsomolets that shortly before the armed incident, the Sever battalion had clashed with a Russian unit that was known by the number 29, which was stationed at the Khankala military base outside Grozny and took part in the special operation against the rebels. The Chechens reportedly rebuked the servicemen from unit 29, who came from Bashkortostan, a Muslim region on the Volga River, for killing their own Muslim brethren in Chechnya. The source decried the inability of Russian troops to hunt the insurgents on their own, because they had to be accompanied by a local Chechen unit and threatened there would be a reckoning with the Chechen host.

    The Chechen battalions Sever (“North”) and Yug (“South”) were set up in Chechnya in the summer of 2006. Their combined manpower was initially 1,200, but eventually grew to approximately 2,000. Both units are formally part of the Russian interior ministry’s troops, but the bulk of their servicemen was formerly on the rebels’ side and fought the Russian army (www.kavkaz-uzel.ru, July 15).

    • There are several indicators that the Moskovsky Komsomolets report may have been designed as part of a Moscow plan to press Ramzan Kadyrov into a meeker position in order to restrain him. The newspaper’s anonymous interviewee noted that the incident in February was not the first of its kind. So it is not immediately clear why the Russian troops in Chechnya had tolerated such incidents prior to the latest one. The Sever battalion is manned by former rebels and is headed by Alibek Delimkhanov, the younger brother of Adam Delimkhanov, whom Kadyrov once said he would like to see as his successor. Furthermore, Moskovsky Komsomolets is widely known for providing officially approved leaks.

      The space for Kadyrov’s political maneuvering is fairly limited. He must have understood by now that the more thoroughly he eliminates the insurgency in Chechnya the easier and less costly it will be for Moscow to replace him. This might tempt him into continuing the fight with the insurgents in Chechnya for as long as possible. The strategy of scaring Moscow with the possibility of local violence has worked in other, far quieter republics of the North Caucasus, where the local leaders used it to enhance their positions in their talks with Moscow, so it is bound to work in Chechnya.

      In an interview for the Kavkazsky Uzel (Caucasian Knot) website, Lord Frank Judd, the long time rapporteur on the events in Chechnya for European political structures, called on the Russian authorities to end the information blockade of Chechnya and start a political dialogue in order to achieve a lasting peace in the republic and throughout the North Caucasus (www.kavkaz-uzel.ru, July 15). However, in light of the latest events in Chechnya, it is more plausible to expect that Chechnya in the near future will display the more complicated picture of Moscow, Kadyrov and the insurgency trying to use and outmaneuver each other.

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