EDITORIAL: In Russia’s Tuapse, a Rising


In Tuapse, a Rising

Maybe, just maybe, when the story of the demise of Vladimir Putin and Dmitri Medvedev is written, the story will begin:  “It all started in Tuapse.”

This utterly charming hamlet by the sea (if you’ve not been, you should) rose defiantly to spit in the eye of Putin and Medvedev once again last week.  After the jump, photographs from the scene tell the tale better than any words could do.

More than two thousand brave Russian citizens poured into the streets, heedless of the Kremlin’s threats and its jackbooted thugs called “policeman” and demanded that their government stop killing them, slowing poisoning their environment with toxic chemicals as if their lives did not matter.

One protester declared:  “We address those troublemakers and environmental racketeers and those who sponsor them: Stop causing a nightmare for our terminal!  Think about where your children and grandchildren will work, and whether life be sufficient for all of us”

We can’t help but wonder:  How long before the same happens in Sochi?

In Sochi, not only must residents fear the loss of their lives, but also their homes.  In order to prepare for the Winter 2014 Olympiad, the Kremlin is running roughshod over both property rights and environmental  protection, laying waste to whole swaths of the Caucasus region and wasting billions of dollars in the process.

Indeed, environmental contamination is a life-threatening emergency all across Russia, as the “pollution” category in our sidebar makes clear.  From nuclear radiation to toxic chemicals to heavy metals, Russia is rife with neo-Soviet contamination about which the government does nothing, because individual human lives mean nothing in Russia. Ordinary citizens are supposed to sacrifice themselves to the state on command.

But not all Russians are willing to sit still for it, to allow their children to be born into such a hellish nightmare.  And the people of Tuapse are leading the charge. We applaud them!

Our issue today documents backlash against the Putin regime across all segments of Russian society.  We document academics, artists, military leaders and government officials pointing to a whole host of failed policies, an significant and growing fury against that failure by segments of the population. No wonder Putin has just passed a new law allowing his secret police to threaten protesters and make preemptive arrests!  His government is coming undone at the seams.

The Kremlin shut down the opposition website in Tuapse, but the protesters still came out in waves.  It threatened them with violence, and those threats were ignored. It accused them of treachery, not loving their country, but the protesters knew it was those speaking who truly loved Russia, those asking for silence who were the traitors.

Look at them! The glorious Russian patriots! Hear them roar!

8 responses to “EDITORIAL: In Russia’s Tuapse, a Rising

  1. Taupse = “… utterly charming hamlet by the sea”


    I’ve been there… a bunch of times and it’s most definitely NOT “charming.”

    Taupse is an small industrial seaport. Perhaps, you were thinking of Olginka (Orbita and Gamma) or Costa Rusa just up the road?

    By the way, this issue has zero to do with federal politics and everything to do with local folks voicing their displeasure at some knuckleheads at Eurochem for dumping fertilizers into the water.

    Perhaps if you guys actually lived here you wouldn’t be so surprised to learn that Russians are constantly speaking their minds and voicing their opinions. Whether the authorities hear them is another question.

    Good for the people of Taupse…. even if their town isn’t so charming.

    • You didn’t even spell it right, cretin. So much for your “expertise” on Tuapse.

      Oh and, that’s nice — we give Russia a compliment and a boorish Russophile slob spits on it. Thanks for showing the world the true colors of the Putin fanatics! Your constructive encouraging of non-Russian appreciation of Russia is really exemplary!

      We were thinking of this:

      The downtown area of Tuapse is utterly charming with rolling hills and lush vegetation, far more “Russian” in every way than a place like Sochi and a far better place to vacation.

      And we were referring to the people as much as the surroundings, doofus.

      Meanwhile, if you think the Putin regime supports these protesters, where is your evidence? In fact, where is your contribution of ANY added value about this story. Nowhere to be seen. Because you’re a lazy, lying idiot.

      Phew. With “friends” like you Russia needs no enemies.

  2. Soccer Fanatic

    I’m on Russia’s side on a lot of issues because I think laRussophobe’s views are too right wing/extreme, but I definitely agree here. Timmy – you’re a rube.

  3. Timmy, you are an idiot! Only moron would deny that Tuapse is a charming little hamlet. An unspoiled idyllic rural paradise, the kind that top BP executives can only dream of. Read and weep, cretin:


    Tuapse is a town in Krasnodar Krai, Russia. Population: 64,238. The Soviets developed Tuapse as an oil terminal and depot. An oil pipeline from Grozny and Maikop was in operation by 1928. An oil refinery dates from the same period.


    Tuapse Oil Refinery

    Tuapse refinery in the Krasnodar region has been part of Rosneft since the Company’s establishment, and is the oldest Rosneft’s refinery (commissioned in 1929). The plant has the most favorable location among Rosneft’s refineries, and is also the only Russian refinery on the Black Sea coast. The plant’s crude distillation capacity amounts to 5.0 mln tonnes (36.6 mln barrels) per year. The refinery processes crude oil from Western Siberia, which is delivered via the Transneft pipeline system, as well as crude oil produced by Rosneft in Southern Russia and delivered via the Transneft pipeline system and by rail. The plant specializes in the production of motor fuel.

  4. You guys are both morons.

    A hamlet is usually a rural settlement which is too small to be considered a village […] Historically, when a hamlet became large enough to justify building a church, it was then classified as a village.

    Tuapse: Population (2009) 63,289 inhabitants.

    Say, Geneva, the second-most-populous city in Switzerland: Population (2009) 187,697.

    Is Geneva too a big hamlet, morons?:)

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