Daily Archives: July 22, 2010

July 26, 2010 — Contents

MONDAY JULY 26 CONTENTS

(1)  EDITORIAL:  Dima Medvedev, Crypto-Fascist

(2)  EDITORIAL:  The Russian Epitaph

(3)  In Russia, Prison as Torture

(4)  Russian Barbarism and Failure in Japan

(5)  CARTOON: Where do Russians Live?

EDITORIAL: Dima Medvedev, Crypto-Fascist

EDITORIAL

Dima Medvedev, Crypto-Fascist

Medvedev poured cold water on the hopes of private media outlets when he said: “It seems to me that it does not make sense to set the goal of moving away from government media because both [private and government-controlled media] exist everywhere in the world.”  In this sense, Medvedev departs from the more liberal stance of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. As president,  Putin never publicly spoke out so directly in support of state-controlled media.

— A report from the 10th Russian-German Petersburg Dialogue forum in Yekaterinburg on July 15

Dima Medvedev is, of course, a shameless idiot and liar.  Which explains this particular remark, we cannot say. Perhaps, both.

Did you think you would live to see the day when Medvedev would be called more fascist than Vladimir Putin?  We didn’t.

But perhaps it’s the case.

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EDITORIAL: The Russian Epitaph

EDITORIAL

The Russian Epitaph

Economist Mikhail Delyagin is convinced that the true goal of the ruling elite is to maintain the country’s backwardness and enrich their backbone of support — the bloated bureaucracy and siloviki. Economic development and modernization bring no benefit to the elite and their lackeys within the bureaucracy, all of whom have enriched themselves by seizing authority and property. After all, development requires a demonopolization of the country’s economic and political institutions. This necessarily means competition and the emergence of new independent forces, including a free media, that would demand transparency and that government officials answer to the people.

— As reported by Vladimir Ryzhkov from this year’s “Khodorkovsky Reading” conference in Moscow

Mr. Delyagin is only repeating what we’ve been saying here on this blog since the first days of its founding:  Vladimir Putin’s KGB regime doesn’t want the people of Russia rich, strong and healthy.  No, it wants them poor, weak and sick.  So much the easer to repress them!

You may say that’s a crazy and suicidal policy for a nation, and you’re right of course, but it’s also consistent. That’s the way Russia’s rulers have always seen the people they govern.

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In Russia, Prison as Torture

Remember how the Kremlin has just enacted a new law allowing the KGB to warn anyone who criticizes the Kremlin to stop, and if they don’t to jail them for up to two weeks without charges or trial?  Now read the following with redoubled horror.  Paul Goble reports:

Half of all inmates in Russian penal institutions, Russian officials say, but the Russian government currently spends only about a dollar a week on their medical care, a situation that means many who suffer from diseases like HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and syphilis will be released back into the civilian population uncured.

Nikolay Krivolapov, deputy head of the Federal Penal System, has said that 340,000 of those incarcerated in it, roughly half the total prison population, were ill. Of those, 67,000 have psychological problems, 55,000 are HIV positive, 40,000 suffer from tuberculosis, and 15,000 have syphilis.

The prison official added that the Russian government currently spends approximately 33,000 rubles (1100 US dollars) on each inmate, but of that “less than 2,000 rubles” (65 US dollars) is devoted to medical treatment of any kind. Consequently, many of the prisoners become more ill during their incarceration.

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Russian Barbarism and Failure in Japan

Once again, Russia has alienated and repulsed a potential friendly nation with its greed, aggression and barbarism. Yuriko Koike, former Japanese defense minister and national security adviser and a member of the opposition in Japan’s Diet, writing in the Moscow Times:

The recent smooth exchange of spies between Russia and the United States appears to demonstrate that the “reset” in relations between the two countries has worked. But Russia has so far done little to reset its relations with Japan. That is a lost opportunity, given Russia’s need to modernize its economy. In addition, it is a grave strategic error in view of the Kremlin’s increasing worries about China’s ambitions in Asia, which includes Russia’s lightly populated Siberian provinces.

In April, China’s navy carried out military exercises near Japan, conducting a live-fire exercise in the East China Sea off the coast of the Zhejiang province, including missile-interception training with new vessels. China’s objectives appear to have been to enhance its navy’s operational capacity, particularly in terms of jamming and electronic warfare, and to test its joint capabilities with the Chinese air force.

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CARTOON: Where do Russians live?

Translation: "My address is not a house or street . . . my address is the Evil Empire!"

Source:  Oleg Panfilov’s Facebook.