September 3, 2010 — Contents

Former first deputy prime minister of the Russian Federation Boris Nemtsov under arrest in Moscow on August 31 for the crime of distributing his book, critical of the Putin regime, in public


(1)  EDITORIAL:  Putin Drowns in his own Sewage

(2)  EDITORIAL:  Another Day, Another Nemtsov Arrest

(3)  Putin openly Threatens Peaceful Protesters with Violence

(4)  Amsterdam interviews Ponomarev

(5)  The Collapse of the “Russian NATO”

(6)  CARTOON:  Putin doesn’t need Eyes

NOTE:  LR’s translation of the third Nemtsov white paper is being cited by the mainstream media, for instance the Christian Science Monitor, as world newswires burn the the latest arrest of the former first deputy prime minister.


6 responses to “September 3, 2010 — Contents

  1. The memorial is planned to last until September 3, when a delegation is expected to come from the European Parliament.

    A statement published Wednesday from Voice of Beslan issued the latest of many demands for an objective investigation of how the Russian authorities dealt with the hostage crisis. On the third day of the siege, federal security forces controversially used tanks and flamethrowers to raid the school. In the end, at least 334 of the more than 1100 hostages died in the operation, among them 186 children. “We feel that the use of heavy machinery during the raid was a war crime,” said Kesaeva.

    The organization believes that the way in which the Russian authorities dealt with the siege violated the articles of the European Convention on Human Rights that guarantees the right to life and freedom from torture.

    In an open letter to Russian President Dmitri Medvedev published on the organization’s website on Wednesday, parents of children killed in the raid asked the head of state to remember “the wounds of the Beslan tragedy.” For more than two years, they said, the president has ignored parents’ requests to hold an objective investigation, forcing them to look to other avenues for help.

    “For six years, the official agencies have demonstrated their unwillingness to hold an objective investigation,” reads the letter, “so we are forced to appeal to competent international associations to carry out an objective investigation.”

    The Beslan hostage crisis became the basis for a variety of measures to consolidate power within the Russian federal government. Under President Vladimir Putin, law enforcement agencies were given a broader range of authority, and the direct election of the heads of federal regions was abolished; these leaders are now nominated by the president and voted on by local legislatures. Critics argue that the government took advantage of the tragedy to pull through these and other similar measures, which they say are detrimental for democracy in the country.

  2. Mystery over Russian general found dead on Turkish beach

    A mysterious accident in which one of Russia’s most powerful spies was found dead on a Turkish beach has provoked speculation that the deputy head of the country’s foreign military intelligence service had been murdered.

    The badly decomposed body of Yuri Ivanov washed up last month on the shore of the Mediterranean, and was discovered by Turkish villagers in the province of Hatay, Turkish newspapers reported today. Reports suggest that he was quietly buried in Moscow over the weekend.

    Ivanov was the second in command at Russia’s foreign military intelligence unit, the GRU. The general had last been deployed to review military installations in Syria, amid Kremlin attempts to reassert its influence in the Middle East, reports suggested.

    Major General Ivanov’s body was found on 16 August but was only identified last week. Russia’s Red Star newspaper confirmed his death on Saturday in a brief obituary. Russia’s defence ministry declined to comment further.

    Today, however, the Russian media questioned the official version of his death – that he had died while going for a swim – and pointed out that, as a top-ranking spy, he would have been accompanied everywhere by bodyguards.

    The news portal Svobodnaya Pressa also pointed out that Ivanov was the second top GRU agent to die in unexplained circumstances. Another senior agent, Yuri Gusev, was killed in 1992 in a “car accident”. His fellow officers later established that he had been murdered, the paper said, adding: “Spies of that rank are well protected. As a rule, they don’t die by chance.”

    After finding the body, Turkey’s foreign ministry approached neighbouring countries for further information, with Damascus reporting that Ivanov had gone missing while on assignment in Syria.

    The general was last seen visiting the building site for a new Russian military base in the Syrian coastal city of Tartus, which is being expanded as a base for Russia’s Black Sea fleet.

    After his visit, he left for a meeting with Syrian intelligence agents. He then went missing, the Turkish newspaper Vatan reported today.

    GRU is the country’s main military intelligence and reconnaissance agency, and reports directly to the general staff of Russia’s armed forces. The directorate is much bigger than the KGB – which was broken up after the collapse of communism into two agencies: the foreign intelligence service, the SVR, and its domestic equivalent, the FSB.

    Historically, Russia’s intelligence agencies have often been fierce rivals.

    The Kremlin assigned Ivanov to lead its war against Chechen separatists in 2000, and he allegedly masterminded a series of assassination attacks, which the Russian secret service carried out on Chechens living abroad. In 2004, two GRU agents killed the Chechen separatist leader Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev, blowing up his SUV in Qatar.

    The Qatar authorities swiftly arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment two Russian GRU spies who were said in court to have been acting under direct orders from the Russian leadership. The pair were extradited back to Russia in 2005 to serve out their sentences on home soil. Both then promptly disappeared.

  3. Russia’s leaders are worried that recent price rises for staples such as flour, buckwheat, pasta and meat following the worst drought in at least a century could undermine the Kremlin’s support ahead of the 2012 presidential election.

    “People are buying up this buckwheat from big retailers in the evenings, using sacks to fill up their trucks, and then selling it in small shops and markets,” Medvedev said.
    “Those who are involved in hiking up prices, those involved in earning unjustified profits, should be dealt with by prosecutors, by the police, by the anti-monopoly and tariff services,” he added.

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    PS What a joke! The kremlin is the only monopoly in russia and putin caused the fires that made russia burn like hell, but the anti-m0nopoly KGB will say that the small entrepreneurs are “enemies of the people” and are to blame?

  4. Rumor’s are that horizontal drilling into shale bearing rock
    has reached 10 km. Spot NG price is now below cost of
    production in USA. Sorry Russia.

    Shale gas hype steadily falls behind reality. Everybody has
    huge amounts of low cost, clean energy.

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