Russia and its Outrageous Assault on Journalism

Reuters reports:

Armed and masked police raided the opposition New Times magazine on Thursday, pressing journalists to hand over interview recordings used in reports on alleged abuse of authority by the OMON riot police.

A handful of police entered the magazine’s Moscow office seeking recordings of interviews and other material used in a February report that cited police sources as saying OMON officers are permitted to commit abuses when breaking up protests.

“We suggest you voluntarily — voluntarily — give us the recordings of the interview with the current and former OMON staff,” the officer in charge of the raid told New Times editor Yevgenia Albats in the presence of a Reuters reporter.

The raid was part of a defamation investigation by law enforcement authorities into current and former officers whom the magazine interviewed for its report, Albats said.

“If you refuse to do this, we will put this in writing,” the officer, Colonel Stanislav Pashkovsky, said before lighting up a cigarette in the magazine’s office, which was decorated with a large poster critical of the government.

Albats, a vocal Kremlin critic, refused to hand over the recordings, citing legislation protecting journalists’ sources.

“One of the sources gave his name, and the second source … gave us an interview on terms of confidentiality and repeated several times he did not want to give his name because it would put his life in danger,” she said in an interview.

Albats later said she did hand over a 43-page interview transcript but refused to divulge the names of any confidential sources or provide any material, such as audio or video recordings, that could help police identify any source.

She said the law prohibits media from disclosing confidential sources unless there is a court order and the case in question has come to trial.

The case initiated in connection with the magazine’s report is still being investigated and has not come to trial.

Police searched the magazine’s premises in April, an action condemned by media rights group Reporters Without Borders, which said it was illegal under the circumstances.

11 responses to “Russia and its Outrageous Assault on Journalism

  1. LOL

    Even fake Russian engineers can project superb Sukhoi jets, while the whole US aerospace complex with real US diplomas can not make a single working space rocket:D

  2. Sukhoi jets are not superb at all.

    The Indians are very unhappy with their Russian produced junk, and all european countries have junked their ageing migs and sukhois in favour of US and Swedish designs.

    I don’t recall the Soviet space shuttle ever flying successfully, do you Dima?

    • Andrew, those world-famous Georgian engineers with their hard-earned diplomas make better jets, right? Thousands of them jets:))) Then come the perfect Georgian power plants, cars, railroads, TV sets, and all other Georgian things:))))

      As to Sukhoi, http: //,

      It looks like the Russian engineers with fake diplomas make better planes, complared to the 5th generation USian fighter jets?

      Perhaps the US should finally try fake diplomas?:)))

      • Are you trying to say that there is nothing wrong with the corrupt practice of obtaining and using counterfeit diplomas?

        • No, just that something is wrong with the US real diplomas…

          • Yes, yes, remember to call from Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus or Neptune with your fake diplomas… Oops, only the Americans can do that. Sorry.

            • Asephe, I really think you need to turn in those American guys who called you from Jupiter and Uranus to the nearest psychiatrist clinic. They will provide all the help necessary.

      • Interesting to note that the SU-27 has never been tested in real air to air combat.

        Meanwhile the USAF F-15 has a record of destroying over 100 soviet & Russian made aircraft for no, and I repeat no, losses whatsoever.

        Of course, the dismal performance of the Russian Air Forces in the Georgia war, including those “”brave” Russian pilots refusing to fly on the last day of the operation due to Georgian SAM’s bagging at least 12 of the 59 aircraft the Russians were using to do things like bomb Tshkinvali back to the stone age (which the lying Russian vermin then balmed on the Georgians of course) while it was held by the Georgians for three days, strafe up civilian traffic on the Gori-Tbilisi highway, and bombing such important military targets such as cement works and furniture factories in Gori, shows that even (or should that be especially) when used by Russians their equipment has poor real world combat performance.

        By the way Dmitry, when the SU-30’s of the Indian Air Force went to red flag in Nevada they got thrashed by USAF F-15C’s which are around 20 to 25 years older than the Sukhois used by the Indians, and the Indians are far more professional pilots than Russians one might add.

        From the IAF website a transcript of a Red Flag briefing where the USAF describes how they did not find the Sukhoi too hard to deal with at all.

        How did they Fly? There is a lot of stuff on the subject in the newspapers and magazines about this airplane. There’s a great video on youtube, where somebody shows the F-22 flying its demo, and the Su-30MK, side by side, and he does the exact same demonstration, as the F-22. And an airshow, then can do the same demonstration. The reality is, that’s about as close as the airplanes ever get. When you compare it with US airplanes; where does it stand up against the F-16 and F-15, it’s a tad bit better than we are. And that’s pretty impressive, it has better radar, more thrust, vectored thrust, longer ranged weapons, so it’s pretty impressive. The Sukhoi is a tad bit better (holds arm at chest level, and the other arm signifying the Sukhoi a wee bit higher). But now compare with the F-22 Raptor, the raptor is here. (holds palm way above his head – signifying that the aircraft is much better). OK, next.

        Now coming to the maneuvering. We did a lot of 1 to 1 fighting with it…. and we were very concerned, because in Cope Indias when we went over to India and fought them, they always had their best pilots. We always fought them at the ‘Indian Nellis’ and they always had their best pilots flying. We always had our operational unit based out of Kadena where the experience ratio is 80% inexperienced guys with less than 500hrs flying time and 20% experienced. The 20% were fairly experienced but they came back from a staff jobs so they really hadn’t had a lot of time flying. Anyway at Cope India, we held our own, but the Indians pounded their chests – they said we beat them more than they beat us – and that was true there.

        Now they come to Mountain Home, and the Su-30 unit that they bring was a regular operational unit – with an experience mix of about 50-50 (experienced vs inexperienced). Their experienced guys had all come off the MiG-21 Bison.. The MiG-21 bison is a pretty neat airplane. It is based on the MiG-21 as many of you guys know from the Vietnam (War) era, but upgraded with an F-16 radar built by the Israelis in the nose, active radar missile, and they carry an Israeli jammer on it would practically make them invisible to our legacy radar in the F-15 and F-16.

        Remember days in 4477th (4477 Test and Evaluation Squadron)… MiG-21 had the capability to get into the scissors with you, 110 knots, 60 degrees nose high, go from 10,000 feet to 20,000 feet, very manoeuvrable airplane, but it didn’t have any good weapons. Now it has high off bore sight Archer missile, helmet mounted sight, active missile, and a jammer that gets it into the merge, good radar, so that’s the plane the SU-30 experienced pilots came out of and they were pretty good in the engaged fight.

        Well we get them to Mountain Home and we let the operational guys fight… and then a couple of things happened. Amazingly, we dominated – not with a clean F-15 i.e. Without any wingtanks and other stores, but we dominated with an F-15 in wartime configuration i.e. 4 missiles onboard, wingtanks, and they’re sitting there in clean Su-30s except for pylons which did not have anything on it except a ACMI pod. They were amazed, matter of fact they were floored to the point after the first 3 days, they didn’t want any more 1 vs 1 stuff. Lets move on the something else (laughs). Funny ’cause in India, they wanted only 1 to 1 – cause they were winning at that.

        A quick word on the airplane. Vectored thrust. The Raptor has vectored thrust, but its two dimensional and works only in the pitch mode. When the airplane pulls, and it gets past a certain AoA (Angle of Attack), the vectored thrust kicks in and drives the airplane around. In the Su-30, instead of having it in the pitch, it has TVC in a V. It doesnt have to be in a post stall manoevering…. the TVC would kick in and push the aircraft the direction when the pilot engages the switch on the stick. All this is formidable on paper but what you would know is that with the TVC kicking in, its a huge aircraft, and thrusting such a huge aircraft in that direction creates a lot of drag. It’s a biiig airplane. A huge airplane. So what happens is when it moves its nose around, its sinking. We had enough experience with the F-22. which has up/down TVC nozzles.

        What would happen is that the in a merge with the F-22… From our experience, that’s the only way you would get the F-22. and the only way – this happens only if there is an inexperienced pilot because the experienced ones never make the mistake. You would be pulling in scissor fight hoping you would get the F-22 in your sights (laughs ). The F22 can sustain a turn rate of 28 deg per second at 20,000 feet while the F-15 can get an instantaneous rate of 21 and a sustained rate of 15-16 degrees. So you are pulling and hoping. Post stall, maneuver, the ass end drops and instead of going up, it just drops in mid air and the airplane will rotate with its nose up. This is where the Eagle or Viper pilot would pull up vertical, switch to guns, then come down and take a shot at the F-22. Of course you have to first get in close to do this, most probably the F-22 will kill you before that.

        The Su-30? No problem. Big airplane. Big cross section. Jamming to get to the merge, so you have to fight close… he has 22 – 23 degrees per second sustained turn rate. We’ve been fighting the Raptor, so we’ve been going oh dude, this is easy. So as we’re fighting him, all of a sudden you’d see the ass end kick down, going post stall – but now he starts falling from the sky. The F-15 wouldn’t even have to pull up. slight pull up on the stick, engage guns, come down and drill his brains out.

        • Er, has Georgia got any air forces since the war?

        • Indians:) They are smarter than you possibly think, Andrew:)

          You have not noticed one important thing from the interview you cite.

          Su30 (4th gen Russian aicraft) is better than any (4th gen) US aircraft (that’s what the US team member says): better than we are. And that’s pretty impressive, it has better radar, more thrust, vectored thrust, longer ranged weapons, so it’s pretty impressive.

          But than the smart boy from the US team compares it to the fifth gen US aircraft and (surprise! surprise!) it turns out the 5th gen made in the US is actually better than the Russian 4th gen. It’s like it only required the US 25 years to surpass the Russian model made in 1989:D

          I’d say a big win for the kids with the real US diplomas:D

          Now when we come to the fifth gen Russian aircraft and compare it with F22 birdie, things look more grim for the US team.

          Here we have, with all due respect, a very, hilariously expensive F22 (USD65, er, billion for the program, please, plus USD150 per each unit you’d like to fly with the white star on it’s wings, dear taxpayer, sir), wich, with all due respect, has exactly the same flying characteristics, when compared to SU T-50 (oh that’s Russian 5th gen, SUDDENLY):D

          ==A little lyrical digression==

          My, the US could have bought 400 ready planes for the R&D cost, does this sound reasonable? Like, what it would cost to design a next shuttle then?

          ==Lyrical digression ends==

          SU50: Program cost: USD 8-10 billion (like 7 times less???); unit cost 100M against 150M, and then come the characteristics:

          (SU50 comes first, F22 follows):
          # Maximum speed: Mach 2 // Mach 2,25
          # Thrust/weight: 1.19 // 1.08
          # Service ceiling: 20,000 m (65,616 ft) // 65,000 ft (19,812 m)
          # Empty weight: 18,500 kg (40,785 lb)// 43,430 lb (19,700 kg)
          Powerplant: 2× New unnamed engine by NPO Saturn and FNPTS MMPP Salyut of 175 kN each // Powerplant: 2× Pratt & Whitney F119-PW-100 Pitch Thrust vectoring turbofans 23,500 lb[190] (104 kN) each
          # Maximum g-load: 10-11 g // -3.0/+9.0 g
          Both fully stealth.

          You know why Indians already chose Russians for supplying their 5th gens?

          Because the US aerospace complex products are too expensive for any country that does not want to sell itself to Chinese.

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