September 8, 2010 — Contents


(1)  EDITORIAL: Putin’s Internet Crackdown in Russia

(2)  EDITORIAL:  Yashin 1, Nashi 0

(3)  The Blogosophere  vs. Vladimir Putin

(4)  Pigs, Dogs and Sheep in Putin’s Russia

(5)  Russians are Rejected Abkhazia and Ossetia

NOTE:  In the latest installment of her Russia column on the mighty Pajamas Media megablog, LR publisher and founder Kim Zigfeld reflects on the Kremlin’s growing aggression towards hero journalist Yevgenia Albats as it seeks to drive her New Times magazine out of business. When will President Obama speak up for American values? Likely never.

2 responses to “September 8, 2010 — Contents

  1. The World Chechen Congress that represents the estimated 200,000 Chechens currently in exile in Europe and elsewhere plans to convene in Warsaw to draft a new strategy for ending the ongoing war in the North Caucasus before it escalates to the point that other countries and military blocs become involved. The congress — to which Chechen Republic head Ramzan Kadyrov is not invited — is scheduled for September 16-18, just one month before the pro-Moscow Chechen leadership plans a World Congress of the Chechen People in Grozny.

    The announcement of the Warsaw forum implicitly contrasts the June 2010 resolution passed by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe condemning Russian brutality in Chechnya with the clear reluctance of the U.S. and European states that are members of the G-8 to face up to blatant human rights violations, corruption, police brutality, and the suppression of democracy across Russia.

    In order to preclude a further escalation of the ongoing fighting in the North Caucasus, it urges international organizations such as the Council of Europe, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and the UN to establish a Council on the Caucasus that would be tasked with drafting a common strategy for ending the ongoing conflict between Russia and Chechnya and the resulting violence and terrorism in the North Caucasus. It also hopes to convene an international war crimes tribunal for Chechnya.

  2. Let’s not rush to judgment over this story. I’m sure the police were fully justified. Perhaps this vicious young hooligan was about to jeopardize public order by unleashing a Russian flag or a copy of Nemtsov’s book.


    The doctors now treating the 17-year-old, Nikitin Kaftasev, “are not sure whether they will be able to save his male organs,” the Committee Against Torture said in a statement.

    Nikitin Kaftasev and a friend were detained and beaten by police on a street in the town centre, before being dragged to police headquarters where beatings continued for hours, the group said, citing the teen’s testimony.

    “The teenagers were subject to torture and ridicule. Nikitin was kicked in the groin,” it said. “According to Nikitin, several policemen were present at the time.”

    Local prosecutors in the Nizhny Novogorod region, some 500 kilometres east of Moscow, said it would decide whether to launch a probe into the incident.

    “We are now carrying out a preliminary check into this, after which there will be a decision on whether to open a criminal probe,” against local police, spokesman Yulia Sklyarova said.

    The latest report of police brutality comes as Russia’s police force grapples with a slew of violent crimes by officers that badly hurt its reputation.

    In January, a Russian journalist died from being savagely beaten and raped with a broom by a policeman in the Siberian city of Tomsk, and in Moscow, a lieutenant colonel shot a snow plow driver dead for grazing his car.

    Just the month earlier, an investigator in Siberia shot a suspect during questioning.

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