January 21, 2011 — Contents


(1)  EDITORIAL:  Parfyonov vs. Putin, the Smackdown

(2)  EDITORIAL:  China vs. Russia, the Smackdown

(3)  EDITORIAL:  Russia is #10!

(4)  Desert Siberia

(5)  Russians Scrooge Christmas

(6) CARTOON:  Frosty the Putinman

NOTE:  LR publisher and founder Kim Zigfeld’s latest installment on the mighty Pajamas Media megablog details the craven reaction of the Obama administration to the arrest and persecution of Boris Nemtsov. Shame on you, Mr. Obama.

NOTE:  An extensive interview with opposition activist Oleg Kozlovsky has been posted on YouTube.

20 responses to “January 21, 2011 — Contents

  1. My comment here is really just a suggestion – perhaps you would be interested in writing a note regarding the catastrophe of the Polish government airplane over Smolensk, in which the Polish president died. Just recently Russia released the report of its investigation into the crash; needless to say, the Russians held themselves blameless. Frankly, I am surprised to see that a blog like this does not mention this subject.

  2. Of course it doesn’t mention anything. Ergo: Putin outsmarted the LR team again :-)

  3. People who don’t like Stalin may be going to jail

    Yesterday at 20:26 | Olesia Oleshko

    About 300 followers of Ukrainian nationalist organizations Tryzub (the Trident) and Svoboda (Liberty), UNA-UNSO (Ukrainian Nationalist Army) and other ultra-nationalist organizations on Jan. 14 picketed the Interior Ministry and the President’s Administration, demanding to stop “political prosecution of Ukraine’s patriots.”

    The “prosecution” they are referring to started on New Year’s night, when Zaporizhzhia police detained and questioned two activists of local Svoboda branch, accusing them of destroying monument to Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin in Zaporizhzhia.

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  4. Manfred Steifschwanz

    The LR team has, for some reason, kept their big mouths shut with regard to the BP/Rosneft deal. Is it, literally speaking, ‘not a big deal’ in their view, or are they so appalled they cannot speak or even write about it? Putin and Russia on the verge of “collapse” — not on this planet.

  5. Marek:
    Regarding the Smolensk crash crash there was in fact unexpected fog which is extremely dangerous for even the best crews and equipment. Although I would not believe the Russians on anything in this case it seems to to have been an accident. If I had a chance to make advance preperation I could have prevented the accident with a $150 gps device. This gps device would make it possible to mark the runway ends and overruns (four individual marks all in a row). The landing would have been on the runway and not in the trees. Unfortunately the marking process would need to have been done in advance.

    • “Ground control staff, acting under a lot of pressure, made a series of mistakes and did not sufficiently support the Polish Tupolev attempting to land in extremely difficult weather conditions,” said Colonel Miroslaw Grochowski after playing an audio-video reconstruction of the flight.

      The presentation also accused Smolensk controllers of giving wrong weather and visibility information, failing to close the airport despite thick fog and confirming the Polish plane was on the right track to land while it was too low.

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  6. A bit off topic, but I would like to wholeheartedly thank you for contributing to the cause of Russian Nationalism. Thanks to the publications in your blog, hundreds if not thousands of average readers from Russia have become nationalists. Keep up the good work and be proud of yourself.

    • You’re welcome, A visitor. But you forget to mention how thanks to the publication in this blog, millions of average readers from Russia have became alcoholics.

  7. Flying into Russia on Russian equipment:
    First make out a will and settle your affairs. Assume the controllers will be drunk and the navagation equipment non functional. Assume the fuel for your aircraft will be contaminated. Flying in Montana requires great care. Flying in Russia with the great distances involved (and no alternates) is much worse.

  8. It is now confirmed that Obama was not born in Hawaii. No birth certificate exists. [Drudge Report]

    • Thanks for sharing this piece of paranoia with this Russia blog. Do you think that Hawaii is in Russia?

    • Ron

      Thanks for that piece of new information on Putin lover B. Obama.

      Interesting! very interesting! makes me wonder how he will croak on that one.

  9. A man wounded on January 9 in an attack on Chechen members of the Russian Interior Ministry’s 42nd Motor-Rifle Division has belatedly been identified as Lecha Bogatyryov, a Chechen policeman wanted in Austria in connection with the murder in Vienna two years ago of Umar Israilov, a former member of Chechen Republic head Ramzan Kadyrov’s bodyguard.

    Months before he was killed, Israilov had described to “The New York Times” how he witnessed Kadyrov and his henchmen torturing persons suspected of abetting the North Caucasus insurgency.

    Three other suspects in Israilov’s killing are currently on trial. The prosecution is convinced the killing was carried out on Kadyrov’s orders, but Kadyrov has repeatedly denied any involvement, and his lawyer Andrei Krasnenkov has categorically rejected the possibility of Kadyrov traveling to Vienna to testify.

    The Austrian police identified Bogatyryov, who fled Vienna immediately after Israilov’s death, as having fired the shot that killed him. Bogatyryov’s whereabouts remained unknown until late last year, when he was identified in Russian TV footage of a stage-managed gathering in Grozny to reconcile blood-feuding families.


    Why Bogatyryov, 35, should now have been selected as one of a team of two gunmen tasked with the assassination of 42nd Motor-Rifle Division company commander Lieutenant Colonel Bislan Elimkhanov, is not immediately clear. There has long been bad blood between Elimkhanov’s men, who formerly constituted the infamous Zapad (West) Battalion directly subordinate to Russia’s military intelligence agency (GRU), and the Chechen police and security personnel loyal to Kadyrov. Kadyrov enjoys the protection of the Federal Security Service (FSB), which has long been at daggers drawn with the GRU.

    The attack on Elimkhanov was meticulously reconnoitered (from a car wash situated close to the entrance to the Russian military base at Khankala on the eastern outskirts of Grozny) and professionally carried out. The gunmen opened fire with sniper rifles from two different positions on Elimkhanov’s Lada Priorat and two vehicles following him when they slowed down to turn in to the main entrance of the base. Elimkhanov’s driver was killed; Elimkhanov sustained multiple bullet wounds.

    Bogatyryov has denied firing at Elimkhanov and insists he was simply caught in a cross-fire. A second assailant, subsequently identified as Ruslan Tatabayev, reportedly wanted by federal police for knifing someone in a Moscow bar, was killed when Elimkhanov and his men returned fire.

    Elimkhanov subsequently told the Russian daily “Kommersant” that his cavalcade was flagged down some 5 or 6 kilometers from Khankala by men in police uniform, one of whom was Tatabayev.

    The attack was the second on Elimkhanov’s life. The first was in September 2008, shortly after Zapad returned with its fellow Vostok (East) Battalion from fighting as part of the Russian military contingent deployed to South Ossetia.

  10. About 1,000 people marched to Tverskaya Ulitsa Wednesday to mark the second anniversary of the murder of lawyer Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anastasia Baburova in central Moscow.

    And the rally also protested against that particularly violent strain of nationalism which emerged in December.

    “No to Fascism!” masked youths chanted in the snow, carrying placards in support of the slain activists. “Fascists kill, and the government covers them!”

    The authorised rally, organized by Lyudmila Alexeyeva, head of Moscow Helsinki Group, and the Committee for January 19, appeared to be a rebuke to the nationalist December 11 Movement, which has pledged to organise rallies on the 11th of every month.


    • The authorised rally, organized by Lyudmila Alexeyeva, head of Moscow Helsinki Group, appeared to be a rebuke to the nationalist December 11 Movement…

      Damn Putin! Authorizing human rights rallies! No wonder the American media hate him so much!

      • Where does it say that Putin authorised the human rights rallies?

        They are usually broken up by OMON

      • In the course of the rally in Pushkin Square in Moscow in memory of lawyer Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anastasia Baburova assassinated two years ago 21 persons were detained.

        The “Caucasian Knot” has reported that the rally in memory of Markelov and Baburova was attended by activists of social movements, friends of the casualties, anti-fascists, human rights activists and oppositionists, among them – Lev Ponomaryov, Sergey Udaltsov and Vladimir Ryzhkov.


        The actions in memory of Markelov and Baburova in Moscow began with laying flowers at the place of their death. The march started at 7:30 p.m. at the monument to Timiryazev at the Nikitskie Gate. The participants chanted the slogans: “No Nazis, no problem” and “Nothing is forgotten, no one is forgotten”; they unfolded large banners with slogans against fascism and Nazism.

  11. The Moscow Times: Russian version of WikiLeaks goes viral
    Today at 08:05 A new web site striving to become Russia’s answer to WikiLeaks became an online hit this week with the publication of the first photographs of a luxury mansion linked to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. No proof exists that the mansion in the pictures is really Putin’s, a residence that RuLeaks.net says was built on the Black Sea at a cost of $1 billion for the prime minister’s personal use. But RuLeaks’ apparently exclusive photos have paid off handsomely for the team behind the web site, which refers to itself as “The Anonymous” but actually consists mainly of the Pirate Party of Russia members, a group that opposes copyright laws. Since the photos were released Tuesday, the site’s traffic has soared by 10 times to about 80,000 hits per day, according to RuLeaks’ own statistics. Read the story here. Or go to RuLeaks here.

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    • The original WikiLeaks is also building up ties with Russia, as it has teamed up with Russian Reporter magazine and Novaya Gazeta.

      (They’ll start publishing Russian files soon.)

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