January 28, 2011 — Contents

FRIDAY JANUARY 28 CONTENTS

(1)  EDITORIAL:  Signs of the Neo-Soviet Apocalypse

(2)  EDITORIAL:  Russia and the Apes who Guard Her

(3)  The Horror of Russian Lawlessness

(4)  Putin and Khodorkovsky

(5)  Defending Nemtsov

NOTE:  Kim Zigfeld’s latest installment on the mighty Pajamas Media megablog exposes the totally outrageous and offensive anti-American smear issued by the Washington Bureau Chief of ITAR-TASS in response to the Loughner murders in Arizona. We condemn this vile little man and his ape-like lies, and we urge all patriotic Americans to do the same.

NOTE:  Kim’s latest column on the influential American Thinker blog castigates BP and other spineless Western companies who invest in Russia, exposing Russia’s total failure on numerous recent international evaluations.

NOTE:  Neither Tchaikovsky nor Rachmaninov nor any other Russian make the list of top ten composers of all time (Stravinsky, a defector, is Russia’s only claim to fame). Ouch.

23 responses to “January 28, 2011 — Contents

  1. http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE70J4VP20110120

    Georgia starts new wave of refugee evictions

    (Reuters) – Georgia on Thursday embarked on a new wave of evictions of hundreds of people displaced by war from state-owned buildings the government hopes to privatize.

    The evictions, which started in August, reflect an effort to tackle a massive refugee problem stemming from conflicts in the early 1990s in the rebel Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions and again in 2008 when Russia and Georgia fought a five-day war.

    The Georgian government says there are around 1,500 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) who need be resettled.

    Police sealed off a temporary refugee shelter in the outskirts of the capital Tbilisi on Thursday and detained several activists who were trying to block the way of trucks and buses taking IDPs to villages.

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    That makes sense. The more refugees Saakashvili makes homeless, the more sympathy, weapons and money he can milk from the West. The timing – middle of the winter – is also very telling of Saakashvili’s humanitarianism and kindness. That way they will freeze to death before they starve to death.

    • http://www.memo.ru/eng/news/2011/01/18/1801111.html

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      That makes sense. The more refugees Kadyrov makes homeless, the more sympathy, weapons and money he can milk from Moscow. The timing – middle of the winter – is also very telling of Kadyrov’s humanitarianism and kindness. That way they will freeze to death before they starve to death.

      • Sorry, Robert, for talking about something other than your preoccupation: freeing the poor Muslims in the Caucuses from those brutal Christians (except, of course, for Abkhazians who should suffer from Georgian occupation because you hate Russians more than you love Muslim Abkhazians).

        Good that you returned the subject matter back to your fixation.

        • Kadyrov is not a Christian (are you that stupid?), the Abkhaz (not “Abkhazians”, most of Abkhazians were ethnically cleansed by the Abkhaz extremists – you talked about some of their victms in the original post) are hardly all Muslim (are you retarded?), I don’t hate Rusians (just the Russian criminals), the correct spelling is “the Caucasus” (you idiot).

    • Ahem, maimuni old boy, the evictions are from illegally occupied government buildings in Tbilisi.

      The IDP’s are given official refugee housing, or a cash payment to assist them to buy housing elsewhere.

      • You are as right and as human as ever, Andrew. Indeed, these greedy Georgian refugees with their desire to have a roof over their heads, are standing in the way of Saakashvili and his men making $millions by selling government buildings to the highest bidder.

        • Now maimuni, I am not a big fan of the evictions, but from a legal point of view the government is well within its rights.

          As for Saakashvili and his men making $millions by selling government buildings to the highest bidder, more drivel especially from a Russophile vermin such as yourself. The Georgian government under Saakashvili has been widely applauded for its remarkably successful anti-corruption drive, unlike Russia which is now pretty much one of the most corrupt sewers on the planet.

          Given that Georgia ranks very highly on transparency internationals anti corruption list, and Russia ranks almost at the bottom, I suggest your insinuation of personal gain is misplaced.

          Try taking a look at how IDP’s from the war in Chechnya are treated in Russia (if they are fortunate enough to survive).

      • http://www.georgiatimes.info/en/articles/49822.html

        Refugees expelled from Tbilisi “paradise”
        2011-01-21 20:04

        Tbilisi is facing clashes between refugees and the police. People oppose “beneficial” transfer to the country’s remote districts where they will be given houses and nothing else: no jobs, no hospitals, no schools. Unfortunate refugees whose return to places they lived before the first half of 1990s is impossible, are like a sore on the shining face of the capital of Georgia. They occupy buildings that can be sold well; their poor belongings scare tourists and bring Georgia’s international rating down.

        Now the clashes are taking place in the student district. The place is overcrowded with refugees blocking roads for cars that carry their things that must take them to remote provinces like Stalin’s goods wagons. The police are clearing way by force. At this moment six refugees and a number of oppositionists that got involved in the brawl have been arrested for resistance to law-enforcement authorities. EU monitors are watching developments, though they were not allowed to access the scene.

        The events near university hostels are the concluding chord of confrontation between the government and refugees. Failure of the protest rally on January 12 gave “the green light” to forced eviction. The rally was attended by nearly 100 refugees and a number of opposition activists. The authorities realized that people who want to remain in hostels have no public support.

        Thus, “deportation” has come to a head. Even exodus of these people from Abkhazia did not look so humiliating. Goods wagons is the only detail that lacks – otherwise this situation would look like 1944 when nations of North Caucasus were forcedly displaced.

        No doubt Saakashvili has fulfilled his promise to solve the refugee issue. They will abandon their temporary dwellings in Tbilisi but they won’t go back home. Instead, they are expected in hopeless, miserable “reservations” on the outskirts of civilization.

        These are people’s lives, their sitting on suitcases for 17 years and promises to be sent home any day. Their stories can make part of Georgia’s new history: the history of lies, political speculation and soul-trading of those who were taken hostage by failures of the country’s “great” leaders.

        http://www.georgiatimes.info/en/articles/49398.html

        Refugees afraid of Subeliani bringing gifts
        2011-01-14 17:57

        In the gravest state of the Georgian economy that has developed thanks to adventurism and inefficiency of the current regime in power, any step taken by government is interpreted as trivial self-promotion. Today, another such action was held by minister for refugees from the occupied territories and resettlement Koba Subeliani. The official handed to 109 families living in Beliashvili Street in Tblisi extracts from the public register confirming the gratuitous transfer of their apartments.

        According to Koba Subeliani, in the aggregate, 10 000 refugee families became owners of their apartments in the capital, while on a national scale, 22 thousand families came into possession of dwellings.

        “We’ve handed the extract from the register to 109 refugee families in Digomski residential area; they have become residents of Tbilisi now. There are 10 000 refugee families in the capital; up to 40 thousand people already own their dwelling. They will live in Tbilisi until they return to Abkhazia”, – minister for refugees described the care the government is taking of its people.

        A fine gesture, indeed. Just the one that is appreciated in the Caucasus; a wide and generous one. Why then the refugees demand removing Koba Subeliani from office, as has become known at the end of last year, if he grants shelter to the dispossessed with a wide sweep of his hand? Why such ingratitude and a strong desire to bite the feeding hand?

        Obviously, it’s because such display of incredible generosity is nothing but a gesture meant for TV cameras. One can hardly think of a different interpretation considering the policy pursued by Subeliani’s administration last December. He sent notifications to 22 localities in Tbilisi populated by refugees demanding that they move from the occupied apartments within 10 days. In case of insubordination the people who lost their homes in consequence of Saakashvili’s adventurous military campaign in August 2008 were threatened with forcible eviction. Only due to international organizations’ interference the expulsion of refugees was suspended until January 15.

        Georgian politicians seem to be least interested in the future of their people; the only thing they care about is the West’s opinion of them. That is why Secretary General of The People’s Party Alexander Shalamberidze advised the 109 lucky families to have no illusions. “Everyone in Georgia knows about the meetings that have been held for a month because of the refugees eviction from their apartments, so it’s important for Subeliani and government to show to the West that they take great care of refugees.
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        • Nice try Maimuni, but that is a Russian propaganda website. The authors are not Georgian, but Russians and Abkhaz.

          In fact there seems to be only one “Journalist” there, an Anton Krivenuk, probably he is as retarded as you are laddie.

          If people illegally occupy not only government buildings, but also private property belonging to others, they will get evicted.

          As for “being taken hostage”, they were victims of Russian led ethnic cleansing, pure and simple.

  2. Bombing victims left unburied in Moscow morgues
    by Evgeniya Chaykovskaya at 19/01/2011 15:26

    Bereaved families are still unable to bury their loved ones after a terror attack 11 years ago.

    The apartment block bombing on Ul. Guryanova in Sep. 1999 sent shockwaves through Russian society, bringing the front line of the Chechen war into the Moscow suburbs.

    But more than a decade on victims of those blasts are still in the city’s morgues – and the authorities will not pay up for DNA analysis to identify the remains.

    Ruins cleared too fast

    Lyudmila Knutova, who lost her son Sergei in the attack, had to settle for a symbolic burial as the police still have Sergei as missing and his body has not been identified.

    “It has been eleven years… No one cared about us then, and especially not now,” she told Moskovsky Komsomolets.

    The ruins of the exploded house were cleared up in just two weeks, before all the funerals were over, and new construction was underway less than a year after, Knutova said.

    No state funds for DNA tests
    “The state also turned away from us – I had to pay for the DNA test myself,” Knutova said, adding that the results did not help her find her son.
    Knutova saw the body of her son with her own eyes that night, but when she came to the morgue, it was not there. Later the woman re-watched Emercom’s video footage from the site, and again saw her son’s body among the dead. But they convinced her that she made a mistake.
    Lyudmila Knutova said the ordeal meant that “many of those who lost their children in autumn 1999 became ill and soon died”.

    No one knew what to do
    Tamara Grobyleva, who lost her daughter, son-in-law and grandson in the explosion, says no one knew what to do and where to look for remains after the explosion because it was the first major terrorist attack in Moscow.
    “Then I found out what hell is… I went around all of the capital’s morgues. I will never forget those piles of bodies. I did not find my family,” she said.
    She found her daughter’s body, but not her grandson. After a TV appeal many people said they had seen him alive, but she still has not found him.
    She said families know nothing of their loved ones because after the explosion the bodies were carried away in unmarked bags.

    Cashing in
    Some people used the chaos to benefit from others’ grief.
    “There have been cases when people pretending to rent a flat in our house came to morgues. They took the bodies to get burial money. No one was keeping records of who actually lived in the flats.
    “The chief medical expert started worrying when a family identified the body of their child through DNA that had already been buried by different people.”

    Half-hearted tests
    Anna Pakhomova, who lost her father in the explosion, said that it took a year before DNA tests were conducted, and it was not done properly.
    “My husband and I wrote to the council, the prefecture, City Hall,” Pakhomova recalled. “We were waiting for the results of the DNA tests for a long time. The thing is, the state allocated some money for this a year after the tragedy.”
    Pakhomova thinks that the tests were done half-heartedly.
    “The results came surprisingly quickly – in two weeks, even though it usually takes no less than one and a half months. My father’s remains were not found. But I think that it was a non-committal reply. The DNA test was done half-heartedly, if it was done at all. The results were often far from reality. Some documents with fake conclusions of the experts were even confiscated.”
    This explosion was the first of two explosions in Moscow in September, 1999. Two entrances of nine-storey house on Ulitsa Guryanova were completely destroyed in the blast at 11.58 pm on Sep. 9. 106 people died and 264 were injured. Another house in Moscow was blown up on Sep. 13 on Kashirskoye Shosse, killing 124 people. Houses were also blown up in Dagestan and Volgograd region.
    Terrorists from the North Caucasus were accused of organising the explosions and sentenced to life in prison. It was the beginning of the second Chechen war. However, some say that the attacks were organised by Russian special forces.

    http://themoscownews.com/local/20110119/188345570.html?referfrommn

  3. Russia anti-graft chief busted for extorting $46 million

    Today at 22:50 | Reuters

    Read more:

    http://www.kyivpost.com/news/russia/detail/95410/#ixzz1BiHgkHFM

  4. Blast rips through Russian shopping centre

    MOSCOW, Jan 22 (Reuters) –

    A blast ripped through a five-storey shopping centre in the southwestern Russian city of Ufa on Saturday, the news agency RIA quoted a provincial official as saying.

    Read more:

    http://www.kyivpost.com/news/russia/detail/95426/#ixzz1BmFWuJp3

  5. In all fairness Kim, I’d say Tchaikovsky was the best thing out of Russia…ever.

    • There is another list where Tchaikovsky is included in the top ten, see http://www.digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/best-classic-comp.html

      • Such lists of Greatest Composers are very much a matter of opion, and depend on which composers the compiler knows about. The list of 100, for instance, includes Walton but not Skalkottas or Carter or Boulez.

        The more general point is that Russia has produced many great composers, writers, and painters. Russians can be proud of their contribution to world civilisation. Music and the arts are what Russians do best.

        When it comes to politics, the Russians are noticeably less successful.

    • “was the best thing out of Russia…ever.” – was the Golden Horde. Unfortunately, they left their offspring behind and created the Moskali.

      Actually, Tchaikovsky was Ukrainian.

      His father, Ilya Petrovich Tchaikovsky, was an engineer of Ukrainian descent who served as a lieutenant colonel in the Department of Mines[4] and manager of the famed Kamsko-Votkinsk Ironworks.[5] His grandfather, Petro Fedorovych Chaika, emigrated from Nikolaevka (near Poltava), Ukraine.

  6. Photographs of a sprawling mansion suspected to have been built for Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin have been posted on the internet, Kasparov.ru reports.

    The photographs were published by Ruleaks, a group of self-proclaimed “activists from the Pirate Party of Russia and Russian-speaking activists from other Pirate Parties around the world.” The activists organize the translation of classified documents released by Wikileaks into Russian and the publication of those and other materials on the Ruleaks website.

    On a page titled “Photographs of ‘Putin’s Palace’ in Praskoveevka on the Black Sea,” several dozen photographs show a gigantic Italian-style villa, complete with colonnades, balconies, and an enclosed park with a fountain. The interior is extravagantly decorated with frescoes, elaborate chandeliers and a wealth of marble and gold trim. The palace appears to be fully furnished and includes a desk bearing the Russian coat of arms; it is identical to the desk in the prime minister’s Novo-Ogaryovo residence.

    This is the first time that high-quality photographs of the villa have been published. It was previously visible from satellite imagery and photographs taken from far away, but the building’s high security made it impossible to get up close. The newly-released photographs appear to have been taken by an on-site worker.

    Ruleaks underwent a DDoS attack shortly after the photographs went live on January 18, making it temporarily impossible to access the website.

    The organization stipulates that it cannot confirm that the residence belongs to Vladimir Putin: “We are not prepared to confirm whose palace this is, we are only publishing photographs of the facility itself.”

    The photographs come one month after St. Petersburg businessman Sergei Kolesnikov sent an open letter to Russian President Dmitri Medvedev alleging that a palace “for the personal use of the Prime Minister of Russia” was being built on the Black Sea. “To date this palace costs over $1 billion U.S., mainly through a combination of corruption, bribery and theft.” Kolesnikov goes on to painstakingly detail the corrupt business dealings and theft of state funds that culminated in the creation of this complex. After publishing the letter, Kolesnikov reportedly went abroad and is waiting for the president’s reaction.

    The newspaper Vedomosti was able to connect with Kolesnikov and verify his claim to the allegations. Judging by the text of his letter, Kolesnikov is the former business partner of two of Putin’s friends, Nikolai Shamalov and Dmitri Gorelov. The newspaper was able to confirm that Shamalov and Gorelov did indeed have a partner named Sergei Kolesnikov. Formally, the palace belongs to Shamalov, but Kolesnikov asserts that it is intended for the prime minister. “If this palace is Shamalov’s, then why is the state spending its own money to build him roads and electrical lines?” Kolesnikov said to Vedomosti.

    http://www.theotherrussia.org/2011/01/21/ruleaks-posts-pictures-of-putins-black-sea-palace/

  7. Told from the perspective of former Chechen Foreign Minister Ilyas Akhmadov, The Chechen Struggle: Independence Won and Lost is a uniquely candid, inside account of Chechnya’s two wars against Russia, its interwar attempt to establish national institutions, and the splintering and eventual radicalization of the resistance. The book captures the predicament of Chechen moderates who unsuccessfully sought to attain international assistance to stop the war and avert its catastrophic consequences: the mass slaughter of Chechens, the spread of the conflict throughout the region, and Russia’s slide into dictatorship. Ilyas Akhmadov and his coauthor Miriam Lanskoy discussed the book and offer analysis of the current conflicts in the North Caucasus and their implications for the future of the region. Zbigniew Brzezinski provided introductory remarks.

    http://www.ned.org/events/the-chechen-struggle-independence-won-and-lost

  8. Suicide bomber at Moscow airport kills 10 (update)
    Today at 16:25 | Staff and wire reports

    A suicide bomber at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport killed at least 10 people on Monday, Interfax news agency reported. Dozens more were reported to have been injured by the explosion.

    Read more:

    http://www.kyivpost.com/news/russia/detail/95520/#ixzz1BxmjJhzH

  9. Suicide bomber at Moscow airport kills 35 (update)

    Today at 18:49 | Staff and wire reports

    A spokeswoman for Moscow’s busiest airport says 35 people have been killed by an explosion in its international arrivals hall. Domodedovo Airport spokeswoman Yelena Galanova made the statement Monday on Russia’s NTV television.

    Other officials put the death toll at 31 and said about 130 people were injured in the explosion Monday afternoon. President Dmitry Medvedev said it looked like a terror attack and the state RIA Novosti news agency said the blast may have been set off by a suicide bomber.

    Read more:

    http://www.kyivpost.com/news/russia/detail/95520/#ixzz1ByOTQYYg

  10. Great comment on this article.

    RIA Novosti: Over 200,000 Russians vote in ‘goodbyelenin’ online poll

    Why ruin a great Tourist gig …makes “mother russia” the laughing stock of the world! Other places have Disneyland or culture exhibits; but russia brags about exhibiting a dead monster! LOL!

    Not only exhibiting but actually worshipping! You can see morons even crying!!!!

    Keep it FOREVER…we need a good laugh!

    Read more:

    http://www.kyivpost.com/news/russia/detail/95476/#ixzz1C2b36b1Y

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