March 4, 2011 — Contents

FRIDAY MARCH 4 CONTENTS

(1)  EDITORIAL:  The Voice of Russia(n Lies)

(2)  EDITORIAL:  Night Falls on Putin’s Russia

(3)  EDITORIAL:  Blood on the White Russian Snows

(4)  EDITORIAL:  Time for the Old Switcheroo!

(5)  Why the Kremlin Can’t fight Terror

(6)  Welcome back to the USSR!

(7)  The Terrific Trio slams the Terrible Tyrant

(8)  CARTOON:  Putin the Fanat

NOTE: Over on the powerful American Thinker blog, LR publisher and founder Kim Zigfeld warns the world once again about the horrific dangers of sending its athletes to Sochi in 2014 for the Olympic games.

NOTE:  More spectacular pain and failure for the Russian ladies on the tennis court. In the desert of Dubai, Russia’s “best” player Vera Zvonareva was booted out of the tournament in the third round in easy straight sets by player not ranked in the top 15 in the world. Then, Svetlana Kuznetsova reached the finals only to be blown off the court in embarrassing, non-competitive fashion by the glamorous world #1. Ouch.

NOTE: Any attractive young ladies looking for that special man, act now. This offer won’t last long. Must be good with a knife in the dark.

7 responses to “March 4, 2011 — Contents

  1. Which glamorous world #1, this one?

    Derpers gonna derp.

    • PRIZE MONEY FOR DUBAI (our tournament): $2 million

      PRIZE MONEY FOR QATAR (your tournament): $700,000

      PLAYERS IN DUBAI DRAW (our tournament): 64

      PLAYERS IN QATAR DRAW (your tournament): 32

      RANKINGS POINTS TO WINNER IN DUBAI: 900

      RANKINGS POINTS TO WINNER IN QATAR: 470

      PRIZE MONEY TO WINNER IN DUBAI: $360,000

      PRIZE MONEY TO WINNER IN QATAR: $111,000

      Having just played Dubai and won, Wozniaki was a bit tired. That’s not surprising. Having been booted out of Dubai early, Zvonareva wasn’t. Dubai is a large important tournament, Qatar is half the size in draw and rankings points, one-third in prize money, and insignificant. Can’t you try to be at least remotely conversant with the actual facts?

      You are an ignorant, illiterate, mindless ape, scratching yourself for the world’s amusement. If you’re suggesting that Zvonareva is pretty and glamorous, especially compared to Wozniacki, you’re even more of a monkey than that.

      It’s people like you that make the world think Russians are lying morons best left ignored.

  2. @The message from the separatists to the world could not have been more clear: If you send your athletes to Sochi three years from now, the white Russians snows will be stained red with their blood. Don’t do it.

    Not quite. Apparently they became highly agitated after they checked the Russians’ documents and decided they nabbed the daughter of the long-time FSB chief Nikolai Patrushev. But yeah, they then just shot all 5 of them, because that’s how they roll, nowadays.

    @The Kremlin has admitted it can’t protect tourists at Mt. Elbrus and warned them to stay away.

    The follow-up was a huge paramilitary operation, with the “police” blowing up half of the closed “most popular resort” with bombing and shelling but failing to kill or capture any rebels (but losing at least 1 killed on their side):

    http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/militants-escape/431648.html

    @A short time earlier Doku Umarov, leader of the separatists in Chechnya

    Ex-leader.

    I think you missed the news:
    http://www.unhcr.org/refworld/docid/4cb2a7282.html

    Btw, a very interesting biography about Umarov, written just before the mutiny:
    http://cria-online.org/12_4.html

    @The Chechens aren’t the only ones aggrieved by Putin.

    Oh, seriously? Who do you think live, say, in Kabardino-Balkaria, at Mt. Elbrus area?

    • And a sample from this article:

      Umarov’s reported willingness to surrender Temirbulatov to the Russians is one of the first examples of his political ruthlessness, in particular his readiness to break with former comrades in the interests of political expediency. It is certain that Temirbualtov and Umarov were known to one another for they moved in the same circles, at least during the mid-nineties. Like Umarov, Temirbulatov was a protégé of Daud Akhmadov.83 He was also on terms with Gelayev84 and is said to have commanded a group of up to 200 men based in Urus-Martan.85 In March 2000, approximately one month after Umarov supposedly made contact with Russian security forces, Temirbulatov was arrested by Russian security forces in the village of Duba-Yurt.86 Russian prosecutors, who had been investigating Temirbulatov’s activities since 1996, quickly filed charges of kidnapping and terrorism against him. It should be noted that the remains of General Shpigun were also discovered that March.87 The chronological proximity between these two developments and Umarov’s reported contact with Russian intelligence agencies lends credence to Izmailov’s account.
      Izmailov claims that Umarov made contact with Russia’s security agencies through “intermediaries”. If so, then Umarov would have had a choice of human conduits through which to get a message through to this quarter. Barayev, Tekilov and the Akhmadov family all had well-documented links with Russia’s special services. In May 2000, for example, an officer in Russia’s military intelligence division (GRU) leaked information to a journalist detailing Barayev’s relationship with Russia’s domestic intelligence service (FSB).88 Even after the renewed outbreak of hostilities between Grozny and Moscow in 1999, Barayev continued to reside in his home village, quite unmolested by Russian forces. If Umarov had no pre-existing channels of communication with Russia’s security agencies at this time, then he might easily have used any of these parties as a go-between.
      According to Izmailov, Russia’s special services were on the verge of reneging on the agreement and arresting Umarov, when the latter was somehow made aware of their intentions and fled to Georgia.89 Umarov sought further medical treatment in Georgia and spent a period of convalescence alongside another recuperating Chechen partisan – Akhmed Zakayev.90 Zakayev had also been injured during the rebels’ retreat from Grozny. As mentioned previously, Umarov and Zakayev were old acquaintances. Zakayev, too, had served under Gelayev during the first war before branching out on his own and establishing his own command.91 Umarov reportedly joined Zakayev’s unit for a period after parting ways with Gelayev in 1996.92 The nature of the relationship that evolved between Umarov and Zakayev was such that when Umarov renounced the goal of an independent Chechnya in 2007, announcing the establishment of a Caucasus Emirate in its stead, Zakayev at first could not believe that his former friend and ally might be responsible for such an act.

  3. Russia’s Khimki Activists Say Authorities Targeting Children

    March 01, 2011
    By Tom Balmforth
    KHIMKI, Russia — A prominent environmental activist says the Russian authorities are threatening to take away her children.

    Yevgenia Chirikova, leader of a movement seeking to prevent the Moscow region’s Khimki Forest from being felled to make way for a new highway, says somebody unexpectedly rang her doorbell on February 21, but she did not answer. She didn’t know it yet, but her visitors were from Russia’s Child Protection Service.

    One of her neighbors later told her that the service had come to their door asking about Chirikova. They told the neighbors that they had received a complaint that Chirikova had been mistreating their two daughters, who are 4 and 9 years old.

    All of Chirikova’s neighbors deny having made any complaint and the Child Protection Service says the tip was anonymous.

    Speaking to reporters following a meeting of activists at her apartment, Chirikova described the move as the latest incident in a campaign of harassment against her and other activists seeking to save the Khimki Forest.

    ‘Serious Corrupt Interests’

    “We are opposing very serious corrupt interests,” Chirikova said. “The interests at stake here are so great that they won’t stop at anything — even the dirtiest of methods. Nothing could be fouler than taking away children from their mother.”

    Chirikova has since called the Child Protection Service, which confirmed their intention to inspect her apartment in order to submit a report to the police. She posted a video of the call on her movement’s website.

    In the video, a representative of the Child Protection Service tells her over the phone, “If we receive information like this, we have to do our work and find out if it is true.” But Chirikova said she doubted the report would be honest and objective.

    Chirikova said that despite the harassment, she and other activists would continue their efforts, including a protest planned for Moscow on March 1.

    Last Of A Dwindling Greenbelt

    A petite 33-year-old former Moscow businesswoman, Chirikova emerged last summer as the public face of a grassroots movement to save the 150-hectare Khimki Forest, a vital part of Moscow’s dwindling greenbelt that was intended to act as a preserve for local wildlife and a buffer against the pollution emanating from the capital.

    Her group, the Defenders of Khimki Forest, attracted international headlines when they set up camps in the forest in a last-ditch effort to save it from destruction to make way for a highway from Moscow to St. Petersburg.

    In the wake of the protests, President Dmitry Medvedev initially halted the highway’s construction pending an investigation, but he eventually gave the project the green light last December.

    The recent threats against Chirikova came just weeks after another Khimki activist, Alla Chernysheva, was detained along with her children and accused of planting a fake bomb at a rally that she had a hand in organizing.

    Chernysheva’s children were held in a separate room from her, and she was not allowed to call a relative to take care of the children or take them home. She says the room the children were held in “reeked of smoke” and that her youngest daughter had a bad cold and was coughing. “They kept them there for 4 1/2 hours,” she says.

    Forced Confession

    Chernysheva says the police unsuccessfully tried to coerce her into signing a confession. “They threatened me. They said they would take away my children,” she says. “They said they would put me and Yevgenia Chirikova in prison.”

    Chernysheva says she believes she was targeted because she edits the newspaper “Khimkinskaya pravda is alive,” produced by the Defenders of Khimki Forest.

    The paper’s name is a tribute to the local paper “Khimkinskaya pravda,” which has staunchly opposed the Moscow-St. Petersburg highway.

    That paper’s editor, Mikhail Beketov, has suffered constant harassment. His car was set on fire, his dog was killed, and in November 2008 he was attacked by unknown assailants who beat him so severely that he suffered brain damage and remains confined to a wheelchair.

    Another journalist writing about the Khimki controversy, Oleg Kashin, was brutally assaulted in November 2010

    In a recent speech to activists, Yaroslav Nikitenko, the deputy head of the Defenders of Khimki Forest, vowed that despite the harassment, the group would “continue to fight” the highway project.

    Nikitenko said the group appealed to European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso prior to his meeting with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on February 25. He also said they were considering legal action against the Child Protection Service.

    “They are not serving child welfare but instead terrorizing civil activists,” Nikitenko said. “When children are involved, all this is particularly repulsive and simply unacceptable.”

    In the March 1 protest, the Defenders of Khimki Forest are planning to march to the offices of Vinci, the French construction company contracted to build the Moscow-St. Petersburg highway.

    Chernysheva says the group will not be intimidated. “They don’t know what to do with us or how to avoid us,” she says. “We will stand behind Yevgenia Chirikova and defend Khimki and our organization.”

    http://www.rferl.org/content/russia_khimki_activists_complain_children_targeted/2324287.html

  4. Happy Birthday Mr. Gorbachev <3

  5. Orlov Slams Kadyrov on Eve of Trial

    http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/orlov-slams-kadyrov-on-eve-of-trial/431979.html

    The trial pits a Kremlin-backed leader accused of using kidnap and torture to maintain stability in the volatile region against an activist trying to hold him accountable for those crimes. Orlov could be sentenced to three years in prison if found guilty.

    Kadyrov at first shrugged off the accusation. “Why would Kadyrov kill a woman whom no one cared about?” he said in an August 2009 interview with Radio Free Europe. “She never had any honor, dignity or a conscience. Never.”

    But later he took the matter to court. Last year he won a civil judgment against Orlov and then brought it to criminal court. In the wake of the civil judgment, Orlov said he was resigned to losing the criminal case but hopes to escape with a fine rather than jail.

    Orlov said Kadyrov has set up a regime in which the state controls every aspect of life, where henchmen carry out torture and even killings at the whim of the leadership.

    “A totalitarian society has been built. Not authoritarian rule, but totalitarian,” he said.

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