EDITORIAL: Russia Stands Alone

EDITORIAL

Russia Stands Alone

At a cost of billions of dollars to the Russian weapons industry, one by one Russia’s malignant allies around the world have begun to topple like dominoes.  At horrific cost to its reputation among the civilized nations of the world, Russia has bet its future on a shoddy list of rogue states and dictatorial maniacs who are now being thrust out of power by the people Russia has helped them to mercilessly abuse.

Most recently, the world saw the corrupt regime of Libyan dictator come under fire and respond with vampire-like bloodletting including the use of military weapons against unarmed street protesters — many of these weapons having been supplied by Russia, with the promise of billions more to come.  Meanwhile, the Russians continued to defend their beloved pal in Libya to the very end, lashing out at the West for daring to consider a defense of the Libyan people he was butchering without remorse.

But all the while, the world knew that the Libyan dictator had no more chance of survival than did his counterpart in Egypt, another great “friend” of neo-Soviet Russia.  Almost immediately, analysts were talking about the possible fall of the crazed dictatorship in Iran with which Russia has become so friendly, and then one’s gaze is irresistibly drawn all around the world, to places like Venezuela and Belarus, where again Russian influence is on the wane as corrupt regimes draw the open contempt of their people.

Truly, Russia now is getting its just desserts. How can the people of Russia have imagined that they could give support to such a venal group of abusive regimes and not suffer significant consequences themselves?  The only hope in all this horror is that one day the people of Russia will learn to emulate their heroic brothers and sisters in Libya and Egypt and rise up against their own despotic regime.

But we fear Russia will collapse long before that day ever arrives.

32 responses to “EDITORIAL: Russia Stands Alone

  1. Actually this specific article was written by Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey (“editor of the English version of the Russian online journal Pravda.Ru and director and chief editor of the Portuguese version which serves simultaneously as an online news resource linking Russia with the 8 CPLP countries “).

    @But all the while, the world knew that the Libyan dictator had no more chance of survival than did his counterpart in Egypt

    Actually Saddam ’91 showed an Arab (dear) leader can regain control even after losing most of the cities to an intifada, and despite the no-fly zones, if he is just ruthlessly brutal enough.

    • The emboldened rebels wanted to move on Baghdad. They asked for support from the allied forces, still on the ground in southern Iraq, but were rebuffed. The Americans feared the Shi’iah insurgents were aligned with Iranian Islamists. With that, the uprising was doomed. Soon came the counterattack from Baghdad. Saddam’s Republican Guard fought the resistance in Karbala. Civilians and rebels fled the city. On the roads leading out, Iraqi army helicopter crews poured kerosene on the refugees, then set them on fire. American aircraft circled high overhead, watching. Saddam’s forces began systematically crushing the uprising. Basra was the first city to fall, after just a week out of Saddam’s control. Iraqi tanks captured a road above the city and pelted it with heavy machine guns. Basra General Hospital issued 600 death certificates, though many more were killed. There were mass executions of civilians, some of whom were tied to tanks and used as human shields. In Karbala, some of Shiite Islam’s holiest shrines were destroyed. Others were used as centers for murder, torture and rape. In Najaf, residential areas were bombed, and hospital staff and patients were murdered. The homes of suspected rebels were destroyed while the suspects were executed in the streets.

      http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/stories/iraq501/events_uprising.html

  2. The Egypt’s government is beeng a faithful AMERICAN ally for forty years. Has it already been forgotten?
    Libya is a far more Italia’s and France’s partner than Russia’s one.

    • Hmmm, that explains why almost all of Libya’s weaponry is Russian made eh?

      • What world are you living in? French “partners of Libya” are actually calling for a NATO non-fly zone against Gaddafi (which is opposed by the Americans on the grounds they are being busy in Afghanistan). Italy: well, Berlusconi (no more soon, hopefully).

    • Domety,

      Listen you brain dead ‘commo’ untermensh, this article is about Russia and its shoddy list of rogue states and dictatorial maniacs who are now being thrust out of power by the people Russia has helped to mercilessly abuse, of which Libya is one, so what has Egypt got to do with this blogg!!!

      Sure I know you soviet parasites like to – in your normal modus operandii way – ignore the crux of the issue, and instead steer the matter away from your beloved fascist Russia and attempt to redirect it to America.

      Good try, but like all the other Russophiles before, you failed miserably.

  3. I would really like to know how popular Pravda is in Russia. When the bizarre anti-Canadian article (also by Hinchey) at the time of last year’s winter olympics was reported, a Russian wrote into a major American newspaper to say that it was not an important paper and was read mainly by communists.

    I’m not sure I believe it. It is obviously down-market like the very popular British tabloids and until recently was linked to by the websites of RIA Novosti, Russia Today and Moscow News. You got articles from the other three as you were browsing through any one. I’m sure the proprietors would insist they were completely independent of the government!

    The trouble is that Bancroft Hinchey’s articles are only the most strident, aggressive rabidly anti-western articles in the english language Russian press, most Russian on-line newspapers seem to carry articles whose main purpose is to create anti-American feeling. The only equivalent in the West to any of them is La Russophobe, except it is more informative and factual.

    • Zaratustra,

      You would have to specify which “Pravda” you are talking about. After the fall of communism, Pravda lost its strength, and now there is a whole bunch of small newspapers calling themselves “Pravda” of some kind or another:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pravda#The_post-Soviet_period

      On August 22, 1991, a decree by Russian President Boris Yeltsin shut down the Communist Party and seized all of its property, including Pravda. Its team of journalists fought for their newspaper and freedom of speech. They registered a new paper with the same title just weeks after.

      A few months later, then-editor Gennady Seleznyov (now a member of the Duma) sold Pravda to a family of Greek entrepreneurs, the Yannikoses. The next editor-in-chief, Alexander Ilyin, handed Pravda’s trademark — the Order of Lenin medals — and the new registration certificate over to the new owners.

      By that time, a serious split occurred in the editorial office. Over 90% of the journalists who had been working for Pravda until 1991 quit their jobs. They established their own version of the newspaper, which was later shut down under government pressure. These same journalists, led by former Pravda editors Vadim Gorshenin and Viktor Linnik in January 1999, launched Pravda Online, the first web-based newspaper in the Russian language; English, Italian and Portuguese versions are also available.

      The new Pravda newspaper and Pravda Online are not related in any way. The paper Pravda tends to analyze events from a leftist point of view, while the web-based tabloid-style newspaper often takes a nationalist and sensationalist approach.

      Meanwhile, in 2004, a new urban guide Pravda has been launched in Lithuania. It has no stylistic resemblance to the original communist Pravda, although its mission purports “to report the truth and nothing but the truth”.

      The newspaper of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation is also called Gazeta “Pravda”.

      //////////////////////////

      Are they completely independent of the Medvedev government? Yes, of course. There are thousands of newspapers in Russia and most of them are totally independent.

      • Really Maimoneedes, you are needy for an education.


        Various aspects of the contemporary press freedom situation are criticized by multiple international organisations. According to International Press Institute, the Russian laws, bureaucratic regulations and politically motivated criminal investigations have forced the press into self-censorship. According to International Press Institute, Russia is the most dangerous European country for journalists. According to Human Rights Watch, the Russian government control over civil society through selective implementation of the law, restriction and censure.
        In 2009 Reporters Without Borders ranked Russia 153th out of 175 in the Press Freedom Index.

        Government ownership and control
        Critical points
        The Russian Government has a large media empire, which it uses to influence on media outlets and news content. As stated by the BBC, in recent years, companies with close links to the Government, state-owned Gazprom among them, have bought several of the most influential papers. According to Freedom House, the Russian government owns 60 percent of newspapers, and in whole or in part, all national television stations. A news report in Kommersant suggested that the last two remaining semi-independent television channels REN TV and Channel 5 may become under state control in 2010.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_of_the_press_in_the_Russian_Federation#Pressure_on_independent_media

        Then of course we have the beatings, kidnappings, and murders of journalists who dare to oppose the government line….

      • Oh and as for “thousands of newspapers” the real number is around 400, and over 60% of them are state controlled.

        Enough with the lies Maimuni.

  4. Ant-drek,

    Have you seen this:

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/eating-with-the-enemy-why-russia-loves-georgian-food-1918859.html

    Part of this is down to the continued presence of a huge Georgian diaspora in Russia. A spokeswoman for the Union of Georgians in Russia estimated that there are between 1 million and 1.5 million ethnic Georgians living in the country. Many of these are well-settled professionals – the chief cardiologist of Moscow, the city’s most famous sculptor and a whole host of media personalities are all Georgian – while others are part of the legion of migrant labourers from former Soviet lands who come to Russia because salaries are higher than in their home countries.

    • LOL, representatives of minority groups tend to overestimate their numbers, much like the Russian diaspora in places like Australia and New Zealand. They do this in order to try and bolster their position in society, and in the case of Russians in NZ & Aussie, to try and get a bigger slice of the pie than they are entitled to.

      Like I said Maimuni, the official Russian figures are around 300,000 including around 197,000 legal residents.

      Now Maimuni/Ostap/whatever, how about your claim that there are “thousands of newspapers” in Russia and the “majority” are independently owned? The reality is that there are around 400 daily newspapers in Russia, and that more than 60% of them, including the most influential and widely read papers, are directly controlled by the government.

      This is why Russia is rated 153rd out of 175 countries for press freedom.

      • So, you accuse Georgians of lying, Ant-drek? Are you saying that the Russian officials are honest, but Georigan ones are liars?

        There is no contradiction here. The official Russian figures from year 2002, as I recall, while the Union of Georgians in Russia figure of between 1 million and 1.5 million ethnic Georgians is from 2010.

        There were more Georgian emigrants in Russia in 2010 than in 2002, just as there were more Mexican emigrants in USA in 2010 than in 2002.

        • Now Cheka boy, they are not “Georgian Officials” but Russian citizens of Georgian ethnicity, who run an association of Russian citizens of Georgian ethnic origin. Of course they are going to try and talk up their numbers, just as Russians in a similar position in other countries do exactly the same.

          As for an increase in Georgians moving to Russia, not likely in the last few years, or have you forgotten this little incident from 2006:

          “Memorial”: Russia Guilty of Racial Discrimination
          At the same time, the group stated, Russia’s response by “placing collective responsibility on the Georgian people for the actions of their government, which the Russian authorities tend not to like, once again shows the full disdain of the Russian authorities for the principles and norms of law. Bans and limitations against the citizens of a specific ethnicity – Georgians in this case – is nothing but racial discrimination.”

          Memorial said the current policies in Russia are not only leading to massive human rights violations, but “embed animosity into regional international relations for the years to come.

          Memorial were responding to the deportations and anti Georgian activities of the Russian government in 2006 when several Russian officers were caught (with the aid of the CIA/FBI & MI6) conducting illegal spying activities in Georgia.

          If you seriously think there has been an increase in the Georgian population of Russia, other than by natural increase, since 2006, you are, as suspected, a retard.

  5. Here is something also interesting:

    http://emigration.russie.ru/news/7/5385_1.html

    Illegal Migrants: Criminals or Victims?

    01.05.2004

    Today, according to experts, the country is home to more than 5 million illegal immigrants.

    Experts estimate that illegal immigrants from the CIS countries annually take home from Russia about $4 billion dollars. Illegal guest workers from Georgia alone take to their homeland, according to conservative estimates, about $1 billion dollars.

    All this is taken into account by the criminals who found their niche in the business of transporting and exploiting illegal migrants. The very composition of the Russian criminal world speaks volumes. The Russian organized crime community is multinational: about 33% are Slavs, 32% of the leaders of the criminal world are Georgians, 8% – Armenians, 5% – Azeris, and the remaining 22% – representatives of the peoples of the Greater Caucasus and Central Asia.

    • Uh-oh, the militia / Russian “experts” say something racist and anti-Georgian, how unpredictable.

      • Obviously they are omitting the Russian state security services from the list, however they really should be there:

        The New-York-based publishing house GRANI has just published in Russian a book by Lt.-Col. Alexander Litvinenko, who used to work for Russia’s Federal Security Service (Russian acronym FSB) but is now residing in Great Britain. The book is entitled “LPG, the Lubyanka Criminal Group”. What the book is about is easy to guess from the title (Lubyanskaya Square, or Lubyanka, is the place where the FSB headquarters, successor of the KGB, are located.) The more so since everybody heard about Litvinenko’s exposures of his former bosses’ misdeeds ranging from conspiracy to kill Boris Berezovsky to plotting apartment explosions in Russian cities.
        The book has already got some reviews. “Terrifying, gripping and instructive” called the book Viktor Suvorov, author of the much-talked about “Ledokol” (Icebreaker). “Litvinenko eloquently depicts that what was long considered to be the “shield and sword” of the communist party is in reality a huge criminal mechanism,” stated Russian dissident and former political prisoner Vladimir Bukovsky.
        The book is a compilation of interviews given by Litvinenko in London to Moscow journalist Akram Murtazaev. Each interview is an argument against the Lubyanka. However, Litvinenko does not portray his former place of employment only in black colors, he presents the FSB as an intricate and dubious structure. Take, for example, their agent’s network, he says. “There are agents and agents. There are agents who are engaged in the dirty business of political harassment … And there are real heroes who risk their lives to rescue complete strangers … . There are many others who work under cover within criminal groups … and save lives of innocent civilians … And it is the latter group of agents that makes any security service strong and powerful. Not all these PR men like Zdanovich, a FSB official spokesman, who tell lies on television.”
        By the way, when ‘arranging’ infiltrations into criminal groups, Litvinenko came across a phenomenon of ‘fusion of power structures with the criminal world’. Citing one of his agents, Litvinenko tells about cases when agents were asked by policemen to form and lead a criminal gang. When asked what for, police frankly replied that would have helped them clamp down on businessmen who ‘gone loose’ and refused to pay their dues. In this game, FSB agents’ role was to intimidate and threaten disobedient businessmen, and the police’s, to feign protection, and to squeeze money out of businessmen. Part of the money would have then gone to FSB agents as a reward. There is one more interview in the book that touches upon this problem.
        There is no point retelling here all Litvinenko’s arguments against the Lubyanka. Russia’s readership would read and make their own opinion of the book. One thing, however, is obvious: the way Litvinenko sees it, the FSB is clearly a criminal and even terrorist organization. And not only because of apartment explosions or alleged conspiracy against Berezovsky. Litvinenko is certain that security services were behind the murder of Galina Starovojtova, a prominent figure in Russia’s democracy movement, and the death of Anatoly Sobchak, … and many, many other things.
        “I wish all these accusations against the FSB appeared to be false. I sincerely do not want to believe that security services of my country are capable of doing such things,” stated in an interview Viktor Pokhmelkin, co-chair of the Liberal Russia party. True, nobody here wants to believe that security men are ready and able to kill their fellow countrymen in cold blood. Interviewing Litvinenko, journalist Murtazaev exclaimed, “You are bringing such terrible accusations against our own people, are they really capable of doing that?”. Litvinenko replied: “These sort of people are not our own people. For them, Sudoplatov (a top Cheka official in Stalinist times) is a bigger personality than Andrei Sakharov. What is Sakharov for them? A dissident, a traitor.”
        Regretfully, one should acknowledge this mentality is still there. From the very start the state security agency had been intended for safeguarding the illegal and criminal regime. Even if judged by the goal alone, it just had to be the criminal agency. Just remember their crackdown on dissidents — telephone threats, beatings under disguise of hooligans’ attacks. In their strive for democracy dissidents did not violate Soviet law because the Soviet Constitution did — on paper — guarantee democracy freedoms.
        What is then the purpose of today’s FSB terrorist, according to Litvinenko, activity? In his response to that worrying question, Litvinenko recalls the situation when police asked security agents to form a gang to deal with unruly businessmen. In his opinion, the FSB resorts to terrorist acts like police to security agents. Same purpose, same tactics, but at a different level of authority. At the state level. Like in the case with police, the state hires, or puts up with, a gang of bandits to create an atmosphere of fear … To make people live in constant fear of terrorists so that they yield to passport checks … and sacrifice part of their freedom space.

        http://old.prima-news.ru/eng/news/articles/2002/9/30/17082.html

  6. Andrew,

    “Alexander Litvinenko…………. is now residing in Great Britain.”

    What???????????????????

    Not anymore!

    • Anonymouse,

      Yes thanks to that murdering swine, Vova Putin and his herbal but toxic Polonium 210 tea, he now is DECEASED, and hence resides upstairs in heaven. So unlike the ‘downstairs’ place that monster Putin will share, some day in the future, with his beloved mass murdering monster J. Stalin!

      Hope you like it hot Vova as, so I’ve heard, it’s ‘bloody’ hot down there. Burn in eternity? what a future to look forward to! but well deserved in this case!!

  7. 1.) AKHEM!!! Mubarack was an ally of RUSSIA? Not the United States? Someone needs to do some quality reading, Ms. Russophobe.
    2.) Most Soviet weapons in the hands of Lybia were sold before 1988. The few modern ones that were pulled through are through arms trafficing and black market, and aren’t actually produced in Russia, even though they’re of Russian design, these all simmered down to the other post-Soviet republics.
    3.) You’re link is absolutely hilarious! All your citations make me giggle a little.

  8. Mobarak was the best friend of USA and not Russia?! What nonsense! If Mobarak were America’s best friend, would USA support him the way it did:

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/israel_the_middle_east/most_americans_favor_end_to_u_s_foreign_aid_to_middle_east_except_israel.
    Egypt has long been the second largest recipient of U.S. foreign aid

    http://blogs.forbes.com/brianwingfield/2011/01/29/making-sense-of-u-s-foreign-aid-to-egypt-and-elsewhere/
    With Egypt in turmoil, it’s widely being reported that the United States gives $1.5 billion in foreign aid to the government in Cairo each year

    http://www.bvonmoney.com/2011/02/11/former-egyptian-president-mubarak-70-billion-fortune-frozen-swiss/
    Former Egyptian President Mubarak: $70 Billion Fortune Frozen by Switzerland
    ———————————–

    If not for the financial payments of $billions per year for the last 30 years from his best friends and supporters – Americans – would Mobarak have been able to amass $70 billion?! Of course not!

    Think about it: USA pays its own Presidents maybe $200or $300 thousand per year, but we have been paying Mobarak and his family more than $1 billion per year for the last 30 years! He is the highest paid man on American payroll in history.

    So, clearly it is Russia not USA that has been Mobarak’s best friend!

    • The presidential salary is $400,000 per year, taxable plus $50,000 for expenses.

      And you mentioned that “we have been paying Mobarak and his family…” Who are those “we?” Are you including yourself? You are clearly not one of us. Your allegiance is elsewhere and you have definitely shown that you are prepared to give aid and comfort to our worst enemies

      • @RV “Who are those “we?

        Americans taxpayers.

        Are you including yourself?

        Of course. I am in the top 1% of tax payers.

        You are clearly not one of us.

        Correct. I am not one of you, welfare cheats.

        Your allegiance is elsewhere and you have definitely shown that you are prepared to give aid and comfort to our worst enemies

        My allegiance is to average middle class Americans and to American taxpayers like myself who are the biggest victims of the modern US foreign policy. And that includes many $billions per year that the US taxpayers are robbed off to turn the goons that have been ruling Egypt, Pakistan and other places into multi-billionaires.

        • You can call yourself an American taxpayer or whatever you wish, but you are in fact a Russian immigrant and your allegiance to America’s enemies is obvious from your writings.

          And spare us this “top 1 %.” I am confident I give away more in tips than you pay taxes. People who are really in top 1 % category do not advertise it.

          • And I am sure that, as most rednecks, you are too poor to pay taxes and too stingy to give tips, RV. And that’s why you are so eager to have the American taxpayers fund your militaristic fantasies.

            • Manfred Steifschwanz

              Well put, Maimonides. I’d like to add also that, as fitting for your average American red-dreg, RV quite likely believes the Third World owes him a living for his horrific “sacrifices”. Enter the US government in general and its armed wing in particular.

            • I am glad you managed to learn some American slang since you have immigrated, but I am Jewish and have never seen, met or heard of a Jewish redneck.

              And as to the “militaristic fantasies,” we now have the most left wing President we have ever had and will ever have, the President that you undoubtedly approve of. Well, the foreign policies of Bush that he had fiercely criticized are remaining the same. Afghanistan war continues as do actions in Pakistan and elsewhere, pretty much the same as under Bush, and Guantanamo is still open.

              I think the President does a good job in this area, even though I don’t like him and his administration overall, as mush as it pains me to feel this as a Democrat. The reality of governing takes over. It’s one thing to make speeches to please rabid fanatical “peace” activists like yourself, and quite another to actually govern.

              • Nonsense. Obama has to finish what Bush had started. But Obama’s long-term foreign policy agrees more with mine than with yours. He sees things from an international point of view.

                BTW, have you heard of Roseanne Barr?

                • Well not really Maimuni, after all it was a republican who brought to an end the US involvement in a left administrations war in Vietnam after all.

                  Obama has simply had to bridge the gap between the BS of left wing idiots like yourself, and the responsibility of governing and protecting the people of the USA, the west etc.

                  By the way, since you hate the US and its people so much, why don’t you return to the Russia you adore, and become part of the top 1% of its citizens, surely they would welcome your expertise with open arms?

                  And once again, you are a parasite in the US, you betray the US repeatedly, support the enemies of the country in which you live by giving moral support to illegal agents of hostile governments, you sir, are a traitor.

                  • I wonder what makes him stay in the country which he obviously hates so much. This reminds me of some of those left wing Hollywood actors. When Bush 43 was elected they threatened to leave the United States, was it Alec Baldwin or Sean Penn maybe? But of course they did no such thing, didn’t go even to Canada.

                    Love for the oppressed masses in Iraq and Afghanistan and elsewhere and hatred for the oppressor (i.e., the United States) is one thing but at least 5 million bucks per movie is something else, I suppose.

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