March 26, 2011 — Contents


(1)  EDITORIAL:  Stunning Failure for Putin at the Polls

(2)  EDITORIAL:  The VEEP of the United States is a Moron

(3)  EDITORIAL:  You’re a Sick Man, Vova!

(4)  Putin Bails Out

(5) White Sun of the American Desert Scorches Russians

64 responses to “March 26, 2011 — Contents

  1. The region of the North Caucasus is on fire. Its young people — poorly educated and unemployed — believe radical Islam could be solution to their problems. In Mother Russia, meanwhile, a new generation of disenfranchised youngsters are smarting from their lot. The two groups may be soon on collision course, warns Andrei Piontkovsky

    The Kremlin has been waging a war in the Caucasus for twelve years without realising the scale of the tragedy it has unleashed – the fact that the country is sliding into an intra-national civil war and that the full responsibility rests on the government policy that has fuelled both sides for a long time now.

    By launching and then losing the war in the Caucasus, the Kremlin now pays an indemnity for a show of subservience, not only to Kadyrov but also to the criminal elites in all the other republics. This pays for the purchases of mansions and for the gilded guns slung across their buttocks, while the destitute, déclassé, unemployed young mountain-dwellers are joining the soldiers of Allah or are being displaced onto the streets of Russian cities.

    Now two armies of desperadoes, equally guilty and equally innocent, both victims and executioners, who have been cheated and robbed by basically the same people, have turned on each other.

  2. Kabardino-Balkaria’s “Black Hawks:” Grassroots Vigilantes or FSB Surrogates?,,,,RUS,,4d7dc3562,0.html

    Over the past month or so, the Russian media have been very actively reporting on the creation of an anti-Wahhabi paramilitary unit operating on the territory of Kabardino-Balkaria in response to the actions of insurgents against members of law enforcement agencies. It has been also claimed that this unit will kill family members of militants. There are several aspects of this story that are highly disturbing and alarming: the name of the paramilitary unit, its alleged members giving interviews to any Moscow journalist they bump into, and the way Russia’s state-controlled media outlets suddenly started advertising this mythical organization.

  3. National districts of Russian North, born in violence, now face a sad end

    Yesterday at 11:32 | Paul Goble

    Moscow’s drive to amalgamate the autonomous districts that some of the numerically small peoples of the Russian North have has prompted one writer there to recall that these peoples actively and violently resisted Soviet ethnic engineering in the 1920s and 1930s, an implicit warning that at least some of them might mount a similar resistance now.

    Writing in ”Nyar”yana vynder,” a newspaper in the Nenets Autonomous District, Irina Khanzerova notes that Yamalo-Nenets and Khanty-Mansiisk autonomous districts last year marked their 80th anniversaries, often with tears because “no one knows” whether they will have the chance to celebrate any future ones.

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  4. On March 3, a conference titled “The Circassian Question and the Olympics in Sochi” was held at the Moscow center of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Many of the participants expressed disappointment with the Kremlin’s reluctance to discuss the issue of the Circassian “genocide” openly and engage in a dialogue with the concerned groups. The Kavkazsky Uzel (Caucasian Knot) website reported that a majority of the experts did not consider the Circassian question an obstacle to holding the Winter Olympics in Sochi in 2014, but feared its importance may grow over the next several years in the run-up to 2014 (, March 17).

    The head of the Russian regions’ research center, Denis Sokolov, told Kavkazsky Uzel that people in the North Caucasus are waiting for Russia’s top political leadership to say something about the issue. “Russia behaves not very adequately in the public space,” he said, adding “Nobody says that we should recognize the [Circassian] genocide, but we can publically justify our historiography. Especially as the situation in the [North] Caucasus is rather dire even without this senseless suppression of obvious facts.” According to Sokolov, the real danger for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi comes from the conflict between elites in Moscow and the North Caucasus over the distribution of budget money (, March 17).

    The Russian ministry for regional development’s official estimate of Moscow’s expenditure on the Olympics in Sochi is $30 billion. Unofficial estimates of the Olympics’ costs are even higher – up to $50 billion. Much of the allotted resources are to be spent on overhauling Sochi’s infrastructure to prepare it for hosting the Olympics. These infrastructural costs are often hidden in other budget entries instead of being listed as part of preparations for the Olympics (

    Government money is being spent on Sochi in large quantities at the same time as the budgets of the North Caucasus republics undergo deep cuts. In 2010 all republican budgets, even in Chechnya, significantly shrank due to the ailing local economies and the rollback of financial aid from Moscow. While the North Caucasus population and elites had grown accustomed to the astonishing prosperity of Moscow in comparison to their own territories, the sudden influx of government money into the Sochi region may be viewed with resentment in the surrounding regions.

    The keynote speaker at the Carnegie conference, Naima Neflyasheva, emphasized the importance of the Sochi area in the Circassian narrative. It is the native land of the Abkhaz and Circassian people, and the Russian empire expelled them from the region into exile after their final defeat in 1864. Many Circassian activists are now demanding that the Sochi Olympics be moved to another territory and that Russia should recognize and alleviate the consequences of what they regard as the “Circassian genocide.” Ironically, Krasnaya Polyana [Beautiful Meadow], where a majority of the Sochi Olympics sport events are to be held, is the same place where the Russian army commemorated its victory over the Circassians exactly 150 years before the Sochi Winter Olympics are to be held.

    In March and November 2010, the Jamestown Foundation held two highly acclaimed international conferences under the title “Hidden Nations, Enduring Crimes: The Circassians and the Peoples of the North Caucasus Between Past and Future.” Both conferences were held in Tbilisi, Georgia and were received with great enthusiasm both in Georgia and among Circassians in the North Caucasus and elsewhere in the diasporas. The Georgian parliament has struggled since March 2010 to hold a vote on recognizing the “Circassian genocide.” But Georgia has also significantly expanded its interaction with the North Caucasus, and in October 2010 lifted the visa requirement for people traveling from this troubled region.

    The Carnegie Moscow Center’s expert on the North Caucasus and Islam, Aleksei Malashenko, warned that the Russian government should be concerned not only about the Circassian question, but also about the general instability in the North Caucasus. As Moscow’s envoy to the region, Aleksandr Khloponin, himself admitted, 2010 was “disastrous” for the Russian government in the North Caucasus (, March 17). Kabardino-Balkaria, where the majority of the Circassians live, became one of the centers of the insurgency in the North Caucasus in 2010.

    On March 19, a suspected militant, Marat Zokaev, was killed in the Cherek district of Kabardino-Balkaria in a shootout with the government forces (, March 19). On March 16, the security services killed Aslan Yemkuzhev, a suspected rebel, in the center of the republican capital Nalchik. Surprisingly quickly, on the same day he was killed, the authorities announced that Yemkuzhev had received military training in Lebanon and fought in the ranks of the Fatah al-Islam radical organization (, March 16). On March 20, an explosion took place at a local market in the city of Prokhladny in Kabardino-Balkaria. One person was injured in the attack (RIA Novosti, March 20).

    There are also vibrant Circassian communities in Karachaevo-Cherkessia and Adygea, to the west of Kabardino-Balkaria and in close proximity to the future Olympic sites in Sochi. So it is hardly surprising that during the period from February 23 to March 7, large-scale military exercises were held in Adygea and the Krasnodar region, of which Sochi is a part. Six thousand servicemen, including those of the Federal Security Service (FSB) and its flagship Alfa counterterrorist unit, the Interior Ministry and the Ministry for Emergency Situations (MChS) participated in the exercises. In one of the scenarios played out during the exercises, 20 terrorists captured and held hostages at an administrative building in the area (, March 8).

    The North Caucasus insurgents claimed responsibility for the attack on the Moscow metro in March 2010 and the attack Moscow’s Domodedovo airport in January 2011. Given the proximity of the Sochi Olympics’ sites to the centers of the insurgency and the poor recent record of the Russian security services, it is extremely questionable whether Moscow will be able to guarantee security for the Olympic visitors in 2014.

  5. “Krasnaya”, of course, has both meanings: : “red” and “beautiful”.

    • Rather Krasivaya.

      • What does your sentence “Rather Krasivaya” mean? Is it a woman’s name?

        • Manfred Steifschwanz

          beautiful – красивый

          • Manfred and Robert,

            Why do you guys always think that 3 months of studying Russian make you experts on it and compel you to teach it to native speakers?


            Origin and name

            The name Red Square derives neither from the colour of the bricks around it (which, in fact, were whitewashed at certain points in history) nor from the link between the colour red and communism. Rather, the name came about because the Russian word красная (krasnaya) can mean either “red” or “beautiful” (the latter being rather archaic). This word, with the meaning “beautiful”, was originally applied to Saint Basil’s Cathedral and was subsequently transferred to the nearby square.


            The word ‘krasnaya’ is ambiguous. Originally meaning beautiful in old Russian, it only came to mean red in more modern times. Commonly-held assumptions then that the ‘Red’ in Red Square referred to Communism, blood spilt – or even the colour of the monuments – are in fact misplaced!


            Krasnaya Polyana (Russian: Кра́сная Поля́на, literally: “Beautiful Glade”) is an urban-type settlement under the jurisdiction of Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Russia.

            • Yes, for example “красна девица”, or “не красна изба углами, а красна пирогами” and so on and so forth. Even the word “красавица” (pretty, beauty) is a derivative from “красная”.

      • Yes Robert, you are right.

  6. The moscow KGB “church” of the savage uncivilized pagan barbarians in the kremlin has another “revelation”.

    Priest of the Russian Orthodox Church, Alexander Shumsky believes that occurred in Japan, earthquakes and tsunamis are retribution for the insult Russia.

    • One of Lenin’s last living relatives is his great nephew Dmitry Ulyanov, an Orthodox priest in the western Russian city of Ivanovo who once demanded that his parish worship icons of Lenin and his successor Joseph Stalin, according to the Izvestia daily newspaper.

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    • Patriarch Kirill moves to expand his role in the North Caucasus

      Today at 17:49 | Paul Goble

      Just as he has done in so many other spheres of Russian life, Patriarch Kirill last week moved to expand the role of the Russian Orthodox Church in the North Caucasus through the use of the two tools at his disposal: the reorganization of the church’s structure there and meeting with senior Russian officials.

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    • The Russian Orthodox Church has allowed itself to be used as a secular tool by becoming an extension of its government’s foreign policy. Ironically, it is the blurring of church and state separation that led the Moscow Patriarchate to support an inept, corrupt, and highly dysfunctional autocracy that caused human suffering and contributed to the Russian Revolution.

      Today, the Russian Orthodox Patriarch’s interference in Ukraine has been relentlessly Machiavellian.

      The Moscow Patriachate is one of the strongest advocates of the Russiky Mir Foundation. Established in June 2007, the Foundation promotes East Slavic culture, history, and language throughout the world from a distinctly Russian perspective. In doing so it identifies as Russian the individual contributions of ethnic groups and individuals within them once part of the Imperial and Soviet empires. This includes marginalizing Ukraine’s distinct culture and heritage.

      Ukrainian spirituality and Russian Orthodoxy are incompatible. In contrast to Russia, Ukraine has had intermittent experiences with liberty and freedom. The Russian Orthodoxy Church’s understanding of human rights and personal freedom is dramatically different as defined in the West and in context to Ukraine’s history with its periods of liberty and exposure to multiple cultures and experiences.

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    • Removing the two museums will allow for construction of a hotel, a residence for Moscow Patriarch Kirill

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    • Russian Father Superior was sent to New Athos Monastery

      04/04/2011 12:24

      Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill sent Efrem Vinogradov to serve as the Hegumen of the New Athos Monastery. Self-appointed head of the “Abkhazian church” Vissarion Aplia had been asking Patriarch Kirill about this for some time.

      Abkhazia is haveing problems with Russians

      By at 5 April, 2011, 5:40 pm

      According to GHN, tensions raised around Russia’s claims for northern Abkhazian territory in spiritual and civil circles.

      After Russian Federation said openly about its pretensions for the northern part of Abkhazian territory, the Russian Patriarchy appointed Russian pope in the New Athon Monastery. This event was met with protest from Abkhazian spiritual and civil circles. The decision was taken for the holding of big spiritual-civil gathering for the discussion of the future of Abkhazian Orthodox Church.

      It was detected that the appointment of Russian Holy Father to the Abkhazian Church was decided on the hideous negotiation of Besarion Aplia, so-called head of Abkhazian Orthodox Church of Bichvinta and Sokhumi with Russian Patriarch Kiril. Abkhazians believe that the bishops on the Abkhazian territory must be of Abkhazian originality. The spiritual fathers are unsatisfied with Besarion Aplia active and hidden relations with Russian Patriarchy, his unilateral actions and decisions.

    • We fear that the Moscow Patriarchate will claim the churches of the Kiev patriarchy.

  7. LES

    Makes interesting reading, especially since, “Olga Ulyanova, a niece of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin” claims that “her uncle disapproved of the 1918 shooting of last Russian Czar Nicholas II, his wife and five children.”

    Why wasn’t she good enough to also mention that her beloved (read murdering) uncle, was also the instigator of their murder! after all he was one of the two signatories to their death sentence.

    Her remark that “She had fond memories of growing up in the Kremlin with other children of Bolshevik leaders” also leaves a lot to be desired. One only has to look at what happened to all the children (of the other higher ups executed on Stalin’s orders, like Nikolai Bukharin, Grigori Zinoviev, and Lev Kamenev, etc) who also disappeared into the gigantic GULAG system that was the USSR, when their parents were arrested, to be replaced by the next generation of expendables.

  8. What we are seeing is the disintegration of Islam itself. Bush’s success in Irag set it off, but it would have happened anyway. Islam is incompatible with the modern world. It will be messy. Send out for popcorn.

    • Absolutely. As we speak, hundreds of millions of Muslims all over the World are embracing the American way of life and converting to TV Evangelism, Mormonism and Scientology.

      • Manfred Steifschwanz

        And, to top it all, with Zigfeld and her acolytes proudly presiding over all of Humanity. We shall thus be living happily ever after.

  9. Ostap:
    These people are incapable of embracing anything. It is going to be a difficult couple hundred years as these people try one thing after another. Of course Russia managed to incur their undying hatred and will pay an appropriate price. Regarding government, “nice” works better over the long haul.

    • Nonsense, Ron. The only thing that Russia has done wrong by Arabs is refuse independence to Chechnya, and this is hardly among the top 1000 items on the Arab agenda. Sadly, it is the USA with our non-stop interventionism that is angering all those Arabs, Iranians and Pakistanis. We are currently fighting 3 wars in the Muslim world at the same time!

      • “Refusing independence” – what a nice euphemism for destroying everything and more than (literally speaking) decimating the total population, while making even more pernament refugees.

        Anyway, the Arabs in general didn’t care that much, just like there was no of outrage when Dostum and Hekmatyar leveled Kabul in the early 1990s, or for how the genocide in Bosnia at the same time sparked no global terrorism against Serbs whatsoever (not a single such incident of any kind).

      • Gee Gostapo, did you not see the pictures from Benghazi showing thousands upon thousands of Libyan civilians carrying signs thanking the UK, France and the USA for saving them from an impending massacre by Qaddafi’s forces?

        I know that you follow Russian cultural tradition by your outright support for ethnic cleansing and mass murder, but come on…..

        • Speaking of Libya (and no it was not “a Libya-style bombing” in 1999):

          Russia’s NATO Envoy Warns of Libya War
          28 March 2011

          Gadhafi has accused Western forces of killing dozens of civilians, but his officials have not shown reporters in Tripoli any evidence of such killings. U.S. officials say they have no evidence Western bombs have killed any civilians.

          Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has taken a harder stance than Medvedev, comparing the UN resolution to “medieval calls for crusades.” He also said those responsible for civilian deaths in Libya should “pray for the salvation of their souls.”

          Rights group Memorial responded late last week that Putin should pray for his soul for inflicting a Libya-style bombing on Chechnya a decade ago.

          “Putin has visibly completely forgotten about what took place in his own country and about his own implication in those tragic events,” Memorial said in a statement. “Maybe the prime minister himself should pray first of all for the salvation of his own soul?”

          Putin rose to popularity when he led an invasion of Chechnya in 1999 on the eve of his presidency, starting the second Chechen war.

          • It was more like that:

            • @1999


              PRESS RELEASE
              no. 273

              Russian authorities failed to account for air raid killing five people and destroying Chechen village


              The applicants are 27 Russian nationals who lived at the time of the events in the village of Kogi (Shelkovskiy District, Chechen Republic) at the border between Dagestan and Chechnya.

              In the afternoon of 12 September 1999, two Russian military planes raided the village, firing machine gun shots and dropping a number of bombs, resulting in the deaths of two children and three women. One of the applicants (Mr Esmukhambetov) witnessed the death of his two young sons and of his wife, the latter dying in his arms fatally wounded with shrapnel. The air raid also left approximately 30 houses destroyed or severely damaged. Many of the villagers left Kogi the same day, driving off to the nearby village of Kumli in Dagestan. The following day, the bodies of all the victims were buried and the administration of Kogi issued certificates in respect of each victim, stating that they had been killed during the bombing. When the villagers subsequently returned to Kogi to collect their belongings, they witnessed Russian federal servicemen demolishing further buildings. Most of the applicants did not return to Kogi after that; they spent the following winter in a refugee camp in Dagestan.

      • The Chechen-Ingush ASSR left the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic on November 27, 1990, in accordance with prevailing Soviet legislation. It remained as a member state of the Soviet Union until 1991.
        Independent Chechnya adopted its constitution in 1992, in a free and internationally monitored referendum. The Russian Republic passed its own new constitution (which unilaterally and without consultations included a so-called “Chechen Republic”) only one year later, after Yeltsin’s coup d’etat in 1993.
        After the demise of the Soviet Union, the Russian Federation invited the former ASSRs of the RSFSR to join their state formation, but Chechnya refused to even discuss the issue. In December 1994, the Russian Federation attacked the independent Chechen Republic in an act of international aggression.
        On May 12, 1997, the Presidents of Russia and Chechnya signed a peace treaty which explicitly based the relations between the two states on “international law”, which means a de facto and de jure recognition of Chechnya’s independence by the Russian Federation. This treaty was never revoked by Russia, it’s just being ignored by the present regime.

        Russia therefore wasn’t at any point of post-Soviet history in a position to “refuse independence to Chechnya”. What Russia did was to invade a sovereign country in order to recolonize it, and it’s currently sustaining an occupation regime there.

  10. I agree with you on this point Ostap. It is illogical to be fighting wars basically over energy when everybody has plenty of energy as a result of the development of horizontal drilling.

    • Ron,

      I am so happy that now everybody has plenty of energy. But why is it that just 6 months ago it cost me $30 to fill my tank and now it costs $40? Shouldn’t the oil and gasoline prices be going down? Why are they are sky-rocketing?

  11. The North Caucasus is increasingly reminiscent of the zone of military conflict where the situation is gradually approaching a critical point. News stories coming from the region – even those covered by official Russian media, the task of which is by no means to depict the actual reality on the ground – resemble military chronicles.

    According to data reported by independent outlets, which base their findings exclusively on open source information, the number of those killed and wounded in the North Caucasus since the beginning of March 2011 is much higher than in the same period last year. Meanwhile, as the United Nations Security Council resolved to include Doku Umarov, the North Caucasus rebel leader and the Emir of the Caucasus Emirate, on the consolidated list of individuals against whom sanctions are imposed for their links with the al-Qaeda terrorist network, the situation in the North Caucasus continued to run its own course ( Not a single bank in the world has yet announced the freezing of Umarov’s financial assets, probably due to the fact that he hardly has any bank accounts. The formal international sanctions against Umarov should be seen as a symbolic gesture by the United States to accommodate some of Russia’s demands in exchange for concessions on other disputed issues, where Washington would like to see Moscow if not as an ally, then at least not as an enemy. Nobody noticed any change in the status of Doku Umarov, and the international sanctions will probably have little bearing on him personally, not least because of the scope of activity is limited to Chechnya and Ingushetia.

    In all probability, a recent bombing of a train in the suburbs of Makhachkala was also carried out by North Caucasus rebels. In early February 2011, a decision was made to halt the movement of trains at night through the territory of Chechnya and Dagestan for security reasons. The new schedule allows trains to run from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. only. However, the latest train bombing (the third this year alone) occurred at 7:00 a.m., which raises serious questions about the safety of trains traveling through Dagestan even during the daylight hours. According to experts, the power of the explosive device detonated near the village of Shamkhal, a suburb of Makhachkala, was equivalent of three kilograms of TNT (

    While in Chechnya the local authorities are trying to introduce their own universal dress code for all government employees and students in public places, which should morph Chechnya into a Muslim republic (, in the neighboring republic of Ingushetia the local boss, Yunus-bek Yevkurov, has decided to do away with all of those who oppose his policies, including Magomed Daurbekov, the vice chairman of the local Supreme Court, who is supposed to be independent from the executive under the Russian constitution. But Daurbekov is not alone on the list of “public enemies.” The vast list also includes human rights organizations of the republic, accused by Yevkurov of “ingratiating themselves with the militants” ( Thus, here too we are witnessing an attack on those trying to prevent human rights violations committed by the authorities or with the knowledge of the authorities. This is an absolutely losing game for the government. The more the Russian power structure behaves in an authoritarian manner, the more people – and not only members of the armed resistance movement – go deep underground.

    The situation in the North Caucasus portends the intensification and deepening of the conflict between the Russian authorities and the population of the region, which will undoubtedly lead to new outbreaks of violence and a corresponding increase in the number of victims. Just in the first half of March alone there were dozens of victims resulting from the confrontation between the authorities and the armed opposition as the North Caucasus slips further and further into chaos.

    • @The North Caucasus is increasingly reminiscent of the zone of military conflict where the situation is gradually approaching a critical point. News stories coming from the region – even those covered by official Russian media, the task of which is by no means to depict the actual reality on the ground – resemble military chronicles.

      Russia ‘kills 17 North Caucasus militants’

      An air strike by helicopters assisted special forces in the raid in the Russian republic of Ingushetia, Russia’s anti-terrorism committee said.

      Three Russian police officers were reported killed in the operation.

  12. Ostap the BENDER of truth,

    Do tell us all about engaging in a discussion with yourself, after all you are a real expert at it. I mean what sane person would engage in corresponding on your inane standard.

    And talking about being lonely, I find that extremely hard to believe, I mean you are surrounded by like minded dolts, face the music chum, you are a classic case of “show me your friends and so shall I judge you.”

    Although I am not a “head shrink” do tell about your loneliness, as I’m in need of another good laugh. By the way have you ever thought of taking up comedy – ah forget it, you’d fail at that as well.

    By the way where did the communists dig you up? I bet it was the scrap heap of history?? Right?

  13. Head of the Union of Muftis: Moscow not Muslims to blame for Islamophobia

    Yesterday at 13:33 | Paul Goble

    Ravil Gainutdin, the head of the Union of Muftis of Russia (SMR), says that “today, a much greater threat to the unity of [Russia] comes not from the Caucasus but out of Moscow where at the walls of the Kremlin, at the grave of the Unknown Soldier, thousands of young people under Nazi symbols shout

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  14. Killing The Messenger – Russia

  15. The epitome of insanely delusional moskali!

    Voice of Russia:

    The Donetsk Regional Council has sent an appeal demanding the adoption of a law prohibiting nationalist activities to the Ukrainian Parliment.

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    Voice of Russia: Bill to outlaw neo-nazi activities submitted in Ukraine

    Why are you so concerned about the neo-Nazis, LES? And why do you pretend that only “moskali” hate neo-nazis?

    • You forgot to mention this title was picked from “The Voice of Russia” website. (“Itar-Tass reports that the initiator and author of the document, is a deputy of the regional council of the Communist Party of Ukraine, Irina Popova.”)

      Now, should I mention the Soviet Communist Party was responsible of MILLIONS of deaths in Ukraine and her KPU party prominently displays neo-Soviet symbols on their website ?

  17. Ukrainian patriots are not neo-nazis – just because the insanely delusional savage uncivilized pagan barbarians in the Kremlin say that Ukrainian patriots are neo-nazis, does not mean that Ukrainian patriots are neo-nazis!



    a much greater threat to the unity of [Russia] comes not from the Caucasus but out of Moscow where at the walls of the savage uncivilized pagan barbarians in the Kremlin, at the grave of the Unknown Soldier, thousands of young people under Nazi symbols shout

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    • AP Exclusive: FBI thought Demjanjuk evidence faked

      Today at 08:30 | Associated Press

      “Justice is ill-served in the prosecution of an American citizen on evidence which is not only normally inadmissible in a court of law, but based on evidence and allegations quite likely fabricated by the KGB,”

      The FBI agents argued that the Soviets had an interest in faking the documents as part of a campaign to smear anti-communist emigres.

      He noted as particularly important the way the FBI said the KGB presented evidence to the U.S. Department of Justice: allowing the material to be viewed only at a Soviet embassy or consulate but not examined by document experts.

      “It’s very explicit, and the same thing happened here,” Busch said, noting he could view two Russian-held Nazi “transfer lists” from 1943 only at the Russian Consulate in Munich. The documents indicate a guard named Demjanjuk was sent to Flossenbuerg concentration camp and to Sobibor.

      “The Russians said we could look at them but that we couldn’t do anything with them, couldn’t examine them, and then they took them away,” Busch said.

      The defense has argued throughout the trial that the ID card is a clever fake, noting that Demjanjuk’s height and eye color don’t match and alleging there are indications the photograph was taken from old identity papers and glued to the card.

      The FBI report accuses the Soviets of anonymously feeding names of emigres to the United States as suspected Nazis. The OSI would then ask the Soviet Union for evidence from captured Nazi records, and “the KGB produces a record purporting to tie the accused with the commission of Nazi atrocities.”

      “In court, the KGB officer thereupon ‘shows’ the documents to the judge but does not permit the documents to be presented in evidence or to be otherwise copied,” it adds.

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  18. A Russian Land Grab In Abkhazia?

    March 30, 2011
    When Russia recognized breakaway Abkhazia’s independence from Georgia in August 2008, very few countries followed suit. But there was nonetheless jubilation and gratitude in Sukhumi.

    Today, many Abkhaz are wondering whether the cost of Moscow’s support may have turned out to be a bit too high.

    As a joint Abkhaz-Russian commission on border demarcation met in Moscow this week, residents of the territory became increasingly alarmed about reports that Russia was seeking to annex 160 square kilometers of Abkhaz territory.

    The opposition Abkhaz newspaper “Novy den” reported earlier this month that Russia has sent a proposal to Abkhazia’s de facto authorities asking them to cede a sliver of land in the territory’s Gagra region.

    The land in question is in a mountainous area near the Psou River, which forms Abkhazia’s natural boundary with Russia. It is also close to Russia’s Krasnaya Polyana ski resort, a key venue for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

    Speaking to RFE/RL’s Echo of the Caucasus — which broadcasts to Abkhazia and Georgia’s other breakaway region, South Ossetia — the prominent Sukhumi-based journalist Inal Khashig said Moscow’s proposal appeared to be an opening gambit from which they would ultimately back down from in exchange for a smaller chunk of land — the Abkhaz village of Aibga, which straddles the Psou River.

    But Khashig said any territorial concessions, no matter how small, were staunchly opposed by an overwhelming majority of the population and by the territory’s political elite:

    Public opinion is opposed to giving up 160 square kilometers or even ten square meters. It is a matter of principle. This is Abkhaz land and we’re not going to sacrifice a single meter or square mile. I went out to the central part of Sukhumi and people were already gathering signatures against this and many were already stopping to sign. Abkhaz society is very concerned about this.

    Speaking later with RFE/RL’s Russian Service, Khashig said the controversy put Abkhazia’s de facto president, Sergei Bagapsh, in an impossible position:

    Any concession on his part on the territorial issue could lead to destabilization of the country and possibly to the president’s resignation. But if he does not give in [to Moscow’s request], Russia might be offended. And here Bagapsh would also have a problem — 70 percent of the Abkhaz budget consists of Russian subsidies. And if Bagapsh loses this, it could also end in his resignation.

    If this came to pass, it would be an ironic twist. In the 2004 election, Abkhaz voters rejected Moscow’s handpicked candidate, former KGB officer Raul Khajimba, who was soundly defeated by Bagapsh.

    In an interview with RFE/RL’s Russian Service, Ivlian Khaindrava, director of South Caucasus programs at the Tbilisi-based Center of Development and Cooperation, said attempted land grabs like this could lead to a rise in anti-Russian sentiment among the Abkhaz:

    Abkhaz society is maturing and I’m not sure that this process, if it continues, will be painless. It is possible that in Abkhazia people will realize that the threat from north [Russia] could be more dangerous than the threat from the south [Georgia]. Of course, this will not happen all at once…but gradually the emphasis will shift.

    Russian officials have yet to comment publicly on the controversy.

    The current fears of Russian domination are, in fact, not new. When I visited Abkhazia in the June 2009, the signs of accelerating Russification were everywhere.

    More than 90 percent of Abkhaz residents, for example, carry Russian passports. The Russian ruble is the territory’s official currency. The Russian language is dominant. Russian flags are everywhere. Russian television rule the airwaves and Russian newspapers are ubiquitous.

    Moscow was building a naval base in the port of Ochamchire. Russian businesses were snapping up prime real estate along Sukhumi’s seaside promenade. Russia’s state-run oil giant Rosneft won the right to explore and develop Abkhazia’s maritime oil fields.

    And a controversial provision to give Russian soldiers serving in Abkhazia the right to purchase property sparked howls of opposition.

    “After recognizing Abkhazia, Russia is now swallowing us,” Khashig told me at the time. “This is happening economically, politically, militarily, and socially. Every day we are becoming more and more dependent.”

    But at the same time, many Abkhaz also proudly pointed out that their ancestors fought a series of bloody rebellions against the Russian Empire in the 19th century. The largest of these, in 1866 and 1877, resulted in hundreds of thousands of Abkhaz being deported — ironically, they were deported mainly from the very same Gagra region where the land Russia now covets is located.

  19. Relax little LES, of course you are not neo-nazi, and not retarded (as all around tell you). You are smarty patriot. Perhaps you’ll be the first Ukrainian astronaut when you grow up.

    • Dear pipsqueak,

      LR readers do not need moskali to post disinformation from their “updated” Soviet Encyclopedia.

      Ukraine – a Hotbed of Astronauts

      Many Ukrainians contributed to the study of rocket flight. For example, the same Forum (A Ukrainian Review) journal points out elsewhere that:

      Mykola Kibalchich (who made a bomb that assassinated Russian Tsar Alexander II) while in prison in 1881 designed a rocket-powered spaceship. His words, “I am preparing this design in prison, a few days before I am to die,” made a deep impression on young Serhiy Korolov. Incidentally, Korolov, according to Vladimirov, was arrested in 1938 and spent time in a Stalin prison.

      Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, the father of Russian space study, apparently traces Ukrainian ancestry through his mother.

      Yuri Kondratiuk (1900-1942) from Lutsk, Ukraine, was also an early researcher in rocketry. His 1929 book The Conquest of Interplanetary Space provided the two-stage rocke[t] (sic) theory to reach the moon, which was followed precisely by the United States in its historic moon landing on July 20, 1969.

      Pavlo Romanovych Popovych, (a.k.a. Pavel Romanovich Popovich), the first Soviet Ukrainian astronaut to visit space, consciously deliberated on the number of Ukrainians that flew to space, reports Ihor Holod in the “Moloda Halychyna” (“MH”) August 8, 2002 newspaper interview with him entitled ”Pershym buv ne Haharin, a Popovych” (Gagarin was not first, but Popovych). According to Popovych, 12 ethnic Ukrainians have seen planet Earth from space as well as 16 representatives of other national minorities from Ukraine. Many more died because of the careless behavior of their colleagues in the aviation and rocket tests.

      Mykola Kibalchich (a.k.a. Nikolai Ivanovich Kibalchich) – rocket propulsion pioneer, Yuri Vasilievich Kondratyuk (real name Oleksandr Gnatovich Shargei) – astronautics and spaceflight pioneer, Serhiy Pavlovich Korolyov (a.k.a. Sergey Korolev or Sergei Korolev) – aircraft/rocket engineer and designer, Volodymyr Chelomey (a.k.a. Vladimir Nikolayevich Chelomey) – physicist, rocket engineer and satellite designer, Mykhailo Yanhel (a.k.a. Mikhail Kuzmich Yangel) – missile and satellite designer Valentyn Petrovych Hlushko (a.k.a. Valentin Petrovich Glushko) – creator of the Proton rocket and Energia/Buran reusable space shuttle, and Hlib Lozyno-Lozynskiy (a.k.a. Gleb Evgeniyevich Lozino-Lozinskiy), – Kyiv (a.k.a. Kiev)-born “Spiral” and space shuttle Buran designer, all Ukrainians. Even Konstantin Eduardovich Tsiolkovsky – the father of theoretical astronautics had some Ukrainian in his blood, as well as some Russian, Polish and Tatar too. His brother seemed more certain of his Ukrainian heritage because he always used his customary signature, “Tsiolkovsky-Nalyvaiko”, which gives away his Ukrainian Kozak lineage, said Popovych in his “MH” interview.

      • PS

        When the American Army freed the “camp” that my Parents were in (Germany 1945), the Americans made my Father Administrator of the new “camp” – after debriefing the inmates in the “camp”.

      • As world celebrates Gagarin, Korolyov’s role is remembered

        Today at 00:20 | Olga Pysana

        Fifty years ago on April 12, Yuriy Gagarin became the first astronaut to orbit the earth, an achievement that the world still celebrates. But the historic flight may have never happened without such lesser-known heroes as Sergey Korolyov.

        Korolyov, a Ukrainian aerospace engineer, designed the Vostok 1 space rocket that took Gagarin into the heavens. The Ukrainian’s role was a Soviet secret.

        Persecuted by the savage uncivilized pagan barbarians’ ruthlessness in 1930s, Korolyov was accused of anti-Soviet activities and proclaimed an “enemy of the people” {because he was UKRAINIAN} in 1938.

        He spent six years in prison and several months in one of the most feared Soviet correctional institutions, the gulag in the Siberian region of Kolyma.

        Overall, Korolyov was responsible for many successful Soviet space exploration projects. He was behind the design of the rocket for Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite to orbit our planet. It then became the most widely used rocket in the world.

        Luna 3 is also associated with Korolyov’s engineering leadership. It took pictures of the moon and then sent them back to earth. He was also in charge of the Venera 3 mission that marked a new step in mankind with the first unmanned landing on Venus or any other planet for that matter.

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      • While the world (including some people on the Maidan) celebrates Yuri Gagarin’s accomplishment as the first man in space, few remember that the mastermind behind the technological achievements of the Soviet space program was the Ukrainian genius, Sergei Pavlovich Korolev, born in Zhitomir, Ukraine. Even the great Von Braun’s achievements were dwarfed by those of Korolev, who was also a GULAG survivor from the Kolyma gold mines.

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    • Relax even littler and even more retarded communist propagandist pupsik.

      I heard on the communist ‘grapevine’ that your beloved ‘fuehrer’ Putin is waiting for you to grow up so that you can be the first Russian cosmonaut to be sent to the sun to explore its as yet unexplored surface.

      I personally cannot wait till that happens, as your story will have tremendous news (read – propaganda) value for your beloved ruSSia. Remember to shout Heil Putin!! as you blast off.

      You won’t be lonely on that trip, as your like minded Ostap, the bender of truth, will be there for your moral support.

  20. Regarding Islamic disorder: Central banks (following USA) are flooding the west with excess liquidity via debt. Therefore commodities are rapidly increasing in price. Spengler says most of the world is able to adjust, but poverty stricken Islam is now close to starvation because the price of wheat has doubled. Thank you Obama.

  21. Les: Congratulations on the survival of your parents.

  22. Russian Site Smokes Out Corruption


    Published: March 27, 2011

    MOSCOW — Before the Internet, a Russian dissident might have hoped to reach dozens of sympathetic readers with a mimeographed samizdat publication of forbidden material.

    But in today’s Russia, Aleksei N. Navalny has managed to attract a vast audience with his Web site for investors,, even as he takes on big state-owned energy companies in his crusade against graft, kickbacks and bribery.

    A 34-year-old real estate lawyer by training, Mr. Navalny can reach as many as a million unique visitors in a day with his digital samizdat, as happened last fall with his scoop about embezzlement at Transneft, a state-run pipeline company.

    That scheme, presented as a cautionary tale for those tempted to invest in Russian energy stocks, described executives setting up a series of shell companies to pose as contractors for Transneft’s project to build a 3,000-mile pipeline to China. One shell, for example, was registered in the name of a Siberian man who had lost his passport, according to the Nalvany report.

    The post included an audit indicating that the contracting fraud had cost Transneft $4 billion. Both Transneft and the government accounting office, whose documents Mr. Navalny said he leaked on his site, have denied the corruption claim.

  23. What happened in Katyn forest in 1940

    Today at 16:57 | Reuters April 7

    (Reuters) – Poland marks the first anniversary on Sunday of a plane crash that killed its president and 95 others as they headed to the Katyn forest in western Russia to honour Polish officers murdered there by Soviet forces in 1940.

    Here are some details on the Katyn massacre.

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    • Manfred Steifschwanz

      Smolensk 2010 was just truly wonderful; a most appropriate retribution to those vile, self-pitying Western bootlickers running Poland, forever pestering Europe with their hollow, uninteresting sob-stories. Putin and Russia must have had a jolly good laugh at their pathetic neighbours or refined amusement at least. Take that, mccusa!

      • Manfred,

        You are truly, a sick in the head, swede to write what you just did!!

        I personally believe that your beloved ‘devil in disguise’ Vova Putin with his like minded cohorts in the KaGeBe, engineered the whole disaster, and then to add insult to injury, fabricated the cover up of this heinous crime.

        I mean how hard is it to reposition the radar beam producing apparatus that an aircraft uses to land on in fog, to below the safety limit and redirect the flight beam from and into the ground.

        Information that I read about the tragic accident that wiped out a Western leaning Polish President and his immediate entourage, was that Putin (may Satan bless his evil heart) was very ecstatic at the results of the crash.

        After all what is the murder of a few more or less humans to Putin, the embodiment of evil, as his hands were steeped in human blood before this connived accident, and will continue to increase to be further steeped in human blood until overthrown by a people’s revolution and hung from a light post as fitting reward for his numerous crimes.

        • Manfred Steifschwanz

          >> I mean how hard is it to reposition the radar beam producing apparatus that an aircraft uses to land on in fog, to below the safety limit and redirect the flight beam from and into the ground. >>

          What a silly question, mate. The pilot was Russian with all that this entails: Drug abuse, corruption, incompetence, contempt for life including one’s own, pure evil, and so on ad infinitum. You Russophobes are indeed on the verge of collapse if you actually need be told all this after all these years, ha!

          • Russian changed a commemorative plaque in Smolensk

            April 9, 2011

            Demonstrations slogans in front of the Russian Embassy: “Putin – murder, Tusk – traitor”. Russian changed a commemorative plaque in Smolensk. They have cut out the Soviet crime about Katyn. Russia secretly changed the plaque commemorating 96 victims of the plane crash in Smolensk in 10 April 2010.

            On the commemorative plaque was written about 96 Poles including Polish President Lech Kaczynski who died on 10 April 2010 in plane crash near Smolensk on the way to commemorate 70th anniversary of the Soviet crime of genocide committed against the Polish POWs and officers of Polish Army in 1940.

            Now the inscription says only about the plane crash.


          • Yesterday’s events were overshadowed by reports that a Polish-language plaque in Smolensk recalling the visit to the genocide site had been replaced on Saturday by Russian authorities with a second plaque that made no mention of the Katyn massacre.


          • Relatives of the Polish victims took the initiative of affixing a sign to the boulder that said, in Polish, that Mr. Kaczynski and his entourage had died while traveling to commemorate “the Soviet crime of genocide against prisoners of war, Polish Army officers.”

            But on Saturday, the governor of the Smolensk region, Sergei V. Antufyev, ordered the plaque removed. The main objection, he told Russian reporters on Sunday, was that it was in Polish, with no translation into Russian. While the replacement was in both languages, the wording was also changed. No mention was made of the reason the Polish officials had been traveling to the region.

            The new plaque says simply: “In memory of 96 Poles led by the president of the Republic of Poland, Lech Kaczynski, who died in a plane crash near Smolensk on April 10, 2010.”


            • Manfred Steifschwanz

              The plaque should have been even more blunt, in my opinion. “Smolensk 2010: Good riddance to bad garbage. God bless the Russian pilot”.

              • Sad, so sad Manfred,

                That you were not there to greet the entourage, as Putin’s official representative. Humanity would have been done a Sterling service, for the great and massive good deed of your obliteration in the resulting fireball.

                But although Putin is stupid, he is not that stupid as to use you. Hence no exit of one totally ignominious little speck of fly sh*t! Face the music vegetable ‘swede’, you literally are on history’s scrap heap.

                • Manfred Steifschwanz

                  Non, rien de rieeeeen
                  Non, je ne regrette rien
                  Ni le bien qu’on m’a fait
                  Ni le mal,
                  Tout ça m’est bien égaaaaaaal…

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