May 6, 2011 — Contents


(1)  EDITORIAL:  Putin Knifes the Infant RuNet

(2)  EDITORIAL:  Readin’, Ritin’ and Rooskie Rithmatic

(3)  INTERVIEW:   Kevin Rothrock of A Good Treaty

(4)  EDITORIAL:  The Collapse of the Neo-Soviet Army

(5)  EDITORIAL:  The Silver Anniversary of Chernobyl

(6)  EDITORIAL:  Gagging on Russia

NOTE:  In a special issue today, we offer 100% original content in the form of five editorials covering Internet freedom, education, military collapse, Chernobyl and Russian cuisine. We cap things off with an exclusive blogger interview, Kevin Rothrock, the half-hearted Russophile who blogs at “A Good Treaty.”


6 responses to “May 6, 2011 — Contents

  1. An ultranationalist couple was convicted Thursday of gunning down a rights lawyer and a journalist, the verdict ending a court process fraught with accusations of publicity manipulations.

    Nationalist sympathizers presented the couple as a patriotic version of Bonnie and Clyde, but the two pleaded not guilty of gunning down rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov and Novaya Gazeta freelance reporter Anastasia Baburova in downtown Moscow in January 2009.

    Tikhonov and Khasis have repeatedly pleaded not guilty to murder — and have even attempted suicide to prove their integrity, slashing their veins before the Wednesday hearing.

    The charges against the two were based on testimonies from their friends from nationalist groups, including Blood and Honor and Russky Obraz. The head of Russky Obraz, Ilya Goryachev, a key witness for the prosecution, fled to Germany during the trial and attempted to retract his testimony, saying he was pressured into it, but his claims were dismissed by the judge on the grounds that he was not present in the courtroom to voice his stance.

    Khasis was not the only one to speak of meddling with the trial. A former juror in the process told Moskovsky Komsomolets earlier this month that the jury faced pressure to convict Tikhonov and Khasis.

    At least two jurors have been constantly smearing the suspects and insisting that they are guilty, and attempted to impose this stance on the rest of the jury, Anna Dobrachyova, who voluntarily resigned from the case, told the daily.

    She did not identify them by full names, but said one of the two, a professional psychologist, has been “deliberately brainwashing” the jurors.

    The other juror regularly read out to them media reports on the trial, which was a direct violation of trial procedures, but went ignored by the judge.

  2. Kinda reminds you of the so called freedom “enjoyed” by the sheeple under that murdering dictator Stalin and his successors, excluding Gorbachev.

    They are free to say or do anything as long as they keep on licking Putin’s backside – ugh, how disgusting.

    Reminds me of the joke;
    A father took his two children through a drive thru wild life park in South Africa. Whilst viewing the wild animals, the children’s attention was caught by two lions next to each other, where one of them was licking the other’s anus. So out of curiosity they asked the father what the lions were up to?

    Dad had to tell them the truth, namely that the sign at the entrance said “Carloads @ 25 Rand, Communist on bicycles free”. And that “these lions had just eaten one of these communist cycle riders and were now trying to get rid of the terrible taste”.

  3. Hi,

    In light of recent news of the demise of Osama bin Laden, you could make an entry about one of differences between the civilized people (U.S. military) and the barbarians (“Russian law”), who are fighting even with dead bodies (against the international law and the conventions that they signed, not to mention basic human norms) – even against such a gallant enemies as the democratically-elected President Maskhadov.

    The Russian authorities have confirmed that they have buried the late Chechen rebel leader Aslan Maskhadov in a secret grave. They say that they will not disclose its location to his family despite repeated appeals for his body to be sent back to Chechnya for burial.

    Mr Maskhadov was killed during an operation by Russian forces last month. A spokesman for Russia’s prosecutor general said the body had been buried in full compliance with Russian law.

    The statement says the corpses of those described as terrorists cannot be returned to their families. Moscow had formally accused Mr Maskhadov of mass murder and staging an armed mutiny.

    Mr Maskhadov was elected president of Chechnya in elections internationally recognised as free and fair. And he denied personal responsibility for the major rebel attacks Russia blamed on him, including the siege of a 2002 Moscow theatre and the Beslan school massacre in 2004.

    U.S. officials told NBC News that CIA paramilitary forces and Navy SEAL Team Six carried out the attack on the al-Qaida compound in Northwest Pakistan, killing bin Laden when they shot him in the head during a firefight.
    The special operations forces returned with the body to Afghanistan, U.S. officials said. They said they were ensuring that it was being handled in accordance with Islamic practice and tradition.

    “We take this very seriously. This is being handled in an appropriate manner,” one said.

    Dozens of relatives of the deceased rebels gathered outside the republican prosecutor’s office in Nalchik late yesterday morning. They had been trying to obtain the bodies of their dead relatives for a year and a half. “I have some bad news for you,” lawyer Larisa Dorogova, who represented their interests in court, began. When told that the bodies were cremated on June 22, 2006, one woman fainted and several others began to wail. The crowd then proceeded to the headquarters of the republic’s administration to ask President Arsen Kanokov why authorities had cremated the bodies. Cremation is against the precepts of Islam. Kanokov was in Makhachkala at a conference on religious and political extremism.

    About 50 of the relatives had appealed to the European Court in October and November 2005. The court decided to hear their case, Khalimat Sabanchieva and others v. Russia, on a priority schedule. Vernika Milinchuk, representative of the Russian Federation at the court, pointed out to it that the deceased were members of a group founded by Chechen field commanders and foreign citizens “for armed revolt and the execution of terrorist acts.” They bodies were cremated under the law “On Burial and Funerals.” “If it weren’t for the European Court, we would never have known what happened to the bodies of our relatives,” Dorogova noted.

    “The remains of Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi were turned over to the appropriate government of Iraq officials and buried in accordance with Muslim customs and traditions,” the military said in an e-mailed statement. “Anything further than that would be addressed by the Iraqi government.”

    Al-Rubaie would not say when the Jordanian-born militant, who was killed June 7 in a U.S. air strike northeast of Baghdad, was buried or give more specifics on the location of the grave.

    Al-Zarqawi’s family had called for his body to be returned to Jordan for burial, but the government in Amman had refused because of the triple suicide bombing his al-Qaida in Iraq organization carried out in the country last year.

    The Amman bombings sparked widespread outrage among Jordanians who had been sympathetic to insurgents battling the U.S. military presence in Iraq.

    The U.S. military listed the cause of death as “primary blast injury of the lung” after an autopsy was performed on al-Zarqawi, who survived for nearly an hour after the air strike outside Baqouba, 35 miles northeast of Baghdad.

    Maskhadova and Others v. Russia, (18071/05)

    Admissible: 2008-07-08
    Lodged: 2005-05-04
    Date of violation: 2005-03-08
    Violation: Non-return of bodies and Extra-judicial execution
    Location: Chechnya
    Representative: Interights

    On 8 March 2005 the FSB conducted a special operation in the village of Tolstoy-Yurt. The operation resulted in the arrest of four individuals. According to the authorities, they also discovered a corpse bearing signs of a violent death. The corpse was later identified as that of Aslan Maskhadov (one of the military and political leaders of the Chechen separatist movement during and after the armed conflict of 1994-96). Russian authorities refused to return the body to his relatives for funeral. The investigation into the circumstances of his death has not led to any results.

    Former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was buried Sunday in Awja, near Tikrit, according to a CNN journalist who witnessed the ceremony.

    About 100 people, including the governor of Salaheddin, clerics, tribal leaders and relatives attended the event, which took place at 4 a.m. (0100 GMT).

    Saddam Hussein’s relatives, including sons Uday and Qusay, are buried in the same cemetery. His sons were killed in a firefight with U.S. forces in 2003.

    Iraq’s state-run television network, Al-Iraqiya, reported that the Iraqi government formally handed over Hussein’s body to Sheikh Ali al-Nida, leader of the Bou Nasser tribe, and the governor of Salaheddin. It was transported by the U.S. military.

    In the light of the parties’ submissions, the Court finds that these complaints raise serious issues of fact and law under the Convention, the determination of which requires an examination of the merits. The Court concludes that the complaint is not manifestly ill-founded within the meaning of Article 35 § 3 of the Convention. No other grounds for declaring it inadmissible have been established.

    For these reasons, the Court
    Decides unanimously to join to the merits the examination of the issue of exhaustion in respect of the applicants’ complaints concerning the circumstances of the death of Aslan Maskhadov, the subsequent investigation and the refusal of the authorities to return his body to the family;
    Declares unanimously admissible, without prejudging the merits, the complaints under Article 2 taken alone and in conjunction with Article 13 of the Convention concerning the circumstances of the death of Aslan Maskhadov and the subsequent investigation, and the complaints under Articles 8 and 9 taken alone and in conjunction with Articles 13 and 14 of the Convention concerning the refusal to return the body of Aslan Maskhadov to his family;
    Declares by majority inadmissible the remainder of the application.

    Søren Nielsen Christos Rozakis
    Registrar President

    • The U.S. military said preparations for the al Qaeda leader’s burial lasted nearly an hour.

      His body was washed before being covered in a white sheet and religious remarks translated into Arabic by a native speaker were read over bin Laden’s corpse.

      “The burial of bin Laden’s remains was done in strict conformance with Islamist precepts and practices,” said John Brennan, President Barack Obama’s top counter-terrorism adviser.

      The bottom line is the Nalchik case proved that Maskhadov’s body was most probably “legally” burned by the barbarians.

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