May 13, 2011 — Contents


(1)  EDITORIAL:  Corruption in Putin’s Russia

(2)  EDITORIAL: Russians Love them Some Graft

(3)  EDITORIAL: Russia to HSBC — Drop Dead!

(4)  Russia, Virtually Toxic

(5)  Livin’ La Rooskie Vida Loca

(6)  Corruption is Killing Russia, Literally

(7)  In Russia, they Can’t Even Pick a Mascot Honestly

(8)  In Russia, Even History is Corrupt

(9)  Corruption:  Why Russians have Nothing to Smile About 

(10) Sergei Stepashin, on the Take 

NOTE:  A special issue this week, entirely devoted to documenting the tsunami of evidence showing that Russia is the most corrupt major civilization on this planet under the leadership of proud KGB spy Vladimir Putin.

NOTE:  Julia Ioffe is back as a blogger, now with the Forbes network.  Welcome back Julia! Check out her post on personal corruption by Russia’s rulers, which is a perfect accompaniment to today’s special issue. She writes: “Medvedev’s salary has barely fluctuated in three years but his savings have nearly doubled, from 2.8 to 5 million rubles. His property holdings, have grown, too. This is interesting, since he quit business — he was once the chairman of Gazprom — quite a while ago. Either his savings accounts have really wonderful interest rates, or there’s something missing.” Something’s missing, alright.

2 responses to “May 13, 2011 — Contents

  1. Three newest ECHR judgements regarding the Russian crime-enforcing bodies in undemocratic society:

    Kerimova and Others v. Russia
    Khamzayev and Others v. Russia

    Russian authorities failed to account for air raids in Chechnya killing civilians and destroying property

    Both cases concerned Russian military air raids on a town of Urus-Martan in Chechnya in October 1999, which killed civilians and destroyed residential buildings.

    According to the Russian Government’s submissions, the bombing had been conducted by an “unidentified plane” and those responsible had not been established.
    The Court was further struck, in particular, by the use of high-calibre fragmentation bombs, an indiscriminate weapon, the use of which in a populated area the Court had already found to be irreconcilable with the necessary degree of caution to be expected from a law-enforcement body in a democratic society.

    Shokkarov and Others v. Russia

    Detention and disappearance of young Chechen man waiting outside police station for his brother being held for questioning

    Further drawing inferences from the Government’s failure to submit documents related to the investigation to which it exclusively had access or to provide any other plausible explanation for Visita’s disappearance, the Court found that he had indeed been arrested by Russian servicemen and had to be presumed dead following his unacknowledged detention.

  2. Lithuania jails Soviet commando for Medininkai shooting

    A Lithuanian court has jailed a former Soviet commando for life for his part in the killing of seven border guards just after independence in 1991.

    Konstantin Mikhailov, an ex-member of the Omon paramilitary police, was arrested in neighbouring Latvia, where he had obtained citizenship.

    He denied any part in the killings, known as the Medininkai massacre.

    Three other Omon members wanted by Lithuania over the killings are believed to be living in Russia.

    The former Soviet republic has accused Russia of shielding them from justice.

    Border dispute
    “Konstantin Mikhailov committed a serious crime, and thus has been sentenced to life in prison,” the judge, Viktoras Dovydaitis, told the court in the capital Vilnius.

    Mikhailov, who has 20 days to lodge an appeal against his sentence, showed no emotion as the sentence was read out, an AFP correspondent reports.

    Clean-shaven and wearing jeans and a white shirt, the former policeman simply looked towards the public gallery.

    Earlier, he told the court he believed the attack on the Medininkai border crossing with Belarus had been carried out by Omon based in Vilnius.

    As a member of the Omon in the Latvian capital Riga, he had not been involved, he said.

    The Medininkai crossing was shot up with automatic weapons on 31 July 1991.

    Six guards were killed on the spot and a seventh, a customs officer, was mortally wounded.

    At the time, Lithuania was seeking to erect border controls to underpin its self-declared independence from the USSR.

    With the country’s independence not yet recognised internationally, the legitimacy of the border was disputed, and Soviet security forces remained active in the Baltic states.

    The Medininkai shooting was one of the bloodiest incidents in Moscow’s failed efforts to stop Lithuania breaking away.

    A few months after it occurred, the USSR formally recognised the country’s independence.

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