FRIDAY MAY 20 CONTENTS
(1) EDITORIAL: Russia, behind the Curtain
(3) EDITORIAL: Get it Straight, Russia Lost World War II
(5) Pamfilova Speaks
(6) Putin and the Rise of the Neo-Soviet State
NOTE: LR publisher and founder Kim Zigfeld’s latest piece on the mighty Pajamas Media megablog details the horrific crackdown by the Kremlin on opposition attorney Alexei Navalny, including DDOS on his website, outing of his donors by the FSB to Nashi and now a criminal indictment. Is he the next Khodorkovsky? We think so.
NOTE: Scientists have now proven that the Neanderthals lasted in Russia far longer than in any other place. It took them so long because they kept looking under the earth when they should have been looking in the Kremlin.
NOTE: When Vladimir Putin tried to test drive a brand new Lada, he couldn’t start it or open the trunk. Welcome to the real Russia, Grandpa Volodya!
NOTE: A major tennis tournament was held in Madrid, Spain the first week in May, with $4.5 million in prize money at stake. Shockingly, the 16 seeds included only two Russians, but they were two of the country’s top three in the world: #9 Sharapova and #14 Kuznetsova. Neither even reached the quarter finals. Both were blown off the court by lowly world #28 Domenika Cibulkova in easy straight sets. Cibulkova, hardly in dominant form, then lost her next match, against the very lowest seed in the tournament. Ouch.