FRIDAY JUNE 24 CONTENTS
(1) EDITORIAL: Russia’s 2011 Report Card
(2) EDITORIAL: A Bastard Named Surkov
(3) EDITORIAL: Russian Technology Unbound
(4) Russia Gives Steel the Business
(5) CARTOON: Whither Medvedev?
NOTE: In her latest column on the mighty Pajamas Media megablog, LR publisher and founder Kim Zigfeld urges the U.S. Congress to JUST SAY NO to the nomination of Michael McFaul as the next U.S. Ambassador to Russia. We could not agree more. It’s time for the Republican Party to put up or shut up.
NOTE: The Russian military honors an infamous war criminal, murderer and rapist. Is anyone surprised? Not La Russophobe.
NOTE: LR wishes a fond farewell to Paul Goble, one of the greatest Russia bloggers of all time, who has suspended his blog due to “family medical matters” and may not return. We wish Paul and his family all the best and cannot express in words the value he has contributed to the world’s understanding of Russia.
The Rat Bastard Named Vladislav Surkov
That’s Vladislav Surkov you see standing at the lectern in the photograph at the left, the bright red lectern emblazoned with the word “NASHI.” Nashi, meaning “us Slavic Russians,” is the Putin youth cult founded by Surkov several years ago to emulate the Hiterjugend created in Nazi Germany. He fondly refers to his creation as the “combat detachment of our political system.”
From the lectern Surkov told the Nashi cultists to “train their muscles” in preparation for the upcoming presidential elections in Russia which in his words “must be won by [Dmitri] Medvedev, [Vladimir] Putin and United Russia.”
Russian Technology Unbound
Imagine an eagle soaring proudly around the earth in orbit at supersonic speed. Suddenly, the evil Hubble Space Telescope comes into view. The eagle’s eyes glisten with sparks of bravery, it turns its back on the devilish American craft and a powerful red-white-and-blue laser beam shoots out of the eagle’s buttocks, blinding the telescope and rendering the demonic Americans helpless. Their own national symbol has laid them low!
Who in the world could be capable of putting forth such amazing technology to advance the fight against the evil empire that is the USA? Only Vladimir Putin’s Russia, that’s who!
John Helmer reports:
In European folklore, will-o’-the-wisps are lambent flames seen flickering over bogs and fens, and known by many different names and stories. Usually explicable as methane igniting, in some Baltic mythologies the will-o’-the-wisp is believed to signal buried treasure. In others, the ignition is believed to be the trick of a mendacious imp intent on leading unwary travellers to misfortune.
In the history of the Russian steel business since 1990, just two men have gone bankrupt while trying to create steelmill empires, and including them, four groups have collapsed. Considering how small their indebtedness was compared to the likes of the steel majors – Evraz, Severstal, Mechel – they might think of themselves as plucky, but unlucky.
The signs on the wall are help-wanted advertisements.