June 17, 2011 — 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.

22 responses to “June 17, 2011 — Contents

  1. The honor guard was probably organised by his old commanding general, Shamanov.

    Shamanov is also an incomparably bigger war criminal than Budanov, appearing as being in charge and even personally at the place of of the crimes in one ECHR verdict after another. The latest one, just this month:

    Gerasiyev and Others v. Russia, (28566/07)
    Judgment: 2011-06-07
    In the beginning of April 2000, the village of Shaami-Yurt came under bombardment and several villagers, including Valid Gerasiyev, took shelter in a basement. On 5 April 2000 federal forces started a special “sweeping” operation in the village. The servicemen ordered all persons from the basement to come outside to conduct an identity check. General Shamanov, who was in command of the operation, was present during the identity checks. The servicemen subsequently put Valid in a minibus and drove away. There has been no news of Valid since. Three other residents of Shaami-Yurt were also apprehended that day. One of them were later found killed, the other two are still missing.

    During the same zachistka Shamanov also ordered to disarm and beat up a militsiyaman who dared to protest the abductions. Today, he is one of Russia’s top generals, in charge of all the VDV (airborne forces).

  2. Chechnya has a long tradition of “blood feuds”, in which victims’ relatives take revenge for the dead, but Ms Kungayeva’s father, who now lives in Norway, said the family had nothing to do with Budanov’s killing. Chechnya’s controversial President, Ramzan Kadyrov, has spoken out on the case several times, however. In 2009 when the possibility of Budanov’s release was raised, he said: “Budanov is a schizophrenic and a killer; an enemy of the Chechen people. He insulted our people, and every man, woman and child believes that while Budanov still exists, the shame is still there.”

    Mr Kadyrov, a former rebel who now has the Kremlin’s backing, warned: “Even a life sentence will only slightly ease our suffering. We will not take insults, and if the right decision isn’t taken, the consequences will be bad.”

    At the funeral yesterday, many pointed the finger at Mr Kadyrov, and at Chechens in general, with some calling for revenge attacks. Many of those in attendance were members of Russia’s neo-Nazi moment. Some had SS tattoos or wore swastika armbands, while others sported ribbons and slogans glorifying the Soviet victory inthe Second World War. Yet more were decked out in Orthodox Christian paraphernalia, highlighting the confused nature of the country’s nationalist far right. However, it is not just a lunatic fringe which supports Budanov. After the church ceremony, the coffin was interred with full military honours.


    • Chechen authorities never hid their dislike of Budanov, who is viewed in the republic as a war criminal. Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov in a 2004 interview with Izvestia vowed to “give his due” to Budanov should he be freed. He also criticized his 2009 release, but has not commented on Budanov’s death.

      Shortly after his release, Budanov was questioned in connection with the kidnapping of 18 Chechens, three of whom were killed. He was not charged, and the stage of the investigation was not immediately clear Monday.

      Budanov told Izvestia shortly after his release that he expected to be murdered “not for revenge but for political goals.”

      He said he was prepared to die “for Russia,” adding that he only wished his future killers would spare his family. In addition to his wife, Budanov is survived by an 11-year-old daughter and a 23-year-old son, Izvestia said.

      Budanov never said who might be behind his death.

      Prominent journalist Alexander Minkin said the killing might be used by the Kremlin to its advantage before the elections, Radio Liberty reported. He did not elaborate, but some authorities pointed to a threat of ultranationalism during the last election season of 2007 and 2008 as a reason to keep Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin for a third term.


      (The rest of kidnapped people “disappered”, it was also in early 2000.)

  3. In the view of Russian authorities, Yuri Budanov’s arrest was supposed to weaken the attacks of human rights advocates against the army, police and FSB of the Russian Federation for their human rights abuses during the active military operations in Chechnya since 1999. According to Aleksei Vaschenko, an independent Russian expert on the North Caucasus, such a murder is logical in view of the complete misunderstanding of the situation in the North Caucasus by Russian authorities and, first and foremost, by Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev (www.svobodanews.ru/content/article/24230850.html).

    In Vaschenko’s opinion and that of other experts, Vladimir Putin’s personal support for Ramzan Kadyrov’s actions places this region outside the jurisdiction of Russian laws. That being said, this murder also serves as a reminder to all those who fought in Chechnya, and who were complicit in crimes against the Chechens, that Yuri Budanov’s fate may befall each one of them as well. Russian nationalists in turn will attempt to portray Budanov as a martyr, which will certainly create the fear of possible retaliatory attacks by skinheads against non-Russians living in Moscow.

    • Just watch these fascist skinheads. They feel great when they hunt in packs, but on a one for one basis are powerless and cowardly – all traits of the average soviet Russophile.

  4. In this photo made Saturday, June 18, 2011, released by FC Zenit Press Service, and showing Zenit St. Petersburg player Danko Lazovic, right, as he inspects his body as a Russian riot police officer turns towards him brandishing a police electric shock batton, during a Russian Premier League soccer match between Volga Nizhny Novgorod, and Zenit, St. Petersburg in Nizhny Novgorod, 433 km (270 miles) east of Moscow, Russia. Lazovic has accused police in Nizhny Novgorod of stricking him with an electric shock which has left a burn under his right shoulder. Police deny the accusation. (AP)

    Read more: http://www.kyivpost.com/news/russia/detail/107051/#ixzz1PkeAazSx

  5. LES,

    What can be expected from this scum that is OMON!

    The Serbs must have WON, what else, hence the “lesson” by fascist ‘SS Obersturmbannfuehrer’s (i.e. Lt. Colonel) Putin’s “praetorian” thugs to teach the victor’s a lesson.

    • @Bohdan: What “Serbs”? Lazovic plays for Zenit,0 St. Petersburg. FYI, St. Petersburg is in Russia, not in Serbia, genius.

  6. Sure I read the Kyivpost article where it says Danko Lazovic is a Serbian player, and assumed it was an international match. So what it wasn’t – so big deal. But then I am not a follower of Russian football. Never was, never will be! that is until the corruption is removed from it.

  7. @Bohdan, didn’t you read:

    “… during a Russian Premier League soccer match between Volga Nizhny Novgorod, and Zenit, St. Petersburg in Nizhny Novgorod


    • Never Mind Maimuni, I seem to remember a time when you could not even admit a Russian soldier giving a Nazi salute was Russian, despite his Russian uniform and badges……

      • @Antdrek:

        What are you talking about, and how is it related to Russian and Serbian soccer? Are you back with your off topic childish ad hominem attacks, Drek?

        • Maimuni! now that’s a bit rich, coming from you.

          Its alright for you to waffle on with your irrelevance and so called righteousness when it suits you. But just let someone point out how wrong you are on, as you are on the outright majority of cases, you then change the topic to suit your lopsided view of the world.

          And you now start to preach “your” warped side of the coin? Do tell comrade who is the real, “off topic childish ad hominem attacks, Drek?” You can’t work that one out? Well go and look in a mirror, he will be there staring right back at you.

          • @Bohdan

            What are you talking about, and how is it related to Russian and Serbian soccer? Are you back with your off topic childish ad hominem attacks, Bohdan, just like Andrew?

  8. Thanks for that Dagny.

    And here is one in the eye for AT, who considers that life is wonderful in all small Russian towns and cities thanks to Putin:

    Heroin addiction kills 30,000 people per year in Russia – a third of global deaths from the drug – but now there is the added problem of krokodil. Mr Ivanov recalled a recent visit to a drug-treatment centre in Western Siberia. “They told me that two years ago almost all their drug users used heroin,” said the drugs tsar. “Now, more than half of them are on desomorphine.”

    He estimates that overall, around 5 per cent of Russian drug users are on krokodil and other home-made drugs, which works out at about 100,000 people. It’s a huge, hidden epidemic – worse in the really isolated parts of Russia where supplies of heroin are patchy – but palpable even in cities such as Tver.

    It has a population of half a million, and is a couple of hours by train from Moscow, en route to St Petersburg. Its city centre, sat on the River Volga, is lined with pretty, Tsarist-era buildings, but the suburbs are miserable. People sit on cracked wooden benches in a weed-infested “park”, gulping cans of Jaguar, an alcoholic energy drink. In the background, there are rows of crumbling apartment blocks. The shops and restaurants of Moscow are a world away; for a treat, people take the bus to the McDonald’s by the train station.

    In the city’s main drug treatment centre, Artyom Yegorov talks of the devastation that krokodil is causing. “Desomorphine causes the strongest levels of addiction, and is the hardest to cure,” says the young doctor, sitting in a treatment room in the scruffy clinic, below a picture of Hugh Laurie as Dr House.


    • Again, Andrew, you lie. A liar is a liar is a liar. Could you please provide any evidence of me claiming “that life is wonderful in all small Russian towns and cities thanks to Putin”? Russia is far from being a problem-free society. If you read any of my posts, you will find that I often state this. But that the dynamics have been positive is the fact. Drugs, crime, prostitution, corruption — all these things exist in Russia, as well as they do in other countries. Finding an article about any of such problem is not difficult. Another story is where the “journalists” writing these articles get the figures. While figures in the articles you are posting look scarier and scarier, none of the statistics point to any social or economic deterioration. And nothing is suggesting the statistics are not accurate. Also, try talking doom and gloom to 89K people who moved to Russia in search for a better life just during the first 4 months of 2011 (the number includes 1.8K of Georgians who finally escaped the misery of living in their basket case of a country).

      • Yes, let’s compare. Your 89,000 people vs. about a million or more who don’t believe your Kremlin propaganda of sunshine and brotherhood and who want to leave

  9. I read the article as well, and it churned my stomach badly. What an evil concoction, and what a horrific way to die.

    I doubt that the likes of AT (i.e. Absolute Trash), Maimuni, Manfred Limpdick or the other myriads of brain damaged Russophiles will give an answer to this matter. They will ignore it in their usual manner, and it will go away – or so they hope – as such a thing cannot happen in their neo soviet empire, just ask Vova Putin.

    • Try to read some sources outside yellow press. Or rather don’t… Russians are much better off with your persisting in your delusions.

      • The drivel you come up is unbelievably Absolute Trash comrade!

        What’s with this “yellow press,” or do you mean red press? Ah, that’s more like it.

        PS The only one suffering from “delusions” is you, so if the hat fits wear it comrade.

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