July 22, 2011 — Contents


(1)  EDITORIAL:  Greedy, Heartless Russians

(2)  Neo-Sovietizing Boris Nemtsov

(3)  The Bank of Moscow, Running Dry

(4)  Ukraine Gives Russia the Finger

(5)  Medvedev the Marginal Man

(6)  CARTOON:  Mano a Mano

NOTE:  LR publisher and founder Kim Zigfeld’s latest item on the powerful and influential American Thinker blog exposes the truly horrifying litany of neo-Soviet outrage being perpetrated by the dictatorial Putin regime.  Russia is headed back to the USSR on a bullet train. 

NOTE: Opposition leader Oleg Kozlovsky has met with Hillary Clinton and given her a peace of his mind.

NOTE:  The Moscow Times reports that even Russia’s animal citizens have had enough of life under Putin:

A ferret has escaped a circus in the East Siberian city of Chita along with a monkey and a red-breasted parakeet — apparently because they all were feeling down due to bad weather. “We believe the creatures have fled because of their depression — the rain in Chita just doesn’t stop,” the circus’ art director, Zhanna Lazerson, told Interfax on Thursday. “We found the monkey in a doghouse in the morning, and the two animals were cuddling in their sleep,” she said. “But the search for the ferret and the parakeet goes on.” She said the escape has added to the animals’ depression in the circus because the male parakeet was partnered on stage with a female parakeet who is now missing him. The ferret is less missed, with Lazerson calling him a “terrible glutton, idle to the core.” Nevertheless, the troupe hopes that the animals will return to their circus home once they get really hungry.

Now, the ferret has started tweeting.

NOTE:  Speaking of Twitter, Ksenia Sobchak has over 1,500 Twitter followers but has never tweeted, not even once.

3 responses to “July 22, 2011 — Contents

  1. Putin’s German Quadriga role model prize retracted

    A prestigious German rights prize will not be awarded this year after organisers were heavily criticised for giving it to Russian PM Vladimir Putin.

    The Quadriga Prize is given annually to “role models who are committed to enlightenment, commitment and welfare”.

    The decision to give it to Mr Putin was angrily received by his critics, who said it made a mockery of the award.

  2. Chechnya’s long wait for the disappeared to return

    Thousands of families cannot accept that loved-ones who disappeared may be dead – either because there has been no official confirmation of death, or because of the Chechen belief in the power of dreams.

    Relatives believe they connect with lost family members through dreams, and this hinders the process of mourning and moving on.

    As long as one family member can dream of the missing relative, the whole family feels his or her presence in their daily life.

    Outside Chechnya, it is generally understood that the vast majority of those who disappeared are dead.

  3. Interpol’s Red Notices used to punish political dissenters, opponents

    Interpol’s primary purpose is to help police hunt down murderers and war criminals, child sex offenders and wildlife poachers. But a five-month investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists shows a little-known side to Interpol’s work: In cases from countries such as Iran, Russia, Venezuela and Tunisia, Interpol Red Notices are not only being used for legitimate law enforcement purposes, but to round up political opponents of notorious regimes.

    For countries that want to abuse Interpol, “it’s a way to extend their arm to harass opponents – political or economic,” said Kyle Parker , policy director of the U.S. Helsinki Commission, a human rights body of the U.S. Congress.

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