July 29, 2011 — Contents


(1)  EDITORIAL:  Putin, Exposed

(2)  EDITORIAL:  Back in the USSR

(3)  EDITORIAL:  Alexei Pushkov, Neo-Soviet Liar

(4)  Young Entrepreneurs Flee Putin’s Russia

(5)  Putin:  Say what you like, the Whores Love him!

NOTE:  On July 18, Vesti.ru reported that uber-blogger Alexei Navalny had been sued for 1 million rubles  in the Lublin district court in Moscow by Vladlen Stepanov, whom Navalny had accused of corruption. The preliminary proceedings were to begin that day.  Just one small problem:  Navalny had not been served with legal process and had no idea he had been sued.

15 responses to “July 29, 2011 — Contents

  1. If he was not served, how could they have any hearings? I wonder if the concept of due process is known in Russia

    • No need to wonder, it isn’t. And he can be jailed for not paying the judgment he didn’t know about.

      • That’s really shocking, LR. Among other things, that a person can be actually imprisoned for failure to pay the judgment.

  2. Brotherly love?

    What a joke?

    If KGB Kirill had an iota of “Brotherly love”, then there would have been at least one {1 – PRONOUNCED ONE!} UKRAINIAN Church structure in Russia.

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  3. The Investigative Committee said Thursday that it would look into suspicions that Chechen security forces were involved in the murder rights campaigner Natalya Estemirova.

    Estemirova, 50, was found shot dead in July 2009 after being kidnapped in Chechnya. Her killing triggered an international outcry and increased scrutiny of Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov.

    Two years after the murder, her colleagues at rights group Memorial published a report accusing investigators of failing to open a serious investigation or examine suspicions that local security officials were involved.


    Kadyrov has described activists employed by Memorial, which has exposed a string of abuses by security forces in the region, as “enemies of the people.”

  4. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has signed a bill that officially classifies beer as alcoholic.

    Until now anything containing less than 10% alcohol in Russia has been considered a foodstuff.

    Russian alcohol consumption is already twice the critical level set by the World Health Organization.


  5. Russian TV Crew Claims Assault By Military Officials
    July 26, 2011
    NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia — Journalists from a television company in the western Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod say they were assaulted by military personnel over the weekend, RFE/RL’s Russian Service reports.

    Valery Lazarev, an editor at the Volga TV company, told RFE/RL that the incident took place on July 23 when his crew was filming a fire at a military base in Nizhny Novgorod.

    Lazarev said the officers demanded that the crew hand over the cassette with the footage of the fire, which it said it did after being threatened.

    Andrei Bobrun, spokesman for the commander of the Western Military District in Nizhny Novgorod, told journalists that there was no fire at the military base in Nizhny Novgorod.


  6. Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs greeting to Patriarch Kirill with the DECR’s 65th anniversary

    Your Holiness,

    Please accept my heartfelt greetings with the 65th anniversary of the Department for External Church Relations, a most important Synodal institution of the Russian Orthodox Church.

    The Department has worthily represented the interests of the Russian Church on international scene and has done much to promote the consolidation of its deserved authority in our country and abroad. The DECR has made a weighty contribution to the strengthening of civil accord in Russia, extension of contacts with our compatriots, and intensification of interreligious dialogue.

    The present cooperation between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Russian Orthodox Church, based on common aspiration for stable prosperity and spiritual transformation of our Motherland, is active and constructive. A new impetus to its development was given a last year meeting of Your Holiness with the members of the Collegium of the Ministry. A working group on cooperation between the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Russian Orthodox Church is an effective instrument of cooperation.

    We highly appreciate the efforts of the Ministry and the Church aimed at the strengthening of moral foundation of international relations and a search for answers to the fundamental issues on the global agenda. I am confident that our cooperation will develop and prove fruitful.

    I wholeheartedly wish the leadership and all staff of the Department success in their noble mission of serving the Fatherland.

    With profound respect,

    Sergey Lavrov,
    Minister of Foreign Affairs
    of the Russian Federation
    July 24, 2011

    • Disgusting.

      From their official website:

      In the period from 1946 to 1960, DECR was headed by Metropolitan Nikolay (Yarushevich) of Krutitsy and Kolomna. That period determined in many ways the nature of external relations to be maintained by the Russian Orthodox Church today as traditional forms of inter-church relations were deepened and a whole range of new areas of the Church’s activity in this field was initiated. It was in that period that the peacemaking activity of the Church and her first contacts with public organizations helped her to begin gradually coming out of isolation and building first bridges for relations with the state and the worlds of politics, science and culture.

      No shame whatsoever.

      • After that, Comrade Stalin said:

        – We need to create a special agency to liaise with the leadership of the church. What are your suggestions?

        Reservation that the issue is not quite ready, I proposed to organize under the Supreme Soviet of the USSR Department of Religious Affairs and the proceeds from the existence of the Central Executive Committee for a permanent Commission on Religious Affairs.

        Tob. Stalin, having corrected me and said that the organizing committee or department for worship of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR does not mean that we are talking about organizing a special body under the Government of the Union and we can talk about education or a committee or council. Asked my opinion.

        When I said that no answer to this question, Comrade Stalin, some thought, said:

        1) must be organized under the Government of the Union, ie, when the Council of Commissars, Council, who called the Council for Russian Orthodox Church;

        2) The Council will be responsible for taking relations between the Union and the patriarch;

        3) The Council does not take independent decisions, reports to and receives guidance from the Government.

        After that, Comrade Stalin exchanged views with the Vols. Malenkov, Beria on whether to take him to Metropolitan Sergius, Alexis, Nicholas and asked me how I look at what the Government will accept them.

        All three said they would consider it a positive fact.

        After that, right there in the country of Comrade Stalin, I was instructed to call the Metropolitan Sergius and on behalf of the Government to pass the following: “Talk to your representative of the CPC of the Union. The government is willing to accept you, and Metropolitan Alexis and Nicholas, listen to your needs and allow that you may have questions. The Government may, if you

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          adopt or to-day, hour and a half, or if time does not suit you, the reception can be held tomorrow (Sunday), or any day next week. ”

          Here, too, in the presence of Comrade Stalin, having phoned to Sergius and introduced himself a representative of the CPC, I gave above and ask to exchange opinions with the Metropolitan Alexis and Nicholas, when they are at present at the Metropolitan Sergius.

          After that, Comrade Stalin reported that Metropolitan Sergius, Alex and Nicholas thanks for the kind of attention from the government and would like to be adopted today.

          Two hours later, Metropolitan Sergius, Alex and Nicholas arrived at the Kremlin, where they were received by Comrade Stalin in the office of President of People’s Commissars of the USSR. The reception that I and Molotov.

          Comrade Stalin’s conversation with the Metropolitans went 1 hour 55 minutes.

  7. Poland:

    Russians made mistakes in 2010 plane crash

    Today at 13:12 | Associated Press WARSAW,

    Poland (AP) — A Polish report into the 2010 plane crash in Russia that killed President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others says Russian air traffic controllers gave incorrect landing instructions to pilots.

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    • Manfred Steifschwanz

      Lovely; those air traffic controllers made a most honourable contribution to all of Europe (Pshekistan included).

      Verdict: Smolensk, April 2010 = Good riddance to bad garbage. God bless the Russian pilot and ditto air traffic controllers!

  8. Police detain Russian opposition protesters

    Jul 31 at 20:02 | Associated Press

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russian police detained dozens of anti-government activists in Moscow and St. Petersburg on Sunday.

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  9. Now the KGB is building their “office” within walking distance of every Muscovite.

    Moscow has started building Orthodox “churches” of a new, easy-to-build, model. In total, 200 such “churches” are planed in Moscow.


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