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Svetlichanya’s Psycho Svengali Lashes Out at La Russophobe

James Heartfield (pictured, is that one scary-looking weirdo or what?) the shadowy communist (he writes for marxist.com) who has been serving as Julia Svetlichnaya’s svengali throughout her sordid involvement in the Litvinenko affair, has lashed out at La Russophobe on his blog regarding her recent post about Aftenposten‘s reponse to Svetlichanya’s complaints about its alleged inaccurate reporting about her.

You will notice, gentle reader, two amazing facts about Heartfield’s crazy rant. First, he doesn’t even give this blog credit for having published in full both the statements of the Sunday Times and of Aftenposten in response to Svetlichnaya’s lawyer’s threats against them, yet he claims WE are afraid of the truth. If we were, wouldn’t we have simply ignored those statements, rather than publishing them for our thousands of weekly visitors to see? If he WASN’T, wouldn’t he accurately state the facts? Second, he does not provide ONE SINGLE SHRED of factual information about Svetlichnaya, much less does he even try to specifically answer ANY of the questions we’ve asked. Svetlichnaya herself, of course, keeps totally silent. We’ve said FROM THE BEGINNING that it’s possible Svetlichnaya is the unwitting pawn of forces she herself does not even fully understand, which is why it’s so important for her to come clean about how she got tied up with Litvinenko and why she came forward to speak about him only after he was murdered. Yet, she remains silent.

Before dealing with the “substance” of Heartfield’s bizarre, childish rant (looks like we really touched a nerve!), let’s pause a moment to reflect upon the breathtaking nature of his hypocrisy. Here is a weirdo who has spent his entire life so far outside the mainstream of human discourse that he might as well be a space alien. Yet, in this post he dares to attack LR for failing to accept what he views as established dogma, that Svetlichanya is totally innocent of any wrongdoing and is as pure as the driven snow where Litvinenko is concerned (and nobody’s hapless pawn either, he apparently believes) — in other words THIS GUY is attacking LR for being a contrarian??? Only where Russia is concerned do we see this kind of blatant, breathtaking hypocrisy.

Here’s what one blog says about Heartfield:

James was a militant of the Revolutionary Communist Party of Great Britain, to be distinguished from the American sect by its love of DDT, nuclear power and genetically modified crops rather than Mao’s Little Red Book. Taking some of Marx’s early writings in an extreme direction, the RCP propagandized for what amounted to better living through chemistry in their magazine LM.

And just for the record, let’s be clear: While Heartfield brags on his crazy blog about his appearances in obscure media outlets, LR is a far more significant force in in the blogosphere than this communist rat bastard. Heartfield’s crazy blog has 11 Technorati links. La Russophobe has 147. Search “James Heartfield” on Google and you get less than 25,000 hits. Search “La Russophobe” and you get nearly 90,000.

Here is his post in full (in black), with LR’s running commentary (in red):

The grumpy, Russia-hating blogger Kim Zigfeld (going by the unattractive name, La Russophobe) has been nagging on at me and Julia Svetlichnaja ever since the Telegraph published our interview with the murdered spy Alexander Litvinenko. Needless to say, everything that La Russophobe says is wrong, as one would expect of someone whose starting point is a blanket fear of all Russians.

LR: “Grumpy and unattractive”? Personal abuse? “EVERYTHING” LR says is wrong? Is that the way competent, responsible scholar who is in the right defends himself? Only in the la-la land inhabited by this crazed communist scumbag. Seems he’s definitely not one to lead by example, now is he?

La Truthophobe has been particularly exercised by the fact that Julia Svetlichnaja disputed the coverage of the two newspapers that slandered her, the Sunday Times and the Norwegian Aftenposten. ‘What about Julia’s threatened lawsuit?’, blogged Zigfeld, sarcastically. When the Sunday Times withdrew its allegations against Ms Svetlichnaja, La Truthophobe was not chastened, but even more self-righteous, dismissing the climbdown on these grounds:

LR: “Truthophobe”? We’ve been after the truth from day 1. We asked Julia a bunch of questions on the obscure and now defunct ZheZhe blog where she, bizarrely, chose to respond to the allegations against her, and she refused to answer them. From day 1, it’s been Julia who has been obstructing the truth, failing to answer questions and choosing instead to try to scare her opponents into silence with the blunt trauma of lawsuits. We still challenge Julia to sit down and answer our questions face to face, one-on-one, in front of a rolling video camera. If she satisfies us we’ll be glad to apologize and clear her name. If she crumbles like a house of cards, then the truth will be laid bare. But she’s still in hiding, speaking through this commie pinko piece of dirt. Isn’t that special?

It wasn’t the Times which reported the issues about Svetlichnaya, it was the Norwegian daily Aftenposten. If the Times did anything, it repeated what Aftenposten reported. Not only has Aftenposten not issued a correction, Svetlichnaya’s threat to sue the paper has not materialized (in fact, it hasn’t even been reported that she’s obtained legal representation in Norway). Well, OK, if Zigfeld will not take the Sunday Times’ word for it, what will dislodge her idee fixe? La Truthophobe continued to hide behind the (Norwegian) libel laws, responding to one comment of mine with this non-sequiteur [sic]: ‘he says nothing about the status of Svetlichnaja’s alleged lawsuit against Aftenposten, which has seemingly not progressed’.

LR: Heartfield himself is admitting that what the Sunday Times did was totally meaningless in resolving the question of Svetlichnaya’s accuracy. So it seems that not EVERYTHING La Russophobe said was wrong after all, doesn’t it?

But when Aftenposten withdrew its original, defamatory statements against Julia Svetlichnaja, how does Zigfeld respond?

LR: A boldfaced lie. Aftenposten never used the word “withdraw” it used the word “clarification.” What can you expect from a Marxist other than cheap, pathetic propaganda. Aftenposten did not apologize to Svetlichnaya, nor did it pay her any damages, nor did it state that she is not an agent of the Kremlin. All it said was that it cannot conclusively prove she is, not at all surprising given the Kremlin’s ability to conceal evidence. After all, it’s run by a clan of proud KGB spies.

‘The situation between the Aftenposten newspaper and Julia Svetlichnaya (click here to read our numerous prior reports on Ms. S.) appears to have resolved itself in a draw.’ (Incidentally, you cannot read La Truthophobe’s numerous reports, because, like Winston Smith in Nineteen Eighty-Four, Zigfeld has rewritten history, taking down most of the posts quoted here.)

LR: Another boldfaced lie. All the posts are here, the same link which appeared in the original post. Moreover, at any time any reader can click the word “Svetlichnaya” in our sidebar and see all our posts about her, or put the word “svetlichnaya” into either of our two search engines. LR demands an apology from Heartfield for his slander of this blog. Hmmm . . . maybe we should hire an attorney . . .

More importantly, the “situation between Aftenposten and Julia Svetlichnaja” is nothing like a draw. The allegations that Aftenposten made against Julia Svetlichnaja have been withdrawn in full: Aftenposten clarifies that the newspaper has no basis for asserting that these claims are correct. Is there any ambiguity in those words? To a sane person, no. But Kim Zigfeld is not sane, writing.

LR: So now this ridiculous loser just starts repeating himself. EARTH TO COMMIE IDIOT: ALL AFTENPOSTEN HAS DONE IS SAY WHAT IT CAN’T PROVE. WE STILL DON’T KNOW WHAT THE ACTUAL FACTS ARE BECAUSE YOUR VICTIM SVETLICHNAYA WON’T ANSWER ANYBODY’S QUESTIONS.

It does not state that the central accusation made against Svetlichnaya was false. Rather, it merely states that it does not have the ability to independently verify that accusation Well, no, it says ‘has no basis for asserting that any of these claims are correct’. But in the Autocratic Republic of Truthophobia having no basis for saying something …only confirms that it must be true!

LR: We can’t prove God exists. Does that mean we’re not allowed to believe he does? Sure, in the eyes of this godless Marxist thug. OJ Simpson was acquitted by a jury. Does that mean nobody can believe he killed his ex-wife? If Svetlichnaya hired some goons to put a gun to the head of the Aftenposten editors or kidnap their children, would that mean we have to accept what they say? This kind of “you-can’t-disagree” attitude is exactly what inspired Stalin’s gulag archipelago. You can be sure that Heartfield would like nothing better than to chuck LR into one (and everyone else who doesn’t except his drumbeat of propaganda).

In the same way we have no basis for asserting that Kim Zigfeld abducted and murdered Madeleine McCann, so ‘the whole sordid business has been swept under the carpet’.

LR: Does anyone understand this gibberish?

Zigfeld goes on to complain that Svetlichnaja did not defend her claims in court, preferring to settle ‘behind the scenes’ – except that it was Aftenposten who asked to settle before the matter went to court, just as the Sunday Times did.

LR: Where’s the proof of this statement? How dare he make a claim of this kind without sourcing it? Is this what passes for “scholarship” in the world of Marxism today? Apparently so. Aftenposten did not say this in its press release. More important, EARTH TO MARXIST IDIOT: NO MATTER WHAT AFTENPOSTEN WANTED, SVETLICHNAYA COULD HAVE INSISTED ON A PUBLIC TRIAL. Why did she give them what they wanted? Could it be because she’s afraid of the truth? Why didn’t she force them to say what the Sunday Times said (without having any basis whatsoever to do so, because it had no facts and was merely republishing Aftenposten‘s story, an act for which is is virtually impossible to sue in the U.S., simply out of a fairly craven business desire to stop the lawsuit), that she was not in fact a Kremlin agent? Why didn’t she force them to apologize? AND MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL, WHY DOESN’T SHE COME FORWARD WITH ACTUAL PROOF OF WHO SHE ACTUALLY IS?

So it is that at every turn, Zigfeld turns her face against the truth. When the Sunday Times withdraws, she turns to (that august institution) Aftenposten; and when they in turn withdraw, Zigfeld simply refuses to believe it. Anyway, there is no need to linger with the delusions of this congenital idiot. There could be no greater punishment for her sins than being La Russophobe.

LR: Note well that this piece of filth doesn’t even try to answer any of the questions LR asked in her post about Svetlichnaya, much less the others she’s asked previously — much less does he put her forward to answer them herself. He simply ignores all of them. He doesn’t even answer the one he himself knows about, how he hooked up with her and why she needs him.

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Svetlichanya’s Psycho Svengali Lashes Out at La Russophobe

James Heartfield (pictured, is that one scary-looking weirdo or what?) the shadowy communist (he writes for marxist.com) who has been serving as Julia Svetlichnaya’s svengali throughout her sordid involvement in the Litvinenko affair, has lashed out at La Russophobe on his blog regarding her recent post about Aftenposten‘s reponse to Svetlichanya’s complaints about its alleged inaccurate reporting about her.

You will notice, gentle reader, two amazing facts about Heartfield’s crazy rant. First, he doesn’t even give this blog credit for having published in full both the statements of the Sunday Times and of Aftenposten in response to Svetlichnaya’s lawyer’s threats against them, yet he claims WE are afraid of the truth. If we were, wouldn’t we have simply ignored those statements, rather than publishing them for our thousands of weekly visitors to see? If he WASN’T, wouldn’t he accurately state the facts? Second, he does not provide ONE SINGLE SHRED of factual information about Svetlichnaya, much less does he even try to specifically answer ANY of the questions we’ve asked. Svetlichnaya herself, of course, keeps totally silent. We’ve said FROM THE BEGINNING that it’s possible Svetlichnaya is the unwitting pawn of forces she herself does not even fully understand, which is why it’s so important for her to come clean about how she got tied up with Litvinenko and why she came forward to speak about him only after he was murdered. Yet, she remains silent.

Before dealing with the “substance” of Heartfield’s bizarre, childish rant (looks like we really touched a nerve!), let’s pause a moment to reflect upon the breathtaking nature of his hypocrisy. Here is a weirdo who has spent his entire life so far outside the mainstream of human discourse that he might as well be a space alien. Yet, in this post he dares to attack LR for failing to accept what he views as established dogma, that Svetlichanya is totally innocent of any wrongdoing and is as pure as the driven snow where Litvinenko is concerned (and nobody’s hapless pawn either, he apparently believes) — in other words THIS GUY is attacking LR for being a contrarian??? Only where Russia is concerned do we see this kind of blatant, breathtaking hypocrisy.

Here’s what one blog says about Heartfield:

James was a militant of the Revolutionary Communist Party of Great Britain, to be distinguished from the American sect by its love of DDT, nuclear power and genetically modified crops rather than Mao’s Little Red Book. Taking some of Marx’s early writings in an extreme direction, the RCP propagandized for what amounted to better living through chemistry in their magazine LM.

And just for the record, let’s be clear: While Heartfield brags on his crazy blog about his appearances in obscure media outlets, LR is a far more significant force in in the blogosphere than this communist rat bastard. Heartfield’s crazy blog has 11 Technorati links. La Russophobe has 147. Search “James Heartfield” on Google and you get less than 25,000 hits. Search “La Russophobe” and you get nearly 90,000.

Here is his post in full (in black), with LR’s running commentary (in red):

The grumpy, Russia-hating blogger Kim Zigfeld (going by the unattractive name, La Russophobe) has been nagging on at me and Julia Svetlichnaja ever since the Telegraph published our interview with the murdered spy Alexander Litvinenko. Needless to say, everything that La Russophobe says is wrong, as one would expect of someone whose starting point is a blanket fear of all Russians.

LR: “Grumpy and unattractive”? Personal abuse? “EVERYTHING” LR says is wrong? Is that the way competent, responsible scholar who is in the right defends himself? Only in the la-la land inhabited by this crazed communist scumbag. Seems he’s definitely not one to lead by example, now is he?

La Truthophobe has been particularly exercised by the fact that Julia Svetlichnaja disputed the coverage of the two newspapers that slandered her, the Sunday Times and the Norwegian Aftenposten. ‘What about Julia’s threatened lawsuit?’, blogged Zigfeld, sarcastically. When the Sunday Times withdrew its allegations against Ms Svetlichnaja, La Truthophobe was not chastened, but even more self-righteous, dismissing the climbdown on these grounds:

LR: “Truthophobe”? We’ve been after the truth from day 1. We asked Julia a bunch of questions on the obscure and now defunct ZheZhe blog where she, bizarrely, chose to respond to the allegations against her, and she refused to answer them. From day 1, it’s been Julia who has been obstructing the truth, failing to answer questions and choosing instead to try to scare her opponents into silence with the blunt trauma of lawsuits. We still challenge Julia to sit down and answer our questions face to face, one-on-one, in front of a rolling video camera. If she satisfies us we’ll be glad to apologize and clear her name. If she crumbles like a house of cards, then the truth will be laid bare. But she’s still in hiding, speaking through this commie pinko piece of dirt. Isn’t that special?

It wasn’t the Times which reported the issues about Svetlichnaya, it was the Norwegian daily Aftenposten. If the Times did anything, it repeated what Aftenposten reported. Not only has Aftenposten not issued a correction, Svetlichnaya’s threat to sue the paper has not materialized (in fact, it hasn’t even been reported that she’s obtained legal representation in Norway). Well, OK, if Zigfeld will not take the Sunday Times’ word for it, what will dislodge her idee fixe? La Truthophobe continued to hide behind the (Norwegian) libel laws, responding to one comment of mine with this non-sequiteur [sic]: ‘he says nothing about the status of Svetlichnaja’s alleged lawsuit against Aftenposten, which has seemingly not progressed’.

LR: Heartfield himself is admitting that what the Sunday Times did was totally meaningless in resolving the question of Svetlichnaya’s accuracy. So it seems that not EVERYTHING La Russophobe said was wrong after all, doesn’t it?

But when Aftenposten withdrew its original, defamatory statements against Julia Svetlichnaja, how does Zigfeld respond?

LR: A boldfaced lie. Aftenposten never used the word “withdraw” it used the word “clarification.” What can you expect from a Marxist other than cheap, pathetic propaganda. Aftenposten did not apologize to Svetlichnaya, nor did it pay her any damages, nor did it state that she is not an agent of the Kremlin. All it said was that it cannot conclusively prove she is, not at all surprising given the Kremlin’s ability to conceal evidence. After all, it’s run by a clan of proud KGB spies.

‘The situation between the Aftenposten newspaper and Julia Svetlichnaya (click here to read our numerous prior reports on Ms. S.) appears to have resolved itself in a draw.’ (Incidentally, you cannot read La Truthophobe’s numerous reports, because, like Winston Smith in Nineteen Eighty-Four, Zigfeld has rewritten history, taking down most of the posts quoted here.)

LR: Another boldfaced lie. All the posts are here, the same link which appeared in the original post. Moreover, at any time any reader can click the word “Svetlichnaya” in our sidebar and see all our posts about her, or put the word “svetlichnaya” into either of our two search engines. LR demands an apology from Heartfield for his slander of this blog. Hmmm . . . maybe we should hire an attorney . . .

More importantly, the “situation between Aftenposten and Julia Svetlichnaja” is nothing like a draw. The allegations that Aftenposten made against Julia Svetlichnaja have been withdrawn in full: Aftenposten clarifies that the newspaper has no basis for asserting that these claims are correct. Is there any ambiguity in those words? To a sane person, no. But Kim Zigfeld is not sane, writing.

LR: So now this ridiculous loser just starts repeating himself. EARTH TO COMMIE IDIOT: ALL AFTENPOSTEN HAS DONE IS SAY WHAT IT CAN’T PROVE. WE STILL DON’T KNOW WHAT THE ACTUAL FACTS ARE BECAUSE YOUR VICTIM SVETLICHNAYA WON’T ANSWER ANYBODY’S QUESTIONS.

It does not state that the central accusation made against Svetlichnaya was false. Rather, it merely states that it does not have the ability to independently verify that accusation Well, no, it says ‘has no basis for asserting that any of these claims are correct’. But in the Autocratic Republic of Truthophobia having no basis for saying something …only confirms that it must be true!

LR: We can’t prove God exists. Does that mean we’re not allowed to believe he does? Sure, in the eyes of this godless Marxist thug. OJ Simpson was acquitted by a jury. Does that mean nobody can believe he killed his ex-wife? If Svetlichnaya hired some goons to put a gun to the head of the Aftenposten editors or kidnap their children, would that mean we have to accept what they say? This kind of “you-can’t-disagree” attitude is exactly what inspired Stalin’s gulag archipelago. You can be sure that Heartfield would like nothing better than to chuck LR into one (and everyone else who doesn’t except his drumbeat of propaganda).

In the same way we have no basis for asserting that Kim Zigfeld abducted and murdered Madeleine McCann, so ‘the whole sordid business has been swept under the carpet’.

LR: Does anyone understand this gibberish?

Zigfeld goes on to complain that Svetlichnaja did not defend her claims in court, preferring to settle ‘behind the scenes’ – except that it was Aftenposten who asked to settle before the matter went to court, just as the Sunday Times did.

LR: Where’s the proof of this statement? How dare he make a claim of this kind without sourcing it? Is this what passes for “scholarship” in the world of Marxism today? Apparently so. Aftenposten did not say this in its press release. More important, EARTH TO MARXIST IDIOT: NO MATTER WHAT AFTENPOSTEN WANTED, SVETLICHNAYA COULD HAVE INSISTED ON A PUBLIC TRIAL. Why did she give them what they wanted? Could it be because she’s afraid of the truth? Why didn’t she force them to say what the Sunday Times said (without having any basis whatsoever to do so, because it had no facts and was merely republishing Aftenposten‘s story, an act for which is is virtually impossible to sue in the U.S., simply out of a fairly craven business desire to stop the lawsuit), that she was not in fact a Kremlin agent? Why didn’t she force them to apologize? AND MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL, WHY DOESN’T SHE COME FORWARD WITH ACTUAL PROOF OF WHO SHE ACTUALLY IS?

So it is that at every turn, Zigfeld turns her face against the truth. When the Sunday Times withdraws, she turns to (that august institution) Aftenposten; and when they in turn withdraw, Zigfeld simply refuses to believe it. Anyway, there is no need to linger with the delusions of this congenital idiot. There could be no greater punishment for her sins than being La Russophobe.

LR: Note well that this piece of filth doesn’t even try to answer any of the questions LR asked in her post about Svetlichnaya, much less the others she’s asked previously — much less does he put her forward to answer them herself. He simply ignores all of them. He doesn’t even answer the one he himself knows about, how he hooked up with her and why she needs him.

Svetlichanya’s Psycho Svengali Lashes Out at La Russophobe

James Heartfield (pictured, is that one scary-looking weirdo or what?) the shadowy communist (he writes for marxist.com) who has been serving as Julia Svetlichnaya’s svengali throughout her sordid involvement in the Litvinenko affair, has lashed out at La Russophobe on his blog regarding her recent post about Aftenposten‘s reponse to Svetlichanya’s complaints about its alleged inaccurate reporting about her.

You will notice, gentle reader, two amazing facts about Heartfield’s crazy rant. First, he doesn’t even give this blog credit for having published in full both the statements of the Sunday Times and of Aftenposten in response to Svetlichnaya’s lawyer’s threats against them, yet he claims WE are afraid of the truth. If we were, wouldn’t we have simply ignored those statements, rather than publishing them for our thousands of weekly visitors to see? If he WASN’T, wouldn’t he accurately state the facts? Second, he does not provide ONE SINGLE SHRED of factual information about Svetlichnaya, much less does he even try to specifically answer ANY of the questions we’ve asked. Svetlichnaya herself, of course, keeps totally silent. We’ve said FROM THE BEGINNING that it’s possible Svetlichnaya is the unwitting pawn of forces she herself does not even fully understand, which is why it’s so important for her to come clean about how she got tied up with Litvinenko and why she came forward to speak about him only after he was murdered. Yet, she remains silent.

Before dealing with the “substance” of Heartfield’s bizarre, childish rant (looks like we really touched a nerve!), let’s pause a moment to reflect upon the breathtaking nature of his hypocrisy. Here is a weirdo who has spent his entire life so far outside the mainstream of human discourse that he might as well be a space alien. Yet, in this post he dares to attack LR for failing to accept what he views as established dogma, that Svetlichanya is totally innocent of any wrongdoing and is as pure as the driven snow where Litvinenko is concerned (and nobody’s hapless pawn either, he apparently believes) — in other words THIS GUY is attacking LR for being a contrarian??? Only where Russia is concerned do we see this kind of blatant, breathtaking hypocrisy.

Here’s what one blog says about Heartfield:

James was a militant of the Revolutionary Communist Party of Great Britain, to be distinguished from the American sect by its love of DDT, nuclear power and genetically modified crops rather than Mao’s Little Red Book. Taking some of Marx’s early writings in an extreme direction, the RCP propagandized for what amounted to better living through chemistry in their magazine LM.

And just for the record, let’s be clear: While Heartfield brags on his crazy blog about his appearances in obscure media outlets, LR is a far more significant force in in the blogosphere than this communist rat bastard. Heartfield’s crazy blog has 11 Technorati links. La Russophobe has 147. Search “James Heartfield” on Google and you get less than 25,000 hits. Search “La Russophobe” and you get nearly 90,000.

Here is his post in full (in black), with LR’s running commentary (in red):

The grumpy, Russia-hating blogger Kim Zigfeld (going by the unattractive name, La Russophobe) has been nagging on at me and Julia Svetlichnaja ever since the Telegraph published our interview with the murdered spy Alexander Litvinenko. Needless to say, everything that La Russophobe says is wrong, as one would expect of someone whose starting point is a blanket fear of all Russians.

LR: “Grumpy and unattractive”? Personal abuse? “EVERYTHING” LR says is wrong? Is that the way competent, responsible scholar who is in the right defends himself? Only in the la-la land inhabited by this crazed communist scumbag. Seems he’s definitely not one to lead by example, now is he?

La Truthophobe has been particularly exercised by the fact that Julia Svetlichnaja disputed the coverage of the two newspapers that slandered her, the Sunday Times and the Norwegian Aftenposten. ‘What about Julia’s threatened lawsuit?’, blogged Zigfeld, sarcastically. When the Sunday Times withdrew its allegations against Ms Svetlichnaja, La Truthophobe was not chastened, but even more self-righteous, dismissing the climbdown on these grounds:

LR: “Truthophobe”? We’ve been after the truth from day 1. We asked Julia a bunch of questions on the obscure and now defunct ZheZhe blog where she, bizarrely, chose to respond to the allegations against her, and she refused to answer them. From day 1, it’s been Julia who has been obstructing the truth, failing to answer questions and choosing instead to try to scare her opponents into silence with the blunt trauma of lawsuits. We still challenge Julia to sit down and answer our questions face to face, one-on-one, in front of a rolling video camera. If she satisfies us we’ll be glad to apologize and clear her name. If she crumbles like a house of cards, then the truth will be laid bare. But she’s still in hiding, speaking through this commie pinko piece of dirt. Isn’t that special?

It wasn’t the Times which reported the issues about Svetlichnaya, it was the Norwegian daily Aftenposten. If the Times did anything, it repeated what Aftenposten reported. Not only has Aftenposten not issued a correction, Svetlichnaya’s threat to sue the paper has not materialized (in fact, it hasn’t even been reported that she’s obtained legal representation in Norway). Well, OK, if Zigfeld will not take the Sunday Times’ word for it, what will dislodge her idee fixe? La Truthophobe continued to hide behind the (Norwegian) libel laws, responding to one comment of mine with this non-sequiteur [sic]: ‘he says nothing about the status of Svetlichnaja’s alleged lawsuit against Aftenposten, which has seemingly not progressed’.

LR: Heartfield himself is admitting that what the Sunday Times did was totally meaningless in resolving the question of Svetlichnaya’s accuracy. So it seems that not EVERYTHING La Russophobe said was wrong after all, doesn’t it?

But when Aftenposten withdrew its original, defamatory statements against Julia Svetlichnaja, how does Zigfeld respond?

LR: A boldfaced lie. Aftenposten never used the word “withdraw” it used the word “clarification.” What can you expect from a Marxist other than cheap, pathetic propaganda. Aftenposten did not apologize to Svetlichnaya, nor did it pay her any damages, nor did it state that she is not an agent of the Kremlin. All it said was that it cannot conclusively prove she is, not at all surprising given the Kremlin’s ability to conceal evidence. After all, it’s run by a clan of proud KGB spies.

‘The situation between the Aftenposten newspaper and Julia Svetlichnaya (click here to read our numerous prior reports on Ms. S.) appears to have resolved itself in a draw.’ (Incidentally, you cannot read La Truthophobe’s numerous reports, because, like Winston Smith in Nineteen Eighty-Four, Zigfeld has rewritten history, taking down most of the posts quoted here.)

LR: Another boldfaced lie. All the posts are here, the same link which appeared in the original post. Moreover, at any time any reader can click the word “Svetlichnaya” in our sidebar and see all our posts about her, or put the word “svetlichnaya” into either of our two search engines. LR demands an apology from Heartfield for his slander of this blog. Hmmm . . . maybe we should hire an attorney . . .

More importantly, the “situation between Aftenposten and Julia Svetlichnaja” is nothing like a draw. The allegations that Aftenposten made against Julia Svetlichnaja have been withdrawn in full: Aftenposten clarifies that the newspaper has no basis for asserting that these claims are correct. Is there any ambiguity in those words? To a sane person, no. But Kim Zigfeld is not sane, writing.

LR: So now this ridiculous loser just starts repeating himself. EARTH TO COMMIE IDIOT: ALL AFTENPOSTEN HAS DONE IS SAY WHAT IT CAN’T PROVE. WE STILL DON’T KNOW WHAT THE ACTUAL FACTS ARE BECAUSE YOUR VICTIM SVETLICHNAYA WON’T ANSWER ANYBODY’S QUESTIONS.

It does not state that the central accusation made against Svetlichnaya was false. Rather, it merely states that it does not have the ability to independently verify that accusation Well, no, it says ‘has no basis for asserting that any of these claims are correct’. But in the Autocratic Republic of Truthophobia having no basis for saying something …only confirms that it must be true!

LR: We can’t prove God exists. Does that mean we’re not allowed to believe he does? Sure, in the eyes of this godless Marxist thug. OJ Simpson was acquitted by a jury. Does that mean nobody can believe he killed his ex-wife? If Svetlichnaya hired some goons to put a gun to the head of the Aftenposten editors or kidnap their children, would that mean we have to accept what they say? This kind of “you-can’t-disagree” attitude is exactly what inspired Stalin’s gulag archipelago. You can be sure that Heartfield would like nothing better than to chuck LR into one (and everyone else who doesn’t except his drumbeat of propaganda).

In the same way we have no basis for asserting that Kim Zigfeld abducted and murdered Madeleine McCann, so ‘the whole sordid business has been swept under the carpet’.

LR: Does anyone understand this gibberish?

Zigfeld goes on to complain that Svetlichnaja did not defend her claims in court, preferring to settle ‘behind the scenes’ – except that it was Aftenposten who asked to settle before the matter went to court, just as the Sunday Times did.

LR: Where’s the proof of this statement? How dare he make a claim of this kind without sourcing it? Is this what passes for “scholarship” in the world of Marxism today? Apparently so. Aftenposten did not say this in its press release. More important, EARTH TO MARXIST IDIOT: NO MATTER WHAT AFTENPOSTEN WANTED, SVETLICHNAYA COULD HAVE INSISTED ON A PUBLIC TRIAL. Why did she give them what they wanted? Could it be because she’s afraid of the truth? Why didn’t she force them to say what the Sunday Times said (without having any basis whatsoever to do so, because it had no facts and was merely republishing Aftenposten‘s story, an act for which is is virtually impossible to sue in the U.S., simply out of a fairly craven business desire to stop the lawsuit), that she was not in fact a Kremlin agent? Why didn’t she force them to apologize? AND MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL, WHY DOESN’T SHE COME FORWARD WITH ACTUAL PROOF OF WHO SHE ACTUALLY IS?

So it is that at every turn, Zigfeld turns her face against the truth. When the Sunday Times withdraws, she turns to (that august institution) Aftenposten; and when they in turn withdraw, Zigfeld simply refuses to believe it. Anyway, there is no need to linger with the delusions of this congenital idiot. There could be no greater punishment for her sins than being La Russophobe.

LR: Note well that this piece of filth doesn’t even try to answer any of the questions LR asked in her post about Svetlichnaya, much less the others she’s asked previously — much less does he put her forward to answer them herself. He simply ignores all of them. He doesn’t even answer the one he himself knows about, how he hooked up with her and why she needs him.

Svetlichanya’s Psycho Svengali Lashes Out at La Russophobe

James Heartfield (pictured, is that one scary-looking weirdo or what?) the shadowy communist (he writes for marxist.com) who has been serving as Julia Svetlichnaya’s svengali throughout her sordid involvement in the Litvinenko affair, has lashed out at La Russophobe on his blog regarding her recent post about Aftenposten‘s reponse to Svetlichanya’s complaints about its alleged inaccurate reporting about her.

You will notice, gentle reader, two amazing facts about Heartfield’s crazy rant. First, he doesn’t even give this blog credit for having published in full both the statements of the Sunday Times and of Aftenposten in response to Svetlichnaya’s lawyer’s threats against them, yet he claims WE are afraid of the truth. If we were, wouldn’t we have simply ignored those statements, rather than publishing them for our thousands of weekly visitors to see? If he WASN’T, wouldn’t he accurately state the facts? Second, he does not provide ONE SINGLE SHRED of factual information about Svetlichnaya, much less does he even try to specifically answer ANY of the questions we’ve asked. Svetlichnaya herself, of course, keeps totally silent. We’ve said FROM THE BEGINNING that it’s possible Svetlichnaya is the unwitting pawn of forces she herself does not even fully understand, which is why it’s so important for her to come clean about how she got tied up with Litvinenko and why she came forward to speak about him only after he was murdered. Yet, she remains silent.

Before dealing with the “substance” of Heartfield’s bizarre, childish rant (looks like we really touched a nerve!), let’s pause a moment to reflect upon the breathtaking nature of his hypocrisy. Here is a weirdo who has spent his entire life so far outside the mainstream of human discourse that he might as well be a space alien. Yet, in this post he dares to attack LR for failing to accept what he views as established dogma, that Svetlichanya is totally innocent of any wrongdoing and is as pure as the driven snow where Litvinenko is concerned (and nobody’s hapless pawn either, he apparently believes) — in other words THIS GUY is attacking LR for being a contrarian??? Only where Russia is concerned do we see this kind of blatant, breathtaking hypocrisy.

Here’s what one blog says about Heartfield:

James was a militant of the Revolutionary Communist Party of Great Britain, to be distinguished from the American sect by its love of DDT, nuclear power and genetically modified crops rather than Mao’s Little Red Book. Taking some of Marx’s early writings in an extreme direction, the RCP propagandized for what amounted to better living through chemistry in their magazine LM.

And just for the record, let’s be clear: While Heartfield brags on his crazy blog about his appearances in obscure media outlets, LR is a far more significant force in in the blogosphere than this communist rat bastard. Heartfield’s crazy blog has 11 Technorati links. La Russophobe has 147. Search “James Heartfield” on Google and you get less than 25,000 hits. Search “La Russophobe” and you get nearly 90,000.

Here is his post in full (in black), with LR’s running commentary (in red):

The grumpy, Russia-hating blogger Kim Zigfeld (going by the unattractive name, La Russophobe) has been nagging on at me and Julia Svetlichnaja ever since the Telegraph published our interview with the murdered spy Alexander Litvinenko. Needless to say, everything that La Russophobe says is wrong, as one would expect of someone whose starting point is a blanket fear of all Russians.

LR: “Grumpy and unattractive”? Personal abuse? “EVERYTHING” LR says is wrong? Is that the way competent, responsible scholar who is in the right defends himself? Only in the la-la land inhabited by this crazed communist scumbag. Seems he’s definitely not one to lead by example, now is he?

La Truthophobe has been particularly exercised by the fact that Julia Svetlichnaja disputed the coverage of the two newspapers that slandered her, the Sunday Times and the Norwegian Aftenposten. ‘What about Julia’s threatened lawsuit?’, blogged Zigfeld, sarcastically. When the Sunday Times withdrew its allegations against Ms Svetlichnaja, La Truthophobe was not chastened, but even more self-righteous, dismissing the climbdown on these grounds:

LR: “Truthophobe”? We’ve been after the truth from day 1. We asked Julia a bunch of questions on the obscure and now defunct ZheZhe blog where she, bizarrely, chose to respond to the allegations against her, and she refused to answer them. From day 1, it’s been Julia who has been obstructing the truth, failing to answer questions and choosing instead to try to scare her opponents into silence with the blunt trauma of lawsuits. We still challenge Julia to sit down and answer our questions face to face, one-on-one, in front of a rolling video camera. If she satisfies us we’ll be glad to apologize and clear her name. If she crumbles like a house of cards, then the truth will be laid bare. But she’s still in hiding, speaking through this commie pinko piece of dirt. Isn’t that special?

It wasn’t the Times which reported the issues about Svetlichnaya, it was the Norwegian daily Aftenposten. If the Times did anything, it repeated what Aftenposten reported. Not only has Aftenposten not issued a correction, Svetlichnaya’s threat to sue the paper has not materialized (in fact, it hasn’t even been reported that she’s obtained legal representation in Norway). Well, OK, if Zigfeld will not take the Sunday Times’ word for it, what will dislodge her idee fixe? La Truthophobe continued to hide behind the (Norwegian) libel laws, responding to one comment of mine with this non-sequiteur [sic]: ‘he says nothing about the status of Svetlichnaja’s alleged lawsuit against Aftenposten, which has seemingly not progressed’.

LR: Heartfield himself is admitting that what the Sunday Times did was totally meaningless in resolving the question of Svetlichnaya’s accuracy. So it seems that not EVERYTHING La Russophobe said was wrong after all, doesn’t it?

But when Aftenposten withdrew its original, defamatory statements against Julia Svetlichnaja, how does Zigfeld respond?

LR: A boldfaced lie. Aftenposten never used the word “withdraw” it used the word “clarification.” What can you expect from a Marxist other than cheap, pathetic propaganda. Aftenposten did not apologize to Svetlichnaya, nor did it pay her any damages, nor did it state that she is not an agent of the Kremlin. All it said was that it cannot conclusively prove she is, not at all surprising given the Kremlin’s ability to conceal evidence. After all, it’s run by a clan of proud KGB spies.

‘The situation between the Aftenposten newspaper and Julia Svetlichnaya (click here to read our numerous prior reports on Ms. S.) appears to have resolved itself in a draw.’ (Incidentally, you cannot read La Truthophobe’s numerous reports, because, like Winston Smith in Nineteen Eighty-Four, Zigfeld has rewritten history, taking down most of the posts quoted here.)

LR: Another boldfaced lie. All the posts are here, the same link which appeared in the original post. Moreover, at any time any reader can click the word “Svetlichnaya” in our sidebar and see all our posts about her, or put the word “svetlichnaya” into either of our two search engines. LR demands an apology from Heartfield for his slander of this blog. Hmmm . . . maybe we should hire an attorney . . .

More importantly, the “situation between Aftenposten and Julia Svetlichnaja” is nothing like a draw. The allegations that Aftenposten made against Julia Svetlichnaja have been withdrawn in full: Aftenposten clarifies that the newspaper has no basis for asserting that these claims are correct. Is there any ambiguity in those words? To a sane person, no. But Kim Zigfeld is not sane, writing.

LR: So now this ridiculous loser just starts repeating himself. EARTH TO COMMIE IDIOT: ALL AFTENPOSTEN HAS DONE IS SAY WHAT IT CAN’T PROVE. WE STILL DON’T KNOW WHAT THE ACTUAL FACTS ARE BECAUSE YOUR VICTIM SVETLICHNAYA WON’T ANSWER ANYBODY’S QUESTIONS.

It does not state that the central accusation made against Svetlichnaya was false. Rather, it merely states that it does not have the ability to independently verify that accusation Well, no, it says ‘has no basis for asserting that any of these claims are correct’. But in the Autocratic Republic of Truthophobia having no basis for saying something …only confirms that it must be true!

LR: We can’t prove God exists. Does that mean we’re not allowed to believe he does? Sure, in the eyes of this godless Marxist thug. OJ Simpson was acquitted by a jury. Does that mean nobody can believe he killed his ex-wife? If Svetlichnaya hired some goons to put a gun to the head of the Aftenposten editors or kidnap their children, would that mean we have to accept what they say? This kind of “you-can’t-disagree” attitude is exactly what inspired Stalin’s gulag archipelago. You can be sure that Heartfield would like nothing better than to chuck LR into one (and everyone else who doesn’t except his drumbeat of propaganda).

In the same way we have no basis for asserting that Kim Zigfeld abducted and murdered Madeleine McCann, so ‘the whole sordid business has been swept under the carpet’.

LR: Does anyone understand this gibberish?

Zigfeld goes on to complain that Svetlichnaja did not defend her claims in court, preferring to settle ‘behind the scenes’ – except that it was Aftenposten who asked to settle before the matter went to court, just as the Sunday Times did.

LR: Where’s the proof of this statement? How dare he make a claim of this kind without sourcing it? Is this what passes for “scholarship” in the world of Marxism today? Apparently so. Aftenposten did not say this in its press release. More important, EARTH TO MARXIST IDIOT: NO MATTER WHAT AFTENPOSTEN WANTED, SVETLICHNAYA COULD HAVE INSISTED ON A PUBLIC TRIAL. Why did she give them what they wanted? Could it be because she’s afraid of the truth? Why didn’t she force them to say what the Sunday Times said (without having any basis whatsoever to do so, because it had no facts and was merely republishing Aftenposten‘s story, an act for which is is virtually impossible to sue in the U.S., simply out of a fairly craven business desire to stop the lawsuit), that she was not in fact a Kremlin agent? Why didn’t she force them to apologize? AND MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL, WHY DOESN’T SHE COME FORWARD WITH ACTUAL PROOF OF WHO SHE ACTUALLY IS?

So it is that at every turn, Zigfeld turns her face against the truth. When the Sunday Times withdraws, she turns to (that august institution) Aftenposten; and when they in turn withdraw, Zigfeld simply refuses to believe it. Anyway, there is no need to linger with the delusions of this congenital idiot. There could be no greater punishment for her sins than being La Russophobe.

LR: Note well that this piece of filth doesn’t even try to answer any of the questions LR asked in her post about Svetlichnaya, much less the others she’s asked previously — much less does he put her forward to answer them herself. He simply ignores all of them. He doesn’t even answer the one he himself knows about, how he hooked up with her and why she needs him.

Svetlichanya’s Psycho Svengali Lashes Out at La Russophobe

James Heartfield (pictured, is that one scary-looking weirdo or what?) the shadowy communist (he writes for marxist.com) who has been serving as Julia Svetlichnaya’s svengali throughout her sordid involvement in the Litvinenko affair, has lashed out at La Russophobe on his blog regarding her recent post about Aftenposten‘s reponse to Svetlichanya’s complaints about its alleged inaccurate reporting about her.

You will notice, gentle reader, two amazing facts about Heartfield’s crazy rant. First, he doesn’t even give this blog credit for having published in full both the statements of the Sunday Times and of Aftenposten in response to Svetlichnaya’s lawyer’s threats against them, yet he claims WE are afraid of the truth. If we were, wouldn’t we have simply ignored those statements, rather than publishing them for our thousands of weekly visitors to see? If he WASN’T, wouldn’t he accurately state the facts? Second, he does not provide ONE SINGLE SHRED of factual information about Svetlichnaya, much less does he even try to specifically answer ANY of the questions we’ve asked. Svetlichnaya herself, of course, keeps totally silent. We’ve said FROM THE BEGINNING that it’s possible Svetlichnaya is the unwitting pawn of forces she herself does not even fully understand, which is why it’s so important for her to come clean about how she got tied up with Litvinenko and why she came forward to speak about him only after he was murdered. Yet, she remains silent.

Before dealing with the “substance” of Heartfield’s bizarre, childish rant (looks like we really touched a nerve!), let’s pause a moment to reflect upon the breathtaking nature of his hypocrisy. Here is a weirdo who has spent his entire life so far outside the mainstream of human discourse that he might as well be a space alien. Yet, in this post he dares to attack LR for failing to accept what he views as established dogma, that Svetlichanya is totally innocent of any wrongdoing and is as pure as the driven snow where Litvinenko is concerned (and nobody’s hapless pawn either, he apparently believes) — in other words THIS GUY is attacking LR for being a contrarian??? Only where Russia is concerned do we see this kind of blatant, breathtaking hypocrisy.

Here’s what one blog says about Heartfield:

James was a militant of the Revolutionary Communist Party of Great Britain, to be distinguished from the American sect by its love of DDT, nuclear power and genetically modified crops rather than Mao’s Little Red Book. Taking some of Marx’s early writings in an extreme direction, the RCP propagandized for what amounted to better living through chemistry in their magazine LM.

And just for the record, let’s be clear: While Heartfield brags on his crazy blog about his appearances in obscure media outlets, LR is a far more significant force in in the blogosphere than this communist rat bastard. Heartfield’s crazy blog has 11 Technorati links. La Russophobe has 147. Search “James Heartfield” on Google and you get less than 25,000 hits. Search “La Russophobe” and you get nearly 90,000.

Here is his post in full (in black), with LR’s running commentary (in red):

The grumpy, Russia-hating blogger Kim Zigfeld (going by the unattractive name, La Russophobe) has been nagging on at me and Julia Svetlichnaja ever since the Telegraph published our interview with the murdered spy Alexander Litvinenko. Needless to say, everything that La Russophobe says is wrong, as one would expect of someone whose starting point is a blanket fear of all Russians.

LR: “Grumpy and unattractive”? Personal abuse? “EVERYTHING” LR says is wrong? Is that the way competent, responsible scholar who is in the right defends himself? Only in the la-la land inhabited by this crazed communist scumbag. Seems he’s definitely not one to lead by example, now is he?

La Truthophobe has been particularly exercised by the fact that Julia Svetlichnaja disputed the coverage of the two newspapers that slandered her, the Sunday Times and the Norwegian Aftenposten. ‘What about Julia’s threatened lawsuit?’, blogged Zigfeld, sarcastically. When the Sunday Times withdrew its allegations against Ms Svetlichnaja, La Truthophobe was not chastened, but even more self-righteous, dismissing the climbdown on these grounds:

LR: “Truthophobe”? We’ve been after the truth from day 1. We asked Julia a bunch of questions on the obscure and now defunct ZheZhe blog where she, bizarrely, chose to respond to the allegations against her, and she refused to answer them. From day 1, it’s been Julia who has been obstructing the truth, failing to answer questions and choosing instead to try to scare her opponents into silence with the blunt trauma of lawsuits. We still challenge Julia to sit down and answer our questions face to face, one-on-one, in front of a rolling video camera. If she satisfies us we’ll be glad to apologize and clear her name. If she crumbles like a house of cards, then the truth will be laid bare. But she’s still in hiding, speaking through this commie pinko piece of dirt. Isn’t that special?

It wasn’t the Times which reported the issues about Svetlichnaya, it was the Norwegian daily Aftenposten. If the Times did anything, it repeated what Aftenposten reported. Not only has Aftenposten not issued a correction, Svetlichnaya’s threat to sue the paper has not materialized (in fact, it hasn’t even been reported that she’s obtained legal representation in Norway). Well, OK, if Zigfeld will not take the Sunday Times’ word for it, what will dislodge her idee fixe? La Truthophobe continued to hide behind the (Norwegian) libel laws, responding to one comment of mine with this non-sequiteur [sic]: ‘he says nothing about the status of Svetlichnaja’s alleged lawsuit against Aftenposten, which has seemingly not progressed’.

LR: Heartfield himself is admitting that what the Sunday Times did was totally meaningless in resolving the question of Svetlichnaya’s accuracy. So it seems that not EVERYTHING La Russophobe said was wrong after all, doesn’t it?

But when Aftenposten withdrew its original, defamatory statements against Julia Svetlichnaja, how does Zigfeld respond?

LR: A boldfaced lie. Aftenposten never used the word “withdraw” it used the word “clarification.” What can you expect from a Marxist other than cheap, pathetic propaganda. Aftenposten did not apologize to Svetlichnaya, nor did it pay her any damages, nor did it state that she is not an agent of the Kremlin. All it said was that it cannot conclusively prove she is, not at all surprising given the Kremlin’s ability to conceal evidence. After all, it’s run by a clan of proud KGB spies.

‘The situation between the Aftenposten newspaper and Julia Svetlichnaya (click here to read our numerous prior reports on Ms. S.) appears to have resolved itself in a draw.’ (Incidentally, you cannot read La Truthophobe’s numerous reports, because, like Winston Smith in Nineteen Eighty-Four, Zigfeld has rewritten history, taking down most of the posts quoted here.)

LR: Another boldfaced lie. All the posts are here, the same link which appeared in the original post. Moreover, at any time any reader can click the word “Svetlichnaya” in our sidebar and see all our posts about her, or put the word “svetlichnaya” into either of our two search engines. LR demands an apology from Heartfield for his slander of this blog. Hmmm . . . maybe we should hire an attorney . . .

More importantly, the “situation between Aftenposten and Julia Svetlichnaja” is nothing like a draw. The allegations that Aftenposten made against Julia Svetlichnaja have been withdrawn in full: Aftenposten clarifies that the newspaper has no basis for asserting that these claims are correct. Is there any ambiguity in those words? To a sane person, no. But Kim Zigfeld is not sane, writing.

LR: So now this ridiculous loser just starts repeating himself. EARTH TO COMMIE IDIOT: ALL AFTENPOSTEN HAS DONE IS SAY WHAT IT CAN’T PROVE. WE STILL DON’T KNOW WHAT THE ACTUAL FACTS ARE BECAUSE YOUR VICTIM SVETLICHNAYA WON’T ANSWER ANYBODY’S QUESTIONS.

It does not state that the central accusation made against Svetlichnaya was false. Rather, it merely states that it does not have the ability to independently verify that accusation Well, no, it says ‘has no basis for asserting that any of these claims are correct’. But in the Autocratic Republic of Truthophobia having no basis for saying something …only confirms that it must be true!

LR: We can’t prove God exists. Does that mean we’re not allowed to believe he does? Sure, in the eyes of this godless Marxist thug. OJ Simpson was acquitted by a jury. Does that mean nobody can believe he killed his ex-wife? If Svetlichnaya hired some goons to put a gun to the head of the Aftenposten editors or kidnap their children, would that mean we have to accept what they say? This kind of “you-can’t-disagree” attitude is exactly what inspired Stalin’s gulag archipelago. You can be sure that Heartfield would like nothing better than to chuck LR into one (and everyone else who doesn’t except his drumbeat of propaganda).

In the same way we have no basis for asserting that Kim Zigfeld abducted and murdered Madeleine McCann, so ‘the whole sordid business has been swept under the carpet’.

LR: Does anyone understand this gibberish?

Zigfeld goes on to complain that Svetlichnaja did not defend her claims in court, preferring to settle ‘behind the scenes’ – except that it was Aftenposten who asked to settle before the matter went to court, just as the Sunday Times did.

LR: Where’s the proof of this statement? How dare he make a claim of this kind without sourcing it? Is this what passes for “scholarship” in the world of Marxism today? Apparently so. Aftenposten did not say this in its press release. More important, EARTH TO MARXIST IDIOT: NO MATTER WHAT AFTENPOSTEN WANTED, SVETLICHNAYA COULD HAVE INSISTED ON A PUBLIC TRIAL. Why did she give them what they wanted? Could it be because she’s afraid of the truth? Why didn’t she force them to say what the Sunday Times said (without having any basis whatsoever to do so, because it had no facts and was merely republishing Aftenposten‘s story, an act for which is is virtually impossible to sue in the U.S., simply out of a fairly craven business desire to stop the lawsuit), that she was not in fact a Kremlin agent? Why didn’t she force them to apologize? AND MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL, WHY DOESN’T SHE COME FORWARD WITH ACTUAL PROOF OF WHO SHE ACTUALLY IS?

So it is that at every turn, Zigfeld turns her face against the truth. When the Sunday Times withdraws, she turns to (that august institution) Aftenposten; and when they in turn withdraw, Zigfeld simply refuses to believe it. Anyway, there is no need to linger with the delusions of this congenital idiot. There could be no greater punishment for her sins than being La Russophobe.

LR: Note well that this piece of filth doesn’t even try to answer any of the questions LR asked in her post about Svetlichnaya, much less the others she’s asked previously — much less does he put her forward to answer them herself. He simply ignores all of them. He doesn’t even answer the one he himself knows about, how he hooked up with her and why she needs him.

Annals of Svetlichnaya

The situation between the Aftenposten newspaper and Julia Svetlichnaya (click here to read our numerous prior reports on Ms. S.) appears to have resolved itself in a draw. On September 6th the paper published the following announcement:

Svetlichnaja and Litvinenko: Clarifications

In connection with the death of Alexander Litvinenko in London last year, Aftenposten reported on statements made by Russian-born doctoral student Julia Svetlichnaja of the University of Westminster in London. She had reported in the British media on her several meetings with Litvinenko including claims that he told her he planned to extort money from leading Russian businessmen. Aftenposten cited unnamed Russian experts who in turn claimed that Julia Svetlichnaja had been assigned by the Russian authorities to discredit Mr Litvinenko. Aftenposten clarifies that the newspaper has no basis for asserting that these claims are correct.

In reference to its front-page summary of the story on 9 December 2006 and an article published in Aftenposten’s online English-language news service on 11 December, Aftenposten also clarifies that it was not Julia Svetlichnaja who tried to prevent Aftenposten’s correspondent from asking questions at a press conference held in London. Aftenposten clarifies that their correspondent’s questions were answered in full by Julia Svetlichnaja at the press conference. Aftenposten also clarifies that the headline on their report of the conference “Litvinenko’s Accuser Turns Her Fury on Aftenposten” was incorrect.

Aftenposten’s online English-language news service also noted in its article that British media had linked the website of Russian Investors which featured Ms Svetlichnaja’s name to the Russian state. The company is registered as privately owned. Ms Svetlichnaja had in fact formerly worked for a British services company which had designed a website for Russian Investors in 2005.

In March of this year, a court in London granted Ms Svetlichnaja compensation from The Sunday Times for an article published 10 December last year. The newspaper had suggested that she may have taken part in a Kremlin effort to discredit Litvinenko. The Sunday Times was also ordered to withdraw its report, and apologize in open court and pay to Ms Svetlichnaja substantial undisclosed damages.

So Aftenposten does not apologize to Svetlichnaya, much less pay her any damages, nor does it even issue a “correction” much less a “retraction.” All it does is “clarify” certain points of the story. It does not state that the central accusation made against Svetlichnaya (that she was acting in the interests of the Kremlin, and for political reasons, to discredit Alexander Litvinenko when she spoke to the British press to him after his demise) was false. Rather, it merely states that it does not have the ability to independently verify that accusation (hardly surprising, given that the Kremlin is ruled by a proud KGB spy trained to hide such evidence, a spy who could easily have intimidated the witnesses into silence), and admits that it too-aggressively characterized Svetlichnaya’s personal efforts to obstruct their investigation (the efforts, it seems, came mostly from her entourage, which includes an avowed Marxist who uses a pseudonym). It says that the Russian firm Svetlichnaya previously worked for “is registered as privately owned” — but anyone with half a brain knows that the Kremlin controls plenty of businesses that are so registered, so this says nothing about the extent of her connections to the Russian government or the murky figure Alexei Golubovich.

To date, as far as we know, Svetlichnaya has still not sat down for an aggressive interview with any significant journalist to defend herself on the merits against the charges that have been made against her (for instance, [1] the fact that her name was suddenly removed from the Russian firm’s website, as reported by the Komisar Scoop (which also reported that Litvinenko was investigating Golubovich, Svetlichnaya’s employer) or [2] the fact that, whilst claiming not to be a supporter of the Kremlin, no record of Kremlin-critical statements has been produced, or the fact that [3] no explanation has yet been given for how Svetlichnaya contacted Litvinenko or began to work with him when such work has no apparent relations whatsoever to her doctoral research). There has been much discussion about what Aftenposten can and cannot prove, but virtually none about what Svetlichnaya can and cannot prove concerning her accusations smearing Alexander Litvinenko — allegations which she oh-so conveniently waited until he was dead to make, hence unable to defend himself, allegations which Litvinenko’s wife has repudiated. We challenge Svetlichnaya to come out from behind her lawyers and face the music in the court of public opinion, as she should have done long ago.

More important, Svetlichnaya could have gone to a court of law. She could have insisted on it. Once there, she could have laid out all her evidence before a jury, and allowed the newspapers to do likewise, and allowed the court to make a formal finding as to exactly who she is and what she was up to when she spoke about Litvinenko. Instead, she apparently opted for murky settlements behind closed doors. Granted, the newspapers involved could have insisted on a court battle as well, but corporate businesses very rarely take stands based on principle when they can avoid it, it’s just good business. The Sunday Times settled with Svetlichnaya simply because it wasn’t their story and they could not treat it as if it were, and because Britain has rather draconian libel laws that err on the side of the subject rather than on the side of the press, as American law does. It was Aftenposten‘s story, and as shown above the paper is largely standing behind it, with the very limited “clarification” stated, which Svetlichnaya has apparently accepted as an end to the matter rather than proceeding in a Norwegian court. The net result is that the whole sordid business has now been swept under the carpet, and we may never get the full story from Svetlichnaya.

Interestingly, that’s exactly how the Kremlin would have wanted it.

Update on Svetlichnaya

The Times of London has issued the following statement on their reporting about Julia Svetlichnaya:

Correction: Julia Svetlichnaja Our report on the investigation into the death of Alexander Litvinenko (“Kremlin wants to quiz exiles”, December 10) referred to reports that Julia Svetlichnaja, a researcher at the centre for the Study of Democracy at Westminster University, may have been part of a Kremlin-orchestrated campaign to discredit Mr Litvinenko and said it was believed that she had previously worked for a state-owned Russian company. We are happy to make it clear that Ms Svetlichnaja has never worked for a state-owned Russian company and we accept that she was not part of any Kremlin-inspired campaign to discredit Mr Litvinenko.

This does far more to muddy the waters than to clear them. Here are the four reasons why:

First of all, the article cited by the Times makes no reference to Svetlichnaya as it currently appears on the Times website. So what was actually said about her by the Times remains unclear.

Second, it wasn’t the Times which reported the issues about Svetlichnaya, it was the Norwegian daily Aftenposten. If the Times did anything, it repeated what Aftenposten reported. Not only has Aftenposten not issued a correction, Svetlichnaya’s threat to sue the paper has not materialized (in fact, it hasn’t even been reported that she’s obtained legal representation in Norway).

Third, the Times is just saying that it can’t prove her denials of Kremlin affiliation are false, so it “accepts” her word that there are none. There’s a big, big difference between that and the Times concluding she has no such affiliations. To begin with, the issue isn’t whether Svetlichnaya ever worked for a “state-owned” Russian firm, it’s whether she ever worked for a firm that was controlled by the Kremlin or one of its sycophant oligarchs. Svetlichnaya has done nothing to establish who owned the companies she worked for. Moreover, it’s perfectly possible that Svetlichnaya was nothing more than a patsy, an unknowing pawn being manipulated by a Kremlin-connected Svengali. In that case, it could be perfectly true that she herself is unaware of her own connections to the Kremlin. That wouldn’t mean she’s not their agent.

Fourth, Svetlichnaya has still not come forward to publish the e-mails and tape recordings of Litvinenko that she claims she has. She still has not explained how she got in touch with him or why (it has nothing to do with her dissertation work), nor has she explained why she needs to work with the Marxist extremist James Heartfield or what her relationship is with him. She’s claimed to have been no friend of the Kremlin in the past, but hasn’t documented any published statements critical of it, and she hasn’t explained who is paying for her education and her lawyer (these are just some of the critical questions she has left hanging, her story is chock-a-block with inconsistencies that need attention).

Now let’s be clear: Nobody in the world would be better pleased than LR to learn that Svetlichnaya can’t be counted among the Kremlin’s henchmen. They’ve got more than enough as it is. If she’s simply a ham-handed young lady who’s ended up unintentionally giving aid and comfort to the Kremlin’s anti-democratic forces in their hour of need, that’s the best-case scenario we can imagine. But she’s done virtually nothing to help clear up the confusion, and that can only cast the shadow of doubt upon her.