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To: GarySpFc; Askel5; eleni121
In red letters across the top of Novaya Gazeta's website:

«KRITIKA SO STORONY PRESSY POLEZNA DLYA VSEKH UROVNEY VLASTI». (V.V. PUTIN, 24.09.2004)

"Criticism on the part of the press is useful for all levels of the regime" (V.V. Putin, September 24th, 2004)

I have mixed feelings about Politskovskaya. I hate her Euro-cynicism, but do admire her tenacity. After two (three?) attempts on her life, she may be the Russian free press's martyr-in-waiting.

Too bad we haven't had journalists like that in 50 years.

Why does she bother? It must be a Russian thing. Someone recently wrote me about this character trait:

Znaesh' li tu russkuyu skazku pro dvukh lyagushek, kotorye popali v banki s molokom? Odna podumala - vse ravno mne otsyuda ne vybrat'sya, slozhila lapki i utonula. Drugaya dolgo-dolgo barakhtalas', sbila maslo, zalezla na nego i vybralas'...

"Do you know the Russian fairy tale about the two frogs, who fell into the milk can? One thought - it doesn't matter, I'll never get out of here, and so it stopped swimming and drowned. The other frog floundered about in the milk for a long-long time, until it churned out a piece of butter, climbed up on top and jumped out..."

Here's Ms. Politkovskaya's review of Fahrenheit 911, FWIW.
6 posted on 10/16/2004 9:43:36 PM PDT by struwwelpeter
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To: struwwelpeter

I'm coming up with a graphic for that. Thanks!

(Ever hopeful ... =)


7 posted on 10/16/2004 10:11:51 PM PDT by Askel5 ( Cooperatio voluntaria ad suicidium est legi morali contraria. )
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To: struwwelpeter
I have mixed feelings about Politskovskaya. I hate her Euro-cynicism, but do admire her tenacity. After two (three?) attempts on her life, she may be the Russian free press's martyr-in-waiting.
Or she may simply be a drama queen. I can think of no better route to fame for a reporter than to have threats against her life. Have you noticed Geraldo likes to show video of Taliban bullets flying around his head. Now he's famous. Likewise, I am amazed at ineptness of the FSB in poisoning this woman. It is a miracle they ever caught Penavosky(sp?).
8 posted on 10/16/2004 10:24:27 PM PDT by GarySpFc (Sneakypete, De Oppresso Liber)
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To: struwwelpeter
Thanks for the 911 review. It makes clear that this woman is of the Left, something, that I, for one, do not think is completely clear from her views on Russia.

I realize that Chechnya is a place long connected with banditry, now gone over to terrorism. I don't begrudge Putin's right to fight Chechnyan terrorism.

But, frankly, this in no way justifies his elimination of the budding shoots of democracy in Russia. Putin is a dictator, plain and simple. If Chechnyan terror stopped tomorrow, he would remain a dictator.

To those who tend to romanticize Putin, please look at the facts of what his government is, little more than a replacement of the Communist Party with the KGB:


Wall Street Journal, page 1, Wednesday, February 23, 2005:

"Mr. Putin him self served more than 15 years in the KGB and later headed its successor, the FSB [actually, the KGB split onto 2 organizations, the FSB (international, like the CIA) and the SVR (national, like the FBI).] Since taking over the Kremlin in 2000, he has presided over an unprecedented influx of ex-KGB men into the upper echelons of power---men whose formative years were spent learning how to undermine the West's interests.

Prominent among the ex-KGB officials who now pace the Kremlin's corridors are Defense minister Sergei Ivanov, Interior Minister Rahid Nurgaliev, and FSB chief Nikolai Patrushev, as well as the heads of Russia's arms-export, defense-procurement, and drug-enforcement agencies. A close Putin aide and former KGB man, Victor Ivano, serves on the board of flagship airline OAO Aeroflot. A favorite parlor game in Russia is to divine which other senior officials and businessmen have suspicious gaps in their resume that suggest a past with the intelligence services."




Furthermore, he is extremely dangerous to the US via his relationship with Iran. He has sponsored Iranian missile development for years, now up to 1300 miles range,

from Iran's Nuclear Option, Casemate, 2005, Al J. Venter, p. 306:

"Moscow continues to deny vehemently all direct U.S. accusations of government-sponsored nuclear and missile transfers to Iran that would be in violation of its international nonproliferation obligations. These assurances by Russia have, however, been repeatedly questioned.

"Further arguments appeared when reports surfaced in early 1998 that the Russian FSB was in fact coordinating clandestine missile technology transfers to the Iranians---allegations denied by Russian officials...Moscow has always declared that no infringements of the MCTR have been committed, but did admit the existence of 'individual contacts' between Iranian and Russian entities."

(I can give a footnote on above quote, on request.)

Russia has plans in place (according to one CIA report) to go right up to ICBMs (they can go anywhere on earth) within the near future.

from Iran's Nuclear Option, Casemate, 2005, Al J. Venter, p. 207:

"A subsequent CIA report suggests that during the next five years Iran is more likely to develop intermediate-range ballistic missiles based on Russian technology before developing an ICBM, but that the same technology would be used. 'Iran could test such an IRBM before the end of that period,' it read. In the period 2006-2010, says the document, Western strategists believe that Iran will in all likelihood test an IRBM. 'All assess that Iran could flight-test an ICBM that could deliver nuclear-sized payloads to many parts of the United States in the latter half of the next decade, again, using Russian technology acquired over the years,' says Langley. Some also think Iran is likely to test an ICBM---possibly an SLV without RV impact downrange---before 2010."

(no footnote on above quote.)

Russia is a dangerous dictatorship, no matter how Left-wing or bloodthirsty its Chechnyan opponents may be.
15 posted on 03/06/2005 9:12:37 AM PST by strategofr (Egypt moves toward democracy)
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