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(Russian Journalist) Anna Politkovskaya Murdered in Moscow
Grani.ru ^ | October 7th, 2006

Posted on 10/07/2006 8:52:06 AM PDT by struwwelpeter

Anna Politkovskaya, the famous journalist and political commentator from Novaya Gazeta was killed in Moscow. This was reported by Novaya Gazeta's chief editor Dmitri Muratov to the radio station Echo of Moscow.

The murder occurred around 5 in the evening on Lesnaya Street, where Politkovskaya lived. An unknown man in dark clothing shot her with a pistol.

A police source reported to Interfax that a neighbor of the journalist found her body in the elevator. Police also found a discarded Makarov pistol and four empty cartridges.

Politkovskaya's home is now cordoned off by the police, reported ITAR-TASS. The police are questioning residents, trying to find out if anyone heard the shots or saw any suspicious characters in the stairwell.

According to Moscow prosecutor Yuriy Semin, a criminal case has been opened. Police are looking for a young man, slightly taller than average, with a thin body build. He may be wearing a dark baseball cap.

Igor Yakovenko, the general secretary of the Russian Journalists Union told Echo of Moscow that Politkovskaya was an absolutely fearless individual. Without fail, she was 'number one' in investigating dangerous subjects, and the took on even the most challenging problems.

Politkovskaya was threatened one several occasions. In September of 2001 she published an article in Novaya Gazeta, titled 'The Missing People', which discussed the fate of Chechen Zelimhan Murdalov, who was arrested in Chechnya by the Hanty-Mansiysk special police early in 2001, then later disappeared. Afterwards the journalist began to receive theatening emails from a certain 'Cadet'. 'Cadet' was the nickname of Sergei Lapin, an officer of the Hanty-Mansiysk special police, and the officer who questioned Murdalov after his arrest. Lapin was later arrested, but the charges were dropped.

In September of 2004, while the tragic events in the Beslan school were taking place, Anna Politkovskaya tried to fly to Beslan. As Politkovskaya said, she was "removed from the field" so that she could not offer her plan to remedy the situation. (Struwwelpeter note: she was alleged to have been poisoned while waiting for her flight from Rostov.)

Politkovskaya worked as a commentator for Novaya Gazeta since 1999. Several times she travelled to combat zones and refugee camps in Dagestan, as well as Ingushetia and Chechnya. In addition, Politkovskaya worked in human rights: she assisted the mothers of dead soldiers in court, investigated corruption in the Russian ministry of defense and in the headquarters of the unified federal forces in Chechnya. Politkovskaya's last article in Novaya Gazeta, "Punitive agreement", described the composition and activitives of the Chechen forces, which fight on the side of federal forces.

07.10.2006 17:50


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: annapolitkovskaya; chechen; coldwar2; communism; dictatorship; kgb; makarov; makarovpistol; pistol; politkovskaya; premierputin; putin; russia; sovietunion; vincefoster
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Anna Politkovskaya also entered the Dubrovka theater in Moscow during the hostage situation in October of 2002, delivering food and beverages to the hostages. She also assisted several of the former hostages from there, during their days in court.

One of the former theater hostages, freeper 'Svni', was to fly to Moscow next week to meet with Anya, to discuss the upcoming anniversary of the theater tragedy.

Freeper 'Svni' has several Novaya Gazeta articles on her home page by Anna Politkovskaya.

Several years ago, back when President Bush was looking into Putin's eyes and finding a friend there, Anna Politkovskaya wrote an insulting article about the Bush-Putin meeting, called "Cowboy Friends". That turned me off to her, but recent history has proven her and 'Svni' correct about Putin and Russia.

As a peace offering, when 'Svni' was travelling to Moscow to see Anna Politkovskaya last year, I sent her off with an expensive desk set from the US Supreme Court gift shop. 'Svni' reported that at first Anya wanted nothing of the sort, but once the box was opened, she said "Oy! Hochu!" (I want it!).

The world will be a little emptier without Anna Politkovskaya.
1 posted on 10/07/2006 8:52:07 AM PDT by struwwelpeter
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To: struwwelpeter

The KGB is alive and well in Russia.


2 posted on 10/07/2006 8:54:06 AM PDT by Lunatic Fringe (Say "NO" to the Trans-Texas Corridor)
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To: struwwelpeter
Terrible! I keep hearing disturbing news from Russia and hoping it's just some rogue elements and throwbacks. That is beginning to sound naive.
3 posted on 10/07/2006 8:59:30 AM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: nw_arizona_granny

Another article about this brave lady.


4 posted on 10/07/2006 9:03:46 AM PDT by Rushmore Rocks (FReepathon time. A dollar a day keeps the MSM away.)
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To: struwwelpeter
An unknown man in dark clothing shot her with a pistol.


6 posted on 10/07/2006 9:08:40 AM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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To: operation clinton cleanup

Yep, 'Vladimir Putin' is about all one can say about it.


7 posted on 10/07/2006 9:19:48 AM PDT by AIM-54
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To: operation clinton cleanup
During my pre-FR days I was living in St. Petersburg. A crusading city representative named Galina Starovoitova was shot in the stairwell of her apartment, also by an unknown assailtant.

What never made the internation news, was that the police recovered a pistol that they claimed was only used by US special forces and intelligence agents.

Starovoitova was investigating a scandal involving the city cemetary, which took place during the reign of Anatoly Sobchak, the city mayor until 1998. Relatives of those interred were being threatened with having their departed loved ones dug up and cremated if a large surcharge wasn't paid.

Supposedly a certain aid of the former mayor was directly involved. His name: Vladimir Putin.
8 posted on 10/07/2006 9:20:59 AM PDT by struwwelpeter
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To: struwwelpeter
"What never made the international news, was that the police recovered a pistol that they claimed was only used by US special forces and intelligence agents."

Did anyone believe this bunk? American agents running around St. Pete's zotsing female journalist and using a distinctive pistol? Did they leave empty McDonald's coffee cups in the hallway too?

So the cops lied. Why? Must of been in on it, or knew who and did a little favor.

9 posted on 10/07/2006 9:31:06 AM PDT by Leisler (Read the Koran, real Islam is not peaceful.)
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To: struwwelpeter

Clinton and Putin seem to have a lot in common. Political foes and potential witnesses seem to die before their time.


10 posted on 10/07/2006 9:32:06 AM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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To: Lunatic Fringe
****The KGB is alive and well in Russia.****

It's interesting you say that. As it was my thought when I read this:

Police also found a discarded Makarov pistol and four empty cartridges.

The Makarov was the official sidearm of the KGB and all USSR satellite countries Secret Police agencies. I have one once used by the East German Stassi. And Makarov's used by the Bulgarian Secret Police, and even KGB are also available now (legally in the USA).

I'm sure after the fall of the USSR Mak's can be found on the black market in Russia, but it set of my alarm bell.

11 posted on 10/07/2006 9:34:11 AM PDT by Condor51 ("Alot" is NOT a word and doesn't mean "many". It is 'a lot', two separate words.)
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To: Leisler

I think more interesting was: who could have access to such a weapon? A former intelligence officer?


12 posted on 10/07/2006 9:41:33 AM PDT by struwwelpeter
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To: Leisler; struwwelpeter
See my post #11.

The Makarov was the official sidearm of the KGB and USSR satellite country Secret Police agencies.

13 posted on 10/07/2006 9:42:12 AM PDT by Condor51 ("Alot" is NOT a word and doesn't mean "many". It is 'a lot', two separate words.)
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To: struwwelpeter

While I never heard of her, RIP.

You did good work.


14 posted on 10/07/2006 9:44:54 AM PDT by rwfromkansas (http://xanga.com/rwfromkansas)
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To: Condor51
Makarov is probably the Ford of weapons these days.

When I was going through some papers from the theater crisis, I found a list of serial numbers from weapons recovered from the dead terrorists. One of them had been sold to a US company and exported out of Russia in 1995.

How did it get into the hands of a dead terrorist? Most likely it had been snatched from a crate at the airport, and sold black market, or added to someone's stash of 'throwaways'.
15 posted on 10/07/2006 9:49:38 AM PDT by struwwelpeter
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To: struwwelpeter
Supposedly a certain aid of the former mayor was directly involved. His name: Vladimir Putin.

The beginnings of Putin's political career after years of service in the KGB in Dresden. Hand picked by Solchak as Deputy Mayor; later hand picked by Yeltsin as successor to the presidency.


Wet work, Pete?
16 posted on 10/07/2006 9:53:03 AM PDT by BIGLOOK (Keelhauling is a sensible solution to mutiny.)
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To: struwwelpeter

Thanks for posting this article and sharing your experiences. Interesting.


17 posted on 10/07/2006 9:53:19 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: PGalt

18 posted on 10/07/2006 9:57:37 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (What man doesn't know about God's creation is still enough to fill a universe...)
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To: Leisler
Dude, it's Russia, the cops are always involved and lie.....at least the local mafia stays bought.

What surprised me was that the building the victim lived in must have had a *working* elevator!
19 posted on 10/07/2006 10:03:23 AM PDT by ASOC (The phrase "What if" or "If only" are for children.)
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To: struwwelpeter

You can, for about $90 according to ads in the Shotgun News...


20 posted on 10/07/2006 10:04:27 AM PDT by taliesin52
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To: struwwelpeter

While I disagreed with her opinion of Iraq and Bush, Politkovskaya was a brilliant journalist, and a brave one. Her actions during the theater hostage took guts, and had she not been poisoned, she may have been able to solve Beslan with little or no violence.

I suppose this should be a warning to anyone who dares question Tsar Putin...


21 posted on 10/07/2006 10:06:17 AM PDT by taliesin52
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To: Condor51
I have one once used by the East German Stasi.

After the fall of the wall Russian soldiers sold them along with their AK-47s on the German market places. It was the best time to get quite good (illegal) weapons extremely cheap. Since Germany has the most restrictive law on weapons you can think of many bought the "bankruptcy assets" of the Warsaw pact. Even really "hot" stuff like RPG-7s or Strela-3s were available if enough money was invested...

Since I am a architekt I bought some theodolites of good quality that were once used to measure in SS-20 missles. Sometimes I utilize them for more peaceful work in my job. :-)

22 posted on 10/07/2006 10:07:23 AM PDT by Atlantic Bridge (De omnibus dubitandum.)
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To: struwwelpeter

Makarov is the most popular pistol in Russia - just like Kalashnikov is the most popular rifle. Check this: http://world.guns.ru/handguns/hg21-e.htm


23 posted on 10/07/2006 10:09:09 AM PDT by slonov
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To: operation clinton cleanup


24 posted on 10/07/2006 10:10:32 AM PDT by Thunder90
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To: Rushmore Rocks

Yes, and thanks for the ping.

http://www.google.com/search?q=Russian+journalist+Anna+Politkovskaya&client=netscape-pp&rls=com.netscape:en-US

Has some of the reports by and about her.

Reporters appear to be short lived in Russia.


25 posted on 10/07/2006 10:11:43 AM PDT by nw_arizona_granny (Time for the world to wake up and face the fact that there is a war going on, it is world wide!)
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To: operation clinton cleanup
Clinton and Putin seem to have a lot in common.

Including having been trained in Moscow.

ML/NJ

26 posted on 10/07/2006 10:12:56 AM PDT by ml/nj
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To: struwwelpeter

Thank you for your report.

Makes the world a little smaller.


27 posted on 10/07/2006 10:21:28 AM PDT by nw_arizona_granny (Time for the world to wake up and face the fact that there is a war going on, it is world wide!)
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To: Condor51; PGalt; BIGLOOK; nw_arizona_granny; taliesin52
I have no documentation of the 'special forces' pistol, unfortunately. It was just a radio blurb and a lot of ribbing from friends in the bars (if you speak two words of Russian, over there you're a spy).

So that you can see I'm not making up the story of the amazing traveling pistol, however, here's the FSB (KGB) document on it (sorry about the cheap digital camera - poorly-funded spy):



The statement reads:

Federal Security Service
of the Russian Federation
Moscow city and district directorate

From the directorate chief for investigating banditism and murder for the city of Moscow, senior justice advisor R.B. Ibragimov

In the course of performing a review of separate investigations actions, order # 229133 on 27.10.02, it has been established that sporting pistol IZH-70-18 A, caliber 9 mm, serial # YaOT 3021, 1994 date of production, was exported on 29.07.94 in crate 50 of 120 through Sheremetevo Airport (release order #1/3087 27.07.94) to the firm KBI at postal address PO BOX 634 Harrisburg PA USA in accordance with contract 1194/92-30021 on 15.06.94.
28 posted on 10/07/2006 10:25:05 AM PDT by struwwelpeter
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To: ml/nj
Including having been trained in Moscow.

Hillary visited Moscow also?

29 posted on 10/07/2006 10:52:22 AM PDT by operation clinton cleanup
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To: struwwelpeter
The fingers of the Russian government reach around the world--even to the USA.

Vladimir Romanov wrote "Jewish Attacks on Russian Parliamentarians Reveal Their Own Hypocrisies" for David Duke's Web site. In it, he wrote, "One of the leading Jewish supremacist-controlled publications in Russia is called MosNews."

Have you tried posting here from that publication?
30 posted on 10/07/2006 11:01:46 AM PDT by familyop (Essayons)
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To: Condor51
"The Makarov was the official sidearm of the KGB and all USSR satellite countries Secret Police agencies. "
You are incorrect. The Makarov (also known as "PM") was the standard and the most widespread sidearm of the Soviet police and military in general, since the late 1950s (after it phased out Tokarev automatic pistol). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Makarov_PM Its not "distinctive" or "exclusive" specifically to the KGB or anyone else, especially in the ex-USSR and it is probably why it was used.
31 posted on 10/07/2006 11:12:56 AM PDT by JadeEmperor
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To: struwwelpeter
"An unknown man in dark clothing shot her with a pistol.
A police source reported to Interfax that a neighbor of the journalist found her body in the elevator. Police also found a discarded Makarov pistol and four empty cartridges.
"

...could have been a police evidence room throwaway or an organized crime hiring--or both.
32 posted on 10/07/2006 11:26:48 AM PDT by familyop (Essayons)
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To: struwwelpeter

I wonder if she was recently working on a corruption story and if one of her sources was Andrei Koslov.

Mr. Koslov was the first deputy chairman of the Russian Central bank. He was murderd in Moscow on September 14th. He had known he was in danger for a long time because he attacked money laundering and shady financial practices by strong men in and out of government. Maybe "they" got to his records after his murder and found out who all he had been talking to. Maybe he was working with her because he thought the news exposure of what he had been uncovering would protect him, by identifying his enemies.

Just speculating today.


33 posted on 10/07/2006 11:27:31 AM PDT by Wuli
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To: Wuli

Very good speculation.


34 posted on 10/07/2006 11:29:56 AM PDT by MarMema
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To: familyop

I'll try again later today. I had been refused the right to post from there about a year ago, as I recall.


35 posted on 10/07/2006 11:31:00 AM PDT by MarMema
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To: Wuli; familyop
I used to argue long and hard about the Chechen war with people who knew Politkovskaya.

I am for killing any Wahhabist (Jihadist) anywhere, anytime, with any means and to Hell with collateral damage. They would respond that I was naive if I thought the war in Chechnya had anything to do with terrorism. They claimed that it was all about money, or rather, the expropriation of government funds.

Both Newsmax (convervative) and Jametown (liberal) have come to similar conclusions.
36 posted on 10/07/2006 11:33:07 AM PDT by struwwelpeter
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To: ASOC
"What surprised me was that the building the victim lived in must have had a *working* elevator!"
I hope the *sarcasm* tag is turned on.
37 posted on 10/07/2006 11:34:25 AM PDT by JadeEmperor
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To: operation clinton cleanup
Hillary visited Moscow also?

Not that I am aware of. She may have visited as a Senator, but that's not quite like Bill being "invited" while he was "at" Oxford and it was still the capital of the USSR.

ML/NJ

38 posted on 10/07/2006 11:38:09 AM PDT by ml/nj
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To: operation clinton cleanup

....soulless eyes..


39 posted on 10/07/2006 11:43:09 AM PDT by SweetCaroline (....If God brings you to it - He will bring you through it.)
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To: struwwelpeter

Ms. Politkosvaya's death may or may not be related to her reporting work vis-a-vis the Chechens; I have no knowledge or ideas one way or the other on that.

I just found it interesting that her death followed by just two weeks the death of Mr. Koslov. I further speculated in my mind, that from what I've read of her, if she had been getting corruption info from Koslov, she probably would not have let his death alone silence her. Just more lazy saturday speculation from me.


40 posted on 10/07/2006 11:52:40 AM PDT by Wuli
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To: MarMema; Admin Moderator
I would like to find out as to why, when the FR administration finds the time. I have asked before, but they must have been busy then.

Re. posting not allowed from MosNews (while posting allowed from Russian government owned publications, and *no* intended implication, of course, that FR has the same reason as Romanov but thought FR admin./owners should see that.)
41 posted on 10/07/2006 11:59:42 AM PDT by familyop (Essayons)
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To: struwwelpeter

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anna_Politkovskaya


42 posted on 10/07/2006 12:01:45 PM PDT by dennisw (Confucius say man who go through turnstile sideways going to Bangkok)
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To: struwwelpeter

Have you studied the earlier history of the War with Chechnya? I agree on fighting against terrorist regimes. But it seems that the Russian government has at least had in the past, an interest other than fighting terrorism in that conflict.


43 posted on 10/07/2006 12:06:41 PM PDT by familyop
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To: JadeEmperor
Well then I was misinformed from where I bought it as to the KGB. But mine was from the Stassi, that was confirmed. In any case I love my little Mak.

And the Tokarev is nice too, it's on my list but I need my new C&R license first. I waited a tad too long to renew.

44 posted on 10/07/2006 12:40:31 PM PDT by Condor51 ("Alot" is NOT a word and doesn't mean "many". It is 'a lot', two separate words.)
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To: dennisw
Wikipedia's fast!

Under her bio, in the category Murdered Journalists were some interesting entries:

"Veronika Cherkasova, Belarusian journalist, born in Minsk, Belarus. She was stabbed to death in her Minsk apartment on October 20, 2004 ....(SNIP)... she published several articles about illegal arms trade between Alexander Lukashenko's Belarus and Saddam Hussein's Iraq."

(Lukashenko's Belarus keeps very close ties to Russia, and often acts as a conduit for Russian weapons to countries too contraversial to supply directly.)

"Dmitry Zavadsky, a Belarusian journalist, cameraman of Russian Public Television ORT. On July 7, 2000 Dmitry Zavadsky drove to the Minsk airport to meet journalist colleague Pavel Sheremet. His car was latter found at the airport, but Zavadsky has not been seen since...(SNIP)...His body was never recovered and the circumstances of his presumed death were not explained."

(Ditto)

"Georgiy Ruslanovich Gongadze, a Ukrainian journalist kidnapped and murdered in 2000. The circumstances of his death became a national scandal and a focus for protests against the government of the then President, Leonid Kuchma. Gongadze's killers have yet to be publicly identified or put on trial...(SNIP)... in March 2005. His widow Myroslava Gongadze and their two children received political asylum in the United States and have lived there since 2001."

"Paul Klebnikov, an American journalist of Russian descent...(SNIP)...He wrote Godfather of the Kremlin (September 2000), a biography of Boris Berezovsky, a Russian tycoon. Berezovsky was openly critical of Klebnikov's writings, particularly an article published in Forbes in 1996 about his (alleged) criminal activities for which he filed a libel suit. Forbes was forced to retract the allegations. Berezovsky is wanted in Russia on fraud charges and was granted political asylum in the UK."

Other murdered Russian journalists (from CPJ):
Vladimir Yatsina, ITAR-TASS, February 20, 2000, Chechnya
Igor Domnikov, Novaya Gazeta, July 16, 2000, Moscow
Eduard Markevich, Novy Reft, September 18, 2001, Reftinsky, Sverdlovsk Region
Natalya Skryl, Nashe Vremya, March 9, 2002, Rostov-on-Don
Valery Ivanov, Tolyattinskoye Obozreniye, April 29, 2002, Togliatti
Aleksei Sidorov, Tolyattinskoye Obozreniye, October 9, 2003, Togliatti

CPJ's website has a lot on harassment and violence against reporters in Russia
45 posted on 10/07/2006 1:03:50 PM PDT by struwwelpeter
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To: struwwelpeter
Wow.

Togliatti's leading newspaper is the Togliatti Observer. Its founding editor, Valery Ivanov, was murdered in April 2002.Ivanov was shot several times outside his home with a silenced pistol as he went out to buy sweets for his daughter. He was 32.

" The Togliatti Observer had a reputation for mounting tough investigations into local crime and corruption, and was unafraid to link the local authorities and police to organised crime rackets costing the city millions of dollars."

This really reeks to high heaven. <>"Ivanov's colleague Alexei Sidorov took over as editor, and vowed to continue his friend's work. Under Sidorov, the Togliatti Observer continued to publish serious investigations. But on the evening of 9 October 2003, Sidorov was also murdered. He was stabbed several times with an ice pick, and died on the steps of his block of flats, having managed to crawl a few yards to buzz his wife on the entry-phone. "

"More than 130 journalists have been killed since 1991"
Writing is from 2004, so that's ten per year, roughly.

46 posted on 10/07/2006 3:35:14 PM PDT by MarMema
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To: struwwelpeter

I chose Valery because many years ago I recall posting here a writing/link of his about the threat to Russian journalists, btw.


47 posted on 10/07/2006 3:37:08 PM PDT by MarMema
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To: MarMema
Ivanov and Sidorov, from the BBC article, sound like good men. Courageous - Russia's provinces are a lot like Chicago and New Orleans, step on the wrong toes and you could end up pod asfaltom (under the asphalt).

But to murder a journalist in the center of Moscow?

Sad.

Everyone's quick to say this is Putin's birthday present, but I know that many crooked cops and generals would have loved to shut her up as well.

She'll be hard to replace, and be a chilling reminder to those journalists who wish to dig up unconvenient facts.
48 posted on 10/07/2006 4:09:44 PM PDT by struwwelpeter
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To: struwwelpeter
I see there is a journalist on trial for satirizing Putin.

I'm afraid the Russians have gone way too far into fascism, though as you know I defended them here for many years.

That said I treated myself to three bottles of excellent Georgian wine this afternoon while shopping. The Russian shopkeepers laughed when I pointed out that their fellow Russians at home no longer had access to the stuff, at least not on the free market.

49 posted on 10/07/2006 4:22:33 PM PDT by MarMema
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To: MarMema


I've tried what was supposedly Stalin's favorite, I think it was called "Hvanchkara." It's a decent red wine, but I'm more into clear and amber-colored liquids. Supposedly the best Georgian wine is Kindzmarauly (sp?).

Russia could probably get by without Georgian wine, but what will they do for Adjika?

Regarding Putin, I remember your, er, passionate defenses of him ;-) After Yeltsin's "Arkansas in Moscow", anyone looked like an improvement, but I suppose that what is good for Russia is not necessarily better for the West, and Russia's neighbors especially.

Putin lost me when he claimed to be a Vysotskiy fan.
50 posted on 10/07/2006 4:37:56 PM PDT by struwwelpeter
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