Skip to comments.What's Behind Russia's Killing Spree?
Posted on 07/21/2009 7:08:22 AM PDT by TDCAnalyst
Natalia Estemirova, a top human rights activist, is the latest critic of the Russian government to have met an untimely demise. She was kidnapped and then killed in Ingushetia on July 15, the latest casualty in a long list of murders making Russia the third deadliest country for journalists.
As the Telegraph puts it, there used to be three key people when it came to uncovering human rights abuses in Chechnya the journalist Anna Politkovskaya, the lawyer Stanislav Markelov, and the human rights researcher Natalia Estemirova. In the space of less than three years, theyve all now been murdered.
This begs the question: what are they saying that the Russian government is trying to silence?
In 2007, Ivan Safronov committed suicide by jumping off a building after reporting on the failures of Russian military equipment. Politkovskaya was killed in an elevator after reporting on human rights abuses and warning of a return to dictatorship. A journalist named Magomed Yevloyev died in police custody after resisting arrest in August 2008. He was a critic of the pro-Russian leader of Ingushetia and reported on fraud in the election that brought President Medvedev to power.
The most high-profile assassination widely suspected to have been carried out by the Russian government is that of former high-level FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko, who served in a top position in the Directorate of Analysis and Suppression of Criminal Groups. He died on November 23, 2006, after being poisoned with a lethal dose of polonium-210. The Russians are refusing to extradite Andrey Lugovoy, a former KGB operative suspected in the murder, to the United Kingdom. Lugovoy is currently serving as a member of the Duma....
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No foolin’. Seems like kind of a no-brainer to me.
I BEG of you, no pictures of a bare-breasted Putin on this thread!
Bump for later.
Michener’s “Poland” has a character explaining his preference on who rapes his village during one of Polands several partitions (paraphrased):
The Germans, or the Russians? Both will be hard, both will kill many. But the Germans, over time, will soften, or at least grow tired of oppressing us. The Germans, look at what they have built. The Russians build nothing. The Russians only build tombs.
Sadly, I have more respect for the Russian media than I do our own government-sanctioned media.
That these TRUE journalists are willing to say what needs to be said, at the threat (and cost) of their own lives should shame every Obama-cheering “journalist” on our own soil.
Who knows what awaits us?
It makes you wonder if the fawning US leftist media doesn’t answer to the same authorities.
If this Ruskie killing spree continues to escalate, it will begin to resemble Chicago in a few years time ...
| In an incident,
some secret service agent
might have to save her,
earn battle pay by,
wrestling Helen to the ground.
War is not pretty!
Coming to a city near you- once the Obama Security Force is up and running.
Exactly! It's how Russia has operated for centuries.
It's Putin's return to the "good old days" of the Soviet Union. A little pogrom here and there is just business as usual in his world!