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What's Behind Russia's Killing Spree?
Pajamas Media ^ | July 21, 2009 | Ryan Mauro

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, they’ve 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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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Russia
KEYWORDS: assassination; estemirova; litvinenko; russia

1 posted on 07/21/2009 7:08:22 AM PDT by TDCAnalyst
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To: TDCAnalyst
What?
-or-
Who?

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2 posted on 07/21/2009 7:17:46 AM PDT by Bon mots
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To: Bon mots

No foolin’. Seems like kind of a no-brainer to me.


3 posted on 07/21/2009 7:23:40 AM PDT by stormer
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To: sauropod

read


4 posted on 07/21/2009 7:24:40 AM PDT by sauropod (People who do things are people that get things done.)
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To: TDCAnalyst

I BEG of you, no pictures of a bare-breasted Putin on this thread!

Bump for later.


5 posted on 07/21/2009 7:27:14 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: TDCAnalyst

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.


7 posted on 07/21/2009 7:32:09 AM PDT by flowerplough (Sotomayor, during her hearings, on the Constitution: "It doesn't live, other than to be timeless.")
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To: JackRyanCIA

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.


8 posted on 07/21/2009 7:32:17 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: stormer
Obama, like all left-wing despots, will probably also try to somehow destroy or silence his critics...

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Who knows what awaits us?

10 posted on 07/21/2009 7:52:50 AM PDT by Bon mots
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To: TDCAnalyst

It makes you wonder if the fawning US leftist media doesn’t answer to the same authorities.


11 posted on 07/21/2009 7:52:54 AM PDT by madinmadtown (Nuclear...better to mispronounce it, than not understand it.)
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To: TDCAnalyst
Russia has never stopped being Russia..
an evil empire..
12 posted on 07/21/2009 7:55:47 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: TDCAnalyst

If this Ruskie killing spree continues to escalate, it will begin to resemble Chicago in a few years time ...


13 posted on 07/21/2009 7:58:36 AM PDT by Riodacat (Never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by stupidity.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
>making Russia the third deadliest country for journalists
>no pictures of a bare-breasted Putin on this thread

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!

14 posted on 07/21/2009 8:03:45 AM PDT by theFIRMbss
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To: TDCAnalyst

Coming to a city near you- once the Obama Security Force is up and running.


15 posted on 07/21/2009 8:21:55 AM PDT by JimRed ("Hey, hey, Teddy K., how many girls did you drown today?" TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: hosepipe
Russia has never stopped being Russia..
an evil empire..

Exactly! It's how Russia has operated for centuries.

16 posted on 07/21/2009 8:35:54 AM PDT by Roccus (The Capitol, the White House, the Court House...........America's Axis of Evil)
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To: TDCAnalyst
What's Behind Russia's Killing Spree?

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!

17 posted on 07/21/2009 8:43:20 AM PDT by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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