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Sunday, April 22, 2007

The Sunday Photos Part I: Postcards from the Front Lines in St. Petersburg


The stormtrooper clutches an "Oborona" banner he
has torn from a protester's hands. Oborona is the source of these photographs.

Now there's a real man for you!


Vova Khavkin advises that the sign warns:
"You sit at home . . . they carve up Russia. March of the Dissidents!"
(The Kremlin's battlements, shown in red, look like a saw,
and the term literally used is "saw up Russia," using a word
that can also mean "to steal.")


The central banner proclaims: "THIS IS OUR CITY!"

Police surveillance helicopter

Gosh the Russian police are heroic and brave, aren't they? Only two
brave soldiers allocated to handle such an obviously dangerous felon.


Do they or do they not look just like Darth Vader?


If these are Russia's "police," can you imagine Russia's criminals? Do you dare?



LR is informed that the arrested man is blogger Oleg Kozlovsky.



Watch more Youtube video of the protest marches here.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hello!

The truth about protests

La Russophobe said...

Citing the eXile as a source of truth is like citing George Bush as a source of poetry. The person who attempts it discredits himself utterly. Citing their words over pictures of the event is just plain goofy. By the way, did you know they are now employees of the Kremlin?

Anonymous said...

Let's better talk about you. How much does US government pay you for you dirty job?

La Russophobe said...

Recently, we've published a tough attack on George Bush

http://publiuspundit.com/articles/2007/04/bush_and_shamanov_sitting_in_a.php

and we routinely attack him for having "looked in the eyes of Putin" and misleading the West about whether he could be trusted. So we doubt he's one of our big fans. In fact, many Russian nationlists are such idiots that they don't realize he's one of their best friends. If Bush ran for reelection, we would oppose him.

Every day, we document examples of the whole world turning against Putin. Are all these people being bribed by the U.S. government, whilst those who defend Putin do so only because it's the "truth"? If you think so, that's pretty powerful weed you are smoking.

But it's certainly true that the U.S. government should be opposing Putin. He's sending weapons to our mortal enemies in Venezuela and Iran. What would Russians do if American sent the same types of weapons to Chechnya? Smile and say "thank you"? We doubt it.

Alex said...

Hello anonymous LR published a translation that exposed your types, gee I wish I got paid for examining the internet everyday.
Just incase you missed the great series of articles:
http://lrtranslations.blogspot.com/2007/02/putin-his-kgb-and-control-of-internet.html

LR, do you think the following article http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/22/world/europe/22russia.html?ex=1334980800&en=e78329317e370553&ei=5124&partner=permalink&exprod=permalink
is worthy of archiving on your fascinating blog? An excellent exposé on the what the Russians get fed for news, truely Orwellian..

Pat said...

"Citing the eXile as a source of truth is like citing George Bush as a source of poetry. The person who attempts it discredits himself utterly. Citing their words over pictures of the event is just plain goofy. By the way, did you know they are now employees of the Kremlin?"

As it happens, they did actually attend the march, which is more than can be said for anybody behind this web site. Ames details in his article that there were batings and that they were indeed savage. He saw this and wrote about it. I don't quite see what the problem is if he doesn't choose to interpret the event quite same as someone several thousand miles away sitting at their computer.
The truth is that the protest was poorly attended, which is a sad indictment of the state of things in Russia, but is also an indication of the fact that the organizers failed to convey any appealing messages to the wider population. Their only platform is opposition for its own sake, which is a poor substitute for the stability that the majority of the population perceive Putin as offering them.
Finally, you should qualify your assertion that the eXile works for the Kremlin. I presume that you are referring the program that Mark Ames made for Russia Today, which he no longer presents.

Penny said...

Or, could it be, pat, that the more compelling reason that attendance was poor, reflects that people just don't want to get beaten, then arrested. That is a pretty big consideration when you are weighing the risks of participating in a public demonstration in a country becoming increasingly more totalitarian.

How outraged has Mark Ames and the rest of his smarmy eXile crowd been in editorializing the murder of fellow journalists? Not outraged enough to refuse in principle any money coming from Putin's coffers.

History is riddled with apologists for evil, clowns and opportunists, they do get figured out eventually.