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Monday, February 04, 2008

February 4, 2008 -- Contents


(1) Another Original LR Translation: Humped and Dumped

(2) EDITORIAL: The Beetroot Republic

(3) Annals of Neo-Soviet Hypocrisy I: A New Low

(4) Annals of Neo-Soviet Hypocrisy II: The Lawless Kremlin

(5) Ukraine, Georgia to Form Anti-Russian Gas Axis

(6) The Crackdown on Journalism: Neutralizing Foreigners

NOTE: Check out our latest installment on Publius Pundit, where we reveal some devastating per capita GDP data that will have the Russian nationalists tearing their hair out. The U.S. is #8 on the list for 2007, rising from #10 in 1992, displacing both Germany and Japan to take the #1 position in the world among the major nations. Pathetic Russia doesn't even make the top 50, and is even lower when judged on the basis of "purchasing power parity," while the U.S. is even higher. Nice job, Mr. Putin. Keep up the good work!

NOTE: The month of January, 2008, was this blog's best month ever for traffic. We were visited 19,739 times last month, an average of 630 times per day, and our web pages were accessed 29,053 times (these are conservative figures according to SiteMeter; according to StatCounter, it was 20,235 visits and 29,318 pages accessed). As we've said many times before, these are the accomplishments of you the reader as much as they are of the contributors.

1 comment:

elmer said...

There is freedom of speech in Russia - as long as you don't say anything.

Here's yet another reporter who has been hassled by the rooshan government:

Tuesday, February 5, 2008. Issue 3835. Page 3.
Ukraine Grants Kemerovo Reporter Asylum
By Natalya Krainova
Staff Writer
A Kemerovo journalist and opposition activist said Monday that he had received political asylum in Ukraine after he complained of persecution by police for his critical coverage of regional authorities.

Alexander Kosvintsev, who wrote about corruption among regional authorities and headed up the Kemerovo region branch of Garry Kasparov's opposition movement, said by telephone from Kiev that he was granted asylum Friday "after a year's wait."

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry did not respond Monday to a faxed request for comment.

Kosvintsev, 54, wrote for numerous publications in the Kemerovo region and said he had been sued on several occasions by law enforcement officials over his stories.

But after he took over the regional branch of Kasparov's United Civil Front in August 2005, law enforcement officials began using "physical intimidation," and he began receiving threatening phone calls, Kosvintsev said.

Police and other law enforcement officials were acting on the orders of Kemerovo Governor Aman Tuleyev, who had filed a request with the regional prosecutor's office for Kosvintsev to be investigated, Kosvintsev said.

Alexei Bugayets, spokesman for the Kemerovo region prosecutor's office, confirmed Monday that prosecutors received Tuleyev's request some two years ago but said they took no action because they had no grounds to open an investigation.

Oleg Shishko, a spokesman for Tuleyev's office, declined to comment on Kosvintsev's claims.

Tuleyev has received three state awards from President Vladimir Putin.