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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Ah, Putin's Russia: Come See the Paradise

The Canadian Press reports:

Russian tennis player Anna Chakvetadze was tied up by robbers who broke into her home outside Moscow on Tuesday and stole money and goods worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, her father said. Six assailants approached the home before dawn, tied up a maid in another building and forced her to hand over a remote control that enabled them to enter the home through the garage, Dzhamal Chakvetadze told NTV television. "They started to beat me, and I resisted. They hit me over the head with, I think, a pistol butt. It was dark," he said, taking off his cap to show his bruised scalp. "They took out a pistol and told me my child was at home - reminded me - and they told me to hand everything over. I did." Police and Russia tennis coach Shamil Tarpishchev said the masked assailants tied up Chakvetadze and her parents, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported. Tarpishchev said the 20-year-old Chakvetadze, ranked No. 6 in the world, "tried to resist but it was useless," ITAR-Tass reported. NTV reported that the robbers took cash, jewellery and other goods worth about 5 million rubles (C$205,000). Moscow region police did not answer telephone calls seeking comment.

Isn't it wonderful? All you have to do is turn you country over to the secret police and hey, presto, no more crime to worry about! Sure, you give up all your freedom, but it's worth it when you don't have to worry about being victimized by bandits.

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