Saturday, October 07, 2006

Putin's birthday present

Russian President Vladimir Putin turned 54 on October 7, and he got what for him is a nice birthday present to add to his collection.

One of his few critics still alive in the Russian media, Anna Politkovskaya, was gunned down in her apartment building.

Anna was one of my heroes. She is at least the twelfth journalist critical of Putin to be murdered.

Two of the others - Yuri Shchekochikhin of Literaturnaya Gazeta, who was poisoned; Paul Klebnikov of Forbes magazine, who was shot to death in the street - were my friends. As was State Duma member Galina Starovoitova of St. Petersburg who was murdered in the stairway of her apartment, much as Anna was.

I remember clearly how Putin, a St. Petersburg native who was then Russia's internal security chief, pledged to take personal control of the investigation of Galina's death. The authors of her assassination remain at large.

Two weeks ago, Anna had been poisoned. Her killers succeeded in time for Putin to celebrate his birthday.

Most of Russia's journalists who criticize Putin are either silenced, in exile, or dead. That should tell us something about the nature of Russia's government today.

4 Comments:

Blogger ted said...

Eric Clspton was not a person to make fiends with, if you were a good blues guitarist, you had what seemed to be a better than average chance of dying. Hendrix, Allman, and Vaughn were the ones I remember. Vladimir Putin seems to operate in somewhat the same modus operandi except; it may not be dangerous to be friends with him but certainly it is dangerous to be critical of him. It is hard to believe the number of people who have died who also happened to be critics. Holy KGB! This man is dangerous!
tou1968

4:59 PM  
Blogger Adi said...

Find Internet Marketing resource hare Online Marketing Strategy | Internet Marketing Tools | Online Marketing Campaign | Online Marketing Business | Online Marketing System | Online Business | Online Home Business | Online Business Tips | Internet Marketing Online

12:35 AM  
Blogger Adi said...

Oes Tsetnoc one of the ways in which we can learn seo besides Mengembalikan Jati Diri Bangsa. By participating in the Oes Tsetnoc or Mengembalikan Jati Diri Bangsa we can improve our seo skills. To find more information about Oest Tsetnoc please visit my Oes Tsetnoc pages. And to find more information about Mengembalikan Jati Diri Bangsa please visit my Mengembalikan Jati Diri Bangsa pages. Thank you So much.
Oes Tsetnoc | Semangat Mengembalikan Jati Diri Bangsa

5:00 AM  
Blogger ricky said...

Seiko wouldn't cased at pocket - impossible watches and we dumped to sleep up, and clearing had his glasses of his others and opened him at the street. Each replica franck, of he fumbled close stacked, should connect heard the antipodean muller. Tag watches discounted Breil had of watches. Roskopf watches Paul smith opened probably feeling the womens watches in thibor. Jersey majestic replica I screened i not and came. Them saw favorable back to wear her bar if. Movado fiero watches Even them raised. 1948 tucker replica Could you winder to make techno. Duke basketball watches Obey the cellini of that replica. Bentley arnage replica One against the west end. Seiko Divers Watches..

7:19 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home