Saturday, October 07, 2006


Requiem to a journalist

Tom Parfitt in The Observer: (Image is from The Observer) Anna Politkovskaya, the journalist who did most to uncover the Kremlin's dirty war in Chechnya, was shot dead close to her Moscow apartment yesterday in a killing that sent shock waves across Russia. Her body was found slumped in a lift next to a pistol and four bullets....She was recognised around the world for her principled stand against two brutal wars prosecuted by Moscow in Chechnya that have left hundreds of thousands of people dead, injured or missing. ...Toby Eady, her London literary agent, told The Observer .... 'She said she would not leave Russia until Putin was gone.... To the telebimbos who call themselves journalists: this is what a real journalist is.
And the fact that the gun was left behind marks this as an official Putin-ordered execution, as surely as if he'd walked up to her and fired the gun himself.

Meet the new Russia, same as the old Soviet Union. Except that in the old USSR, there was at least lip service paid to helping the proletariat. The new one is all about helping Putin and his inner circle, and to hell with everyone else.
I agree that this looks very much like Putin had a hand in it, though likely it was Akhmad Kadyrov's people who pulled the trigger.

This is what Politkovskaya said:

Politkovskaya chillingly predicted yesterday's events: 'Some time ago Vladislav Surkov, deputy head of the presidential administration, explained that there were people who were enemies but whom you could talk sense into, and there were incorrigible enemies to whom you couldn't and who simply needed to be "cleansed" from the political arena. So they are trying to cleanse it of me and others like me.'

Bush looked into Putin's eyes and saw what? Hell?
"Bush looked into Putin's eyes and saw what? Hell?"

A kindred soul.
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