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Old February 24th, 2008 #1
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Neo-Nazis and Anti-Fascists Clash in Moscow

(February 22, 2008)

Three separate violent incidents took place in Moscow on Valentines Day between neo-Nazis and anti-fascists, according to a February 15, 2008 report by the news web site Gazeta.ru. Around 50 anti-fascists gathered to protect a "flash mob" demonstration by gay rights activists in the downtown area; a large group of neo-Nazis, who regularly assault both groups, gathered to disrupt the demonstration. The anti-fascists attacked two neo-Nazis, one of whom managed to escape before they beat him. That same day, neo-Nazis stabbed an anti-fascist, and in a third incident, a mass brawl involving 30-40 people on either side resulted in several anti-fascists being seriously injured.

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Old February 25th, 2008 #2
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Putin Beyond the Propaganda
Posted by Matthew Roberts on February 20, 2008

Even the editors of Time magazine can occasionally display some some wisdom, and to begin the new year, they got two things right: first, they canned Bill Kristol and Charles Krauthammer; second, they named President Vladimir Putin ”Person of the Year.” Putin may not be very well understood in the America, but he’s certainly deserving of the prize. The recent Russian parliamentary election delivered his United Russia Party 315 seats in a 450-seat parliament. And with Dmitry Medvedev anointed as Putin’s successor, it appears that Putin will continue to wield influence as Russia’s new prime minister. Although some analysts have cried foul play in these elections, tampering would seem superfluous: Putin is one of the most popular Russian leaders of the past 85 years. Given the chaos of the 1990s, Putin has restored a sense of order and pride to Russia, and the Russians have demonstrated their devotion in these recent elections.

This affection is not shared by the American media elite, especially those in the neoliberal and neoconservative crowds, who usually have had nothing but negative things to say about the Russian president. Vice President Dick Cheney has warned that “opponents of reform are seeking to reverse the gains of the last decade”; Michael Ledeen hysterically predicted that Putin wants to “Finlandize Europe.”

Regarding Putin’s recent condemnation of Kosovo independence—as “illegal, ill-conceived and immoral"—critics again have gone on the offensive. Calling Kosovar independence “inevitable,” David Satter, author of the doomsday Darkness at Dawn: the Rise of the Russian Criminal State, writes in a National Review Online symposium, “Russia under Putin seeks to assert itself and, for that, it needs manageable conflicts with the West”; Tom Nichols criticizes Putin’s concerns as “pointless but hypocritical in the extreme”; James S. Robbins adds that Kosovar independence is a “very sensible redrawing of lines”; Ariel Cohen chimes in that Putin is “anxious to find points of confrontation with Europe and the U.S.”

The real hypocrisy in all this is that in backing Kosovar independence, these devotees of the war on terror (and quixotic cold warriors) are supporting the creation of an Islamicist state within Europe. Putin, by opposing this Trojan horse, proves himself to be the true patriot of the West.

But the hypocrisy does not end with Kosovo. Neocons are often willing to shelve the war on terror to help the American Committee for Peace in Chechnya (ACPC), whose membership includes Richard Perle, Elliott Abrams, Midge Decter, Norman Podhoretz, Michael Ledeen, et al. As John Laughland writes in the Guardian:

“The ACPC heavily promotes the idea that the Chechen rebellion shows the undemocratic nature of Putin’s Russia, and cultivates the support for the Chechen cause by emphasizing the seriousness of human rights violations. ... It compares the Chechen crisis to those other fashionable ‘Muslim’ causes, Bosnia and Kosovo—implying that only international intervention in the Caucasas can stabilise the situation there.”

After the recent elections, this chorus of condemnation has intensified. Siding with potential Chechen terrorists against a man who has exposed numerous terrorist networks in Russia, critics have painted Putin as dangerous and autocratic. But the real question, which the media talking heads fail to ask, is: What crime has Putin committed? Do any of his practices even resemble the system of gulags, mass murder of millions, and nuclear bullying of the Stalinist era? Is he planning to occupy Western Europe or bomb the United States any time soon?

Of course not. Putin’s real crime is that he has refused to play by the rules of globalization. In fact, he has done something rather remarkable, indeed, unheard of these days in most Western countries—he has sought to pursue policies that truly are in Russia’s interest. Putin recently commented, “Russians will never allow for the development of the country along a destructive path, the way it happened in some countries in the post-Soviet space.” In other words, Putin is uninterested in Wilsonian crusades in the Middle East, undermining his own economy with suicidal free-trade pacts, driving down wages with Third World immigration, or turning over Russia’s beloved oil and gas assets to multinational corporations. Putin is doing what he was elected to do: protect Russia.

And in doing so, Putin has proven himself a true Russian patriot. Concerning immigration, Putin has instigated rules to make even Rep. Tom Tancredo appear coy. Recognizing that illegal immigrants are driving down wages in an already depressed economy as well as inciting anger among Russia’s native lower classes, Putin has steered towards a path of attrition. He has sought to reduce the presence of foreign workers at wholesale and retail markets, which had become magnets to illegal immigrants. He said that authorities should “protect the interests of Russian producers” and “the native population of Russia.” In other words, Russians first.

While American “conservatives” like John McCain warn of the “intolerance” of the religious Right, Putin has overseen a true revitalization of Orthodox Christianity in Russia. Having been closed for nearly 70 years, the Solovetsky Islands, one of the holiest sites in Russian Orthodox Christianity dating back to the 15th century, have been repopulated by monks. And most recently, Christian teaching has returned to Russian public schools. As Clifford J. Levy reports in the New York Times:

“Nearly two decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union ... localities in Russia are increasingly decreeing that to receive a proper public school education, children should be steeped in the ways of the Russian Orthodox Church, including its traditions, liturgy and historic figures.”

While it is nearly criminal to mention “Christmas” in American public schools, Russian teachers are openly instructing their students in the basic tenants of Christian morality, and with Putin’s blessing, the Kremlin has hosted Russian Orthodox priests to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the restoration of the Moscow Patriarchate.

Putin has whole-heartedly pushed for the inclusion Christianity in public life. As David Nowak, of The MoscowTimes.com has observed:

“Not since Tsar Nicholas II has Russia had a leader so keen to embrace religion. Putin has made regular public appearances with Church representatives and has said the Church “plays a paramount role in preserving the moral pillars” of society.”

To all this Putin’s neocon and neoliberal critics will respond, “that’s great, but he has failed to liberalize Russia’s markets.” But why should he? To let Russian oligarchs auction off Russia’s natural resources to multinational corporations? The liberal-economic paradigm is alien to Russia’s traditions, and it would be un-Burkean to impose such a foreign order upon her. Russia has her own homegrown traditions and will chart her own course in the 21st Century.

Putin is no angel, but he is hardly the devil incarnate that many in the media make him out to be. Though he has continued some Soviet practices, Putin has mitigated them with Russian traditions and religion. He as also been prudent in recognizing that a complete break with the immediate past would be a disaster. He has sought to steer a course he feels reflects the long-term interests of the Russian people. In fact, he is pursuing a my-own-country-first policy that many Americans wish our own leaders would follow.

But inside the Beltway, the neocons at ACPC want to revive the spirit the Committee on the Present Danger and view Russia through the ideological glasses of the days of yore. Chicken hawks want an international conflict that is not in our interest against a country that is not a threat and to demonize a man who is in fact sensible and patriotic. Instead, we should extend the olive branch to Russia and recognize her as a nation of the greater West—a cultural, transnational body of which we are a part (or should hope to be.)

Matthew A. Roberts writes from Kansas City, Missouri.

http://www.takimag.com/site/article/...he_propoganda/




Follow the money, The animosity of the neocons towards Putin is rooted the ethnic solidarity that they have with the dual loyalty oligarchs most of whom carry Israeli passports in addition to Russian ones. Putin’s policy of recouping the huge financial losses that the former Soviet slaves suffered when Jeffrey Sachs advised the new noncommunist government on how to denationalize industries, which then ended up, by some strange miracle, in the hands of his co-religionists, is the real source of the neoconr loathing. The neocons have the exact same dual loyalty. Actually it is a loyalty to Israel and a feigned attachment to either Russia or America. Dual loyalty is impossible and the primary commitment is obvious in both cases. The entire camarilla is anti-American, anti-Russian and anti-Christian.
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FINE ESSAY BY MATTHEW ROBERTS. HOWEVER, MR. ROBERTS IS REMISS NOT TO MENTION THAT THE NEOCONS HATE PUTIN BECAUSE HE IS A RUSSIAN NATIONALIST WHO HAD THE TEMERITY TO CHALLENGE THE PREDOMINATELY JEWISH OLIGARCHS WHO EXPLOITED BORIS YELSIN’S DEFICIENCIES AS A LEADER TO ROB THE RUSSIAN PEOPLE OF THEIR ABUNDANT NATURAL RESOURCES. THE NEOCONS VIEW PUTIN AS THE REBIRTH OF THE TSAR.
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Old February 25th, 2008 #3
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Imagine that, a Leader who actually has the best intrests of his country and his people in mind. This is in stark contrast to our leaders who routinely have everyone elses [or their own] best intrests in mind. The fact that he sees the influx of immigrants as a detriment and not as an asset is refreshing. He is not a proponent of globalization and want's to protect Russia's natural assets unlike the stooges in our government who continue to sell off and sell out America every chance they get. Putin is obviously a man of vision and it will be interesting to see how Russia progresses in the near future.
 
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But the hypocrisy does not end with Kosovo. Neocons are often willing to shelve the war on terror to help the American Committee for Peace in Chechnya (ACPC), whose membership includes Richard Perle, Elliott Abrams, Midge Decter, Norman Podhoretz, Michael Ledeen, et al. As John Laughland writes in the Guardian:

“The ACPC heavily promotes the idea that the Chechen rebellion shows the undemocratic nature of Putin’s Russia, and cultivates the support for the Chechen cause by emphasizing the seriousness of human rights violations. ... It compares the Chechen crisis to those other fashionable ‘Muslim’ causes, Bosnia and Kosovo—implying that only international intervention in the Caucasas can stabilise the situation there.”
I realize that these ACPC people could care less about the people in the Caucasas, and are just using this as something to undermine Putin.

None the less, the Russians have been brutal to the Muslims in that region. I wish a settlement of some sort could be reached with independance for Chechyna.

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Jamaat "Shariat": Wilayah of Dagestan; The Kadar Siege 28/08/1999
(Dagestan is nearby Chechnya)

 
Old March 3rd, 2008 #5
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[Extremely long piece on Edward Limonov, head of National Bolsheviks - the only real opposition to Putin's party, claims NYT Magazine]


Putin’s Pariah

By ANDREW MEIER

March 2, 2008

It began inauspiciously. On a frozen afternoon in late November, as Moscow was draped with blocklong plastic billboards, banners and flags, each proclaiming a variation on a single theme — “POBEDA PUTINA — POBEDA ROSSII!” (“A Victory for Putin Is a Victory for Russia”) — a few thousand Russians converged on the city center for a rare act of political theater. It seemed, at first, like a tableau from the last days of the U.S.S.R., those heady months when glasnost swelled the streets with protesters. A handful of dissidents stood on a flatbed truck; a jumble of loudspeakers were stacked below; the crew of foreign reporters vastly outnumbered the local press; and across the way, the secret policemen with their unseen amplifiers were drowning the protest in canned laughter and Soviet waltzes.

That afternoon all eyes and lenses were fixed on Garry Kasparov, the valiant chess master trying in retirement to end the reign of Vladimir Putin. After Kasparov clapped his hands and shouted “Davai!” — “Let’s go!” — he started toward the Central Election Commission, where he planned to deliver a list of complaints. As he marched, however, it was clear that he was not alone at the head of the demonstration. He had locked arms with his unlikely comrade in one of modern Russia’s most quixotic quests — Edward Limonov, the 65-year-old poet-turned-populist who heads the National Bolshevik Party, or NBP.

After the presidential election in Russia, taking place today, not much is likely to change. Putin’s anointed successor, the young lawyer Dmitri Medvedev, is little more than a proxy. But there remains one genuine opposition force, the Other Russia, a threadbare alliance comprising the remnants of the Westernizing camp led by [jew] Kasparov and the banned National Bolsheviks, the Nat-Bols, as Limonov’s young followers call themselves. In the face of Kremlin control of the airwaves and the small army of police deployed to muzzle their protests, the alliance has proved more adept at internecine warfare than at grass-roots politicking.

Limonov, however, has not given up. With his bizarre, often half-baked yet latently sinister populism, he remains hellbent on ruining the Kremlin’s party. And despite his strident nationalism and affinity for rogue youth, he works in close partnership with the liberal-minded Kasparov. “Russia is rich in generals without armies,” Kasparov told me last fall. “But Limonov has foot soldiers. He commands street power.”

The crowd at the rally was not large; in fact it was depressingly small to anyone who remembered the last days of the U.S.S.R. Yet at the fore stood a disciplined corps of 200 or 300 Nat-Bols — young men and women dressed in black whose faces beamed with unexpected joy. The march ended, as expected, nearly as soon as it began. The riot police formed walls on either end of the procession and closed the vise. When they roughed up Kasparov and threw him in a paddy wagon, the foreign press surrounded it. When they sent him to jail for five days, European leaders and even George W. Bush’s spokesman issued peals of condemnation.

Limonov, however, also vanished. A babushka in the street swore he’d been hauled off, bag over his head. Ekho Moskvy, the liberal Moscow radio station and a last preserve of independent media in Russia, reported he had been arrested. No one, however, could find Limonov in the jails. Only days later, the truth emerged. “It was my boys,” Limonov told me. The Nat-Bols had forsworn their party flags — notoriously similar in color and design to the Nazis’, only with a black hammer and sickle replacing the swastika — and executed their game plan. Before the police could reach Limonov, his supporters carted him off. “My boys saved me,” he said. “Just like they can save the country.”

“Russia is back,” they like to say in Moscow these days. What a difference a sea of oil and gas can make. Bentleys, Maseratis and Maybach 62s — those Bavarian chariots that set you back upward of $400,000 — rule the prospekty. At the Ritz-Carlton, a new marble palace erected on the remains of the old Intourist Hotel across from Red Square, the smallest singles run $1,200 a night.

Still, in Moscow, and out across the hinterland, there is something else — a new generation untouched by high-speed globalization and mired in uncertainty. Russia’s youth ranges widely in its political sympathies — from the neo-Nazi thugs who posted the beheading of a dark-skinned man on the Internet to the neo-Soviet youth groups spawned by the Kremlin. But Limonov’s National-Bolsheviks came first and now stand somewhere in the middle of Russia’s odd political spectrum, part Merry Pranksters, part revolutionary vanguard. The party does not tally its membership, “for security reasons,” Limonov says, but claims to have 1,000 to 1,500 hardcore activists and some 56,000 loyalists. Unmoored by economic upheaval and unmoved by Putin’s restoration project, they have found in the NBP a satisfyingly fierce ideology, often mediated by black humor, that can be refashioned, as Limonov readily admits, “to fit anyone and anything.”

Limonov founded the NBP in 1993 after returning to Russia from years abroad. Since then, his message has changed — from anti-Americanism and anti-capitalism to anti-Putinism and anti-fascism — though rabid nationalism has dominated. He has sought the mantle of everyone from Mikhail Bakunin, the 19th-century anarchist, to Jean-Marie Le Pen, the French ultranationalist. He has shifted course so often that by now only the goal — revolution — and the means — young people — remain constants. “In the bureaucratic KGB-cop state, youth are expendable,” he has written. He maintains that young Russians, “physically the most powerful group in society,” are regarded by authorities as “the internal enemy,” just as the Chechens are seen as the external one. Disaffected youth are Russia’s “most exploited class” in Limonov’s view and, as he readily admits, his core supporters. There are young men with shaved heads in the party, though these days they are more likely to be left-wing punks than right-wing skinheads.

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The Kremlin has not only proved incapable of ignoring Limonov; it has also adopted his tactics. Putin’s ideologues, led by his deputy chief of staff, Vladislav Surkov, have created a raft of “youth groups” like Nashi (“Our Own”) and Molodaya Gvardiya (“the Young Guard”). As well financed, unyielding and patriotic as their patrons, they have earned the collective nickname “Putin Jugend.” While some discount their reach, and Nashi may soon lose its state financing, the British ambassador, Anthony Brenton, learned their power firsthand. Two years ago Nashi activists — Nashisty, as the Nat-Bols call them, with a deliberate ring of fashisty, fascists — began shadowing the diplomat in Moscow. For months, they leafleted his car, picketed his residence and heckled him in public, before the Russian foreign minister stepped in. Brenton’s offense? He had attended an opposition conference, sitting in the company of Limonov.

[...]

The two and a half years Limonov spent behind bars earlier in the decade proved a boon to his writing; it was his most prolific time since his days in New York welfare hotels. In prison, he finished eight books — “nearly 2,000 pages,” he said, measuring his output like a Soviet shock worker. The guards left him alone to write. He only had “to push a button and ask to go to work,” he said. Limonov emerged from jail, in the Russian tradition, with a manifesto, “a series of lectures for NBP members”: “Drugaya Rossiya” (“the Other Russia”). Kasparov liked the title; it became the name of their coalition. An inchoate wide-ranging treatise, the book calls for a “new civilization,” a collection of “armed communes” to replace the evils of urban Russia and restore the insulted and injured to their rural roots. To reverse Russia’s dismal birth rate, polygamy will be permitted, free love encouraged and childbirth required, “like military service for men.” Abortion will be outlawed, and all women, before they reach 35, must have “no fewer than four children for the motherland.” Limonov, however, wants to have it all. “One should not view the new civilization as a leap backward,” he wrote. “The newly civilized shall not wage war against science, against the useful and intelligent achievements of technological progress. Not at all. We will develop the Internet and genetics and HDTV. TV and the Internet will unite the armed communes as one in the unified civilization of free citizens.” The takeover of power, Limonov promised, will not come from an external force, as it did in Afghanistan when the Taliban swept in from refugee camps in Pakistan. “It will come from within.”
 
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Mar 3, 2008

Congratulations, President-elect Dmitry Medvedev

By NICKOLAI BUTKEVICH

A month away from becoming leader of the world's largest country, Russia's president-in-waiting Dmitry Medvedev has a lot on his plate. Eight years after President Vladimir Putin assumed office, Russia has gone from a humiliated economic basket case to an assertive player on the world stage. Behind the boom, however, is an ugly flip side - a record number of hate crimes set nearly every year of Vladimir Putin's presidency.

Attacks on non-Russians now occur on a daily basis, with four murders in Moscow just last week. According to Russian law enforcement figures, the number of crimes committed by extremist groups tripled from 2004-2007. The Sova Center, a Russian NGO, announced that 17 people were killed and more than 50 injured as of February 15, a pace that, if maintained, would result in a doubling of the 2007 numbers.

Neo-Nazi gangs, who even the government admits have at least 20,000 members (other estimates are higher), are thought to be responsible for most of the violence. Unfortunately, the ideology of the far-Right has moved from the fringe to a level of respectability that would have been unthinkable in the 1990s.


Increasingly, ordinary young men with no ties to hate groups take part in the attacks. Defying the stereotype of uneducated, futureless youths from the poor suburbs surrounding Moscow and St. Petersburg, many of these perpetrators are university students with decent job prospects.

Polls show that over half the country now supports the neo-Nazi slogan "Russia for the ethnic Russians" and politicians preaching hatred against non-Russian migrants, Jews, and other minority groups routinely win office in national and local parliaments.


THERE ARE three main reasons why racist violence has become so common.

The humiliation and fear that the chaos of the 1990s inflicted on the Russian populace cannot be over-estimated. The middle class was devastated by ill-conceived economic reforms, worsening a demographic catastrophe. At the same time, millions of migrants from the southern former Soviet republics came to Russia seeking employment. Predominantly dark-skinned and Islamic, migrants strike fear in the hearts of many Russians, especially when they build mosques in communities far from traditionally Muslim areas.

Secondly, the executive branch makes the situation worse by pandering to the extremists and their increasingly popular ideas. President Putin's use of racist rhetoric in the wake of the 2006 Kondopoga riots, which targeted migrants from the Caucasus, is the most prominent example of this disturbing new trend. The president used the publicity surrounding the riot to successfully push for a law that bans foreign market traders. During his speech, Putin employed the far-Right's phrase "the native peoples of Russia," a sharp departure from past speeches, which tended to emphasize inter-ethnic tolerance.

Shortly afterwards, the Russian government engaged in a witch hunt against ethnic Georgians during which thousands were detained and an unknown number deported, including many who were present in the country legally. Government-controlled media incites fear and hatred against the US, Europe, and whichever former Soviet state (Ukraine, Georgia, Estonia) happens to be the Kremlin's enemy of the month. The paranoid ethic of the KGB suffuses the ruling elite to such an extent that even Medvedev, who has no known secret police past, recently accused foreign NGOs of espionage, and last Friday Moscow's new ambassador to NATO threatened the West with "brute military force" over the Kosovo issue.

FINALLY, the perpetrators of hate crimes enjoy a high degree of impunity. In a blatant attempt to "cook the books" and thereby avoid embarrassing their bosses, Russian prosecutors routinely charge neo-Nazis and other extremists with "hooliganism" - a vague, catch-all charge that carries only minor penalties - instead of hate crimes. Last week, a coalition of migrant organizations in Moscow threatened retaliatory violence if the government doesn't crack down on extremist groups, a sign that some victimized groups may soon take the law into their own hands.

Mr. Medvedev ought to signal a sharp break with these failed policies by firing law enforcement officials who refuse to take hate groups seriously. Replacing Moscow's chief of police, who earlier this month denied that organized skinhead groups exist in the city, would be a good place to start. Increased cooperation with the NGO community, which recently united in a 30-member "Coalition Against Hate" to combat racism in the former Soviet Union, would be a key step. One thing is clear - allowing Russia to descend into all out ethnic conflict would be a catastrophe for its people, and the world.

The writer is Research and Advocacy Director at the Union of Councils for Jews in the Former Soviet Union. www.ucsj.org

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The moment it gets any better in a country they invade! (As in as soon as a country returns to first world status)

I am so fucking tired of these DEPLORABLE PARASITES!!!!!!!!!

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I am so fucking tired of these DEPLORABLE PARASITES!!!!!!!!!
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Police Say Petersburg Neo-Nazis Were Planning Terrorist Act

(March 3, 2008)

Police in St. Petersburg, Russia arrested a group of neo-Nazis whom they accuse of plotting a terrorist act timed to coincide with Sunday's presidential election, according to a March 1, 2008 report by the news web site Newsru.com. Police detained five men in their twenties at an Internet cafe owned by the leader of their neo-Nazi group. Police allegedly found explosives and weapons in a cache nearby, along with narcotics, instructions on building explosives, and video recordings of the annual neo-fascist processions called "The Russian March." The suspects face only narcotic and weapons possession charges; there was no information in the report about terrorism or extremism charges, at least not yet.
 
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Minority Community Leaders Express Despair, Anger as Racist Murders Rise


(March 12, 2008)

A meeting in Moscow at the end of last month between local police officials and minority community leaders broke down in acrimony, with several community leaders criticizing government policies towards extremist groups, according to a March 3, 2008 article in the independent national daily "Novaya Gazeta." There have already been 27 murders motivated by ethnic hatred in Russia since the beginning of the year, a pace that, if maintained, would result in a doubling of the 2007 numbers. As Moscow's police chief, who recently stated that there are no organized neo-Nazi groups in his city, gave what the newspaper described as a standard speech promising action, he was interrupted by an Azeri diaspora leader who shouted, "Last year we sent 50 coffins back to the our motherland! How many more can we expect this year?!"

Evgeny Kryshtalev, a member of the Union of All-Russia Azerbaijani Congress, was quoted in the article saying that: "Ever day in Moscow there is another attack. Every month, more and more deaths... We cannot remain silent about this any more." He complained that Moscow police were refusing to investigate an attack that neo-Nazis from the Moscow region committed within city limits, claiming that it is up to the Moscow region's police to do that. "What, do they live in another country?!" he asked. He added that Moscow's police chief stated that every year migrants commit 14,000 crimes in Moscow, but what the officer didn't say is that the vast majority of these crimes are non-violent immigration offenses, hardly comparable to the wave of violent crimes that migrants face.

Gegam Khalatyan, an Armenian diaspora leader, added that the number of attacks on Armenians, whose homeland is a reliable ally of Russia, could drive Armenia into the arms of NATO. "A day doesn't go by in Moscow without an attack on an Armenian," he said. "Armenians and Russians have always been friends, but nowadays it is a kind of one-sided friendship. Why do we need to put up with this, how much longer can we tolerate the inaction of the authorities?... Russia does not value its friends."

Abdulla Dovlatov, head of the Tajik diaspora, told a story that had nothing to do with neo-Nazis in order to demonstrate the extent to which xenophobia has penetrated Russian society. A week before, police in Tver allegedly beat up two Tajik construction workers. They stabbed them and then threw them out into the snow. The men hid in the forest and somehow found their way to Moscow, where a doctor allegedly refused medical treatment, saying: "We are sick of you and you dare to want a medical report in order to bring charges against our people?"

"The police refuse to record hate crimes against foreigners... So officially, nobody is being harmed and there is no xenophobia in Russia," he added.

Alidzhan Khaydarov, president of Uzbek diaspora in St. Petersburg, offered a dissenting view, claiming that nobody from his community complains of racist attacks, despite reports of anti-Uzbek violence to the contrary.
 
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Russia slams US 'double standards'

13 Mar 2008

Russia dismisses the US annual report on human rights, calling it another proof of Washington's 'mentoring tone and double standards'.

The report, issued by the US Department of State on Tuesday, accused Russia of media harassment, reported killings and torture by the security forces, power centralization in its executive branch and restrictions on opposition parties during elections.

"The report became yet another proof of 'double standards' in US policy on human rights," Russia's Foreign Ministry said Wednesday in a statement.

"It is obvious the human rights issue is being distributed for external and internal consumption," it said.

"How else can one explain the fact that the United States, having de facto legalized torture and handing capital punishment to minors, denying responsibility for war crimes and massive human rights abuses in Iraq and Afghanistan ... gives a distorted interpretation of the situation in other countries?"

The statement went on to say Russia had never expected the US report of human rights to be unbiased.

The report has also criticized Cuba, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, North Korea, Sudan, Nepal, Syria and Zimbabwe.

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Old March 21st, 2008 #15
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MOSCOW (EJP)---The Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia (FJCR) has announced the freezing of any contact with the Council of Muftis of Russia following anti-Semitic statements made by one of its leaders, the Russian Interfax news agency reported.

"Zionism is like cancer, because Zionism is fascism,” the Council’s co-chairman, Nafigullah Ashirov, was quoted as saying.

"Until the Council of Muftis decides on its attitude toward Ashirov's activities as provocative and undermining neighborly relations between the Muslim and Jewish communities in Russia, we will not maintain any contacts with the Council of Muftis," Boruh Gorin, the FJCR’s spokesman, said.

"We are categorically against describing the Jewish people's desire to return to Zion as a cancer - this insults all of the Jewish people. We are not inclined toward looking for a compromise in this situation," he said.

The Jewish community "cannot pretend that nothing has happened in relations between our organizations," he added.

Israeli Ambassador to Russia Anna Azari said Ashirov’s comments “hopefully do not convey the attitudes of the entire Muslim community in Russia.”

"We think religious leaders must advocate love and peace. Ashirov is sowing the seeds of hatred and engages in provocations. We do not think Ashirov expresses the opinion of the entire Muslim public with which we are linked with traditional interaction and cooperation," the Israeli diplomat said.

In a separate incident, authorities in Novosibirsk have yet to determine who was behind the anti-Semitic posters put up on the doors of residential buildings in this Siberian city earlier this week.

Rabbi Zalman Zaklos, who heads the local Jewish community in Russia’s third largest city after Moscow and Saint Petersburg, is working with the police and city officials to identify the source of the posters that revive the blood libel, calling on residents to protect their children from Jews who “kidnap small children" and use their blood to prepare matza", the unleavened bread traditionally served during Jewish Passover festival.

"Anti-Semitism is not new in this area, but the graphic posters reflect an extreme aggression that is disturbing," Rabbi Zaklos said.

Around 20,000 Jews live in Novosibirsk.

http://www.ejpress.org/article/25521
 
Old March 24th, 2008 #16
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jewsign ROFL: "outdated anti-Semitism" that's a new one

Moscow branch of the Anti-Defamation League accuses Mufti Ashirov of outdated anti-Semitism

Moscow, March 24, Interfax - Co-chairman of the Russian Muftis Council Nafigullah Ashirov’s statement where he compared “Zionism to fascism” is anti-Semitic, chairman of the Anti-Defamation League’s Moscow branch Alexander Axelrod believes.

“I wonder that such high-ranking staff members of the Russian Council of Muftis as Nafigullah Ashirov voice so outdated anti-Semitic ideas,” Axelrod told Interfax-Religion on Monday.

He is perplexed that “there are intolerant people among religious leaders.”

The Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia (FJCR) has recently announced it would suspend relations with the Russian Council of Muftis as it did not react to the Ashirov’s statement. The Council of Muftis replied with a statement saying it didn’t receive any official documents from the FJCR on the matter.

Besides, the statement cited Ashirov’s comment: “If FJCR, which positions itself as a Russian organization, sees itself as part of Zionism, then certainly the announcement by this organization about suspension of relations with the Council of Muftis is quite understandable."

“And why the FJCR should support Wahhabism? The FJCR supports Russia’s multireligious basis, principle of tolerance and mutual respect between religions. While the Council of Muftis acts in such multicultural a country and opposes itself to the official state course aimed at preserving international and interreligious peace,” Axelrod said.

He noted that “the world’s extreme radicals” shared this position and also compared Zionism to fascism. The interviewee of the agency appealed to mathematics and urged to “chip off all extreme values and take into account the rest.”

“Life is almost similar to maths,” the Anti-Defamation League representative said.

http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=4442
 
Old September 23rd, 2008 #17
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(JTA) n Russia’s chief rabbi traveled to Perm to lead the funerals of 11 Jews who died in a plane crash.

A passenger jet crashed early Sunday morning during its descent into central Russia, killing all 88 passengers, including at least 11 members of the local Jewish community.

The flight, operated by a subsidiary of Aeroflot, was en route from Moscow to Perm, a city in the Ural Mountains in central Russia when it crashed at 3:10 a.m. Four Jewish families with three children were among those killed in the crash.

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Old October 1st, 2008 #18
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jewsign Putin supporter tapped to head Russia's United Jewish Appeal

One of the Russian Jewish community's most prominent supporters of President Vladimir Putin is set to be appointed head of the country's Keren Hayesod, also known as the United Israel Appeal.

Boris Spiegel, a deputy and committee chairman in the Russian parliament, already serves as president of the World Congress of Russian Jewry, an organization that works with the Kremlin as a bridge with the millions of Jews who emigrated from the country.

Keren Hayesod is the central fundraising body for Israel around the world, with the exception of the United States. It raises tens of millions of dollars annually for efforts such as absorbing immigrants into Israel, developing communities in the periphery and Jewish education in the Diaspora.

Spiegel's selection surprised many observers in Russia, as he is widely viewed as following the Kremlin's official line regarding Russian-speaking Jews.

Israeli officials believe the Putin government seeks to deepen the links between the millions of Russian citizens who have emigrated in recent years, particularly the roughly 2 million of Jewish descent now living in Israel, North America and Germany.

Six weeks ago, during Russia's conflict with Georgia, Spiegel condemned Georgia's leaders in the name of the World Congress of Russian Jewry, claiming they should be tried for war crimes and genocide against the residents of South Ossetia.

"We, as a people who suffered genocide, cannot stand idly by," he said.

A former Zionist activist from Russia now living in Israel said he doubts whether Spiegel's interests line up with those of Keren Hayesod.

"There is a definite contradiction between the goals of the [Jewish] Congress with Spiegel at its head, and the Keren Hayesod. Keren Hayesod is meant to strengthen the ties of Jews to Israel, and Spiegel's Congress does just the opposite," the former activist said, requesting anonymity.

Avi Pazner, world chairman of Keren Hayesod, told Haaretz: "I don't want to see him faulted for being an associate of Putin. He is a Russian Jew and he is a senator from Putin's party, and it's totally legitimate that he adheres to our positions."

Pazner emphasized, however, that his organization is non-political, and devotes its resources to Jewish, Zionist and humanitarian activity.

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1025592.html
 
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Default Billionaire Abramovich back in Siberian politics

Billionaire Jewish philanthropist Roman Abramovich stepped down from politics in July, but his respite has been short-lived.

Abramovich was elected to head the regional legislature in the remote Siberian region of Chukotka with 97 percent of the vote this week, while two of his former deputies also gained seats in the 12-member legislature.

Abramovich resigned as governor of the region, which sits across the Bering Strait from Alaska. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev accepted his resignation in July after his predecessor, now-Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, refused to do so at the beginning of 2008.

Abramovich is closely allied with the Kremlin and has thrown his largesse behind several projects for the Chabad-run Federation of Jewish Communities.

http://www.jta.org/cgi-bin/iowa/breaking/110776.html
 
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Default Again:Moscow racist murder gang jailed

A group of racist skinheads who carried out 20 brutal murders in Russia's capital Moscow have been sentenced to jail terms of between six and 20 years.

The gang of seven targeted non-Slavic migrants in the city between August 2006 and October 2007.

Many of the attackers were minors at the time. Besides killing 20 people, they also tried to murder another 12, the court heard.

The group posted video of some of their crimes on the internet.

The heaviest jail term was handed to Roman Kuzin, who received 20 years in jail.

The two alleged ringleaders of the group, Artur Ryno and Pavel Skachevsky, were given 10-year sentences in a penal colony.

Their sentences were the longest they could have received, as they were minors at the time.

Four other members of the group received jail sentences of between six and 12 years.

Plagued by attacks

The prosecution argued that the defendants had formed an organised group with the aim of murdering migrants from Asian and Caucasian regions of the former Soviet Union.

In other words, they targeted people who did not look white, or Slavic, the BBC's James Rodgers in Moscow said.

Even in a city frequently the scene of racist violence, this gang's crimes stood out, our correspondent said.

Russia has been plagued by a series of racially motivated attacks, some of them fatal, in recent years.

Between January and October this year 113 people were killed in racist attacks in Russia and 340 were wounded, according to the Moscow Human Rights Bureau.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7783673.stm
 
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