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Foreign Bogey an Old Dictator's Trick

Nothing in Putin's background or Russia's history suggests that Moscow is likely to hand over Andrei Lugovoi. It's not simply that the Russian Constitution forbids extradition. It has more to do with the nature of Russia's transition from totalitarianism -- and Putin's need to trumpet foreign menaces to maintain domestic support.

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Rustam, Moscow:

The british didn't give any direct proofs of Andrei Lugovoi's blame. So how could he be blamed?
If they suspect him, they could come to Russia to ask him questions, but the British refused.

Rustam, Moscow:

The british didn't give any direct proofs of Andrei Lugovoi's blame. So how could he be blamed?
If they suspect him, they could come to Russia to ask him questions, but the British refused.

tete a tete:

Russia lost Cold War but ended up withall the natural resources that waorld needs as consolation. This drives the winners crazy.
So CIA and M16 cook up th e Litvinenko affair to emberass Russia.

tete a tete:

Russia lost Cold War but ended up withall the natural resources that waorld needs as consolation. This drives the winners crazy.
So CIA and M16 cook up th e Litvinenko affair to emberass Russia.

IsBushASovietAgent?:

When I was growing up, there was no quesiton in my mind that the difference between our goverment and the Soviets was like day and night.

I believed that we had a democratically elected government, that our elections were fair and honest, that our elected officials were basically honest and that we had a laws, a constitution, and a system of checks and balances to keep our goevernment honest and to ensure that our rights and freedoms as US citizens were watched over and protected.

If felt proud that we had a government, of, by, and for the people. To me, the words in our declaration of independence and our constitution were as holy and moving as any prayer.

What Bush has done over the past six years is to lower us to the level of the old Soviet union.
We no longer have the ability to look other countries in the eye and talk about democracy, fair government or even free enterprise and fair competition. Bush has, for no better purpose than the fact that he could, destroyed all that.

What Putin is doing is wrong. The united nations and as many individual countries of the world should let Putin know that this kind of thing cannot be allowed to occur.

We have lost our bully pulpit.
I hope congress realizes the seriousness of the situation and moves swiftly to Impeach Gonzo, Bush and Cheney for, among many other crimes, repeatedly violating their oath of office where they swore before God to preserve, protect,
and defend our constitution.

Nothing less than our souls and the soul of America as a Natton is at stake.

We need to Impeach Bush and Cheney, NOW!!!


Andrey Subbotin, Moscow:

"steady demand for more democratic accountability and transparency as the Russian society moves forward" mostly exists in western heads. For better or for worse, an average russian remembers the years of "democracy" with disgust.

For the same reason Kasparov has no chance whatsoever in russian politics (how about "if you enjoyed the 90s, vote for us" for a political slogan?). His actions are optimised for resonance in western media, not for success inside the country, and he probably receives adequate bribes (er, grants) for his performance.

Mehmet Fatih II:

Jessica,

Leftists like yourself have this crooked vision of the world affairs where politics come after socio-economic issues. On that account your entire philosophy is based on a simplistic and rather counterproductive idea of Western aid.

You ask: "Why can the West just give enough money to the third world countries so that there won't be any hunger in this world?"

You need to read some books (and I do NOT mean the NATION magazine), Jessica, about the goings of the world. You could start with Adam Smith. And maybe 20 years later, after you've made up for all those hippy years you wasted your time with V...na Monologues, you might reach the conclusion that the poorest nations are precisely those who havn't figured out how to govern themselves. Like Russia.

And that's what this forum is about! Russia!

Robert of Los Angeles:

God bless ya, Jessica. You are persistent, I'll give you that. I think you've blogged those exact words "It is estimated that the expenditure of a mere $19 billion would eliminate starvation and malnutrition worldwide" over 100 times according to Google.

Jessica:

I agree that Putin is not likely to do as Britain wishes he would. However, I feel like there are much more pressing issues that ought to be dominating the news, like the crisis of global poverty. Today, national boundaries no longer define our world. We face common problems and must work together as a world community to fight them. The United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals, which call for cutting world hunger in half by 2015 and eliminating it altogether by 2025, are a good place to start thinking and acting with a global mindset. It is estimated that the expenditure of a mere $19 billion would eliminate starvation and malnutrition worldwide. In a time when the United States’ current defense budget is $522 billion, the goal of eradicating world hunger is clearly well within reach if we act together as one world.

Bourne Ultimatum of Los Angeles:

Plantation - Read again - it's my little joke. Look at Charles Lindbergh of Los Angeles on Bashir Goth responses - that's me too, playing with other people's words. When others are playing mind games with conspiracies, I turn it into a movie plot. When they say Russia is being picked on, I let Lindbergh defend Hitler with the same words.

On the plantation:

What script with identical phrases are the last two posters reading from? Are the Russians that paranoid about this?

Bourne Ultimatum of Los Angeles:

(CIA) leadership had no motive to assassinate the pathetically demented (Jason Bourne). His allegations of officially sanctioned assassinations had long been in the public domain. Neither he nor his allegations carried any weight. He, like his principal benefactor, (Inspector Clousseau), was largely regarded as a public buffoon. (Bourne) was not a spy. He was a member of a special crime division who murdered, tortured, maimed and brutalized suspected members of Russian crime families and Chechen rebels on demand. He could have as readily murdered Anna Politkovskaya as the assassins who killed her.
(Starring Matt Damon and Peter Sellers - coming to a theatre near you)

Karon von Gerhke:

Your logic is seriously flawed. Russia's leadership had no motive to assassinate the pathetically demented Alexander Litvinenko. His allegations of officially sanctioned assassinations had long been in the public domain. Neither he nor his allegations carried any weight. He, like his principal benefactor, Boris Berezovsky, was largely regarded as a public buffoon.

Litvinenko was not a spy. He was a member of a special crime division who murdered, tortured, maimed and brutalized suspected members of Russian crime families and Chechen rebels on demand. He could have as readily murdered Anna Politkovskaya as the assassins who killed her.

Berezovsky is not without complicity in the death of Litvinenko. No one of sound mind would have entrusted Litvinenko--described by every member of Berezovsky's hired entourage as a demented soul living in a world of parnoid delusions--with fact based dossiers allegedly linking Kremlin officials and members of the siloviki with the Russian mafia in high crimes against the state. Berezovsky, ever still Paul Klebnikov's Godfather of the Kremlin, entrusted incriminating dossiers into the care of Litvinenko placing him in life endangerment. Litvinenko was a desperate man who in his desperation posed as serious a threat to Berezovsky as he did to those who were implicated in the dossiers entrusted to him.

There is a substantial body of evidence before the British CounterTerroism Command Unit that refutes the testimony and affidavits submitted by members of Berezovsky's hired entourage. Bearing false witness in a murder investigation is a felony. I remain ever hopeful that the CTC will be permitted to release the evidence they have been forced to suppress while the scurrilous media campaign launched by Berezovsky is played out on the world stage.

On the plantation:

Then there is the large-corporate capitalist spin on the big bogey.

No need to look beyond today's news, with our supreme leaders working on massive "sales" of arms to Middle East entities so long as they are not Iran. That's strange, I seem to remember when the major arms client there was Iran.

hb:

I have an alternate competing hypothesis about the Litvinenko Affair. I believe he was a double agent who actually was ordered to assassinate someone, possibly Zakayev or Scaramella. He, Lugovoy, Kovtum, Miralev and others are all still in the employ of the KGB. I believe Litvinenko negligently carried the polonium 210, which could only have come from Russia, and accidentally poisoned himself. Russia and the KGB are using some truth in their defense of Lugovoy. They have suggested Litvinenko was carrying the polonium 210 with the intent of killing Lugovoy. This is absurd, but the partial truth that Litvinenko was carrying it himself, helps obfuscate the matter.

Robert of Los Angeles:

Back to reality-based analysis as well as personal experience of what dictators do.

American Observer:

Shim Jae Hoon,

You know a lot and your reasoning is excellent. Thanks for posting this.

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