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in mysterious circumstances in recent years

Boris Berezovsky, Anna Politkovskaya and Paul Khlebnikov all died in mysterious circumstances

Boris Berezovsky, Anna Politkovskaya and Paul Khlebnikov all died
in mysterious circumstances
 By Howard Amos, Tom Parfitt
3:05PM GMT 28 Feb 2015

Paul Khlebnikov, 2004

Paul Khlebnikov, an American journalist and editor of Forbes Russia, was killed with a machine gun outside his office in Moscow in 2004. A fluent Russian speaker, Khlebnikov, aged 41 at the time of his death, was known for his investigations into corruption and the murky world of Russian business and politics in the 1990s, and his exposes of the business empire of Kremlin kingmaker Boris Berezovsky. A group of three men from the North Caucasus republic of Chechnya were acquitted of his murder in a trial in 2006. The case has never been solved.

Anna Politkovskaya, 2006

Anna Politkovskaya, a journalist and fierce critic of the Kremlin, was shot in the entrance to her apartment building in Moscow in 2006 aged 48. She was known for her reporting on human rights abuses in Russia’s troubled North Caucasus. Supporters have always maintained the murder was political. Five men were found guilty of carrying out the hit in May last year, but the person who ordered the contract-style killing has never been identified.

Alexander Litvinenko, 2006

Alexander Litvinenko, 44, a former KGB officer, died after being poisoned with radioactive polonium-210. Two former Russian security services men allegedly added the isotope to his tea when they met him in the restaurant of a London hotel. Litvinenko was an associate of the self-exiled oligarch Boris Berezovsky. He had accused Vladimir Putin of being corrupt and a paedophile, according to evidence given by his widow at a public inquiry into his death.

Natalya Estemirova, 2009

Abducted in the Chechen capital of Grozny in July 2009, Natalya Estemirova, a 50-year-old human rights campaigner and activist, was later found dumped by the side of the road with bullet wounds to her head. The case intensified scrutiny of local leader Ramzan Kadyrov, who was accused of creating a climate of fear and violence. Estemirova’s killers have never been brought to justice.

Anastasiya Baburova and Stanislav Markelov, 2009

Anastasiya Baburova, a trainee journalist, and Stanislav Markelov, a human rights lawyer, were shot in broad daylight as they strolled away from a press conference less than a mile from the Kremlin. The main target was assumed to be Markelov, 34 at the time, and a lawyer who had represented left-wing activists, journalists and victims of a 2002 Moscow theatre siege when Russian special forces killed over 100 hostages during a rescue operation. Baburova, aged 25 when she died, worked for opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta. In 2011 a Moscow court convicted and imprisoned two neo-Nazis, Nikita Tikhonov and Yevgeniya Khasis, of the double murder.

Boris Berezovsky, 2013

It is not clear whether Boris Berezovsky was murdered but a coroner recorded an open verdict after he was found dead at the age of 67 with a ligature around his neck in the bathroom of the mansion where he lived in Surrey. The businessman fled to Britain from Russia in 2000 after falling out with Vladimir Putin, and used London as a base for criticising his former protégé. It is thought most likely that he took his own life because of financial troubles. However, the coroner said the burden of proof was not sufficient to conclude that this was certainly the case, raising speculation that Berezovsky was assassinated.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/11441919/Kremlin-critics-killed-during-Vladimir-Putins-leadership.html

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The Russians called the EU’s bluff by pulling out of the project instead of accepting the EU’s conditions and are cutting deals with China and Turkey instead.

By Alexander Mercouris ~ Russia Insider

The reaction to the cancellation of the Sound Stream project has been a wonder to behold and needs to be explained very carefully.

In order to understand what has happened it is first necessary to go back to the way Russian-European relations were developing in the 1990s.

Briefly, at that period, the assumption was that Russia would become the great supplier of energy and raw materials to Europe.   This was the period of Europe’s great “rush for gas” as the Europeans looked forward to unlimited and unending Russian supplies of gas.  It was the increase in the role of Russian gas in the European energy mix which made it possible for Europe to run down its…

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Khodorkovsky spent 10 years in prison for fraud and tax evasion until he was pardoned in December 2013.

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There is a certain type of Russian liberal who holds to particular beliefs with the same stubborn commitment as followers of a religious sect do. For these liberals, three of such beliefs are paramount and to question them is heresy.

LONDON, October 17 (RIA Novosti) — There is a certain type of Russian liberal who holds to particular beliefs with the same stubborn commitment as followers of a religious sect do. For these liberals, three of such beliefs are paramount and to question them is heresy. The liberal catechism is as follows:”:

1. Vladimir Putin is Lucifer’s Viceroy on Earth. Everything he does is evil. Everyone who opposes him, almost by definition, is therefore good.

2. The United States is God. Its actions are wise and good especially when targeting Putin, the embodiment of evil.

3. Mikhail Khodorkovsky is God’s representative in Russia and is a saintly figure, martyred for his beliefs.

Of these three it is the third that is the strangest.

Khodorkovsky is an unlikely hero. Through a series of ruthless manipulations he managed to capture control of a large part of the Russian oil industry becoming Russia’s richest man.  His methods included setting up an intricate web of companies through which, according to the Russian courts, he defrauded his investors and minority shareholders and by which, according to both the Russian courts and the European Court of Human Rights, he systematically cheated the Russian state of billions in unpaid taxes. There have been darker rumours as well – of methodical bribery and intimidation of officials and parliamentary deputies and even of contract killings, though since these have never been proved in court, it is perhaps better to avoid placing weight on them.  After all, what has already been proved is bad enough.

That Russian liberals ever rallied to the cause of this man is in itself a sign of their blindness to reality. That they have persisted in doing this, whilst the European Court of Human Rights has opposed him is testimony both to the fanaticism of their beliefs and to the extent of their blindness.
Given the extent to which liberal belief in Khodorkovsky stands reality on its head, it was however inevitable following his release at the end of last year that his actions would test this belief system to the breaking point.

Khodorkovsky first dismayed his liberal followers by saying that he did not intend to engage in politics.  However, he then appeared to contradict himself when in March he turned up at Kiev’s Maidan Square and made a vitriolic speech supporting the seizure of power that had just happened there.

Russian liberals seem to contend that the Euromaidan movement was therefore good, despite what the facts might say, just like they contended that Mikheil Saakashvili, the pathologically Russophobic former President of Georgia who launched the US-backed 2008 South Ossetia war, was also good for the same reason.

In March and September Russian liberals marched through Moscow waving Ukrainian flags and chanting their support for the present Ukrainian regime.  Of course for such people it is Putin, not the Maidan movement, who must be blamed for Ukraine’s problems despite what the facts might say; after all, the United States says he is.

Having pleased his Russian liberal followers by supporting the Maidan movement, Khodorkovksy then pleased them further by announcing that he was going to involve himself in Russian politics after all.

The subsequent horror for these same Russian liberals when Khodorkovsky, in a series of tweets, that first avoided giving a straight answer and then categorically confirmed that he would not hand over Crimea to Ukraine, is easy to imagine.  God’s representative in Russia, the martyred Khodorkovsky, is contradicting God, i.e., the United States, and appears to be siding with Putin and evil against Maidan and good.

Khodorkovsky’s refusal to return Crimea makes perfect sense. Crimea is a historic Russian land that only found itself part of an independent Ukraine as a result of an accident. Its people overwhelmingly consider themselves Russians and overwhelmingly want to be in Russia. The vast majority of Russians agree and support Crimea’s reunification with Russia.  No political figure, not even Khodorkovsky, who wants Russia to be taken seriously, can argue otherwise.

If one thing has however become abundantly clear, it is that Russian liberals simply do not think in a serious political way. In order to remain firm in their beliefs, however factually wrong or even absurd they may be, and however much this distances them from the Russian people, is always more important.  More important still, is retaining the favour of the United States, whose good opinion is of immeasurably greater value to them than is that of their own people, whom they hold in contempt.

What this bizarre episode therefore shows is the difficulty even Khodorkovsky will have if he tries to reach out beyond his liberal core supporters by challenging their beliefs. Since Khodorkovsky’s actual chances of attracting widespread support are in fact non-existent, the probability is that he will fall back onto his liberal supporters and that this “lapse” will be forgotten. That Russian liberals cannot accept reality even as it stares at them in the face, even when someone like Khodorkovsky tries to point this out to them, shows why they are doomed to remain a politically isolated, marginal force.

This episode also teaches an important lesson for the United States and for the West. If even someone like Khodorkovsky realizes that the handover of Crimea to Ukraine is an impossibility, then it is never going to happen. That is the simple truth, and the sooner the United States, the West and Kiev accept it, the better.

Alexander Mercouris is a London-based lawyer. The views expressed in this article are the author’s and may not necessarily represent those of RIA Novosti.

source:http://sputniknews.com/columnists/20141017/194223592.html

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00 Vitaly Podvitsky. A Crimean Salute. 2014http://02varvara.wordpress.com/2014/12/13/khodorkovsky-contradicts-usa-when-commenting-on-crimeas-reunion-with-russia/

 

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Putin confirms support for Palestinian statehood

PressTV ~ Russian President Vladimir Putin has pledged continued support for Palestinians’ legitimate right to establish an independent state.

« Russia has consistently advocated in favor of the earliest execution of the legitimate rights of the Palestinians for establishment of an independent, contiguous and viable state,” Putin said in a letter sent to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People on Saturday.

“We believe that Palestine’s acquisition of national sovereignty on the common international legal base will be an important factor in ensuring comprehensive, just settlement in the Middle East,” he added.

Russian Ambassador to Palestine Alexander Rudakov delivered the letter to Secretary-General of the Palestinian Presidency Al-Tayeb Abdul Rahim.

The International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People is observed annually on November 29 since 1977.

Palestinians are seeking to create…

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