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Did you hear about this, jenni_snake?

Outspoken Putin critic shot dead in Moscow

Have you had a chance yet to read that book of hers I sent you?

And what's wrong with LJ, anyway? Why does the mood "shocked" get a happy face? And why does the date and time want to display itself as October 8 and 00:22 hours, when Pacific Daylight Time, which is where I'm posting from, knows it's really October 7 and 5:22 p.m. (17:22)? I had to change it manually. (And before you ask, yes, my computer is showing the correct date and time.)

All right, I'm going to stop complaining and go rearrange my icons or something equally useful.


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Oct. 8th, 2006 11:38 am (UTC)
*am stunned also* I remember her, she was the one who got poisoned during the Beslan aftermath.

It doesn't look good for Vlad. I was reading a lot about Starovoitova in the summer and tried to give him the benefit of the doubt about how he 'investigated' her murder. We have a few possibilities.

1. The FSB (or a faction within the FSB) carried this out, and Vlad knew absolutely nothing. A little unlikely. Will be interesting to see if any high-level people ever get arrested, instead of just the hitmen.

2. The FSB carried it out, Vlad knew, but could not stop them. They are too powerful for him to control. But what would be their motive? Didn't she threaten Vlad more than them?

3. The FSB carried it out either on Vlad's direct orders, or, more likely, orders from his aides/immediate subordinates/advisers, following wishes/guidelines expressed by Vlad.

Any others? Chechen mafia maybe? [supercynical]Or am I repeating myself with that one?[/supercynical]
Oct. 9th, 2006 03:19 pm (UTC)
Re: thoughts
We talked about this. My pick is option (3).

Are you starting to sense a theme? Support democracy anywhere in the former Soviet Union, get poisoned. Remember Yuvschenko?
Oct. 10th, 2006 11:41 am (UTC)
Re: thoughts
I wouldn't say that the word shocked would be terribly appropriate - youùd have to not have been following Russian politics, or even Russian history... sort of a feeling of rolling one's eyes, and a 'oh, come on, not again!' You guys can criticise all you like, it's my character that has to live with this!!! *sigh* This is, however, making Vlad's eventual breakdown (I'm not saying necessarily immediate, here) a whole lot more likely. Personally, I don't want to think about it. Besides, aren't we still in... June? Or even? May? I have lots of time to mull this over... and I'm going to kil someone if something like this happens again. -_-
Oct. 10th, 2006 01:42 pm (UTC)
Re: thoughts
We're still in May (the last weekend). Silvio 4 is Friday, May 26th. Tavi and I have been talking about needing to get the story timelne closer to real time. I mean, there's still the G8 to write. And the World Cup. And I think Silvio has to stick around at least through the World Cup. Just think of all the arguing he and Domi can do over whose country has the better team. Maybe they can even place a little wager on the outcome of the final game, hmmm?
Oct. 11th, 2006 10:40 am (UTC)
Re: thoughts
I think we should really just skip the summer - I don't know if it would work, but I really think they'll be too busy, especially Vlad with the G8. We'll have to find a time when we can all be online to talk about it. I saw the person who will help us set up internet today, he said he hadn't forgotten about us... so no promises, but that should mean by the end of the week at least, I hope! Talk to you soon, anyway...
Oct. 8th, 2006 05:45 pm (UTC)
Anna Politkovskaïa était une des rares journalistes russes à parler de la Tchétchénie et à critiquer la politique de Poutine. La situation des droits de l'homme dans ce pays est très inquiétante, mais Poutine faisant partie des dirigeants "démocratiques", il ne risque pas grand chose : ni l'Europe, ni les Etats-Unis ne le menaceront jamais de sanctions, ce serait bien trop risqué.
Oct. 9th, 2006 03:23 pm (UTC)
I want to find and read her other books. I've only read Putin's Russia: Life in a Failing Democracy.
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