October 11, 2006


In the case of the killing of the Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya I tend to think it’ll be one of those news hypes with little useful conclusion made. So Russia is moving backwards to its golden epoch under Stalin; so there’s very little freedom of speech; so the international community was wrong thinking Russia was ready to host the G8 summit. So? On the day of Ms. Politkovskaya’s funeral I believe Putin said something like “her death is an even bigger blow to our image than her work”. Nice stuff. And very KGB-like. It’s like a double negative: we are saying we didn’t like her when she was alive, so you know that we’d be stupid to actually kill her. There was a famous saying by Stalin “no man – no problem” – my personal favourite. Something tells me it’s Putin’s favourite by now too.

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  1. anonymous

    “no woman, no cry” – bob marley

    12 Oct 2006, 12:19

  2. Alyona

    I have stumbled upon your blog by chance, looking for something else. I knew Anna, met her a couple of times, talked to her, always remembered her and always will. There is no question whodunnit, everyone knows who it was, technical details are irrelevant. You are right – so what? There will be some talk, some hot air, some prizes named after her, streets and monuments in her name, most likely somewhere in Paris, and then – what? I have grown cynical beyond belief. When I browse Russian forums I think to myself: this country deserves Putin and putins. They want them. They are them. Sadly. I am trying to maintain the feeling of “Russianness” in my kids but I do not know what it means anymore. The language? The obligatory set of names to know? What is my country falling into? What has it become? There are only questions, no answers.
    Sorry for venting. Ignore this post.

    17 Oct 2006, 16:04

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