Monday, March 05, 2007

The Russian Slide

Remember, W said "I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straightforward and trustworthy."

So much for W's super-powers of perception...
clipped from www.tnr.com


Vladimir Putin has just chosen Ramzan Kadyrov as the new president of Chechnya. Kadyrov and his associates are some of the prime suspects in the death of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya last year, and Kadyrov's forces have been accused of serious and sustained human rights abuses.



Just to give you a sense of Kadyrov's character, when he publicly denied killing Politkovskaya recently, he did so by saying, "I did not kill women," which can't be considered a good sign for the thousands of men in various jails throughout Chechnya (the EU, among others, has reported the horrific torture that goes on in these prisons).


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3 comments:

Intellectual Insurgent said...

Could his statement have been a product of bad English?

Reign of Reason said...

Could be... I should have thought that a possibility...

In general however, Putin and his cronies are a bunch of Soviet era thugs. I find it amusing that our fearless leader was able to discern his trustworthiness by a glance into his eyes.

Intellectual Insurgent said...

They are thugs. But I respect them for being one of the few powers on earth that is standing up to the US.