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Sunday, 24 August 2008

Thomas Hammarberg, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Shocked By the Destruction He Saw in South Ossetia

Thomas Hammarberg, the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights called the destruction in Tskhinvali an insult to mankind during a visit to the devastated South Ossetian capital on Sunday. Mr Hammarberg told journalists that what occurred in Tskhinvali during the attack by Georgian forces on 8 August should never be repeated. Mr Hammarberg is on a fact-finding mission to Georgia to look into claims of atrocities by both Georgian and Russian forces. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, earlier called damage in Tskhinvali “overwhelming”. Figures for fatalities during the 8 August attack are not yet clear, with the South Ossetian government saying some 1,500 people died. So far, Russia has established 133 deaths, admitting, however, that makeshift burials made determining an accurate death toll difficult. The US-based organisation Human Rights Watch alleged that both Russia and Georgia used “indiscriminate attacks” on civilians during the fighting. Russia concluded its operation to “compel Georgia to stand down” on 12 August.

24 August 2008



Editor’s Note:

As the so-called “Human Rights Watch” group is funded heavily by George Soros, one must discount all of its statements as mere windy New World Order propaganda and pure unadulterated hooey. Sorry to disappoint all of you conspiracy fans out there, but, George Soros is not behind everything (neither are the Freemasons, Jews, or little green men from Area 51… as seen on the Zapruder film brought to you by Ted Turner and Jane Fonda, presented by Christiane Amanpour (US soldiers call her “The Angel of Death”, not complimentary, at all, I’d say)!). He has a VERY large potful of money, to be sure, but, he has his limits. He ran into a brick wall here and his tantrums, as expressed through his puppet agency are worse than George Bush’s. God lives… and he has a wicked sense of humour! Do not forget that He has a stern code of justice as well… are you listening, Saakashvili?



Russia’s Top Intelligence Official: The USA Knew the Exact Date of the Georgian Invasion of South Ossetia

Filed under: diplomacy,military,politics,Russian,USA,war and conflict — 01varvara @ 00.00

The cost of the Georgian invasion. A family mourns for a Russian soldier killed in the fighting against the Georgian aggressor.

In an interview with the RIA-Novosti News Agency aired on Thursday, the top Russian intelligence official said that the USA knew the exact date of Georgia’s aggression against South Ossetia. According to his sources, Tbilisi got Washington’s nod for the military operations in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. He pointed to the fact that at the beginning of August US Navy chief of staff Garry Roughhead cancelled a trip to Russia, which, if he had made it, would have coincided with the culmination of hostilities in South Ossetia from 10 to 14 August.

21 August 2008

Voice of Russia World Service


US Ambassador to the RF John Beyrle: Russian Troops Provided an Appropriate Response to the Georgian Attack on Peacekeepers in South Ossetia

US Ambassador to the Russian Federation John Beyrle (1954- ). His father, Sergeant Joseph Beryle, was a US Army paratrooper who was a hero in World War II who served with a Soviet tank battalion for a month after escaping German captivity. Memory Eternal to the Hero Joseph, who served with two armies against Hitler!

Russian troops provided an appropriate response to the Georgian attack against peacekeeping forces in South Ossetia. John Beyrle, the US Ambassador in Moscow, voiced this opinion in an interview with the newspaper Kommersant. He said, “From the very beginning, we made it clear to Georgia that the conflict with South Ossetia would never be settled by force”. The ambassador pointed out the importance of implementing the six-point peace plan worked out by the Presidents of Russia and France and signed by all the parties to the conflict. Mr Beyrle advocated the preservation of the territorial integrity of Georgia, but, with due regard for the wishes of the local inhabitants in settling Georgia’s conflicts with South Ossetia and Abkhazia. He is against the international isolation of Russia and welcomes Russian membership in the WTO.

22 August 2008

Voice of Russia World Service


So, the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing Are Over

Filed under: China,Olympics,Russian,sport — 01varvara @ 00.00

So, the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing are over. The last events were held on Sunday. All that remained was the grand closing ceremony at the Birds Nest Stadium in Beijing with thousands of fireworks exploding in the sky. The Chinese invented fireworks, and the Chinese, predictably in a way, came out the overall winners in the numbers of medals won at these games. The Russian national team came in third, following the hosts of the games, and, then, the Americans.

Russia’s total medal tally was 23 golds, 21 silvers, and 28 bronze, 72 medals in all. This is a result one can be proud of. Great Britain also did extremely well, and it was only two days before the end with a final spurt of medals that the Russian team managed to nudge them out of third place. A boxer brought in Russia’s last medal of the games on Sunday. It was a gold, and the man who won it was a lightweight in the 60 kilo (132 pounds) category, Aleksei Tishchenko, who beat his French opponent Daqouda Sow, eleven to nine. That was Aleksei’s second gold. The first one came in Athens four years ago.

In some of their victories, the Russians surprised themselves. In women’s handball, for example, they got the silver, losing only to Norway. Team member Irina Bliznova said, “There was no Russian women’s handball at the Olympics for 16 years. So, this was a really great result for us”. Their trainer, Yevgeny Trefilov, commented, “In the final we displayed handball of the Twentieth Century. The Norwegians… of the Twenty-First”.

The Russians also surprised themselves in the women’s 4 x 400 metres relay, getting the silver. Hot favourites were the Americans with the famous Sania Richards clinching the “home run” in the final lap as she, indeed, did. Next, the Jamaican four were touted to come in. But, it was the Russian girls who got the silver, and not the bronze. Another surprise came in the same event 4 x 400 metres relay, but, amongst the men. Maksim Dyldin, Vyacheslav Frolov, Anton Kokorin, and Denis Alekseyev went into the games as clear outsiders, not even expecting to get into the finals. No Russian relay team over this distance had won anything since the 1980s. Yet, here they were, with a bronze, behind the Americans and the fearsome four from the Bahama Islands, who came in just a nose ahead.

In the closing stages of the games, Anna Chicherova won a bronze in the women’s high jump. Although she had to fight for that medal very hard, in general any medal for Russian women in the high jump does not come as a real surprise. They excel at that. As for the women’s pole-vault event, any medal that is NOT a gold would be a sensational surprise, as Yelena Isinbayeva once again proved herself the greatest pole-vaulter among the ladies of our times. She’s got so many Olympic and World championship medals and so many world records (she set her latest one in Beijing) that we’ve lost count.

24 August 2008

Voice of Russia World Service


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