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Friday, 14 February 2014

Chechen Leader Offers Shelter to Second Doomed Danish Giraffe

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Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov offered a home in Chechnya to another zoo giraffe facing death in Denmark. The Guardian reported this week that the Jyllands Park Zoo in Videbæk is preparing to kill a healthy young giraffe named Marius to prevent inbreeding. On Sunday, the København Zoo killed another giraffe… also named Marius… with shot from a bolt gun to the head after the zoo deemed him genetically superfluous. About 27,000 people signed an online petition to keep the first Marius alive, and several other zoos offered him a home, but the zoo went ahead with the killing.

On Thursday, Kadyrov wrote on his Instagram account, “I’m worried by reports that another giraffe is about to be slaughtered in Denmark. I’m ready to accept Marius for humanitarian reasons. We guarantee him proper living conditions and will take care of his health”. Kadyrov described Sunday’s killing, billed as an educational event and attended by dozens of children, as a “savage show”. The zoo dissected the giraffe’s corpse in public view and it fed the meat to its lions, tigers, and leopards. Kadyrov, repeatedly accused by human rights groups of human rights violations in Chechnya, has his own private zoo with lions, tigers, and bears on the grounds of his official residence outside Grozny.

14 February 2014



Editor’s Note:

Ramzan Akhmadovich shows the good side of the Caucasian character. If he gives his word… that’s it. He’ll go through hell itself to keep it. When he outlawed casinos in Chechnya, he told all the owners to come to him if they needed help in transitioning to another line of endeavour. He kept his word. He’s a Caucasian chieftain, in all senses… that is, when he pledges his word, that’s it. To tell only the “bad side” of the Caucasian character isn’t fair at all…

Did you note that Ramzan Akhmadovich “has his own private zoo with lions, tigers, and bears on the grounds of his official residence outside Grozny”… lions, and tigers, and bears… oh, my!


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Sunday, 21 July 2013

21 July 2013. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Russian Asylum for Snowden?

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Russian Asylum for Snowden?

Sergei Yolkin



The motif of this caricature comes from an old Russian folktale, Теремок (Teremok: The Mansion). Click here to read it. It’s as well-known in Russia as Goldilocks and Three Bears is in the Anglosphere. That is, any Russian would grasp the visual reference immediately. It’s been made into a multifilm on multiple occasions, the most famous and most-well-loved version came out in 1971 (click here for YouTube post). It was also released in different versions in 1937, 1945, and 1995 (click here for YouTube post). Yolkin seems to imply that Snowden’s more trouble than he’s worth… just as the Bear is in the folktale… just sayin’…

By the way, the word “Russian” in the title is Российское (Rossiskoye), which refers to the sovereign state of Russia, NOT the Russian nation (народ: narod).



Sergei Yolkin takes a wry look at Edward Snowden’s request to the Russian authorities to grant him temporary asylum.

15 July 2013

Sergei Yolkin




Saturday, 20 July 2013

New Shocking Revelations by Snowden to Go Public Soon



Glenn Greenwald, columnist for The Guardian and close associate of whistleblower and intelligence contractor Edward Snowden said that, in the near future, new details of top-secret American mass surveillance programmes would go public. He told German public broadcaster ARD in Rio de Janeiro on a Thursday night live broadcast, “I’m sure that the new revelations, which are to be made soon, will be even more shocking than the previous ones”. According to another German TV outlet, N-24, previously, Snowden handed about 9-10,000 top-secret documents to Greenwald and a Der Spiegel reporter. N-24 reported that Greenwald and Snowden keep in touch through encrypted web-based chats. Meanwhile, a source at American publishing imprint Metropolitan Books told the Guardian that Greenwald would publish a book about Snowden’s exposure of mass public surveillance by the US government. Editor Sara Bershtel said that the book includes “new revelations exposing the extraordinary co-operation of private industry and the far-reaching consequences of the government’s programme, both domestically and abroad”. She said that the book is due out in the USA in March 2014.

In spring 2013 Edward Snowden, a former technical contractor for the NSA, leaked secret information on American and British government mass surveillance programmes to the press, primarily to Glenn Greenwald, of London‘s The Guardian. These disclosures rank amongst the most significant security breaches in US history. The US government revoked Snowden’s passport; he’s been in the transit area of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport since 23 June. On 16 July, Snowden filed an application for temporary asylum in Russia.

19 July 2013

Voice of Russia World Service  


Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Snowden Denies Spilling the Beans to Russia or China

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According to a report in the Guardian, former CIA employee Edward Snowden, wanted by the USA for leaking details of secret state surveillance programmes, denied supplying information to the Russian or Chinese governments. Snowden said as part of interviews conducted Tuesday and Saturday, “I never gave any information to either government, and they never took anything from my laptops”. The comments from Snowden are the first time the fugitive intelligence contractor spoke publicly since he arrived in Moscow on a 30 June flight from Hong Kong.

Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian journalist who spoke with him, told RIA-Novosti that he conducted the interviews with Snowden online via a “secured chat channel”. Greenwald has close links with Snowden, and he was one of the original journalists to whom Snowden leaked information. The presence of Snowden in both Hong Kong, a part of China, and Russia prompted much speculation that he might cooperate with the security services of the two countries. President Putin said that Russian intelligence agencies never worked with Snowden and weren’t working with him during his stay at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. WikiLeaks, whose representative Sarah Harrison reportedly accompanied Snowden, also denied that Snowden gave information to Russian officials.

Washington wants Snowden on charges of espionage and property theft; it’s revoked his passport. Despite the efforts of dozens of reporters who’ve scoured Sheremetyevo, Snowden hasn’t appeared in public, or spoken to journalists, since his arrival in Moscow. However, Russian officials repeatedly said that Snowden, who reportedly doesn’t have a Russian visa, remains in the Moscow airport. On Wednesday, Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko told journalists, “Mr Snowden is in the transit zone on the basis of international law”.

10 July 2013



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