Voices from Russia

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Russia Plans To Bring Bout and Yaroshenko Home


Today, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MID) human rights envoy Konstantin Dolgov stated that Russia is seeking the return of pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko and businessman Viktor Bout, who are in American prisons. Viktor Bout, who owned a cargo shipping business, was sentenced to 25 years imprisonment this April, convicted of plotting against the USA, as he allegedly intended to sell weapons to the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia. Konstantin Yaroshenko was sentenced to 20 years in prison for allegedly plotting to smuggle cocaine to the USA. Both men plead their innocence. Dolgov found the sentences unfair, politically-motivated, and unwarranted, saying, “Both cases have politically-motivated aspects that we don’t like at all. The trials were conducted in violation of Bout’s and Yaroshenko’s rights, as Russia wasn’t officially briefed on Bout’s extradition from Thailand to the USA and on Yaroshenko’s arrest”.

Dolgov said that top officials are working on the matter, and Russia’s looking for any legal or political opportunity to bring the men home as soon as possible. Bout is set to appeal his verdict. Dolgov thought that the 1983 Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons ratified by Russia five years ago could help in this case, and Moscow expects the USA to launch the extradition mechanisms. On 4 July, the Ministry of Justice stated that it would submit an extradition request to return Bout home as soon as it receives a respective appeal from Viktor or his lawyers. Dolgov pointed up that the USA’s responsible for health and life of the two Russians, saying, “Yaroshenko was placed to an isolation block for no reason, where he had to sleep on a concrete floor. He also was denied medical help, even though he has serious health problems”.

A number of Russian appeals helped to improve Yaroshenko’s detention conditions. Bout is now in USP Marion, a medium-security prison in Marion IL, instead of the previously-planned Colorado Supermax (USP Florence ADX). However, the Americans still put him in a special block for especially-dangerous criminals, although his lawyers and the judge claimed that such harsh measures are unnecessary. Dolgov added that both problems would be resolved; that Moscow wants its citizens to receive appropriate treatment to have their rights respected.

5 July 2012

Olga Sobolevskaya

Voice of Russia World Service



Monday, 31 October 2011

31 October 2011. A New Wrinkle on the Old “Nigerian Scam”… Supposedly, the FBI’s handing out ATM Cards worth 2 Mill… NO LIE!

Filed under: internet,legal,moral issues — 01varvara @ 00.00
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It DOES take all kinds to make a world… sadly enough…


I received this in my e-mail box:


Attention: Beneficiary

This is to officially inform you that your ATM card valued at US$2Million has been approved today, kindly contact Mr. Paul Wright immediately for release of your ATM Card.

Contact person: Mr. Paul Wright
Email: mr.paulwright.atmcenter@w.cn

Your are to furnish him by e-mail your information as stated below:

*Your Full Names:
*Phone Number & Fax:
*Address where you want them to send your ATM/Cash Card to:
*Age & Current Occupation:

Congratulations once again i wait to read from you.

Yours In Service,

Robert Swan Mueller III
Director FBI.


Doesn’t this take a lotta damned gall? Here’s the sad part… there are people boobish enough to fall for this. That’s why government’s necessary; that’s why we need gaols and prisons. It’s damnably difficult to track such grifters down, but when they’re caught, they deserve a nice long rest at the hands of the state… the Supermax is too good for such sorts. Could we “outsource” their imprisonment to Russia? Then, we could send such sorts to Correctional Colony 1313 in the Sakha Republic, where they’d break rocks under the pale Arctic sun (even a unreformed Texas hoosegow in July is too comfortable for these guys, I think).

If you needed proof that the world’s fallen… this is that. It DOES take all kinds… but this low, Lord? Pass me the jug… I need a double hit after this one, and so do you…

Barbara-Marie Drezhlo

Monday 31 October 2011

Albany NY

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