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Friday, January 22, 2016

Vladimir Putin will eventually follow the mortal footsteps of predecesors

It's probably safer to be fighting against ISIS than to be a journalist in Russia! 

preponderance of evidence suggests the serial assassinations of journalists and anybody else who we don't know about that crosses President Vladimir Putin's path, must've been people who weere systematically targeted. Therefore, everybody perceived as Putin's enemies are justifiably living in fear of loosing their lives by assassination. Clearly, a path of death leads directly to Putin's Kremlin doorstep. Although Putin, probably, didn't personally poison, stab or otherwise commit the brutal serial murders, causing the deaths of his enemies, he's as complicit in the assassinations as a Mafia "Don" is in supporting mob violence.

But, Russia has a mortality list of tragically public assassinations, people murdered without evidence or in the absense of any justice. Obviously, the most disgraceful and horrific of the political assassinations were the brutal murders in 1918, of the family of Czar Nicholas II.  Journalists murders have followed a drum beat of mortalities, especially in recent decades since news reports are keeping detailed accounts of the deaths.


Alexander Litvinenko (1962-2006) On 1 November 2006, Litvinenko suddenly fell ill in London, and was hospitalized. He died three weeks later, becoming the first confirmed victim of lethal polonium-210-induced acute radiation syndrome. Litvinenko's allegations about the misdeeds of the 

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Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) and his public deathbed accusations that Russian president Vladimir Putin was behind his unusual malady resulted in worldwide media coverage.

Well, there's absolutely no doubt that President Vladimir Putin will be among those who follow in his predecessors' graves. Given how Putin quickly finds the means to kill all of his enemies, won't protect him from the proverbial sword. Putin's misguided policies has driven Russia into an economic crisis (the Russian ruble is as valuable as a casino chip). Putin won't survive the chaos he's created, in spite of his hyped up popularity polls. It won't be long before the Russian military will be asking to be paid in real money and the population will be unable to carry their useless currency to the public markets to buy food for their tables. These likely scenarios may already be in the works.

It's soon coming on 100 years since Czar Nicholas II and his family were brutally assassinated.  Does Putin realize how these horrific events are often doomed to be cyclical?

Here is a Widipedia article about the tribute to the Russian journalists who have been murdered since Putin has been president of Russia:

The dangers to journalists in Russia have been well known since the early 1990s, but concern about the number of unsolved killings soared after the October 7, 2006, unsolved murder of Anna Politkovskaya's murder in Moscow. While international monitors spoke of several dozen deaths, some sources within Russia talked of over two hundred fatalities. The Remembrance Day of Journalists Killed in the Line of Duty in Russia is observed on 15 December, every year.  

Journalist deaths, compiled by monitors inside or outside of Russia, ranks up high numbers. The brief first Chechen war took numerous lives of journalists from within Chechnya and other places. There were also mounting peacetime deaths of journalists elsewhere in the Russian Federation. Those deliberately targeted for their work tend to be reporters, correspondents and editors.

The violent deaths of journalists started in the President Yeltsin era (1991–1999) and continued under President Vladimir Putin. There has not been any prosecutions resulting from these serial murders.

I would like to tribute all of the dead journalists, but refer you to the Wikipedia site...of course, Russia could easily take down this site and the names might be lost....

1992: Sergey Bogdanovsky, correspondent of TV "Ostankino", killed in Moscow

1993: 15 April – Dmitry Krikoryants, correspondent for Express Chronicle weekly (Moscow), murdered in his apartment in the Chechen capital, on the night of 14–15 April. Chechnya was then de facto independent. Homicide.

2008 died 2009:  Moscow, January 4, 2009 – Shafig Amrakhov, editor of news agency RIA 51, Murmansk, was shot in the stairwell entrance from the traumatic pistol on December 3, 2008 and died in hospital. Homicide.

2009: 19 January – Anastasia Baburova, with Novaya Gazeta, in Moscow. Baburova became the fourth Novaya Gazeta journalist to be killed since 2000. On 19 January Stanislav Markelov, lawyer for Novaya Gazeta, anti-fascist activist and opponent of human rights abuses in Chechnya, was shot and killed in the centre of Moscow. With him, died Anastasia Baburova, a reporter trainee, aslo with Novaya Gazeta, and a fellow anti-fascist activist. In early November 2009 a man and a woman were arrested for the killing.
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Anastasia Baburova (1983-2009).
She investigated the activities of neo-Nazi groups, shot and killed together with human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov, who was the other of the assassin's targets.

According to Russian military analyst Pavel Felgenhauer, the details of the murder indicate involvement of Russian state security services.He stated:  “....the Russian security services or rogue elements within these services are the prime suspects in the murders of Baburova and Markelov. The boldness of the attack by a single gunman in broad daylight in the center of Moscow required professional preliminary planning and surveillance that would necessitate the security services, which closely control that particular neighborhood, turning a blind eye. The use of a gun with a silencer does not fit with the usual pattern of murders by nationalist neo-Nazi youth groups in Russia, which use homemade explosives, knives, and group assaults to beat up and stab opponents to death.”


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