An opinion piece by Kyril Martinov in Novaya Gazeta that appeared on Friday, when Putin was still "missing":
http://goo.gl/Q46Pvv (in Russian)
Martinov's message to his Russian readers, as I understand it, is that if they are awaiting Putin's death for their liberation, then they are already reduced to serfdom: they have accepted the principle of tyrannical power.
As much as I despise Putin, his loathsome regime could not exist without the grotesque ovine complicity, or resigned acquiescence, of the Russian masses. The disease infests the millions -- the end of Putin will not cure it.
Novaya Gazeta sent a crime reporter (appropriately enough!) to the occupied peninsula, because crime is rampant there. Russians even have a word for it, "reiderstvo" (raiding) when the Really Big Thieves steal not wallets, cell phones or cars, but rather businesses and real estate.
Human rights activists report that 500 businesses have been seized. Some of the victims are actually Moscow businessmen, who made the mistake of owning businesses in Crimea! It is useless to go to the authorities, because police themselves are part of the stealing.
The suffering is general. In his Crimean travels, the reporter had two women whisper to him, "we work in a school and haven't been paid for three months. Where in Moscow can you file a complaint?"
Somehow, the billions that need to flow from Russia to Crimea aren't arriving.
BUT HERE'S THE BEAUTY PART:
Thousands of Ukrainian soldiers stationed in Crimea betrayed their country by renouncing the country of their birth, and putting on Russian uniforms. At the time, reports said that they expected to be better paid. In dollar terms, this article reports that these traitors now receive only 20 PERCENT of what Ukraine was paying them.
That's right, boys, an 80% pay cut under Russia's tyrannical regime.
In Russian: http://www.novayagazeta.ru/inquests/67639.html
Putin just made a huge decision that may explain his strange disappearance
Has Ramzan Kadyrov successfully blackmailed the Kremlin?
In all the hoopla over Vladimir Putin resurfacing, a pretty important news item managed to slip below the radar.
On March 16, the same day the Kremlin leader appeared, Interfax quoted an unidentified law- enforcement official as saying that the assassination of Boris Nemtsov has been reclassified from a "contract killing" to a "hate crime."
The report is still unconfirmed. But if the official line becomes that this was not a contract killing, then there is no need to investigate who put out the contract.
There is no need to look beyond Zaur Dadayev and the others rounded up in connection with the hit.
There is no need to ask any uncomfortable ó and destabilizing ó questions.
By targeting Dadayev ó the former deputy commander of a paramilitary unit formed by Kadyrov and run by the Chechen leader's cousin, Adam Delimkhanov ó the Federal Security Service (FSB) seemed to be ultimately targeting Kadyrov.
And now it appears that Kadyrov has successfully beaten back the FSB's assault.
It was amid this turmoil that Putin vanished from public view on March 5, just six days after Nemtsov was assassinated and three days before Dadayev was charged.
"Putin appeared, live and legitimate, at exactly the same moment when Interfax reported that the Nemtsov assassination wasn't a contract hit," political analyst Leonid Volkov wrote on Facebook.
"Putin had to make a choice. Either feed Kadyrov to the FSB-men, or give up the FSB to Kadyrov. It's a difficult and unpleasant choice ... And he chose the one and only thing he could choose: Kadyrov."
A tribute ó and a threat
Over the 10 days, 21 hours, four minutes, and 20 seconds that Putin was holed up in an undisclosed location ó before turning up in St. Petersburg on March 16 for a meeting with Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev -- a lot of weird stuff happened.
I never suggested that UK doesn't have a right prick in office at the moment also!
If UK is so wonderful why do you think I emigrated out of there?
Here's some of his wonderful defence cuts ... They'd spent GBP8billion converting, i think, 8 Nimrod aircraft to MRA4's ... Just as these aircraft about to come in to service this current prick came to office and made the decision to scrap them at a further cost of GBP25million per aircraft just to scrap them ..... Just park them by a set of traffic lights in Liverpool and they'd be stolen, no need to pay for scrapping :)
Since then UK has subcontracted it's AEW to the Yanks, all due respect to the Yanks but nobody is going to defend a country more than that country's own nationals.
And when UK detected a Russian submarine in it's waters UK had to call upon NATO to come and look for it.
Then the prick retired all Harrier aircraft and since then UK's one and only aircraft carrier has been sailing the high seas with no frigging fixed-wing aircraft to fly from it, when Gaddafi was playing his final hand the Yanks and the Frogs, to name but two, had their aircraft carriers in position whilst the UK found itself launching it's first bombing missions from UK soil since WWII.
But ... In some fairness to Cameron, he did take over an, effectively, bankrupt nation from another right prick, a one eyed Scotsman.