Everything going on in Russia these past few days is making me want to hit things.

Most of you have probably noticed that Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya was murdered on Saturday. There was no love lost between her and Putin (half the Russian conspiracy theorists think she was killed as a birthday present for Putin). Putin said nothing about her death until today, when he came out with this charming comment

There may have been any number of motives. Yes, this journalist was a sharp critic of the current Russian authorities. But I think that journalists should know, and experts perfectly understand, that her capacity to influence political life in Russia was extremely insignificant.

“She was well-known in journalist circles, in human rights circles, in the West. I repeat, her influence on the political life of the country was minimal.


Meanwhile the persecution of Georgians in Russia is reaching tragicomin heights – now even the web hosts are getting involved. One, Garanthost. is closing down the accounts (RUS) of Georgian customers, and refusing to serve Georgians. And on the other side of the fence, Hostovik is offering discount hosting for anybody who will display an “I am Georgian” logo on their site.

No, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry either. I’m putting up more stuff about Russia and Georgia over at the other place.

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