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Information Daily and David Adams telling Olympic-Sized Lies

In a recent issue of Information Daily David Adams, head of a British consulting firm that helps London do business with Russia, provided an overview of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.  Given his vested interest in currying favor with the Kremlin, it’s hardly surprising that Adams doesn’t give full account of the prospects for Olympic success in Russia. His self-serving comments only assist Russia in sliding further into misery.

Adams gets it very wrong from the start by claiming that the Olympics are “all about business.” In fact, they’re all about spirit, ideals and inspiration, and in a wide variety of ways, Russia is egregiously violating the Olympic spirit.

Most recently, Russia declared homosexual athletes persona non grata in Russia (along with all other gays). They are now subject to arrest for just for talking about being gay or making public displays of affection.  Gay groups are calling for a boycott of the games because of this new crackdown.

A year after being awarded the games, Russia invaded its tiny neighbor Georgia, annexing two large chunks of its territory and killing many Georgian civilians.  Not one major nation of the world has recognized this barbaric act as legitimate.  Many have called for a boycott of the games on this basis as well.

That’s to say nothing of the fact that Sochi is a beach resort with not a scrap of real winter spirit and potentially huge problems with snow.  It’s not mentioning the fact that Sochi is viewed by many local Muslims as holy ground being desecrated by the Olympic build-out, and is surrounded by areas of Russia that are hotbeds of unchecked terror and insurrection where murders of police and political leaders are common. The leading Russian Islamic extremist, Doku Umarev, has openly declared war on the Sochi games, placing the lives of all athletes who go there in jeopardy.

On the other hand, visitors to Russia face profound risks just by boarding an airplane or train. Russian passenger jets drop out of the sky with frightening regularity, making it one of the most dangerous places in the world to travel by air.  Russian trains frequently derail, making them a not-much-better option.

Recent polls show that Russians believe their nation is one of a handful in the world where official corruption dominates, and also believe that the country’s ruler Vladimir Putin has failed miserably to correct the situation despite more than a decade of power.  Because of this corruption, Russians are forced to spend a truly spectacular sum in order to get the games off the ground, more than $50 billion.  Russia is a country that doesn’t rank in the top 125 nations of the world for life expectancy, and AIDS is exploding out of control. It can’t afford this type of diversion of critical resources.

Adams doesn’t address any of these issues, except to very misleadingly point to Putin’s empty declared desire to fight corruption, ignoring his total failure and the massive corruption allegations that surround the Sochi build-out.  He tries to defend Russia by claiming it is the victim out outdated misperceptions, but in doing so he himself dispenses that very sort of disinformation.

Russia is ruled by Putin, a proud KGB spy who is rehabilitating Josef Stalin and imposing Soviet-like control over history textbooks.  Putin jailed his first major rival, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, and is now planning an outrageous third round of sham criminal charges designed to keep Khodorkovsky in jail for life.  He also has his second major rival, Alexei Navalny, on trial in Kirov facing similarly trumped-up charges of alleged corruption.  And he’s even dared to put a dead man on trial, attorney Sergei Magnitsky, a man who was arrested after openly challenging Putin on corruption and then murdered in prison. The US government has imposed official sanctions on the Russians involved in Magnitsky’s murder.  These are not misperceptions, they are facts.

Adams fails to acknowledge in reality it’s Putin who trades in misperceptions.  Putin owns and operates every major Russian TV station (the key source of news for 90% of Russians) and has cracked down hard on Internet freedom.  He’s also launched a massive wave of attacks on non-governmental organizations that try to tell the real story about human rights violations in Russia, a country that is routinely convicted by the European Court for Human Rights for state-sponsored murder, kidnapping and torture in the Caucasus region where the hotbed of Chechnya is located.

Adams also points out that Putin has announced he wants to wean Russia off dependence on petroleum, without acknowledging that the share of the Russian budget that relies on petroleum has increased dramatically under Putin, not fallen.  In only a few of the many years Putin has been in power has economic growth bettered that seen in the last year of Boris Yeltsin, and today Russia is mired in recession. It is watching economic growth slow to a trickle while inflation soars (food prices are at near double-digit inflation), a clear sign that Russia’s economy is in dire straits.  Though Putin claimed Russia was a “safe harbor” because of its petroleum, during the global economic downturn in 2008 Russia was the worst-performing major economy in the world.

Adams claims that Russian demographics are “changing, and quickly” and that in particular that its birthrate is rising. But all professional demographers, including those from the United Nations, agree that the recent uptick in the birthrate is a temporary glitch that will soon reverse itself. The Voice of America recently reported that the number of Russians aged 15-29 is expected to fall by more than one quarter by 2022.  Most of the people who will be that age at that time will have been born under Putin.

Adams argues that Russia has a bright future in technology. That’s only true if you believe leading the world in piracy and hacking is a good thing.  Recent data shows that over 90% of all books downloaded in Russia are pirated, and an avalanche of similar statistics can be easily produced.  The Skolkovo technology city touted by Adams is viewed in Russia as a national joke and disgrace, and it has no tangible achievements of any kind to its name. It has recently become the target of a massive fraud probe which Adams chooses not to talk about.

Perhaps the most stunningly misleading information Adams refers to, though, pertains to tourism, which he claims is rising in Russia.  In fact, data clearly shows that Moscow is ranked by travelers as the most odious destination in the world across a wide range of criteria, and Russia doesn’t have a single one of the world’s top 20 destinations either for tourist arrivals or tourist spending.  Olympic guests are in for quite an eye-opener.

Like Adolf Hitler once tried, Putin will seek to use the Sochi Games to tell the people of Russia that his failing, brutal, repressive and regressive style of government is approved by the Western world.  He will claim this justifies his continued campaign against political opponents (more journalists are murdered in Russia than virtually any place else) and his aggressive foreign policy. If he gets away with it, it will be the lowest moment in the history of the Olympiad.

18 responses to “Information Daily and David Adams telling Olympic-Sized Lies

  1. vladislav rutenburg ⋅

    Would you then say that the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City emboldened Bush Jr. to attack, occupy and destroy Iraq?

    • larussophobe ⋅

      If George Bush had attacked Iraq prior to the US Olympics and nations who were opposed to that attack had sent their athletes to the US anyway, that would have been an egregious error.

      Your formulation, by contrast , is inane insipid nonsense.

      It’s also incredibly offensive that you attempt to publish comments so far off topic. The question is whether or not Adams told the truth about the Russian games. You insult the blogosphere and this blog by refusing to discuss the topic at hand and, in rude and childish manner, seeking to change the subject to one having nothing whatsoever even to do with Russia.

      • vlad ⋅

        > If George Bush had attacked Iraq prior to the US Olympics

        USA had already committed such international crime 3 years earlier by raping the UN Charter in its destruction of Serbia in 1999.

        > and nations who were opposed to that attack had sent their athletes to the US anyway, that would have been an egregious error.

        The issue here is whether the IOC should punish rogue nations that violate international law by taking away Olympic Games from them.

        As far as individuals go, it is the right of any athlete who is concerned about gay rights, not to compete in countries that do not equate homosexuality and heterosexuality, such as Russia, China, Muslim countries etc. And it is the right of any spectator like yourself not to watch the Olympics held in those countries. I look forward to you NOT commenting on the sports competitions at the Sochi Olympics come next February.

        And vice verse: it is the right of any athlete whose religion goes against gay rights, not to compete in countries that equate homosexuality and heterosexuality, such as USA, EU etc.

        As far as rulers of nations go, it is not their right to impose their political views on their athletes and to deny them their only chance to succeed in their vocation. African political boycott of the 1976 Olympics, NATO political boycott of the 1980 Olympics, and Warsaw Pact political boycott of the 1984 Olympics were all terrible acts that should not be repeated.

  2. Auriga ⋅

    “Most recently, Russia declared homosexual athletes persona non grata in Russia”
    This is your Imagination, Kim

    • mccusa ⋅

      As far as Sochi Winter Olympics, I predict the beautiful tropical , hot weather so typical for Sochi, and Russia will win two medals one silver and one bronze that Russia will share with Mongolia and Island of Nauru…

      • F5_Twister ⋅

        At the same time the brightest polish athlete mccusa is going to win a large smokin’ shit ball which he will have up front so he can have a good strong whiff of it anytime.

      • Beetlejuice ⋅

        But it ok. Like you Polaks, at least Putin stands by the laws of God, right? You people are hypocrites; everytime Russia does something you guys jump on it like a prostitute in heat. Guess its hard to attack Russia when it does the one thing Poland approves of.

  3. marduk ⋅

    hmmm…. I wonder if governments around the world will warn their citizens about the level of crime and disease they will be confronted with should they wander more than a mile away from olympic venues. when I first started sailing into russian ports we were clearly told by line that HIV is about 12% and TB is about 20% but then, most of the yip yips onboard have some pretty serious conditions themselves so they make full use of the third world conditions they’re confronted with.
    A little ancdote, while I was in st petes behind an apartment block were two decapitated corpses left their by the local mafia the police pissed themselves in fright and refused to even look at them, and after about a week the smell got so bad that some old ladies wrapped them in blankets and threw them in the skip bins. So theres that.
    So I wonder what the chechen mujahadeen have planned for the olympic venues.

    • vlad ⋅

      > third world conditions they’re confronted with.

      FYI:

      List of countries by GDP (PPP) per capita

      43 Russia 23,549 2012
      44 Lithuania 23,487 2012
      45 Estonia 23,024 2012
      46 Chile 22,655 2012
      47 Poland 21,903 2012
      48 Hungary 21,570 2012
      49 Latvia 21,005 2012
      50 Croatia 20,532 2012

      > So I wonder what the chechen mujahadeen have planned for the olympic venues.

      The Chechens have already done what they wanted: bomb the Boston marathon. In the police-saturated Sochi they will be powerless.

      > we were clearly told by line that HIV is about 12% and TB is about 20%

      That’s way too low for the Western propaganda. HIV of about 120% and TB is about 200% is more like what they tell.

      > level of crime

      Level of crime in Russia is quite low, and in the police-saturated Sochi it will be 0% if you don’t count pickpockets and scam artists.

      > A little ancdote… the police pissed themselves in fright and refused to even look at them, and after about a week the smell got so bad

      Sure, sure, we believe you. In Putin’s police state corpses line up the streets and the police don’t pick them up for years…. And packs of wild polar bears roam through the Red Square and downtown Sochi.

  4. Alex ⋅

    So Just like Russia, America is going down the same road but with a less steeper sloap. Great!

  5. Beetlejuice ⋅

    “Most recently, Russia declared homosexual athletes persona non grata in Russia (along with all other gays). They are now subject to arrest for just for talking about being gay or making public displays of affection. Gay groups are calling for a boycott of the games because of this new crackdown.”

    Would you look at that now? The pig scolding the dog for being filthy. Kim and her ultraconservative little group at American lack-of-Thinker would give anything to have these laws implemented in the USA.

    • vlad ⋅

      Here is a typical attitude towards gay issues espoused by Kim’s American Thinker:

      March 30, 2013
      Meet the Gay Police State
      Robert Oscar Lopez

      “The images of a police force “defending” a city ruled by a gay Socialist mayor (Bertrand Delanoe), shooting tear gas at children, was worse than the imagery of Lt. Pike pepper-spraying college students in Davis

      Whatever becomes of same-sex marriage in the United States, the gay movement poses a much longer-term problem. Homosexuality is not a sexual orientation, but rather an ideology. The LGBT movement is not a community, but rather a political machine backed by big business. “

      • Beetlejuice ⋅

        I’m not a bit surprised. I remember back in 2008 Kim posted a rant about skinheads in Russia beating and killing immigrants from the Caucasus and Central Asia, denouncing it as murder. In a reply to me she defended anti-immigrant racist violence by the Minutemen in the USA as “protecting America”, many of these guys are Klansmen and neo-Nazis. That was back when her blog was on blogspot. She’s a laughable oxymoron and hypocrite which just makes her entertaining.

  6. vlad ⋅

    Kim wrote:

    > And on the powerful and influential American Thinker blog, Zigfeld rips into a pair turncoat Republican congressmen

    Before ripping Sochi for its treatment of the LGBT as a negative ideology, you should rip into your own “powerful and influential American Thinker blog”, Kim. Compare them to the Nazis. Call for a boycott! (And see how fast they drop you). Only then your calls for boycotts of Sochi will stop being utter hypocrisy.

  7. marduk ⋅

    shit , ok vlad, fuck……… russia is truly a paradise, oh boy, what country have I been sailing into for the past 5 years and been confronted with a stinking rotting morass of hopelessness when I walked down the steps…???? probably one of those other countries you mentioned, thanks for clearing that up, fucken hell vlad awfully sorry. didn’t know which country I was in.

  8. I find your blog really interesting, but I think you should keep an habit of substantiating your statistics and positions with source materials. I may trust your claims, but I couldn’t use most of your data in any debate, since they lack precise references.

    • marduk ⋅

      well lostrano, anyone who gathers any meaningful statistics and attempts to research these positions will very quickly recieve a lead pipe to the head, courtesy of the FSB.
      http://m.voanews.com/a/170317.html.
      But as a maitime engineer i sail into russian ports all the time and I see what goes on and I hear stories and I can tell you that if you can imagine a slum in puerto rico , or a shanty town outside nairobi, well, these people are a couple of steps ahead of the general russian population.

      • I understand, but claims like
        “Russian passenger jets drop out of the sky with frightening regularity, making it one of the most dangerous places in the world to travel by air. ”
        OR
        “Recent polls show that Russians believe their nation is one of a handful in the world where official corruption dominates […] Russia is a country that doesn’t rank in the top 125 nations of the world for life expectancy”
        Need sources…

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