Russia’s Neo-Soviet Media Crackdown

“When this reporter met Nina Solodayeva, a former Uralasbest security guard and her husband, Ivan Solodayev, who had stage-four lung cancer, a car with the company’s security detailed pulled up to stop the conversation taking place. Solodayeva lost her job that day.”

That’s an excerpt from an article published by ace Russia reporter Anna Nemtsova in Newsweek detailing the collapse of Russia’s Stalinist monotowns.  After visiting many of them, she concludes:  “It is the same story in every monotown I visited. Only freedom of speech and action can provide the sort of jobs needed to replace the old smokestack industries built in Soviet times. But instead of encouraging openness and innovation, the government stands by as dissent is punished and optimism snuffed out.”

In other words, instead of opening facing the problem and trying to solve it, just as in the time of Stalin the Kremlin is seeking to sweep the problem under the carpet and destroy anyone who reports on it.

Over on the powerful and influential American Thinker website, LR publisher and founder Kim Zigfeld has more on the story of Putin’s neo-Soviet crackdown on the media, focusing on the often hilariously dishonest “reporting” by Kremlin-controlled TV concerning the Ukrainian uprising.

The Great Russian Stagnation

The Putin economy will actually post less than half the level of economic growth the IMF predicted for Russia at the beginning of the year, and it will be the lame dog of the BRIC group, bringing up the distant rear.  Over on the powerful and influential American Thinker blog, LR publisher and founder Kim Zigfeld has all the horrifying details.

Russia through the Peanut Hole

LR publisher and founder Kim Zigfeld’s latest installment on the powerful and influential American Thinker blog exposes Russia’s latest neo-Soviet land grab, which this time takes place at sea.  Just as Russia is seeking to grab portions of the Arctic Sea, it is simultaneously and for the same reason, control of oil resources, seeking to plunge its grimy mitts into the Sea of Okhotsk.  Why grimy, you ask? Because as Kim shows Russia’s environmental record around the world is one of pollution and desecration, not protection and support which it falsely claims as a justification for its imperialism in Okhotsk.

Russia, G-8 Pariah

Kim Zigfeld’s latest article on the American Thinker website showed how Russia fails to measure up to the performance of its G-8 peers when measured on criteria such as slavery and university performance.

How does Russia do economically? The latest World Bank study of “Ease of Doing Business” shows that Russia’s performance is just as wretched. Here are the rankings:

USA #4
UK #10
Canada #19
Germany #21
Japan #27
France #38
Italy #65
Russia #92

Russia is one of only two G-8 nations not in the world’s top 40 for ease of doing business, and is the only G–8 nation not in the top 75 countries on that list.  Just as is the case when compared on slavery or university performance, Italy and Russia are keeping company together at the bottom of the list. No wonder there’s an infamous bromance between Vladimir Putin and Silvio Berlusconi!

Boot Russia out of the G-8!

Over on the powerful and influential American Thinker blog, LR publisher and founder Kim Zigfeld reviews Russia’s qualifications for membership in the G-8 and, to say the least, finds them wanting.

Whenever Russia is compared to its fellow G-8 members, it sticks out like a sore thumb. It looks, quite simply, like a barbaric tribe rather than a civilized society. There is no legitimate basis for Russia to be a G-8 member. It should be out.

Meanwhile, over on Pajamas Media, Zigfeld takes the GOP to task for failing to stand up for American civil rights where Russia is concerned.

Republican betrayal of the core values of Ronald Reagan clearly accounts for the party’s dismal recent performance in national elections. If the party doesn’t come to its senses soon, it may find itself on the scrap heap of history along with the USSR.

Latest from Zigfeld

What a month for Vladimir Putin:  First the world learns he has destroyed his marriage, then it finds out he’s a common thief who stole  a diamond ring, and finally his beloved bikers turn out to be rapists.  Over on the massive Pajamas Media mega blog, LR publisher/founder Kim Zigfeld holds forth on the stunning unmasking of a proud KGB spy.

And on the powerful and influential American Thinker blog, Zigfeld rips into a pair turncoat Republican congressmen who have betrayed their party’s basic ideals to cuddle up with Putin even as the rest of the world begins to see him for who he truly is.

Zigfeld on the Neo-Soviet Collaborators

Over on the massive Pajamas Media megablog, LR publisher and founder Kim Zigfeld castigates an outrageous WaPo op-ed piece by former Bush administration official Paul Saunders, who urges that Americans just keep calm and submit to the will of Russian dictator Vladimir Putin.

Meanwhile, on the powerful and influential American Thinker blog, Kim rips into another equally nasty little Putin collaborator, the doddering and apparently senile Larry King, who has just signed on to be a part of Putin’s propaganda machine known as Russia Today.

Zigfeld’s Latest

Over on the powerful and influential American Thinker website, Kim Zigfeld has two recent pieces shedding further light on the outrageous misconduct of the Putin regime.

In the first, she reveals a breathtakingly united barrage of criticism from not one, not two, but three different highly respected international organizations aimed at Putin’s obscene crackdown on the press in his neo-Soviet state.

In the second, she reveals horrifying new evidence of the failure of the Obama “reset” policy towards Russia, including that which indicates the Kremlin knew far more about the Boston attacks than it cared to tell U.S. law enforcement.


We Told you So!


Over on the powerful and influential American Thinker website, Kim Zigfeld shows how darkly neo-Soviet Russia has already become and says a big:  We told you so!

And on the mighty Pajamas Media website, she decries the outrageous Chamberlainian appeasement being practiced by Twitter, in giving in to the dark neo-Soviet forces in Russia by censoring tweets on demand from the Kremlin.  Google has fought back against these measures with a lawsuit, but Twitter is eager to curry favor with the Kremlin.

If you want to demand that Twitter reverse its outrageous policy of anti-democratic censorship, you can do so by signing this petition.  You can also sign a petition to demand that the Obama administration speak up for U.S. human rights organizations under assault in Putin’s Russia. That one is here.

Even as these pieces were appearing, as if to put an exclamation point on our perspicacity, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin was recklessly plunging his country into a full-blown new cold war.  In precisely the manner of Stalin, Putin launched a wave of assaults by Gestapo-like goons on the offices of human rights organizations across the country. Heedless of the consequences, he attacked such lofty rights bastions as Human Rights Watch, Transparency International and Amnesty International.  When his forces moved against two German NGOs, the response from Berlin was swift and furious.  The German state department all but declared cold war.

Putin’s foreign and domestic polices are dragging Russia backwards in time, into its failed Soviet past.  Though even weaker than the USSR was, Putin asks for brutal cold war with much stronger countries, exactly what the USSR did.  Though he knows the consequences of brutal domestic repression, Putin cannot help but seek to liquidate dissent just as was done in the USSR.  The USSR now lies rotting on the ash heap of history. How can anyone expect any other fate for Russia?

Wall-to-Wall Zigfeld

LR/DR founder and publisher Kim Zigfeld offers readers a full slate of columns this week on all three of her major forums:

  • On Pajamas Media, Kim gapes slackjawed at Russia’s decision to revive the name “Stalingrad” and return to its failed neo-Soviet past
  • On American Thinker, she documents the latest horrifying escalation of Vladimir Putin’s war on the Russian Internet
  • And on RUSSIA! magazine, she exposes the breathtaking hypocrisy of Dmitri Medvedev in calling for plagiarism reform while ignoring the outrageous acts of his county’s plagiarist-in-chief, Vladimir Putin.

We can’t think how it might be possible for any reasonable person to read all three of these pieces and conclude anything other than that Russia is a doomed, barbaric state committing national suicide.