Russia This Week: Regular or Irregular Russian Army? (1-7 September)

September 6, 2014
Screen grab from video by Graham Philips of soldiers at Lugansk Airport 5 September 2014.

Updated Daily. This week’s issue:

Presidential Human Rights Council Members Appeal to Investigative Committee on Missing Soldiers
Russian Defense Ministry Meets with Soldiers’ Mothers, Human Rights Advocates
Russian Soldier ‘Fighting as Insurgent’ Killed in Ukraine: Kyiv Post
Persecuted Russian Parliamentarian Ponomarev Decides to Remain Abroad
Cell Phone Messages of Moscow Municipal Candidate Leaked to State Media
– “There’s No Such Thing as a Former Paratrooper
Russian Blogger Asks Hard Questions about Death of State Photographer Stenin
Russian Journalists Ordered Not to Write About Reports of Stenin’s Death
Reactionaries Propose ‘Anti-Maidan’ Patrols to Counter Russian Opposition Protests
On 10th Anniversary of Beslan Tragedy, Russian State Media Re-Write History
Anti-War Protesters Arrested in Moscow for Candlelight Vigil
Lone Anti-War Pickets in Moscow, Yekaterinburg

Last Week’s Issue:
-Kremlin advisor Sergei Glazyev speaks in Yalta, surrounded by separatists and European far right; advocates for “Novorossiya” to join Customs Union.
-There was an anti-war rally in St. Petersburg.
-Lev Shlosberg, Pskov deputy who investigated Pskov paratroopers’ deaths, assaulted, hospitalized; he links his attack to his investigation, and Acting Governor Turchak condemns attack.
-Russians make Facebook groups and web pages to try to find Russian soldiers MIA or KIA. TV Rain starts a list of researched cases of soldiers killed/captured abroad.
-Solidarity activist arrested at lone picket.
-Journalists investigated how Russian POWs ended up in Ukraine.
-Soldiers’ Mothers of St. Petersburg declared “foreign agents” after probe of soldiers’ death.
-Presidential Human Rights Council members probe disturbing reports of wounded soldiers brought to St. Petersburg.
-The Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) has announced the capture of 9 Russian POWs whose interrogations they have posted online. They may have been mistreated and their confessions are coerced.
Relatives of the POWs held in Ukraine gather in Kostroma to demand answers, and further details of their capture emerge; the wife of a Russian officer MIA pleads for information about his whereabouts.
-Veteran rocker Andrei Makarevich, the front man for Mashina Vremeni, appeals to Putin to put a stop to the state TV vilification against him for his criticism of the war in Ukraine.
-Prominent civil rights attorney Genri Reznik pickets NTV for a program denouncing anti-war critics.
-Russian blogger Oleg Kashin asks the Russian Defense Ministry hard questions about news of Russian soldiers fighting and dying in Ukraine; the editors of Vedomosti also recall Soviet history and cover-ups of wars and demand that the government tell the truth about Russian soldiers sent to Ukraine.
-Russian journalists have been tracking down news of mysterious deaths of Russian paratroopers abroad — and finding many obstacles to getting at the truth as they are attacked by thugs.
-Juliya Navalny, wife of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, is summoned to give testimony in a contrived “art theft” case but refuses citing Russian constitutional protection against self-incrimination.
-As pictures of the painted star of the Stalin-era building in Moscow in Ukraine’s colors go vial, a campaign begins to call a dare-devil nicknamed “Mustang Wanted” a “Nazi” and “fascist.” The real story is complicated, but Mustang has sparked controversy again by donating his fee from LifeNews to the Donbass Battalion.
-Leonid Martynyuk, opposition author and video producer, was sentenced to 10 days of jail in an incident believed to have been fabricated for retaliation of his expose of the corrupt Sochi Olympics and the cover-up of the downing of MH17.

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