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Kompromat Korner April 7, 2006
 
Kompromat Korner
The latest from Russia’s hyperactive rumor mill… By Yasha Levine Browse author Email
 
 

Mikhail Kasyanov

Former prime minister getting a head start on the 2008 election campaign?

Mikhail Kasyanov is planning to do a quick tour of major Siberian cities to promote his brand new democratic party coalition, the National Democratic Union, which will unite the Russia's democratic parties under one roof for 2008. Andrey Khrustalev, posting on the Solomin political rumor blog, says that Kasyanov is planning to take body shots at Putin by criticizing the planned Pacific oil pipeline that will pass within a kilometer of Lake Baikal. He'll be alerting Siberians of the impending environmental dangers associated with the project and using this to platform his anti-Putin campaign. The former PM is supposedly receiving advice and financial support from the top brass of American politicians. Funny, but wasn't Kasyanov the guy who served Yukos's interests while PM -- interests which included building this very pipeline?

"Illarionov's Dream Deferred"

What happens to a Russian politician deferred?

Does he float belly up

like a dead fish in the Moscow river

Or fester like a sore --

And then run for office?

Does he make a big stink?

Or crust and sugar over --

Like the businessman that he is?

Maybe he just hags

by writing letters to editor.

The Geek Squad

Andrei Illarionov used to be Putin's top liberal economic adviser, but he resigned last December after publicly declaring that Russia is no longer a democracy and no longer a free country. He said his resignation was a protest against increased state involvement in the economy. "Six years ago, when I took this position, I was planning to create conditions to increase economic freedom in Russia," Illarionov said following his resignation. "The situation has radically changed, and there is no longer room to follow a policy of economic freedom." We don't buy it. He was just pissed off for being restricted to the Kremlin sidelines, and now that he's completely obsolete, Andrei has a lot of time on his hands. He's actively involved in the political talk show circuit and is always ready to be quoted in articles criticizing the Kremlin. But he hit a new low when he sent off a letter to the editor to the B-list Moscow Times last week in which he entered into an editorial war with some unknown other letter-writer from Seattle who had criticized Illarionov, calling bullshit on Illarionov's low ball evaluation of Russia's GDP growth. Lesson: Illarionov is every bit the lightweight our Kirill Pankratov said he was, but worse -- he's also incredibly vain and as hypersensitive as he is foolish. Gee, think about the wonders a guy with these traits would do to the Russian economy!

Vladivostok sending their cops to get a liberal re-education?

"The most important thing to do is to teach our police officers to be respectable so that they fight against Evil in the name of Good Will," said Genady Gydkov of the Duma's Committee on Safety. Vladivostok's cops took his statement to heart and are now offering classes seeking to improve officers' diction and writing skills, as well as foster an appreciation for finer culture. The curriculum includes condensed courses on philosophy and Russian history, art and culture, Komsomolskaya Pravda reports. We're not sure it's wise to educate the Russian police force too much. They don't get much done now as it is, without having to ruminate on the four categories of critical reasoning.

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