Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Who is Mr. Putin to lecture anybody in the west about civilized behaviour?

This report is by the Russian propaganda channel Russia Today

The corrupted ruler of  Russia, Vladimir Putin has again been - this time in Copenhagen - lecturing the western countries about moral behaviour:

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Western military efforts to overthrow Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi are destroying the nation’s infrastructure and violate a United Nations mandate to protect civilians.
“Who decided they had the right to execute a man (Gaddafi), regardless of who he is?”

US Defense secretary Robert Gates, who has described Russia as an oligarchy run by the security services”.  of course rejected Putin´s dubious claim:

"We are not targeting him [Gaddafi] specifically." However command and control centres were legitimate targets, the US defence secretary clarified

Instead of just looking surprised, the host, Denmark´s Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen could replied with e.g. these words:

"Who are you, Mr. Putin, with blood on your hands, to lecture anybody anywhere about civilized behaviour. Your are directly or indirectly responsible for the murder of Anna Politkovskaya and hundreds - probably thousands - of other innocent Russian people. More than 300 journalists have beeen murdered in Russia since 1993. Your legacy is a massacre, the mothers of Beslan have testified. You most likely gave the OK to the murder of Alexander Litvinenko in 2006. Only a few months ago Sergei Magnitsky, a 37-year anti-corruption lawyer was tortured and killed by your regime. The show trial and imprisonment of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, orchestrated by you, is an outrage. Yet you have the effrontery to come to my country and lecture us about morals. You probably think that the Russian energy resources - which you and your friends have been  busy stealing from the Russian people -  are so important for us in the west that we will not react to your insults. But let me assure you that you are dead wrong! No gas and oil contracts in the world can make us forget the criminal acts of your corrupted mafia state. And thanks to the shale oil revolution, there will soon be even less need for your dirty energy deals. No, Mr. Putin, why don´t you return back to Moscow and start thinking about your personal future - which will not differ very much from the fate of other bloodthirsty dictators."   

Well, it is of course no surprise that Mr. Løkke did not reply to Putin in this way. No, Putin is - regrettably - still welcomed as an honoured guest in the west. In Copenhagen he was e.g. received by Queen Margrethe and in Sweden by king Carl XVI Gustaf. Energy deals are more important than human rights concerns in most western countries - also in Denmark and Sweden.

For those interested, here are a couple of links to some Putin "stories" mentioned above:

Anna Politkovskaya, the fearless Russian journalist who was shot and killed by an unknown assailant in Moscow in 2006, wrote about the dark side of Vladimir V. Putin’s reign: the brutal war in Chechnya; the top-to-bottom thuggery and corruption; the lack of an independent judiciary; the “bureaucratic black magic” that could poison, or snuff out, a life at a moment’s notice.

Sergei Magnitsky, a 37-year anti-corruption lawyer who exposed their scam, was tortured and killed".

Exiled Russian media tycoon Boris Berezovsky says he believes Moscow orchestrated the 1999 bombings of apartment blocks in Russian cities which triggered Russia's onslaught in Chechnya. At a news conference in London, Mr Berezovsky presented what he said was evidence that the bombings were the work of the Russian security service, the FSB. He also said he was sure that President Vladimir Putin, who was prime minister at the time, knew about the campaign.

Alexander Litvinenko murder 'probably had Putin's OK

Vladimir Putin was likely to have known about the operation in London to murder the Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko, Washington's top diplomat in Europe alleged in secret conversations in Paris.
Daniel Fried, the assistant secretary of state, questioned whether "rogue elements" in Russia's security services could have carried out the hit without Putin's direct approval.
A scenario where the Kremlin was unaware of the Litvinenko plot was far-fetched "given Putin's attention to detail", Fried said. The Russians were behaving with "increasing self-confidence to the point of arrogance", he told the French, arguing for a tougher stance towards Moscow.

More than 300 journalists killed in Russia since 1993, says joint report

Putin's legacy is a massacre, say the mothers of Beslan

"[Putin] personally handed out awards and promoted all the people who killed our children," says Ella Kesayeva, of Voice of Beslan, another organisation demanding an inquiry. She says the group has been hounded by officials trying to disrupt its work, with documents confiscated and Federal Security Service (FSB) agents sitting in on its meetings. A campaign in state-controlled media suggested her organisation was being manipulated by unnamed political forces trying to destabilise Russia.

Today Putin - now in Stockholm - made another astonishing comment:

In the context of the Libya operation, Putin also said decisions on using military force were being taken too easily.
He contrasted this with the Soviet war in Afghanistan in the 1980s, when he said Soviet commanders were much more careful in their use of force for fear of causing civilian deaths and casualties.

This from a man, who knows that a million Afghan men, women and children were killed during the Russian occupation of Afghanistan!

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