Archive for June, 2009


Wishful thinking: for a smart and balance coverage of Russia


Getting a bit angry at Reuters these days… It seems that the once venerable agency has turned into a “Michael Moore-type critics of Russian authority.

In an article published last week and neutrally entitled “No Democracy needed for Russia, says ruling party think-tank”, Reuters’ journalist Amie Ferris-Rotman implies that despite Medvedev goodwill, Russian government (and ruling party) wants stronger leadership instead of democracy.

I hate when journalists use these type of shortcuts. Public Projects Institute, the so-called think-tank close to the ruling party is one of dozens of “think-tanks” (I don’t like this word especially for this kind of organization ).

Public Projects Institute and its chief MP Vladimir Pigin are notorously conservative not to say more. Their voice has indeed some impact in Russia but as many other. Not less, not more.

That’s my point and that’s when Reuters does “Michael Moore” or “gotcha” journalism as Sarah Palin said.

Who could imagine Reuters writing a story mentioning an organization close to the US government when NRA asks for legalizing the sale of machine guns.

It’s too easy to build a theory over the most extreme example. Russian political life is much more complex and yet interesting than that.


Something rotten in the Republic of Dagestan


As usual, Western media did not mention it, but very interesting events occured these days in the Republic of Dagestan. I know that this south western republic is too far from Moscow to send journalists, but let me bring facts about the situation over there.

In less than ten days, four senior officials of Dagestan have been shot dead or bombed. All of them were high-ranked police officials or judges. The Interior minister Adilgerei Magomedtagirov is among the casualty of this local virus. He was shot during a wedding  ceremony by a sniper!!!

What is going on over there. To be honnest with you I don’t have any evidence, but it seems that the Islamist trail evoked as usual by the government is not convincing.

I tend to believe that we are currently witnessing a gang war in Dagestan. The local mafia is very powerful and might be willing to cut some heads.

To be followed…