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Ask Not What Your Country Can Do For You:

The Third Russian Revolution

 

By Chris Oakley

Part 4

 

 

 

From the July 5th, 2010 Sydney Morning Herald:

ABC NEWS CREW DETAINED IN SOUTH OSSETIA

Russian Government Alleges TV Correspondents And Camera Team

Were Spying For Georgia

 

From the July 7th, 2010 broadcast of Nine News:

Relations between Moscow and Canberra continue to deteriorate over the detention of an Australian Broadcasting Corporation TV news camera crew that had been probing allegations of Russian war crimes in South Ossetia. Meanwhile, non-essential personnel are being evacuated from Australian diplomatic facilities in Russia as the civil war between the NRPM insurgency and the Medvedev government continues to claim more casualties...

 

From the July 8th, 2010 Philadelphia Inquirer:

THE BATTLE OF VLADIVOSTOK

Our Correspondentís View From The Inside

 

From the July 10th, 2010 Boston Globe:

B.C. LAW SCHOOL PROFESSOR TO ADVISE SOUTH OSSETIA

WAR CRIMES PANEL

 

From the July 15th, 2010 New York Times:

AUSTRALIAN TV NEWS CREW RELEASED AFTER MASSIVE WORLDWIDE

PRESSURE ON MOSCOW

 

From the July 17th, 2010 broadcast of CBC News At Six:

Russian government forces today began a counterattack against rebel rocket positions north of Samara. Both sides suffered heavy casualties...

 

From the July 21st, 2010 broadcast of ABCís World News Tonight:

Defying the Medvedev governmentís ongoing clampdown of anti-war protests in Russia, nearly five hundred demonstrators marched today in Archangelsk calling for Moscow to begin cease-fire negotiations with Georgia...

 

From the July 25th, 2010 New York Times:

DUMA LEGISLATOR FOUND DEAD NEAR MOSCOW

Lawmaker Had Given Anti-War Speech Just Hours Earlier;

Foul Play Suspected

 

From a post at MSNBC.com dated July 27th, 2010:

BREAKING NEWS-- VLADIMIR PUTIN SHOT BY UNKNOWN

ASSAILANT WHILE SPEAKING TO GEORGIA WAR VETERANS

 

From an NBC News special report that same day:

We are getting conflicting reports at this hour concerning the apparent assassination attempt against former Russian president and current prime minister Vladimir Putin. Putin, a longtime ally of current Russian president Dmitiri Medvedev, was shot around 6:30 PM in the evening Moscow time--10:30 in the morning our time --as he was giving a speech welcoming a group of Russian army veterans home from the front lines of the current Russian-Georgian war over the breakaway republic of South Ossetia. The official word from the Kremlin is that Putin is in serious but stable condition at a Moscow hospital; however, the satellite network al-Jazeera is reporting Putin is in critical condition and at least one independent Russian television news program is even suggesting he may already be dead...

 

From the July 28th, 2010 Manchester Guardian:

PUTIN ALIVE BUT IN CRITICAL CONDITION AS POLICE SEARCH

MOSCOW FOR HIS ATTACKER

 

From the July 29th, 2010 Washington Post:

CNN: PUTINíS HEALTH DETERIORATING

MOSCOW POLICE MAKE ARREST IN PUTIN ATTACK

 

From a BBC News special bulletin broadcast July 31st, 2010:

We have received confirmation from the Russian embassy in London within the last few minutes that former president Vladimir Putin has died from gunshot wounds sustained four days ago when he was attacked while speaking to a group of returning Russian Army veterans of the current war with Georgia. Ironically, Putinís assassin, arrested two days ago, is himself a former soldier...

 

From a press release by the UN Secretary Generalís office dated August 2nd, 2010:

United Nations mediators will leave for Vienna tomorrow to meet with Russian and Georgian diplomatic officials to begin negotiations for a cease-fire to end the current South Ossetian conflict...

 

From the August 4th, 2010 New York Times:

PUTIN LAID TO REST AMID QUESTIONS ABOUT ASSASSINíS MOTIVE

RUSSIAN REBELS CLAIM CONTROL OF MAGADAN

 

From the August 7th, 2010 broadcast of The CBS Evening News:

The trial of former Russian president Vladimir Putinís accused assassin was briefly interrupted this afternoon when six anti-war demonstrators burst into the courtroom and unfurled a banner calling for current president Dmitri Medvedevís immediate resignation. Four of the six demonstrators were arrested on the spot and a fifth detained after a brief scuffle with police outside the courtroom. The sixth demonstratorís whereabouts are presently unknown...

In other news from Russia today, Moscow police say they are close to making an arrest in last monthís suspected murder of an anti-war Duma legislator and two Russian air force units have been called home from the Georgia front to give tactical support for government troops in their ongoing battle against the NRPM insurgency...

 

From the August 9th, 2010 Sydney Morning Herald:

RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT TROOPS ENGAGING NRPM GUERRILLAS EAST OF

MAGADAN

 

From the August 10th, 2010 broadcast of BBCís 9 OíClock News:

For the first time since his arrest for the assassination of former Russian president Vladimir Putin the suspected assassin, ex-Russian Army sergeant Evgeny Petrov, is giving hints above his motive for the killing. In his testimony today Petrov said that when he shot Putin on July 27th he was acting, in his words, "to avenge the deaths of those gallant soldiers whose lives were thrown away at Surami"...

 

From the August 12th, 2010 Asahi Shimbun:

MARITIME SELF-DEFENSE FORCE TO PROBE SINKING OF RUSSIAN

SHIP OFF HOKKAIDO

Captainís distress call warned of mutiny attempt on board just before vessel

was lost

 

From the August 13th, 2010 broadcast of ABCís World News Tonight:

New details are emerging tonight regarding the sinking of a Russian cargo ship off the Japanese island of Hokkaido Wednesday. Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force officials say they have learned from a survivor of the lost transport ship V. L. Ivanov that a mutiny attempt had indeed broken out on board the ill-fated ship just before she went down; it is believed that the mutiny was sparked by crew members sympathetic to the New Russian Peopleís Movement that has been fighting a guerrilla war against the government of Russian president Dmitri Medvedev since May....

 

From the August 16th, 2010 Los Angeles Times:

MOSCOW POLICE MAKE TWO ARRESTS IN MURDER OF RUSSIAN LAWMAKER

FIGHTING REPORTED BETWEEN GOVERNMENT TROOPS AND NRPM

REBELS NEAR KRASNODAR

 

From the August 18th, 2010 Washington Times:

Independent Russian TV News Show Disputes Kremlin Claims of Victory At Krasnodar

 

To Be Continued