Putin Critic Assassinated

A leading critic of Russia’s ruling despot, Vladamir Putin, has been assassinated:

RUSSIA’S most famous investigative reporter, Anna Politkovskaya, was gunned down in the lift of her Moscow apartment block yesterday in an apparent contract killing.

A fearless opponent of Russia’s wars in Chechnya who once described President Vladimir Putin as a “KGB snoop” and compared him to Stalin, she was shot as she returned home from a shopping trip at 4.30pm. A pistol and four bullets were found near her body.

She was the most prominent of dozens of Russian journalists murdered in the past 10 years and her death has dealt a serious blow to the country’s reputation.

Mikhail Gorbachev, the former president, said: “It’s a strike against all the democratic independent press, a terrible crime against the entire country, against all of us.”

Last night police were hunting a young man who was caught on a video camera in the hall of the apartment block wearing a black baseball cap. Officers said the killer, whose face is not visible on the footage, followed Politkovskaya inside as she unloaded the shopping from her car, and killed her with two shots to the chest and head.

Politkovskaya, 48 and divorced with a son and a daughter, was one of the few Russian journalists who dared to write critically about widespread human rights abuses in Chechnya. She won international acclaim for her reports but was hated by many in Russia’s security forces.

Readers will note Chabad’s “chief rabbi of Russia” has been providing Putin with cover for several years now. I wonder if he feels any remorse?

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9 responses to “Putin Critic Assassinated

  1. DK

    “I wonder if he feels any remorse?”

    Why would he? It’s her fault, isn’t it? And what does he have to do with it?

    Nothing.

  2. B”H
    Not that it matters to me either way but.
    1) She was just murdered and you immidiatly blame Puttin as if innocent till proven guilty doesn’t apply to him.
    2) Being such a high level journalist perhaps she ruffled other fethers too not just Putttin’s how do you know that she wasn’t in the nidle of investigating some other dirty polititian mafia boss or banker or whatever and they killed her?
    3)Why would Puttin have her killed there are other journalists online and in press and on tv who are anti Putin as much or more than her (don’t forget unlike you i actually read Russian so I can see this first hand not just from some over-hyped obituary ) . If Putin ordered the hit why was she the “chosen one”?
    PS. Were sages who acted with great honor towards Alexander the Great (to the point of ordering to name children after him that year and more ) in response to his kind treatment of the Jews in the Land of Yisrael responsible for his “war crimes”
    or idolworship or political assasinations of rivals or whatever? And if you say they weren’t why is Rabbi Lazar differnt?
    (Ah wait he is Chabad and they are responsible for all the problems in the world. Or was that the Jews?:-)
    Gut Moed!
    Have a happy Succos!

  3. avrohom

    Ariel,

    I will only comment on your comparison (and nothing else):

    Alexander the Great was good for *Jews*; Putin who sells the most advanced weaponry to Syria and *IRan* (and which got to the hands of the Hezbollah in the past war with the antitank missiles that destroyed merkavah and brought casualties) is terrible for the Jews. Praising him and “lecking” him is despicable. If he uses the “honour” he gives some Jews to cover up for his criminal sales to our archienemies is an even more repugnant and despicable act.

  4. B”H
    Avrohom , America also sells advanced weapons to enimies of Israel. I’m not saying that Putin is a saint but Rabbi Lazar’s treatment of him is apropriate it’s in line with the Rebbe’s instructions how to deal with politicians besides the fact that Putin did a number of positive things for Jews of Russia even before he became the head of state and continues to do so.
    2) Shmarya reading this article you linked to it’s obvious that there are a number of potential suspects not just Putin :
    “Vitaly Yaroshevsky, deputy editor of Novaya Gazeta, her newspaper, said there was no doubt she had been killed because of her work. “This is a professional murder,” he said. “Her reporting made her many enemies.”

    Kadyrov is mentioned as one of the people who were here enimies see inside http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2089-2393752,00.html
    Why does every news article about some crime or scandal in Russia must be somehow tied back directly to Rabbi Lazar and Putin?
    Gut Moed!

  5. Anonymous

    america sells weapons to iran and syria present active nations who actually to destroy israel in practice???? are you out of your mind? the Rebbe told him to leck the..of a rosho that uses his relationship with him to cover for his real enmity to jews and his pressure on jews? the rebbe said that they make him A HERO??? amake a big deal that he writes a “shana tova” letter????

  6. B”H
    The Rebbe wrote a long letter to Alan Dorshewitz many years ago who had the same complaint as you do that Chabad honored anti Israel politicians in particular someone who also made anti semitic comments in the past and praised Christian missionaries etc. The letter is in English and Dershewitz also recently wrote an article mentioning this letter and praising the Rebbes profound wisdom and perception of human nature and politics etc. and how this very politician became a very good friend friend of Israel and Jews and helped pass number of important bills etc.
    There is also an article in Beis Moshiach that Rebbe was readt

  7. B”H
    The Rebbe wrote a long letter to Alan Dorshewitz many years ago who had the same complaint as you do that Chabad honored anti Israel politicians in particular someone who also made anti semitic comments in the past and praised Christian missionaries etc. The letter is in English and Dershewitz also recently wrote an article mentioning this letter and praising the Rebbes profound wisdom and perception of human nature and politics etc. and how this very politician became a very good friend friend of Israel and Jews and helped pass number of important bills etc.
    There is also an article in Beis Moshiach that Rebbe was ready to write

  8. B”H
    very friendly and respectfull letters to antisemitic and anti Israel Muslim clerics in Yemen years ago for the sake of freeing some young Jews out of there to come and study Torah.
    And there are many other stories and nt only about the Rebbe but many other Jewish leaders who had to deal with all kinds of people sometimes to acheive something positive for a particular community etc.
    Gut Moed

  9. avrohom

    the talmud is so right that when arguing with apikorsim “pokar tefey” (it only reinforces them in their eyes).

    YOu mean that the Rebbe would even write friendly to hitler y”s? Of course it is an extreme example. but it shows how bizarre meshichist and especially elokists are with their views. The Rebbe would write to yemennite and other small local leaders who have no influence but their small circles, therefore we respect and leak the achorayim of a strong person who is at the forefront of selling arms that ARE ACTUALLY USED against Israel.

    And i can assure you, that these guys would scream bloody murder when other (non chabad) jews speak to their local politicians who are enemies of jews, that these people have sold their soul and are traitors….but when it is done by ourselves and for our pr and instituions it becomes holy….

    hasidic rabbis would scoof at rabbis who were working as “rabbonim mitaam” for the russian govemnt although many of them use the same logic “achieve something postive” etc etc. but when it is done in “yemos hamoshiach” it is kosher lemhadrin and under the blessings of conquering the world…

    Im’ even saying that one should not ork under the geoverment and with them to try to make things better….what is being said: why the “praising” and lecking and making a hero out of person who harms the jews? and while there is an improvment that in the past, one was not allowed to “criticize” the goverment for theinaction against ansemitic acts etc and now one is “allowed”to speak out, it obviously did not go far enough in stemming antisemitism in real terms over there and making him a saint is a preversion of the truth…

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