Streetwise Professor

June 7, 2010

I Couldn’t Resist

Filed under: Politics,Russia — The Professor @ 11:12 am

I had to take an interruption from a wonderful vacation to post on this story (h/t R):

Some 6,000 zlotys (£1,200) were withdrawn from the bank account of Andrezej Przewoznik, who headed Poland’s committee in charge of monitoring national historic sites.

He was part of the Polish delegation heading to Katyn near the western Russian city of Smolensk for a commemoration ceremony marking the 1940 massacre of thousands of Polish army officers at the orders of Soviet leader Joseph Stalin.

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“Three members of the OMON (riot police) who committed this disgusting act were quickly arrested thanks to co-operation between the Polish Security Agency and the Russian special services,” Polish government spokesman Pawel Gras told Radio Zet.

Grave robbers in the police.  Is further comment required?  I leave that to you all.  I’m headed out to dinner in Reims.

Hopefully a report on my Normandy visit soon.

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  2. Those officers are pretty dumb. One doesn’t pull these stunts on people involved in high profile events that the Kremlin is milking for all its worth.

    Comment by Sublime Oblivion — June 8, 2010 @ 2:16 am

  3. Well, there have been so many changes and re-iterations of this story… I would just wait and see what will it settles to.

    Comment by LL — June 8, 2010 @ 12:39 pm

  4. SUBLIME SCUM OF THE EARTH doesn’t think these officers are “immoral” or “bastards” or “deserve to be flogged.” He doesn’t think they reflect the fact that Russia is one of the most corrupt major nations on the planet. He just thinks they’re dumb, and wishes they were more clever so they could have stolen more from air crash victims without getting caught.

    Milking for all it is worth? What??? The Kremlin shunted these Poles into the shadows on purpose and was doing all it could to repress them. Couldn’t you possibly stop lying, just out of respect for all these casualties?

    Once again SUBLIME SCUM OF THE EARTH captures the poison cocktail that is Putin’s Russia in a nutshell.

    Comment by La Russophobe — June 8, 2010 @ 5:38 pm

  5. Since I am a moral relativist, expressions like “immoral” or “deserve to be flogged” hold little meaning for me. Indeed, they are barely comprehensible. There is only power and weakness, intelligence and stupidity. Those people are weak and stupid.

    By “milking” the accident, I was referring to how Russia is exploiting it to better relationships with Poland so as to be in a better position to advance its geopolitical interests in places like Ukraine.

    PS. I am an immoral bastard who deserves to be flogged.

    Comment by Sublime Oblivion — June 8, 2010 @ 10:43 pm

  6. … expressions like “immoral” or “deserve to be flogged” hold little meaning for me. Indeed, they are barely comprehensible. There is only power and weakness, intelligence and stupidity.

    That’s ironic coming from someone who likes to go on and on and on about “sobornost?”. I told you already, ?? ?? ???? ??????? ???????, ???? ????? ????????.

    Comment by peter — June 9, 2010 @ 5:15 am

  7. +++?? ???? ??????? ???????, ???? ????? ????????.+++

    I am wondering if Professor would need explanation of this quite popular saying… 🙂 ‘… you either take your cross off or put your underpants on’

    Comment by LL — June 9, 2010 @ 5:35 am

  8. Not really, peter.
    I write about things like asabiya, social coherence and sobornost’ because it is an important feature of social groups and one of the key determinants of their future prospects.
    For cynical individuals like me, however, these concepts are almost entirely useless and to some extent even antithetical to my vision of myself as a rootless cosmopolitan.

    Comment by Sublime Oblivion — June 9, 2010 @ 1:45 pm

  9. Maybe you should reread your own interview. Here’s a quote to refresh your memory:

    “… the “diasporic mentality” is a profoundly unnatural – and hence unstable – state of affairs, since the human soul yearns for unity, belief, and sobornost. This may explain the dawning of my sentimental interest towards Russia, which was only reinforced by my socio-cultural alienation and rising political awareness…”

    Pathetic, sure. But cynical?

    Comment by peter — June 9, 2010 @ 5:05 pm

  10. ? ???? ??? ????, ? ?? ??? ??? ?????. First, those OMON are of no sentimental interest to me whatsoever – unlike Russia! Second, it is hardly out of character for a rootless cosmopolitan to take a sentimental interest in different things; what you shouldn’t expect them to do is to subscribe to rigid belief systems such as the Manichean worldview or Western universalism.

    Comment by Sublime Oblivion — June 9, 2010 @ 6:03 pm

  11. ????? ?? ????????, ???? ??????????, ??????????? ?????, ??? ?? ???????!

    Comment by peter — June 10, 2010 @ 6:00 am

  12. Just when you think it has sunk as low as it could go, Russia makes this credit card story look like a tea party:

    Comment by La Russophobe — June 10, 2010 @ 4:31 pm

  13. Prof. Pirrong,

    be cautious posting such matters while in France.

    The French anti-holocaust-denial law includes specific Nazi atrocities which it is criminal to deny or call into question. In addition to the many real Nazi atrocities, it also included–at the behest of French communist pushing the Stalinist line–the Katyn massacre. In so far as rightly pointing out that the Soviets committed the Katyn massacre is denying that the Nazis did it, you may have committed a criminal act.

    Or at least that was the case as recently as when Gorbachev finally officially admitted Soviet responsibility. That admission would have been a crime if made in France. One hopes, but I do not know, that French law has caught up with historical fact since then.

    Comment by Æternitatis — June 11, 2010 @ 11:37 am

  14. AEternitatis–Thanks very much for the information, and the heads up. I almost consider it a challenge, however: I dare them to do something about it.

    The ProfessorComment by The Professor — June 11, 2010 @ 2:21 pm

  15. Russian black humor of the day: according do official statistics, baseball gear sales in Russia this year amount to 1 glove, 3 balls and about a million bats.

    Comment by Ivan — June 13, 2010 @ 2:27 am

  16. @Ivan. LOL.

    The ProfessorComment by The Professor — June 13, 2010 @ 3:46 pm

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