Streetwise Professor

March 5, 2011

Nothing is Wrong, But the Americans Did It

Filed under: Military,Politics,Russia — The Professor @ 12:46 pm

The most advanced Russian GLONASS satellite, a Geo-IK-2, is space junk after an aborted launch.  Two reactions were oh-so-Russian that I just couldn’t let them pass unmentioned.

Reaction 1:

For some time it was unclear, as to whether the Geo-IK-2 is totally useless, or may only partially do its job. The Geo-IK-2 orbit was designed so its solar batteries are constantly in the sun, providing power to its radar and other equipment. The abnormal orbit put it intermittently in the Earth’s shade, disrupting the power supply (Interfax, February 3). Popovkin told journalists that the Geo-IK-2 is useless (Interfax, February, 20). “This week Deputy Prime Minister in charge of the defense industry and former defense minister and KGB official, Sergei Ivanov, announced “there are no serious problems with the Geo-IK-2” (RIA Novosti, February 28). It turned out Popovkin was better informed: the defense ministry announced that Geo-IK-2 has fully lost power and turned into space junk after a week of malfunction (Interfax, March 1).

So, 1 day after the Deputy Prime Minister and former defense minister says everything is copacetic, the defense ministry says the IK-2 is a total writeoff.  How many times have I seen that movie?

Reaction 2:

When the extent of military reform and defense modernization failure is contemplated by Russia’s supreme leaders, heads may roll and in anticipation plausible excuses are being prepared. A “reliable space industry source” told Interfax news agency that the Briz-KM booster failed during the Geo-IK-2 launch, “because of possible external electromagnetic interference from a sea, land or air-based source,” while the platform was on the other side of the globe out of sight of the Russian control center (Interfax, February 14).

The implication, of course, being that the Americans used some of their technical deviltry to disable the satellite. Another golden oldie.

To summarize: there are no major problems, but they were caused by the Americans.  Some things never change.

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10 Comments »

  1. Somebody could make a really interesting blog by devoting themselves to nothing but Russia hilarious and often horrifying mishaps above the planet earth. From plane crashes to satellite foul-ups, Russians given new meaning to the old adage that if God had meant man to fly, he would have given him wings.

    Indeed, this may be a divine message to Russia’s hapless government and even more clueless population that they can’t afford to dabble in flying. Better to keep both feet firmly planted on the ground, try to remain upright after all that vodka, and see if you can do something about not ranking in the top 125 nations of the world for life expectancy.

    Leave the flying to those who know how, Russia. You’ll be happier that way.

    Comment by La Russophobe — March 5, 2011 @ 3:05 pm

  2. Interfax is known to make things up on the spot when reporting on technical matters… (In the spirit of Interfax) It’s been said that when Ivanov was the minister of defence, he liked to boast that he didn’t have to know how a tank gun works to do his job. Now he is in charge of industry, or something. They are all vice prime ministers, so it’s hard to tell.

    Comment by So? — March 5, 2011 @ 6:13 pm

  3. @So? And a furniture salesman is now Defense Minister. What a country!

    The ProfessorComment by The Professor — March 5, 2011 @ 7:07 pm

  4. It’s amazing(sad, disturbing, disgusting)how reaction #2 is effective in Russia domestically for enforcing the tendancies in society that keep the current FSB/mafia syndicate in power.

    Comment by Gordon — March 6, 2011 @ 10:31 am

  5. Really not that unusual, you just have to look at them moronic statements that emanate from scum like Ostap or RKKA or So? to see why Russia is the sh*thole that it is.

    Russia’s racism, genocide, oppressive government etc, is simply a reflection of its people.

    They enjoy causing misery to others, it is a fact.

    And like Ostap, RKKA, and So? they attempt to whitewash the crimes of Russia (Tsarist, or Communist), crimes that make those of the Nazi party (scum that they were) pale in comparison.

    Comment by Andrew — March 7, 2011 @ 11:12 am

  6. Ah Andrew, if only you could adopt the view of the one million Georgians who choose to live and work in the Russian Federation, and of Georgia’s real leader the Patriarch…I’m sure you wouldn’t be so full of hatred and envy of Russians. They after all aren’t fulminating against Georgia to this day for giving them Ioseb Besarionis dze Jughashvili aka Stalin (interesting how Wikipedia omits his birth name until further down).

    In any case, you have to be more nationalistic than the Georgians themselves. Maybe it’s a job requirement to work for one of the Sorosnik NGOs in Georgia? Of course there are no American bases in Georgia. None. Riiiiiiiight.

    Comment by The Other Ivan — March 7, 2011 @ 1:55 pm

  7. Hmmm, thats the same Ioseph Jughashvili who was recently voted 3rd greatest Russian of all time?
    Russians seem pretty proud of that one, unlike the Georgians who now have no statues or monuments to him, there are still over 300 in Russia, including quite a few new ones that have gone up under Putin.

    Hell, there is even a whole new museum devoted to his heroism in Volgograd(Stalingrad), then we have the school textbooks that state his great purges were a normal reaction to the threats facing the country.

    Name the US base in Georgia then, which one is it?

    BTW, my Father Confessor is one of the Catholicos Illya’s ambassadors (you being a Russian could not even get his title right…) and the Georgian Church is no fan of Russia, thats for sure.

    As for envying Russians, not unless a human being envies a rat for being a bringer of pestilence.

    Comment by Andrew — March 8, 2011 @ 6:29 am

  8. Views on Stalin in the Russian Federation
    Results of a controversial poll taken in 2006 stated that over 35% of Russians would vote for Stalin if he were still alive. Fewer than a third of all Russians regarded Stalin as a murderous tyrant; however, a Russian court in 2009, ruling on a suit by Stalin’s grandson, Yevgeny Dzhugashvili, against the newspaper, Novaya Gazeta, ruled that referring to Stalin as a “bloodthirsty cannibal” was not libel.In a July 2007 poll 54% of the Russian youth agreed that Stalin did more good than bad while 46% (of them) disagreed that Stalin was a cruel tyrant. Half of the respondents, aged from 16 to 19, agreed Stalin was a wise leader.
    In December 2008 Stalin was voted third in the nationwide television project Name of Russia (narrowly behind 13th century prince Alexander Nevsky and Pyotr Stolypin, one of Nicholas II’s prime ministers), leading to accusations from Communist Party of the Russian Federation that the poll had been rigged in order to prevent him or Lenin being given first place.
    On 3 July 2009, Russia’s delegates walked out of an Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe session to demonstrate their objections to a resolution for a remembrance day for the victims of both Nazism and Stalinism. Only eight out of 385 assembly members voted against the resolution.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Stalin#Views_on_Stalin_in_the_Russian_Federation

    Comment by Andrew — March 8, 2011 @ 6:36 am

  9. The myth of Alexander Nevsky was built up by Stalin. So Stalin in a landslide.

    Comment by So? — March 8, 2011 @ 7:00 pm

  10. @ So? Thats true.

    Comment by Andrew — March 8, 2011 @ 11:24 pm

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