My son-in-law, just returned from Russia, sent an e-mail linking to Yulia Latynina – who “writs for the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta (you may remembet Anna Politkovskaya, who also wrote for the N.G. before she was murdered in 2006).” Latynina argues “South Ossetia Crisis Could Be Russia’s Chance To Defeat Siloviki.” He acknowledges she may overstate the role of organized crime as motive, but visitors to Eastern Europe (and Russia) often speak of violence and pervasive corruption. Indeed, “Saakashvili did say that fighting organized crime as among the reasons for attacking S. Ossetia.” To buttress this point, he linked to another article, the older and lengthier one in Atlantic Monthly, “A Smuggler’s Story”. The stories of a couple of their contemporaries who have spent summers in Tblisi are often of the lack of transparency in almost all day-to-day transactions.
My son-in-law, just returned from Russia, sent an e-mail linking to Yulia Latynina –