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Kasparov Arrested By Russian Police

timothy posted more than 2 years ago | from the putin-on-the-fritz dept.

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New submitter perdelucena writes "Former world chess champion Garry Kasparov was arrested outside a Moscow court, where the verdict in the trial of the Pussy Riot group members was being announced on Friday, Russian police said." Update: 08/18 01:14 GMT by T : Kasparov has written an account of the arrest.

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Checkmate. (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41032065)

Your move.

Re:Checkmate. (5, Funny)

SomePgmr (2021234) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032141)

Uh, you wanna rethink that? ;)

Re:Checkmate. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41032261)

No. Perhaps you want to think about what OP means. Unless your IQ is below 90, it should be pretty obvious.

Re:Checkmate. (-1, Offtopic)

Killall -9 Bash (622952) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032365)

My IQ is 142, and I have no fucking clue what he's saying.

And FYI, I was on my high school's chess team.

Re:Checkmate. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41032605)

Woosh.

Re:Checkmate. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41032901)

Woosh

Like
  "Woosh, that old check nut rioting for some lousy pussies"

Re:Checkmate. (4, Insightful)

lexsird (1208192) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032379)

You can play it several different ways.

Arresting a national hero like that probably wasn't the wisest thing to do. We are talking a Russian Chess Champion, something which is what we measure high end super computers against.

Frankly, I don't think we should be concerned about Russian internal politics. We the People, of America don't seem to have our own government in control. Somebody's driving it, but damn it, it's not us apparently.

It's not checkmate for anyone but Pussy Riot. Western decadence will not be tolerated I am sure.

We have nobody to thank but ourselves. We win the Cold War, and then let them rot because we were gloating dicks. We have more in common with them than we can imagine, and damn far more to gain by working together than fighting. Why is that oligarchies, that really controls us, have such short sighted, fear-biting, knuckledraggers leading them?

Re:Checkmate. (0, Troll)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 2 years ago | (#41033001)

We have nobody to thank but ourselves. We win the Cold War, and then let them rot because we were gloating dicks.

As someone alive when the USSR was still around. FUCK YOU! Those assholes got what they deserved! It's not our fault that their system imploded because of a failed philosophy that was communism. It wasn't called an Iron Curtain for no reason too. And it's certainly not our responsibility to hand out welfare to that nation. At the time, we were sworn ideological enemies.

Now days, Russia is Russia. Not my friend, but not my enemy. Let bygones be bygones I always say. But this time, Russia is on its own to figure this out. They might even have a civil war. I wish them luck however they resolve this issue of oppression. As for Putin, he can wave his dick all he wants. Any and every move he makes it purely for political gain.

Re:Checkmate. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41033007)

Why is that oligarchies, that really controls us, have such short sighted, fear-biting, knuckledraggers leading them?

because inexorabley, they are followed...

Re:Checkmate. (1)

void warranty() (232725) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032417)

OP is playing FPS chess where the king can dodge out of checkmate?

Re:Checkmate. (1)

Pf0tzenpfritz (1402005) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032611)

You mean "FSB-chess"?

Re:Checkmate. (1)

Kell Bengal (711123) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032979)

Nonono, I like his idea better. "Boom! Headsh- er, checkmate!"

Re:Checkmate. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41032549)

Well your IQ is probably above 90, but you're not smart enough to realize it should be check. And it's now Kasparov's move.

Re:Checkmate. (1)

iamnobody2 (859379) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032421)

Kasparov Castles With Account of Arrest.

um... ok? (-1, Troll)

million_monkeys (2480792) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032079)

Some one want to explain to me why we're supposed to care about this?

Re:um... ok? (5, Informative)

dkleinsc (563838) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032115)

3 reasons:
1. He's a chessplayer, which necessarily makes him a giant nerd. Hence news for nerds.
2. This is stuff that matters, especially if you're Russian.
3. The potential for "In Capitalist Russia ..." jokes is obvious.

Re:um... ok? (2)

roc97007 (608802) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032537)

In Capitalist Russia..... sorry I got nuthin.

Re:um... ok? (5, Funny)

gaelfx (1111115) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032731)

...King checkmates you!

In Soviet Russia (1)

wideBlueSkies (618979) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032971)

In Soviet Russia, game plays YOU.

Re:um... ok? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41032181)

People don't care about Kasparov being arrested half as much as the judicial farce that was just inflicted on Pussy Riot.

The reason you should care is because the members of Pussy Riot that were given 2 year prison sentences are political prisoners (per Amnesty International and almost every other human rights organization). And if you don't care about political prisoners, then you suck at life.

Re:um... ok? (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41032287)

shrug last time I saw pussy riot was when they announced a designer handbag sale.

Re:um... ok? (5, Funny)

lexsird (1208192) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032409)

The last time I saw pussy riot was when I changed cat foods.

Re:um... ok? (3, Funny)

Frosty Piss (770223) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032879)

Every time I go out on the town there is a "pussy riot".

Re:um... ok? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41033037)

Perhaps a hint of deodorant would keep women from stampeding away.

Re:um... ok? (1)

DigiShaman (671371) | more than 2 years ago | (#41033109)

The last time I saw a pussy riot was when to women were fighting over me =). Encore. Encore!

Re:um... ok? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41032331)

People care about Pussy Riot mostly because one of them is super hot.

Re:um... ok? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41032493)

Mmmm which one?

Re:um... ok? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41032727)

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova. I assure you that when she is out of prison she will do very well since she is going to get a lot of attention due to her looks. Assuming she isn't terribly disfigured by then of course. Poor naive thing.

Re:um... ok? (1)

SternisheFan (2529412) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032869)

Those are very brave women.

He ran for President (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41032673)

Because he ran for the post of president in 2008, and has been an anti-Putin activist.

It's nothing to do with a Chess player, it's that it should be clear by now that Putin is just old style KGB and they've lost their democracy again.

Re:He ran for President (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41032911)

Someone needs to put a bullet into Vladimir "No Chin" Putin's head.

I am dead serious.

Re:He ran for President (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41033107)

And you need to buy a radiation detector. Check all of your food and drinks.

Hmmmm (4, Insightful)

Immostlyharmless (1311531) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032081)

Me thinks if Putin and his thugs aren't a bit more careful, they could start the 2nd coming of democracy in the former Soviet Union.

Re:Hmmmm (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41032177)

Luckily they're still sane there and nobody gives a fuck about those who preach feminism and other cultural poisons.

Re:Hmmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41032245)

Russian culture is different. They want a great strong leader. Atrocities like this are ok as long as they demonstrate power.

Re:Hmmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41032283)

The recent demonstrations say otherwise.

Re:Hmmmm (-1, Flamebait)

fredprado (2569351) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032311)

American culture has become just like this. The government does whatever it wants and people accept and believe in what is said in the TV networks, which are controlled by a handful of people all in the bed with the government.

Re:Hmmmm (5, Insightful)

lightknight (213164) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032603)

Nope.

From the Russian's standpoint, they've given communism and capitalism a go, and neither has made them better off. From a purely academic standpoint, both implementations were so hopelessly banjaxxed that neither 'really counts' as an implementation of either ideology. Now, the younger generation, having heard stories from the older generation about how things were 'better' under the older regime, are falling back into a dictatorship (meet the old boss, same as the new boss). 'Tis Politics 101 -> actual change requires a vast amount of resources, while the appearance of change can be had for a whistle and some bubble-gum, and is often times seen as 'just as effective.'

I imagine what they really want is for the people who've been holding power to 'disappear.' The absolute saddest part of it all is that by the time that happens, an entire new generation will have been corrupted; and thus, this is how this virus continues throughout space and time. Killing it requires a simultaneous attack from everywhere, all at once.

 

Re:Hmmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41032307)

Me thinks if Putin and his thugs aren't a bit more careful, they could start the 2nd coming of democracy in the former Soviet Union.

Perhaps this time it'll last more than a decade!

In Putinist (neo-czarist?) Russia, chess plays you!

In Soviet Russia (0)

dgatwood (11270) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032083)

Police bites you.

Re:In Soviet Russia (1)

binarylarry (1338699) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032249)

In Soviet Russia, democracy liberates you! (from your earthly bonds).

not the first time (4, Informative)

Trepidity (597) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032103)

Here's a 2007 /. story [slashdot.org] on a previous arrest.

THIS IS PERFECTLY OK (0, Offtopic)

CajunArson (465943) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032123)

You see... Julian Assange writes for Russia Today (http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/18/arts/television/julian-assange-starts-talk-show-on-russian-tv.html?_r=1) the well-known Putin mouthpiece.

Since Julian Assange is the Messiah, Kasperov was obviously part of an evil US-led conspiracy to kidnap Assange. Therefore, Kasparov should be shot in the name of freedom and we should not only give the Nobel Peace Prize to Assange, Putin, and Correa, but the Nobel Peace Prize should be abolished after they win because nobody else is possibly worthy compared to them!

Re:THIS IS PERFECTLY OK (1)

DarkOx (621550) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032229)

Oh boy now comes the endless discussions of just who ought to be stood against the wall.

Re:THIS IS PERFECTLY OK (0)

fredprado (2569351) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032277)

It is obvious that Assange is not a messiah. You can't really expect for someone to solve or even fight against all that is wrong in the World. One must prioritize what he thinks is more important.

Russia is not the evil superpower it once was. It is just a country struggling with lots of problems and trying to get back on its feet. US on the other hand continue being the evil superpower it always were.

Russia is not forcing extraditions of anyone in other countries for talking bad about them or for committing the heinous crime of file sharing. Russia is not manipulating countries in the Middle East, South and Central America and causing more civilians deaths and misery in the long term than any war has ever done. Russia is not enforcing an inhuman embargo to a small island in central America. Embargo that has made the lives of many many people miserable.

Accept reality. Russians are not the bad guys anymore. You are.

Re:THIS IS PERFECTLY OK (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032527)

Tell that to Alexander Litvinenko.

Re:THIS IS PERFECTLY OK (0)

fredprado (2569351) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032577)

Because CIA has never killed anyone, right? Seriously, the best you can argue here is the assassination of a former KGB spy?

Re:THIS IS PERFECTLY OK (1)

CajunArson (465943) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032597)

Hey Chairman Mao may have intentionally starved 20 million of his own people to death in China BUT:
1. He didn't like America.
2. He didn't like capitalists.
3. The CIA did something bad once so therefore Chairman Mao is the good guy and all Americans and Kasparov (that dirty Jew but fredprado uses the term "CIA" to cover over his bigotry) are EVIL!

Now lets talk about how great Pol Pot was because he made 100% sure that 2 million Cambodians were never forced to see evil Capitalist Marketing from Evil US Corporations!

Re:THIS IS PERFECTLY OK (0, Troll)

fredprado (2569351) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032629)

Chairman Mao (and Stalin) wasn't alive and in power last time I checked. But CIA is still there up and running.

As I said Russia are not the bad guys anymore, and guess what neither is China.

Currently all the worst communist regimens still in place in the world, terrible as may be locally, even combined do insignificant damage to the World compared to US.

Re:THIS IS PERFECTLY OK (3, Informative)

MightyMartian (840721) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032635)

How about the poisoning of Viktor Yushchenko? We can go on all day. Russia didn't become some nice delightful place governed by law abiding men just because the USSR collapsed.

Re:THIS IS PERFECTLY OK (-1, Flamebait)

fredprado (2569351) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032725)

Viktor Yushchenko is still very much alive, which he wouldn't be if the Russian secret service really wanted him dead and were the ones who tried to kill him.

Current Russia is an angel compared to US. Apparently save for killing its own former spies it hasn't done anything bad against people on other countries, unlike US. Also unlike US, it is not manipulating politically and economically several of these countries in detriment of their populations well being.

Re:THIS IS PERFECTLY OK (2)

ultranova (717540) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032729)

Russia didn't become some nice delightful place governed by law abiding men just because the USSR collapsed.

Which rises some questions about whether said collapse said something about the viability of Communism after all, instead of merely of the nature of the place it was tried on. And that, in turn, leads to some questions about whether our current love affair with free-market Capitalism as the only "realistic" choice despite the corruption it has led to is really such a good idea.

Re:THIS IS PERFECTLY OK (1)

fredprado (2569351) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032995)

Russia is not the only place where the communism didn't work. Everywhere it was implemented it eventually collapsed. Even in China. Today China is more a capitalist totalitarian regimen than a communist one.

I can't really tell if capitalism is a good choice for Russia, but I am quite sure communism is not a good choice for anyone.

Re:THIS IS PERFECTLY OK (1)

Mike Buddha (10734) | more than 2 years ago | (#41033049)

They're all doing it wrong. If the leftist academics had a shot of running the show, I'm sure it'd work just fine.

Re:THIS IS PERFECTLY OK (1)

fredprado (2569351) | more than 2 years ago | (#41033085)

They certainly think so...

Re:THIS IS PERFECTLY OK (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41032747)

Accept reality. Russians are not the bad guys anymore. You are.

Greetings from the US.

I think you are wrong.

Russia is still the bad guys, and now the US is too.

But China deserves mention, if for no other reason than their human rights record.

The sad truth is that any country becomes "the bad guy" when that country becomes
powerful enough. A realist knows this.

Regarding the US being the bad guys : many Americans are indeed appalled about what the US has done
and is doing in other countries. It is important to note that we are essentially powerless to stop this
conduct on the part of our own government, and if we even try we will either be dead or in prison
for what might as well be the rest of our lives.

Bottom line, most of us just want to have a decent life and we try not to think about that which we are
powerless to change, because doing so is an exercise in pointlessness in the best case and might lead
to huge problems or even death in the worst case.

One thing is certain. You can recognize a fool when he claims that things will be "better" with a different
president in the US. That is a myth only entertained by the naive and the stupid. The truth is that the US
is run by money, and the money doesn't change even if the idiot in the office of president does.

Re:THIS IS PERFECTLY OK (1)

fredprado (2569351) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032833)

Russians are not the bad guys anymore. Not because they are morally superior or anything of the sorts, but because they lack the power and influence to be the bad guys.

China, although in a better economical position, lacks the opportunity to be the bad guys because of decades of neglect in international relation and consequent lack of real political influence in anything but itself.

As of now only US has both the economical power and political influence to be a negative force in a global scale. I am quite aware that the American population is not to blame for its government actions, at least no more than the general population of the affected countries, and I do sympathize with your feelings of impotence (and I share them rest assured), but that does not invalidate the fact that US as an entity is the greatest negative force in our World.

What Assange did needed to be done and with or without them needs to continue. Transparency, even if a feeble one, it is our only hope to be able to change anything in this world.

Re:THIS IS PERFECTLY OK (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41033081)

Russians are not the bad guys anymore. Not because they are morally superior or anything of the sorts, but because they lack the power and influence to be the bad guys.

China, although in a better economical position, lacks the opportunity to be the bad guys because of decades of neglect in international relation and consequent lack of real political influence in anything but itself.

As of now only US has both the economical power and political influence to be a negative force in a global scale. I am quite aware that the American population is not to blame for its government actions, at least no more than the general population of the affected countries, and I do sympathize with your feelings of impotence (and I share them rest assured), but that does not invalidate the fact that US as an entity is the greatest negative force in our World.

What Assange did needed to be done and with or without them needs to continue. Transparency, even if a feeble one, it is our only hope to be able to change anything in this world.

I am the person who replied to your original post ( 41032729 ).

I must agree with you that the US is the greatest negative force in the world today. I lived through the era when the US was involved
in Viet Nam and then Nixon was president, and I thought that was the worst I'd ever see. I was wrong by a huge margin.

I agree with what you wrote about Assange. Assange is a hero. He stood up for his principles and that took more courage than most people will ever be able to muster.

I and many other Americans feel betrayed by Obama. I voted for him, and I expected a lot better than what he has actually done. It's a damned depressing time to be an American. I am faced with whether to vote for Obama or Romney, and the sad truth is that I believe they are both liars and scum. That's not much of a choice.

Believe me when I say that most Americans who have an IQ above 100 do NOT want the US government to be doing many of the things
it is now doing. If there were a simple way to quickly change the course of the US I'd embrace it, but there is not. And the process of electing various so-called representatives is a farce and has no influence on what the US government does. What we in the US are now dealing with is what
Eisenhower warned the American public against in his farewell address : the military-industrial complex.

It's a sad state of affairs.

I am interested to see what happens to Assange. I expect that Obama knows any deliberate action against Assange could have a significant
negative effect on his chances for re-election, so I expect Assange will be safe until after the first week in November. If I were Assange I'd
want to be well hidden after that date.

The importance of grouping (5, Informative)

dkleinsc (563838) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032127)

The reporting on this mentioned protesters outside holding signs that translated to "Free Pussy Riot". They didn't comment on whether they meant "Free (Pussy Riot)" or "(Free Pussy) Riot".

Re:The importance of grouping (2)

wierd_w (1375923) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032205)

When his re-election comes up (hahahah...ha.. sorry.), Vladimir should use the slogan:

"The president of ill; RE:Putin!"

Re:The importance of grouping (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41032333)

The reporting on this mentioned protesters outside holding signs that translated to "Free Pussy Riot". They didn't comment on whether they meant "Free (Pussy Riot)" or "(Free Pussy) Riot".

It is not associative.

Re:The importance of grouping (1)

asifyoucare (302582) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032341)

I know it's serious, but I can't help laughing when I see those signs and imagine what events might lead to a free pussy riot.

Re:The importance of grouping (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41032965)

The reporting on this mentioned protesters outside holding signs that translated to "Free Pussy Riot". They didn't comment on whether they meant "Free (Pussy Riot)" or "(Free Pussy) Riot".

Wow. How come no one else thought of that? You must be really intelligent, (not to mention at least twelve yrs old.)

Iron Gary Kasparov (1)

tehlinux (896034) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032129)

Vladimir Putin, I'm coming for you man. My style is impetuous. My sicilian defense is impregnable, and I'm just ferocious. I want your heart. I want to eat his children. Praise be to Caissa!

Chess less relavent than politics (5, Informative)

Relic of the Future (118669) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032133)

His former chess level is less-relevant than the fact that he's a leader in the political movement opposing Putin.

Re:Chess less relavent than politics (2)

fredprado (2569351) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032295)

Important as his political position may be his chess level is extremely relevant. He was probably the best player this world has ever had.

Re:Chess less relavent than politics (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41032469)

He was probably the best player this world has ever had.

I call your Kasparov and raise you a Bobby Fischer.

Seriously though, what is it with chess guys and government?

Re:Chess less relavent than politics (1)

fredprado (2569351) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032503)

Fischer was really good, and for a time he was indeed the best, but many better players came after him.

Regarding chess players and governments it is not unusual for really smart people who become celebrities to go into politics. Everybody has his political views and intelligent people are usually very able to defend them. Einstein did a lot of politics, so did Oppenheimer (at great cost to himself) and many others.

Re:Chess less relavent than politics (1)

Trepidity (597) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032573)

His chess level is also a significant part of why he has the political position. If he were just some guy he would likely not have the public standing he does when it comes to politics.

Re:Chess less relavent than politics (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41032621)

Alexander Alekhine (Soviet Union) was probably the greatest. Fischer and Kasparov are easily top five, Cuba's JR Capablanca and the Soviet Union's Mikhail Botvinnik and Anatoly Karpov are way up there too. Perhaps Adolf Anderssen who was a master of brilliant sacrifice in the 19th century deserves a spot.

Re:Chess less relavent than politics (2)

VortexCortex (1117377) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032701)

Chess? Wouldn't you rather play a nice game of Thermonuclear War?

Not to worry (-1, Troll)

gelfling (6534) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032167)

The radical leftist press, e.g. alternet and the Huffington Post will of course either ignore this or suddenly decide to defend Putin. Why?

He's not a rocker chick
He's a Jew.

Re:Not to worry (2)

wierd_w (1375923) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032247)

Why would anyone care about that? It isn't like being a jew grants you magic powers for evil or something.

Kasparov is famous for being a world chess chamion and a leader opposing putin. Being a jew is only important if you are a fucking stupid bigot.

Just sayin.

Re:Not to worry (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41033009)

Why would anyone care about that? It isn't like being a jew grants you magic powers for evil or something.

Kasparov is famous for being a world chess chamion and a leader opposing putin. Being a jew is only important if you are a fucking stupid bigot.

Just sayin.

It always seems important in the Wikipedia articles. :)

Re:Not to worry (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41032465)

The radical leftist press, e.g. alternet and the Huffington Post will of course either ignore this or suddenly decide to defend Putin.

But Bush looked into his very soul and the voices in his head told him he's a pretty cool guy!

Re:Not to worry (2)

Sponge Bath (413667) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032599)

The radical leftist press, e.g. alternet and the Huffington Post will of course either ignore this or suddenly decide to defend Putin.

Huffington Post has several articles about Pussy Riot on the front page. Here [huffingtonpost.com] is a sample. FTA: "One more thing: Fuck Putin!"

ISR (4, Funny)

Altanar (56809) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032251)

In Soviet Russia, Czar Putin purges you. Wait... I did that wrong.

Re:ISR (1)

Trepidity (597) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032581)

In Soviet Russia, the massed proletarian forces led by the revolutionary vanguard party purge Czarist Putinists without mercy, comrade.

Smart people are dangerous (5, Insightful)

iiii (541004) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032315)

Smart people are a threat to those who hold power. Especially the subset of smart people who are politically engaged and willing to put themselves at risk to protest and demand change. And among them, the subset who are world famous and therefore have easy access to the press, well, they are just beyond dangerous.

There is a long history of new dictatorial regimes wiping out, killing, or scaring away all of the educated class, thus making the general populace less likely to organize, garner international attention, or outsmart anyone in the regime. This fits the pattern.

Re:Smart people are dangerous (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41032343)

Put yourself in Putin's shoes. The last thing the poor guy needs is an arab spring on his hands.

Re:Smart people are dangerous (2)

couchslug (175151) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032541)

The Orthodox Church endorses Putin, describing his era as a "miracle of God".

Dear "former Soviet" friends:

You didn't kill nearly enough priests when you had the chance. Now they are licking the boots of your new Tsar.

Re:Smart people are dangerous (0)

wierd_w (1375923) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032609)

Looks more like the cozy relations the national socialist party of germany had with the catholic church. [wikipedia.org]

Sorry for the godwin, but the parallel is eerie.

Re:Smart people are dangerous (2)

Mike Buddha (10734) | more than 2 years ago | (#41033105)

Reading that article you cited, I don't see any cozy relations between the nazis and the Catholic Church at all. I see a lof of mistrust and a lot of deception on the part of the Nazis and a falling out even before the the second world war began.

Re:Smart people are dangerous (3, Informative)

SternisheFan (2529412) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032823)

The Orthodox Church Patriarch who got caught when he had photoshopped his very expensive Rolex watches out of photos. http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2012/04/06/who-needs-a-30000-watch/ [freethoughtblogs.com]

Re:Smart people are dangerous (1)

wierd_w (1375923) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032907)

Whoever shopped the grizzlebearded old far needs to be shot. They forgot to shop the damn reflection in the table.

Incompetence abounds.

[/sarcasm]

Congratulations Russia (2, Interesting)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032401)

From the Czars, to the Reds, and now to Putin, you're still serfs, all these centuries later.

Oh I know, you look to "strength" in the Kremlin. Well you got your "strength": crush all dissent. Rendering you an antiseptic den of ass kissing and tyranny and oligarchs. You're greatest weakness is your "strength", fools.

Depressing. Pathetic. All hail imperial 17th century Russia, for all time apparently. Still playing at strong man games. The West moves on to Democracy, China gets rid of its warlords. But not you Russia: still stuck in the past with your lame belief in the big strong man, like a bear! Disgusting.

Unless you Russians actually fucking do something about it. Win your country. The Russian Revolution, take 2: democratic this time.

Don't be a fucking serf!

Re:Congratulations Russia (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41032459)

Isn't this true of all imposing states (any state that ever pretended for status of world power)? Sure it's more obvious in some, but same shit happens regardless of state.

Re:Congratulations Russia (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41032637)

Now, why don't you post more of these apologist comments when the US pulls something like this? After all, it's true of all states.

Re:Congratulations Russia (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41032867)

The West moves on to Democracy ...>

No, the west is not actually a democracy.

Nor is the US a free country. If you don't believe me, go try to carry
a protest sign on the sidewalk in front of the White House and see
what happens.

You're a knowitall punk who actually doesn't know shit about the real world.

And your web page is something I'd expect from an 8 year old.

Video (4, Informative)

Issildur03 (1173487) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032411)

BBC video of the arrest:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-19300149 [bbc.co.uk]

Rough transcription: "What are you doing? I'm being detained? What am I charged with? What am I charged with? What am I charged with? What am I charged with? What am I charged with? What am I charged with?"

Re:Video (1)

Riddler Sensei (979333) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032509)

Hiram Mightor: We're going to have to take you into custody.
Mentok: Ha ha. That's outrageous. What am I charged with?
Hiram Mightor: Don't have to tell you anymore. Clearly you haven't been reading your Scalia.

Obama expressed support for the "young women" (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41032511)

The WH probably hopes the press will ask Romney for his reaction. Mitt will show his mastery of the subject by referring to the band by name.

Gentlemen, this is BIG (5, Funny)

Penurious Penguin (2687307) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032739)

This is way bigger than you think. Big, like in SPACE. To understand, you should first affiliate yourself with the origins of chess, particularly from the view of former President of the Republic of Kalmykia [wikipedia.org] , Kirsan Ilyumzhinov [independent.co.uk] .

Well, soon you will begin to see what started this whole affair in the first place. The President of the Republic of Kalmykia has powerful friends, and Putin is not at the top amongst them. These friends have spaceships and don't piddle around, especially with chess. In other words, Gary fucked with the Aliens by criticizing their Kalmykian friend [chessbase.com] , and Putin, the incredibly patient fellow he is, is finally closing in -- in service of the KGB (King's Gambit Bezopasnosti).

Gentlemen, I assure you, chess is far stranger than Go [wikipedia.org] .

Democracy (1)

SternisheFan (2529412) | more than 2 years ago | (#41032743)

"Democracy does not come from governments. Democracy comes from the people."

Re:Democracy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41032973)

"It's not the people who vote that count. It's the people who count the votes."

Re:Democracy (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41033039)

and those people of the government, by the government, for the government, shall perish from the earth

Russia or the US? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41032789)

It is getting to be hard to tell the difference. Freedom of speech is taking one heck of a beating in the US. The concept of ownership is also attacked on many fronts in the US.
              How is it that a couple can be evicted and their home auctioned off when they not only did not default on a mortgage but never even had a mortgage in the first place? The banks and a sloppy judicial system grabbed the wrong home by accident. If that can happen what do you think happens in criminal trials? I suspect that we have tens of thousands or perhaps hundreds of thousands of convicts who are totally innocent and very, very little is being done about it.Obviously that is a form of proof that we also execute innocents as well. Guilt should never be a matter of debate but as absolute a thing as a human can ever grasp in this world.

WSJ bias (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41032915)

It would be refreshing to see the WSJ providing a similar pulpit for any of the many progressive, liberal, and leftist protestors arrested by police in the US.

Unfortunately, that day may never come.

Bilderberger (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#41032945)

Do you think it's in relation to his treasonous appearance at the 2012 Bilderberg Meeting on US soil?

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