How Bad are Russian Prisons?

Apparently so bad that people will go to extremes to cover up evidence of their crimes. How extreme you say?

How’s eating the brother you murdered in an argument in an attempt to hide evidence grab you?

From Sky News:

Two men have reportedly admitted killing their elder brother and eating parts of his body which they kept in the fridge for months.

The pair, named only as Timur and Marat G, said they murdered their brother Rafis at their home in the central Russian city of Perm, according to newspaper Tvoi Den.

Police grew suspicious when the brothers reported Rafis missing but were vague about his details.

After raiding their house, officers are said to have found the victim’s skeleton, which had been stripped bare and buried in the garden.

Timur reportedly said he had fought and killed Rafis because he bore him a grudge over a 10-year prison sentence.

This related to Rafis reporting his 28-year-old brother’s part in the murder of a neighbour to police.

Timur said youngest brother Marat, 23, had sided with him in the fight.

They then came up with the idea of eating the evidence so Timur would not have to go back to jail.

“Yes, we decided to eat him,” Timur was quoted as saying.

“I did not want to go back behind bars, so we cut off his head and buried it and cut the body into parts and kept (them) in a refrigerator.

We have been cooking and eating his meat for six months.

I’m speechless. They could have tried a lot of different ways to cover up their crime besides cannibalism, and frankly I assume that this family had some issues to put it mildly. But what’s interesting is that the report simply takes it for granted that keeping out of jail seems a valid enough reason to eat the corpse of your own brother.

Perhaps the Old Ones have returned?

Russia’s New “Cold War”: Kremilin Cuts Gas Supplies to Europe During Harsh Winter Weather

We will see an increasing incidence of this sort of of economic warfare as the global economy slows and basket case states enmeshed in the global economy use what ever resources they can to blackmail money and other concessions from their neighbors. Russia’s move though has more than economic consequences, it can literally cost people their lives:

Fears of a deep chill spread across Europe yesterday after a row between Russia and Ukraine over gas prices cut supplies to the rest of the continent on a day of plummeting temperatures and heavy snowfalls.

The European Union said the situation was “completely unacceptable” as thousands of businesses were urged to switch fuels, and households struggled to keep warm in sub-zero temperatures. But there was no sign of an end to the standoff between Russia’s energy monopoly Gazprom and Ukraine, locked in battle since New Year’s Day.

Gazprom stopped pumping gas to Ukraine for domestic consumption on 1 January after the two countries failed to agree on a fixed price for 2009. The pipelines that cross Ukraine also carry gas to Europe but that continued to flow, until Moscow accused Ukraine of siphoning off Europe’s fuel and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin retaliated by ordering Gazprom to cut EU-bound exports by the amount being stolen.

Yesterday Russia stopped gas supplies through Ukraine to Bulgaria, Hungary, Greece, Turkey, Romania, Serbia, Bosnia and Macedonia. The government of Slovakia declared a national emergency; Austria and Italy reported falls of 90 per cent; France said Russian supplies had tailed off 70 per cent, and Germany also reported a decline although did not quantify it.

The Czech Republic, which took over the EU presidency this month, had sharp words for Moscow. “Drastically curbing deliveries this way is no solution to business disputes,” said Alexandr Vondra, the Czech Deputy Prime Minister. “It is impossible to hold other countries hostage.” He demanded the warring sides reach an agreement by the end of the week.

In Bulgaria, the government has declared a “crisis situation”. The country not only has the lowest GDP per capita in the EU, but relies on Russia for all of its gas.

“Everyone was sent home from school after the gas suddenly went off,” said Patrizia, an 18-year-old student in the provincial town of Pazardzhik, where the daytime temperature was minus 8C. “It’s the first time I remember this happening, there was no warning, and people are worried because they have no idea how long it will last.”

Douglas Erskine, a British expat, said many of Bulgaria’s seven million residents would struggle. “Houses are poorly insulated, the electricity supply is unpredictable, and the elderly will struggle to get coal and wood. In many towns and villages, people gather in cafés to keep warm because they can’t pay for heating at home. What will become of them if the heating goes off?”

Bakers say the price of bread could rise by 5 per cent because of gas shortages. The disruption has already forced two big fertiliser producers and a major brewery to stop production, and metals and pharmaceutical firms warned they may have to follow suit.

An EU delegation headed to Kiev for talks yesterday. Separate discussions are planned with Gazprom representatives today in Berlin.

There are talks and demands now, but how long before the E.U. will respond militarily to the Russians provocation? After a hard winter where hundreds of people freeze to death? There is already talk of “stronger intervention” from the E.U. which will not go over well with Putin’s Russia.

The Georgian invasion has emboldened Russia to the point where they may force Europe’s hand. Then I guess we’ll see if the Europeans are still against American foreign intervention.

Putin Setting Up Next Cuban Missile Crisis

This is why McCain needs to be the next President:

“The Russian and Cuban military will exchange experience in organising tactical air defence and in training officers,” Interfax quoted Russian Land Forces spokesman Igor Konashenkov as saying.

The two sides will “discuss the prospect of training Cuban servicemen at the tactical air defence academies and training centres in Russia, using upgraded Russian-made military hardware,” Interfax quoted him as saying.

The delegation, led by the chief of Russia’s tactical air defence headquarters, Lieutenant General Alexander Maslov, will also look at “ways to strengthen relations between the Russian armed forces and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Cuba,” Konashenkov was quoted as saying.

The delegation will be in Cuba from Monday until November 3, Konashenkov was quoted as saying. Reuters could not immediately reach Konashenkov for comment.

In 1962, Cuba became the focus of the deepest crisis of the Cold War after the Soviet Union installed missiles there, prompting a standoff with Washington. The island’s government remains hostile to the United States.

In the past few months, Moscow has stepped up contacts with both Cuba and Venezuela, another South American critic of the United States.

Will Obama be able to stand firm against Castro and Putin the way JFK did? Doubtful. Vote McCain/Palin.

Obama Supporters Attack Palin Motorcade and Try to Murder Police Officer!

Obamunists, allied with violent anarchists and anti-capitalists, tried to halt Sarah Palin’s motorcade and probably assault the Governor and her family. Luckily police from Grand Junction, Colorado saved the day and wrestled the Manson-esque group away from the Governor, but during the altercation one of the Obama supporters shoved a police officer in front of a moving car! Here’s video:

CNN reports the incident this way:

Protesters tried to block the motorcade of Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in Grand Junction, Colorado, on Monday, but police dragged them out of the way.

The incident — just feet from the car carrying Palin — was captured on video by CNN affiliate KKCO-TV.

Eight to 10 protesters broke away from a larger group of demonstrators and darted into the street in front of Palin’s car just after the first police motorcycles in her motorcade had passed, said Acting Chief Troy Smith of the Grand Junction Police Department.

Wearing bandanas and with their faces covered, the protesters blocked the path and held up a large banner. Officers stopped their motorcycles, grabbed the protesters and dragged several out of the path of the oncoming motorcade.

At least two demonstrators were tackled and forced to the ground before being pulled away. One officer fell backwards into the path of an approaching vehicle but he was able to get out of the way in time.

Palin’s vehicle passed without a problem as other protesters chanted on the sidewalk, about a block from a site where Palin had addressed a rally.

Smith said officers saved the protesters from injury because “the motorcade likely would not have stopped” for them. He said “we don’t know what their intentions were” in trying to block Palin’s motorcade.

If by “fell” you mean got shoved by some would-be murderer than I guess that’s what happened. Police are investigating the incident.

Gateway Pundit has more.

Somali Pirates Hijack Ship Carrying 33 Russian Tanks

The ship was also carrying large quantities of weapons and ammunition:

MOSCOW — A Russian warship on Friday rushed to intercept a Ukrainian vessel carrying 33 battle tanks and ammunition that was seized by pirates off the Horn of Africa — a bold hijacking that heightened fears about the surging piracy and high-seas terrorism.

U.S. naval ships were in the area and “monitoring the situation,” and a U.S. Defense Department official said Washington was concerned about the attack.

“I think we’re looking at the full range of options here,” Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said.

It was unclear whether the pirates who seized the Faina Thursday knew ahead of time it was carrying 33 Russian-designed T-72 tanks, plus ammunition and spare parts, bound for Kenya. Analysts said it would be extremely difficult to sell such weaponry as Russian tanks.

Kenyan maritime welfare activist Andrew Mwangura told The Associated Press that the hijacking of such cargo was unprecedented.

“This is a jackpot in the piracy world,” he told AP.

The hijacking, with worldwide pirate attacks surging this year, could help rally stronger international support behind France, which has pushed aggressively for decisive action against Somali pirates.

Russian navy spokesman Capt. Igor Dygalo told the AP that the missile frigate Neustrashimy left the Baltic Sea port of Baltiisk a day before the hijacking to cooperate with other unspecified countries in anti-piracy efforts.

But he said the ship was then ordered directly to the Somalia coast after Thursday’s attack.

A lot of armchair warriors are saying the pirates will have no use for the tanks and will be unable to sell them. Not true, a rich warlord can hire mechanics to keep the T-72 up and running because it’s a design from the 70s and easy to learn to maintain compared to modern tank design. There’s a maximum height requirement so finding drivers will be harder than mechanics. But in Africa child soldiers are easy to come by.

An ambitious warlord may have just scored himself the ability to topple weak governments and fend of a weak willed west. The question is how much force the Russians will commit to Somalia if things go bad, and how long the Somali pirates can hold out.