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Finnish Broadcasting Company program MOT covers Mari-El

Finnish Broadcasting Company’s MOT program covered Mari-El during their most recent show this Monday.

Unfortunately the transcript is only available in Finnish at the moment, but the program covered most aspects of Russian oppression of Mari-El culture brilliantly.

The unsolved murders and other violent acts towards Mari-El activists were thoroughly discussed. The journalists wanted to interview Mari-El President Leonid Markelov over the issue, but their interview request was never answered. The little dictator has a history of animosity towards Finnish media, so it’s not surprising at all. He put his propaganda machine at news12.ru in full swing though, and the questions sent along with the interview request somehow ended up on the pro Russian propaganda website with “commentary” from the morons running the site. Apparently asking about how violent acts towards Mari people never seem to result in arrests is “preparing for another Finnish provocation of Russia.” Well, you can’t really fault the logic of neo-nazis, simply because there is none.

Leonid Markelov is in good company for not commenting on the story. The Finnish President, Tarja Halonen, joined him in the club. It’s interesting to see Finnish Government staying silent on this issue. Apparently criticizing Russia is just as “delicate” as criticizing Soviet Union once was for Finnish Government officials.
The program also investigates some curious “public works” projects in the Republic. Mari-El is one of the poorest regions of Russia, but yet the President is proudly building a 2nd swimming hall (not a small one either) and a third hockey arena (the region’s best hockey teams do not play in any major league in Russia). Well, bread and circuses worked for Romans, why not for a small-time communist wannabe dictator in Russia.

The program covered the cultural oppression as well mentioning mari language school closures and firings of Mari activists from their jobs.

All in all, the show was one of the best, if not the best, coverage over the Mari-El issue in recent times. Kudos to MOT and the Finnish Broadcasting Company for showing it.


news12.ru is back as news12.info

The pro-russian propaganda site news12.ru is back as news12.info.

Looks like Vladimir Jashmetov from New Torial, Mari-El decided to resurrect the anti-Mari site after it dissappeared last February. news12.info has been registered on Feb 24th, immediately after news12.ru dissappeared. That lends credibility to the theory that the site was becoming a political liability, and the site owners were commanded to move it away from the .ru domain.

Here’re the domain registration records for news12.info:

Domain ID:D12193850-LRMS
Domain Name:NEWS12.INFO
Created On:24-Feb-2006 08:28:09 UTC
Last Updated On:25-Feb-2006 17:06:08 UTC
Expiration Date:24-Feb-2007 08:28:09 UTC
Sponsoring Registrar:Tucows Inc. (R139-LRMS)
Registrant ID:tuyryRijJHJIUlpG
Registrant Name:Vladimir Jashmetov
Registrant Organization:none
Registrant Street1:st. Mehanizatorov, 14-2
Registrant Street2:
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Registrant City:New Torial
Registrant State/Province:Mary El
Registrant Postal Code:424001
Registrant Country:RU
Registrant Phone:+7.8362631212
Registrant Phone Ext.:
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Registrant Email:vladimiryg@rambler.ru
Admin ID:tuyryRijJHJIUlpG
Admin Name:Vladimir Jashmetov
Admin Organization:none
Admin Street1:st. Mehanizatorov, 14-2
Admin Street2:
Admin Street3:
Admin City:New Torial
Admin State/Province:Mary El
Admin Postal Code:424001
Admin Country:RU
Admin Phone:+7.8362631212
Admin Phone Ext.:
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Admin FAX Ext.:
Admin Email:vladimiryg@rambler.ru
Billing ID:tuyryRijJHJIUlpG
Billing Name:Vladimir Jashmetov
Billing Organization:none
Billing Street1:st. Mehanizatorov, 14-2
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Billing City:New Torial
Billing State/Province:Mary El
Billing Postal Code:424001
Billing Country:RU
Billing Phone:+7.8362631212
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Billing FAX Ext.:
Billing Email:vladimiryg@rambler.ru
Tech ID:tuyryRijJHJIUlpG
Tech Name:Vladimir Jashmetov
Tech Organization:none
Tech Street1:st. Mehanizatorov, 14-2
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Tech City:New Torial
Tech State/Province:Mary El
Tech Postal Code:424001
Tech Country:RU
Tech Phone:+7.8362631212
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Tech Email:vladimiryg@rambler.ru


Pro-Russian propaganda against ethnic minorities at its best

I was tipped about the most interesting “news” site in Russia. news12.ru is an excellent collection of nationalistic propaganda, hate speech, outright lies and Pro-Russian posturing at the expense of the Finno-Ugric minorities in the Mari-El region.

They seem to generate half their “news” from forum postings from their “fans”, most of which are probably skinheads. Anyone acting to advance the Mari-El people is labeled as an agent of foreign countries out to get Mother Russia itself.

2006-02-28 Update: Looks like news12.ru is currently down. I wonder if the FSB ran out of money in their information warfare aka propaganda division.

I’ve written about Mari-El people before.

-TPP – tormoz