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15 Nov 2007 (updated 29 Nov 2012 at 02:08 UTC) »

ghee @ 2007-07-01T02:06:00

Journalist Ildar Isangulov reminds that a criminal gang member's testimony against Igor Izmestyev, a Bashkir representative in Russia's Upper House, can hardly be credible. The "Putin attack" suspect Alexander Pumane beaten to death by Moscow criminal investigators [1][2] was later linked to the same gang. The journalist asks if the gang members were threatened with a similar treatment and forced to give a false testimony against Izmestyev.

"Siloviks" have been a staple of Russian history for ages.

Just as a prominent poet Ilya Kormiltsev, I can't wait to see a dance floor in place of Kremlin.

An old time dissident Vladimir Bukovsky recognized the disadvantage of concentrating all-Russia rule in one place and suggested to decentralize the federal system should he become a president.

No wonder Vladimir Sorokin, the author of Oprichnik's Day, favoured Bukovsky's candidacy. I agree with Sorokin's point that the tyrannical past has returned. The good Kremlin is the dance floor Kremlin.

Syndicated 2007-07-01 07:06:31 (Updated 2012-11-28 23:35:41) from Ilguiz (eel ghEEz) Latypov

Body of evidence

It was not until this week that an amendment to a Russian law on burying and funeral arrangements came into a light. According to Novaya Gazeta, Putin signed the amendment suggested by Duma one month after the Dubrovka hostage taking. The amendment prohibits from returning the bodies of those who were killed "as a result of interception of their terrorist activity". The location of the burials is also a secret.

According to Alexander Podrabinek, such amendment makes it impossible to find the exact cause of death and avoid falsification.

On June 28, 2007 Russian Constitutional Court confirmed the amendment.

It seems that the only governing body in Russia is the European Court of Human Rights.

Syndicated 2007-06-30 18:10:54 from Ilguiz (eel ghEEz) Latypov

15 Nov 2007 (updated 3 Mar 2011 at 16:14 UTC) »
15 Nov 2007 (updated 24 Oct 2008 at 23:07 UTC) »

paperless technologies

I've prepared myself to a paper-free world: I am now a proud owner of a bidet add-on, thanks to South Korean and US innovators.

The manual was puzzling just as many other do-it-yourself guides. I figured the metal-insulated flexible hose was to replace the existing pipe connecting the cold water line with the toilet bowl. This is to allow an extra T-valve between the line and the bowl.

The narrow plastic tube was long enough to be cut in two pieces. The short half-a-meter piece connected the bidet with the new cold water T-valve. The longer three-meter piece reached the hot water line under the sink. Using the supplied clamp, I pierced the hot water tap pipe and stuck the plastic tube.

I was afraid to drill any holes in the sink closet. My prudence was rewarded: the plastic tube bent around the corners well, and the closet door's gap was small.

The manual did not say that only the connecting pipe, which was part of the tap, should be pierced, not the line carrying water to it. I guess it will be easier to replace the tap or its part rather than to plug the line when we move.

The model I chose required both cold and hot water supplies. It relied on the existing water pressure and did not need electricity. First tests gave expectedly unexpected sensations, and I found the jet razor sharp. Ouch!

Syndicated 2007-05-28 18:22:16 (Updated 2007-08-14 22:07:36) from Ilguiz (eel ghEEz) Latypov

15 Nov 2007 (updated 24 Oct 2008 at 23:07 UTC) »

станция Пионерская

Оказывается, Оперный театр (народный дом имени Аксакова) был построен по идее уфимского губернатора Ключарёва, возникшей в 1909-м году.

http://www.journal-ufa.ru/index.php?id=32&num=54

http://www.journal-ufa.ru/index.php?id=462&num=55

Ключарёв, Александр Степанович

Syndicated 2006-06-19 06:13:49 (Updated 2007-07-25 05:53:54) from Ilguiz (eel ghEEz) Latypov

15 Nov 2007 (updated 24 Oct 2008 at 23:07 UTC) »

ghee @ 2006-05-25T19:46:00

Внёс немногое, что знаю о предках, в генеалогический вики-проект.

http://ru.rodovid.org/wk/Special:Tree/18017

Syndicated 2006-05-26 00:14:58 (Updated 2007-06-01 18:34:55) from Ilguiz (eel ghEEz) Latypov

Давно хотел узнать...

Некоторые восклицания трудно передать на бумаге. Например, удивлённый возглас "Мхыы!", который произносится на вдохе? Сегодня по второму каналу Си-би-си с утра порадовал скромный и временами потешный ведущий. Объявляя очередное классическое произведение, он предложил свою ассоциацию: "Все мы знаем, как весело встречать рождество и видеть другие семьи. «Смотрите, Джонсы! А, это Смиты! И — мхыы! — Монтегю!»".

Syndicated 2005-12-12 19:24:10 from Ilguiz (eel ghEEz) Latypov

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