No More Mister Nice Guy: Newsweek’s Kremlin Fairy Tale by Chris Floyd

Dandelion Salad

Written by Chris Floyd
Wednesday, 18 July 2007

Putin’s Dark Descent.” That’s the minatory headline on the latest Newsweek International Edition. (I’m not sure what’s on the current cover of the Stateside edition: “Did Jesus Raise Puppies From the Dead? Theologians Weigh In,” or some other burning topic, I imagine.)

In any case, Newsweek International draws up a bill of indictment against the Russian president, who is not at all a nice guy, it seems. The big whopping article is by Owen Matthews (who, as it happens, was once a colleague of mine at the Moscow Times, more than 10 years ago, although aside from his patented “young fogey” look and jaded aristo mannerisms, I don’t recall that much about him.) Matthews’ story is a standard rehash of recent low points in Russia’s relations with the United States. (Oddly enough, Matthews entirely ignores the far more interesting — and turbulent — turn in Russia’s relationship with Britain, which has just expelled four Russian diplomats over the Litvinenko affair. Britain wants Moscow to extradite the man that UK police believe was behind Livenenko’s fatal radiation poisoning; Russia wants Britain to stop sheltering exiled oligarch Boris Berezovsky, who has lately been using his safe London perch to call for armed revolution in Russia. UK experts say that Moscow-London relations are now at their lowest point since the 1970s.)



Alexander Litvinenko/Ex-KBG Spy