Why you won’t read Vladimir Putin’s Dark Rise to power

putinIf you check out the September issue of GQ you’ll see on the cover a picture of Michael Jackson, a nod to tennis star Andy Roddick’s wife and a ranking of obnoxious colleges and top drinking cities.  But, what you won’t see is any mention of Scott Anderson’s digging into a 1999 bombing in Russia. 

Anderson, 50, is an accomplished journalist and the reason the piece is being buried has much to do with the nature of “Vladimir Putin’s Dark Rise to Power.” 

The piece “challenges the official line on a series of bombings that killed hundreds of people in 1999 in Russia. It profiles a former KGB agent who spoke in great detail and on the record, at no small risk to himself.”  And yet, GQ’s parent company, Conde Nast, has decided to make the piece go away. You can’t even find it on the internet and you can be sure that no Russians will see it either because Conde Nast is bowing to fear from retrobution from Putin’s government. 

“If you’re worried about repercussions and you bow to them, you’re basically surrendering to the other side,” Anderson says.

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  • Joe September 7, 2009, 7:38 am

    I agree with Jan here. There is no logic or reason in how the world’s map is painted now, so the question is not what is right or wrong but who can accept the status quo. Many of these areas John mentioned actually can.

    Any time you have some sort of local government there will be ppl who want to secede. Take Georgia or Texas for example in the States. It is much cooler to be a president of an independent state than a president of an autonomous region. Clearly many regions that John mentions have rich oil/gas deposits and will become Saudi Arabias of Siberia upon secession. It is hard if not impossible to differentiate these considerations from genuine desire to leave the host state.

  • Jan September 6, 2009, 12:32 pm

    John Smith obviously knows very little of what he’s talking.
    I wonder hom many time has he been to those ‘republics’ and what exactly he knows about them when he can’t even spell some of them correctly.
    ‘Linguistically’ as he puts it Native Americans (indian, inuit, eskimos people etc.) are not American, they also have their own culture, tradition and religion, and I bet many of them dream about their independence (using the author’s slang). So why would you not raise your voice to support their dream and demand from the not-so-blameless U.S. regime to let them have it.
    The argument presented by John Smith is laughable and extremely disfunctional.

    This is not to defent the Putin’s regime. This is to eliminate shortsighted and groundless arguments that only muddle the waters and give the regime reason to discard all arguments claiming their absurdity.

    Stop the blabbing, do your homework and come up with real stuff.

  • John Smiths September 6, 2009, 11:27 am

    What is Russia

    All this Republics have their own presidents, own national flag, own parliaments, hymn and all other things that an independent state needs. These republics are not Russian linguistically, they have their own culture, traditions and religion.

    Full independence for Russian colonies:

    The Adygea Republic
    The Tatarstan Republic
    The Chechnya Republic
    The Dagestan Republic
    The North Ossetia
    The Bashkortostan Republic
    The Karelia Republic
    The Altai Republic
    The Kabardino-Balkaria
    The Buryatia Republic
    The Chuvash Rebublic
    The Ingushetia Republic
    The Kalmykia Republic
    The Karachayevo-Circassian Republic
    The Khakasia Republic
    The Komi Republic
    The Mari Republic
    The Mordovian Republic
    The Sakha Republic (Yakutia)
    The Tyva Republic
    The Udmurtia Republic


    It is only Putin’s bloody regime, that does not tolerate freedom
    of speech, makes them afraid to speak about this.
    These republics are in fact independent, they are not
    Russians and never want to be. Chechnya for example has
    already issued a declaration of independence, that is one
    step away recognition. How cynical can you be to demand
    independence for regions in Georgia and not to allow this
    for republics in Russia.

  • gclark September 4, 2009, 6:45 pm

    I looked into the Russian apartment bombings last year and quickly came to the conclusion that the FSB was behind them. They were caught red-handed in Ryazan and needed 24 hours to come up with the implausible story that the Ryazan incident was a terror drill beautifully foiled by vigilant citizens. Right.

    Governments have been false-flagging their own people for a very long time. It’s a way of gaining power over the citizens, an appeal to fear and to a Carl Schmitt “external enemy.” 9/11/01 was the same thing, loathe though most Americans are to even admit that possibility.