Tuesday, February 01, 2005


Russian Roulette

One wonders how may times Putin will be able to deflect his supporters' anger elsewhere before it all comes back to him.

Case in point:Russian officials linked to Beslan tragedy:

The head of the Russian parliamentary commission investigating the September terrorist attack in the North Ossetian town of Beslan told journalists on Thursday that senior Russian officers and federal officials had helped organize the hostage-taking raid in which more than 330 people, half of them children, were killed.

Commission head Alexander Torshin, who is also a deputy speaker of parliament's upper chamber, the Federation Council, said two of the terrorists’ accomplices have been arrested, three have been placed on the wanted list, and evidence implicating two others has been passed on to the General Prosecutor’s Office.

Torshin said the accomplices were Russian officers holding ranks higher than lieutenant-colonel. Another member of the commission, Vladimir Kulakov, said the accomplices were not only republican officials from North Ossetia, but were also federal officials, who still occupy their posts.
There's no hard and fast rule on what the limit is, but there is a limit.