Tuesday, November 29, 2011

How the Church of England Came to Ordain Women Priests

This is the true story of how the Church of England came to ordain women priests.

         My great-grandpa, Sam Welles Sr., saw Tchaikovsky perform at the inaugural concert of Carnegie Hall in 1891 when he was a seminary student in New York City. Here's the Wikipedia account of the event:

         "Another area in which Tchaikovsky promoted Russian music in general as well as his own compositions was as a guest conductor. In January 1887 he substituted at the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow on short notice for the first three performances of his opera Cherevichki. He had wanted to conquer conducting for at least a decade, as he saw that success outside Russia depended to some extent on his conducting his own works. Within a year of the Cherevichki performances, Tchaikovsky was in considerable demand throughout Europe and Russia, which helped him overcome life-long stage fright and boosted his self-assurance. Conducting brought him to America in 1891, where he led the New York Music Society's orchestra in his Festival Coronation March at the inaugural concert of New York's Carnegie Hall."

         When he was ordained as an Episcopal priest, he was sent to Oklahoma to live as a missionary. He had two sons on the farm- Sam Welles Jr. (my grandpa) and Edward Welles. One day in 1913 a black man wanted Holy Communion and so my great grandpa gave it to him. The town found out about it and informed my great grandpa that he and his family would be killed if they did not leave Oklahoma immediately. Sam Welles, by then a Canon, had a priest friend in New Jersey who gave him a job ministering to prisoners and hospital patients but the church never trusted him with his own parish again.

From Left: Sam, Mabel, Mary, Muriel, Bishop Edward
Mabel DeGeer, Canon Sam Welles

         My grandpa, Sam Welles Jr., was a Rhodes Scholar out of Princeton and he served in the State Department during WWII as the Special Assistant to Ambassador Winant at our London Embassy. After the war he worked as a Senior Editor for Time Magazine and he was invited to the 1947 Moscow Council of Foreign Ministers. He wrote a book about his trip titled, "Profile of Europe". For a while there was a photo of Sam Jr. with Shostakovich hanging in the Kremlin. Sam Jr. married my grandma, Margery Miller Welles, who was one of the founding authors of Sports Illustrated as well as their boxing expert. She has been placed on a list of nominees for the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
         Edward Welles ran track at Princeton where he met David Cecil, AKA Lord Burghley. Lord Burghley was immortalized in the film Chariots of Fire- his character was Lindsay, the man who stood and smoked a cigar while his butler poured champagne into glasses fixed on top of hurdles. My Uncle Edward Welles has been to that house. The real Lord Burghley was a conservative British politician who served as the Governor of Bermuda during WWII.
         Edward went on to become an Episcopal Bishop and he had a daughter, my cousin, Katrina Welles who was absolutely brilliant. I believe she graduated from Harvard by the age of 20 and she wanted to be a priest. Remember, Uncle Edward was on that farm in 1913 and he remembered what his father had done - so he and two of his bishop friends who were also retired ordained the first class of female Episcopal priests. Today those women are referred to as the Philadelphia 11 and they consisted of my cousin Katrina and her classmates. And this is the Church of England, so that meant that from that point on, women across the British Empire could be priests. The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church today is a woman named Bishop Katharine.
         Below is a picture of Bishop Edward Welles with FDR and Churchill during the war at Christ Cathedral in Alexandria, VA. (Edward is the one shaking hands with FDR.) Soon after this picture was taken, my grandpa was at our London Embassy as the SA to the US Ambassador. Churchill isn't looking at Uncle Edward but he almost certainly knew who he was- he's Sam's brother, but he's also Lord Burghley's friend.

From Left: Edward Welles, Winston Churchill, FDR at Christ Church in Alexandra, VA

         Also, while this picture was taken my grandma was a student at Wellesley. She would choose for her senior thesis to write a bio of Joe Louis which was reviewed by Eleanor Roosevelt and published before she graduated in 1945. So, to Mrs. Roosevelt- Edward Welles was Margery's brother in law and Sam the Rhodes Scholar/diplomat/Time-Life Executive was Margery's husband. Katrina Welles, one of the Philadelphia 11, was Margery's niece.
Katrina Welles Swanson
(My cousin)

Thursday, November 24, 2011

"What is he really like, this Joe Louis?" - Margery Miller Welles

A founding author of Sports Illustrated, my grandma has been 
nominated to join the International Boxing Hall of Fame. 

Margery Miller Welles -my grandma- witnessed one of the 
most important sporting events in American history in 1938 at age 15 when 
her father took her to Yankee Stadium to watch Joe Louis fight Max Schmeling. 
For her Wellesley College thesis she wrote a bio of Joe titled, 
"Joe Louis: American" which was published before she graduated in 1945 and 
reviewed by Ring Magazine founder Nat Fleischer and Eleanor Roosevelt. 

My grandma's 1945 Wellesley Senior Thesis - "Joe Louis: American"
which was reviewed by Eleanor Roosevelt and Nat Fleischer 

Here is an excerpt from Joe Louis: American

         People have been prompted to ask, What is he really like, this Joe Louis who is a Brown Bomber in the ring and who ranges himself on God's side outside of it? Joe Louis is not a paradox. Inside the ring he is intelligent, sincere, honest, and a gentleman. He is exactly the same outside of the ring.
         It would be ridiculous to paint as a paragon of virtue. He has had this share of faults. He is easy-going to a degree which has, in the past, brought embarrassment and trouble to himself and a great deal of anguish to his relatives and friends. His over-fondness for sleep and food has provided many a laugh for sports reporters covering his training camps. His manners are not quite polished. Yet the qualities which have made him stand out both as a fighter and a man are mostly desirable ones.
         Louis' ring brains are evident even to the uninitiated few. Joe does not charge out at the opening gong and try to smother his opponent with a fusillade of blows. His movements in the first minutes of the fight are usually cautious. He takes time to figure out his opponent, to find his weaknesses, and to plan his battle in a way that will take advantage of them. After knocking out Billy Conn in the thirteenth round, he explained to reporters that he had been waiting all evening for Billy to lose his head and leave himself open. "I figured once he got mad, he'd forget himself. So I just waited for that opening."
         Joe's maneuvering of Max Baer also showed the method behind Louis' punching. Toward the end of the second round, Louis began working his way back to his own corner and the unwary Baer followed him, sparring. When the bell rang, Louis had only to sit down. Max, a much more experienced athlete, had to walk across the ring to his stool. Joe has learned to make every moment count in the ring. He realizes energy is precious. When he expends it, he does so for a purpose. His every action is planned to speed up the defeat of his opponent. As a boxing fan once remarked, "Joe always acts like he's fixing to catch the early train back home to Chicago."

Memo I got from the IBHOF saying that my grandma had been nominated
and that my letter would be passed along to the selection committee. 

Monday, November 21, 2011

Russia: PM Putin Gets Booed - “End of an Era” or “Wishful Thinking”?

          When Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin stepped out to congratulate Mixed Martial Arts champion Fedor Emelianenko on Sunday, Nov. 20, he was visibly taken aback when he received a less than warm response from Moscow spectators.
          Putin's approval ratings have declined in recent months, but this public display of animosity towards him is perhaps the first of its kind during this election season, and it is remarkable because Putin's Russia has seen only a handful of incidents where the media captured a story that truly caught Putin off guard.
          Blogger and anti-corruption activist Alexey Navalny posted in his LiveJournal [ru] two videos of Putin's speech at the Olimpiysky Sports Complex in a post entitled, "The End of an Era." In the videos, Putin stepped on stage after Mr. Emelianenko defeated American Jeff Monson and did not say anything provocative. Speaking Russian, Putin simply referred to Mr. Emelianenko as a "genuine Russian hero," he congratulated him on his victory, and thanked him graciously.
          It appears from the video that the crowd was not reacting to Putin's words but rather they were reacting negatively to his presence. Navalny's post has generated nearly 3,000 comments. Here is LJ user poo-lin's video from Olimpiysky, which has been viewed 558,688 times on YouTube and received 2,630 comments since Navalny re-posted it on his blog:


 In the comments section to poo-lin's LiveJournal video entry [ru], LJ user largannn writes [ru]:
Thanks for the video! In the annals of history it will be [remembered] as "The beginning of the end of V.V. Putin's political career" )
Twitter users responded to the incident as well. Valery Dementiev:
Audience booed #Putin http://t.co/DTzNdWfq (#Emelianenko [himself is a member - ru] of United #Russia party.)
Alec Luhn:
#Emelianenko win=litmus test 4 Russian media. Gazeta.ru:Putin is booed, Lenta.ru:crowd was booing Monson, Izvestiya:no mention of booing
          Putin's United Russia party has been campaigning aggressively in recent months through a variety of mediums. Global Voices Author Alexey Sidorenko posted an article earlier this month, which described an incident of controversial campaigning in Russian schools by the United Russia party.
          Danger Room blog on Wired.com posted a video of a United Russia ad, which sparked controversy due to its blatant use of sex appeal, but also because it depicted irregular voting habits when more than one person occupied a voting booth:
[...] Titled with the double entendre (in English, at least), “Let’s Do It Together,” the ad follows a teenaged everyman as he chases after an attractive girl in a polling station. She flashes him a come-hither glare. The two set off into the polling booth to mark their ballots for Putin and who knows what else. Vote Vlad and this could be you. [...]
          Democracy Digest, a blog associated with World Movement for Democracy, contextualized Putin's current approval ratings by citing a Moscow Times article in a Nov. 9 post:
[...] "With 61 percent of respondents expressing approval for Putin’s actions as prime minister, the Oct. 28-Nov. 1 poll indicates that Putin will have little trouble carrying out his plan to return to the Kremlin. But his approval rating, down from 66 percent in a Levada poll conducted Oct. 21-24, was the lowest since August 2000, when he was dogged by the botched reaction to a naval disaster that killed all 118 crewmen aboard the Kursk submarine." [...]
          Ekaterina Vinokurova wrote in Gazeta.ru blog last month about a study conducted by Moscow State University which analyzed public opinion toward politicians and political parties. The data shows that Putin's approval rating is the lowest it has been throughout the ten years the study has been conducted:
[...] According to the study, only 44.5 per cent of the population approve of Putin's political views at the start of the campaign. This contrasts against the 70 percent support, which was expressed by respondents in the 2004 campaign and 47% in the campaign of 2000. 
Respondents were asked to assess different qualities of Putin from physical attractiveness to business performance. Compared with the year 2000 until the second term of Putin's admiration, voter approval has fallen by almost half: at the start of the campaign's second term and before the start of the campaign actually the third term of only 14% of respondents indicated that they like Putin's appearance against 28% in March 2000. 
Most importantly in the eyes of voters, according to the study, the professional and business qualities of Putin have suffered in his years in power, in March 2000 they were praised by 69% of respondents and in the March 2004 - 64%. Before the current election campaign only 17.1% of the interviewees approve. [...]
          Gazeta.ru blog ran an editorial written by Andrei Kolesnikov earlier this month about Putin's relationship with the media. Mr. Kolesnikov reminded readers about the Kursk disaster in Aug. 2000 when the Russian submarine sank off the Barents Sea losing all hands. The Kursk had been one of the first submarines commissioned after the fall of the Soviet Union and during the tragedy when the crew was stuck underwater, media outlets captured President Putin on vacation:
[...] In summer 2000 Putin, who just started to enjoy his presidency, saw on TV something he didn't like. (Maybe he'd prefer that nobody knew about this tragedy at all). A substantial part of Russian population didn't like that story. That same part of the Russian population forgave Putin the Kursk tragedy, and since then, his rating is like teflon, and the wool has been pulled over the eyes of the Russian audience so deeply that they hardly notice and their morally unexplainable indifference is huge. [...]
          Putin reacted to the Kursk incident by limiting the power of independent television stations. Mr. Kolesnikov continued in his editorial by reminding readers of the 2004 Beslan hostage crisis which in turn was followed by Putin's efforts to limit the power of the media:
[...] And then it happened again in 2004, when Chechen terrorists took a thousand schoolchildren hostages on the 1st of September and Izvestia national newspaper editor-in-chief did what every editor in the world was doing then – published the photographs showing the horror of what had happened. 
After 2004, TV and print media controlled by Kremlin didn't make such mistakes anymore– and by that we mean in their professional work, they avoided offending the aesthetic feelings of Russia's National Leader. The curtain of stagnation fell over TV screens and across front pages, and the "Father of the People" still calls it 'Social Stability'. Everything that crosses that line of TV series, where Comrade Stalin is a protagonist, the talk-shows with him again, the borders of dance reality shows and humor programs – it's all called "accruing of political capital". [...]
          Yuri Mamchur described in RussiaBlog in Dec. 2007 just how popular Putin was in anticipation of the 2008 Russian presidential election. He also suggested that with regard to Putin, sometimes election outcomes don't always reflect approval ratings.
Hugely so, judging from Russia's Dec. 2 parliamentary elections. Putin's United Russia party and its allies captured 400 of 450 seats in the Duma, making it highly likely that Putin will remain in power when his term ends next year. With widespread reports of voting irregularities, the election was not exactly a pure measure of Putin's popularity. Many voters were forced to mark ballots in full view of soldiers, for instance, and United Russia reportedly bought votes with cash and vodka. Still, such tactics were probably not necessary. Pre-election surveys put Putin's approval rating above 70 percent, and by all accounts, most Russians revere him.
          In the comments to Navalny's video post, many bloggers do not seem too impressed with the booing of Putin and call the "end of an era" interpretation of the incident "wishful thinking." Others, like LJ user mig_25tt, agree [ru] with Navalny:
Here we go - the opinion of the electorate... Honest and objective.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Russia: FC Anzhi Makhachkala and the Yeltsin Era Money

          Ever since the fall of the Soviet Union 20 years ago, the world has watched Russia's transition into capitalism with great interest. The Yeltsin era of the 1990's was characterized by a struggle over who would emerge from the transition with holdings of Russia's major sources of wealth, such as its natural resources. The victors in that struggle are known as the Oligarchs because they possess a degree of wealth that surpasses most people's ability to conceptualize. The January 2011 acquisition of a Russian Premier League soccer team FC Anzhi Makhachkala, in the most volatile region of Russia - Dagestan - by Suleyman Kerimov, a billionaire politician native to the region, is the most recent display of how that wealth is being used.
          Vladimir Putin's rise has had unexpected effects on the power of the Oligarchs in that he has been able to enforce limitations on them and to direct their activities. In August 2011, Jonathan Wilson wrote in a sports blog associated with The Guardian about Putin's influence:
[...] It's a fairly open secret that oligarchs are encouraged by Vladimir Putin to invest in sporting ventures. Kerimov may be a diehard Anzhi fan, but it seems just as likely that he was advised to invest. After all, if Anzhi do well, it 'normalises' the situation in Dagestan, just as Terek Grozny's ongoing presence in the top flight supposedly makes Chechnya a more palatable place. Decentralisation, reaching out to the regions, has been a cornerstone of Putin's policy in all spheres (its success in football is seen in the fact that none of the last four champions have been from Moscow). 
The issue of funding is a tricky one. Moscow pumps millions of pounds each year into developing the Caucasian region. If some of that money ends up being used to fund football clubs, it's little wonder that fans from Moscow feel aggrieved: why should their taxes indirectly subsidise Eto'o's wages? Kerimov, after all, didn't buy Anzhi; rather he was given it by the president of Dagestan, Magomedsalam Magomedov, in exchange for a promise of £120m of investment in infrastructure, including a new 40,000-capacity stadium. [...]
          This is not the first time, however, the oligarchs have delved into the sports world. Mr. Wilson reminded readers that in 1999 Mr. Kerimov entered into a business arrangement with fellow oligarchs Roman Abramovich and Oleg Deripaska:
[...] The three became notorious for their aggressive takeovers. Abramovich, of course, as well as buying Chelsea, funds the Russian state youth academy at Togliatti, as well as contributing to funds to pay for the 2014 Winter Olympics and the 2018 World Cup. Deripaska, who has been linked with takeovers of Arsenal and West Bromwich although his representatives have always denied any links with any UK football clubs, was a part-owner of Kuban Krasnodar until 2008. [...]
          The FC Anzhi venture is unique, however, in that the region is simply so volatile. Writing for a blog associated with Time Magazine in September 2011, Ishaan Tharoor quoted a Washington Post article to describe this volatility:
[...] Police have killed 100 people they identified as rebels since the beginning of the year, Interior Ministry officials said in June, and human rights activists accuse police of killing first and then finding a crime to assign to the body. Local journalists estimate that 1,000 to 1,500 armed men are in the forest at any one time, with perhaps 5,000 others prepared to join them. The forest shelters organized terrorism as well — the U.S. government has offered a $5 million reward for information leading to Doku Umarov, a Chechen terrorist with al-Qaeda connections suspected of hiding in Dagestan who has been accused of terrorist attacks on Moscow. [...]
          It has not yet been two decades since the brutal Chechen Wars of the 1990's. Mr. Tharoor later described an incident where a Russian FC Anzhi player was heckled when he stepped out to play for the Russian national team due to his affiliation with FC Anzhi:
[...] Nor is the rest of Russia all that pleased with Anzhi's emergence. When recent Anzhi arrival Yuri Zhirkov, formerly of London's Chelsea, turned out for the Russian national team, he was booed savagely by his own country's fans. They were angry about the perceived political leg-up afforded to a number of North Caucasus sides — a sentiment likely tinged with longstanding prejudices against those from the Caucasus. [...]
          Tatyana Bokova-Foley wrote on Russia! blog about the Suleiman Kerimov Foundation, which was established in 2010 and has since donated about $60 million to charitable causes. She explained that the Foundation does a variety of good works in Dagestan, many of which are not intended to earn a profit:
[...] The Kerimov Foundation continues to work in the [Dagestan] region. At a meeting about Dagestan, Medvedev praised the installation of computers in all the region’s general education schools. At some schools this was financed by the foundation, which spent around $1 million on modern computers and the total reconstruction of three general education schools in Derbent. [...] Kerimov is directly involved in the foundation’s operations, and uses his business skills to ensure it meets its goals, even if those goals are not to make money but to help people. Experts say that it is a model for the most effective nonprofits in Russia and the world.
          In February 2011, FC Anzhi acquired the Brazilian World Cup champion Roberto Carlos as well as Jucilei da Silva. Moroccan Mbark Boussoufa was then signed in March. This summer, however, marked a truly defining moment for FC Anzhi when it signed Cameroonian phenomenon, Samuel Eto'o, who is considered to be one of the very best strikers in the world - as well as the highest paid.

Roberto Carlos of Anzhi (R) vies for the ball with Roman Shirokov of Zenit (L) during Russian Premier League match between FC Zenit St. Petersburg and FC Anzhi Makhachkala. Photo by Mike Kireev, copyright © Demotix (21/03/2011)

          Soccer Village Blog described Mr. Kerimov's commitment to recruit world class talent in an October 2011 post:
[...] Roberto Carlos himself was in fact the club's first high profile signing when he joined back in February as a player.  Following the sacking of their coach, Gadzhi Gadzhiyev, in September Carlos was installed as joint caretaker manager.  The 2002 World Cup winner spoke further about Kerimov and stated quite matter of factly that the billionaire owner will continue to aggressively pursue more top international players.  He said: If Real, Barcelona or Manchester United cannot pay the transfer fee, we will pay it. Suleyman Kerimov can offer what he wants.’ [...]
          The post also mentioned that none of the FC Anzhi players live in the region. Instead they live over 1,000 miles away near Moscow and must commute at least 15 times per year in order to play their "home games." The official FC Anzhi Facebook page, which now has over 10,000 followers, posted a link to a Russian language article, which described the plane they use to travel. The article mentioned that former Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov was once a patron of that same plane. Two comments just below this article express contrasting views of Mr. Eto'o's decision to move to Russia:
Ewodo Dominic: samuel eto'o always makes the difference everywhere he goes. He is the best footballer the world!
Ian Mellor: what an idiot to go to Russia to waste his talent

Friday, November 4, 2011

Russia: Reactions to Arms Smuggler Viktor Bout's Conviction

          Many citizen media outlets from around the world have captured the controversy surrounding the Nov. 2 conviction of a Russian man named Viktor Bout by an American jury. Arms Control Now, the blog associated with the Washington, DC-based Arms Control Association (ACA), an organization founded in 1971 for the purposes of monitoring the world's most dangerous weapons, announced Mr. Bout's conviction:
After two days of deliberations, a New York jury has convicted Russian arms smuggler Viktor Bout on multiple conspiracy charges that could lead to his life imprisonment. Bout was found guilty of conspiring to aid the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a U.S.-designated foreign terrorist group, providing it with surface-to-air missiles, and conspiring to kill U.S. nationals and officials. A Feb. 8 sentencing has been scheduled by the Southern New York U.S. District Court. Bout’s lawyer has indicated that his client will take further legal means to challenge the verdict.
A website created in Mr. Bout's support offers this view on the convicted arms smuggler's identity:
Victor Bout is a Russian businessman who became one of the world’s famous on the basis of fictitious tales and stories which were generated from one source -- a corrupt United Nations contractor who was generously paid for the UN contracts he arranged with the help of others for Victor’s companies, and then became mad for vengeance when Victor refused to continue paying him. All you know about Victor Bout is traceable to Johan Peleman’s report, a report that was written as a novel and made Peleman an expert, a hero, and a very wealthy man. [...]
Viktor Bout extradited to the United States aboard a Drug Enforcement Administration plane on Nov. 16, 2010. Photo by Drug Enforcement Administration (in the public domain).

          At the heart of the controversy is the notion that although Mr. Bout's activities were international in nature, he was tried by an American jury, and therefore his accusers might have had political motives. Mr. Bout was not initially arrested in the United States but rather in Thailand. Russia opposed his extradition to the United States from Thailand. Douglas Farah, a Senior Fellow at the International Assessment and Strategy Center, announced Mr. Bout's extradition in his Aug. 20, 2010, post:
Well, it is a day I had long predicted would never occur, but I have never been happier to be wrong. A Thai appeals court today ruled the Russian weapons merchant Viktor Bout could be extradited to stand trial in the United States. [...]
          In her Oct. 31 post on CNN.com's Global Public Square blog, Kathi Austin, a former arms trafficking expert for the United Nations, described her perception of the trial itself, which she had witnessed in person:
[...] Viktor Bout’s defense has been built around the notion that he was conning the undercover DEA operatives, posing as the FARC, about a potential arms deal only because he wanted to sell them a couple of airplanes – ones in his fleet that Bout still had parked in the Congo despite the fact these assets should have been frozen under the current UN sanctions regime. The U.S. called the aviation witnesses in an effort to provide additional corroboration that Bout had the intent and ability to supply arms as in the past. The prosecution has argued that the airplanes were just part and parcel of the entire package deal, as it would typically be for multi-capacity arms dealers like Bout. On the surface, the positions of the prosecution and defense may appear to be different. But on closer examination, each point to the same conclusion when it comes to the problematic way arms trafficking networks conduct their murky business by air. In the wrong hands, as Bout exemplifies, aviation can contribute to a diabolical ecosystem destroying many lives when weapons are illicitly delivered. When it comes to tightening arms brokering controls in the future, this sector must be included. [...]
        On Twitter, Andrew Osborn, a Moscow correspondent for The Daily Telegraph, posted this ominous appraisal of the trial's outcome:
Viktor Bout's conviction will definitely damage the already faltering reset in relations between the US and Russia #russia #bout
Mr. Osborn also mentioned the reactions inside Russia:
In Russia hardcore nationalists like LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky regard Viktor Bout as a wronged innocent of the motherland #russia
          The Russian daily Izvestia published an opinion piece by businessman and suspected criminal Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov, aka Taiwanchik, who captured a Russian perspective [ru] on Mr. Bout's conviction:
[...] The problem with these kinds of stories is that the United States regularly and harshly blamed our citizens for some incredible crimes, after which it takes a long time to prove one's innocence and clean oneself of negative impact. This means that Americans gain trumps in the political game against Russia, and we have no way to fight it, no recourse. Americans might intervene everywhere, and we, as it turns out, can not adequately respond. Why can the US authorities arrest a Russian citizen in a third country and extradite him and try him without our intervention? And we do not intervene, because Russia is still in some ways a dependent country. It is difficult for us to utilize strong initiatives to protect our citizens - we want to get into the WTO and to show civilized politics. [...] [...] In this case, time is a doctor. Thanks to our current authorities, the country is growing mightier, and maybe in 5-10 years, in some cases, we'll be able to unzip the fly [on our pants], so to say, and show them.
          The publication of Mr. Tokhtakhunov text has surprised and outraged some of the Izvestia readers; below is a selection of their comments [ru]. Elena wrote:
Oh, [Russia has reached a new low] - bandit [...] Taiwanchik expresses his "expert opinion." He unzips his fly - and his mental development becomes obvious right away.
Ilya wrote:
When will this respected publication offer us an expert opinion of another bandit? We, the citizens of the Great Power, are unable to sleep and eat until the thugs teach us how to live.
Lyokha wrote:
We are eagerly awaiting texts by [mobster Aslan Usoyan, aka Grandpa Hassan] and other noteworthy individuals.
Bonzai Aware wrote:
The author of the article features in the film "Thieves by Law," talking passionately about his career as a thief and about how hard it is to escape [Interpol]. Astra Film 2011 - Thieves by Law - watch it on YouTube. This is definitely someone we shouldn't be defending. We do not need such people.