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From: Victor Kalashnikov <machinegun@online.ru>
Subject: viruses
Date: Tue, 27 Nov 2001

Dear David:

The Internet offers its own ways for self-expression and sentiment manifestation. Every time I appear in JRL I use to get one 'exe'-extended file into my private mail-box shortly thereafter.

Last Thursday, my wife published an article in 'Nezavisimaya gazeta' on tightening information security in the US. There she also mentioned the additional obstacles foreign services would have to overcome, especially after the surveillance base on Cuba has been closed. She also reflected on decisions made by Russia's Supreme Court to rearrange sensitive information regulations.

The same day seven virus-contaminated files arrived. But this time I somehow managed to identify the precise sender- address, through which they have been forwarded. It happened to be located in the office of the Administration in one of the Russian provinces. I even have the department to which the computer is attached and the name of the official operating it.

I offer this information to JRL since I think publicity must work.

Using the opportunity, I'd also like to comment on the two JRL items.

There was, for example, a piece in the 'Boston Globe' on Bush-Putin summit. The lady advanced her pro-Putin ('Vlad', as she put it) position by especially pointing out his sexiness. She argued: 'He doesn't drink. He loves the West. He plays sports and is visibly buff. Also balding, in a cute, Jean-Luc Picard sort of way. Or maybe a Thom Yorke sort of way'.

Vlad Putin, even in his Soviet Culture House in Leipzig must have been reached by saying of Gen. Erich Mielke. The famous Stasi-boss made it on a meeting on Western CI- measures regarding the so-called 'Romeo-cases'. In such cases a number of 'Balsac-aged' (30-40 years old) female- employees at Nato and in various Western governments had been involved. Mielke said: 'All their efforts to eradicate evils would be in vain. They would never manage to change women's psychology'.

Another comment refers to a recent Russian piece in the JRL, suggesting far-reaching US-Russia military cooperation.

There's an excerpt from the letter sent by a non- commissioned officer to 'Nezavisimaya gazeta': 'I have been in Chechnya since February 2000, and I am well aware on the enemy and our servicemen. Have you ever looked into eyes of the hungry soldiers? Have you ever seen what they're dressed in? These are raggery, not military uniforms. We have been in action in the area of Sharoi in June-August. Under fire, risking their lives, our soldiers run to still warm bodies of the killed bandits to take off their superb uniforms and footwear. My heart was bleeding when I saw how the Chechen fighters were equipped compared to what we had at our disposal. All Russia's military reforms have been lasting since 1985 but 'the patient is still rather death than alive'. Where're all those Ka-50, Ka-52 and Mi-28? Our pilots still fly the Afghanistan-time machines with the barely topped-up bullet-holes... I see no reason to write to Defence Ministry about all this. But ordinary people should know the truth.'

If the West, which had won the cold war, were really to do a good thing to Russians, it would not involve Moscow into big geopolitical games or into stupid projects like 'Russia entering Nato'. They only help to the ruling clique to imitate a superpower status to keep itself afloat with the West's support.

The West would (it hasn't to, actually, but it has repeatedly proclaimed its willingness to help the Russian people to alleviate their miseries) urge Putin and his ministers to pay salaries to teachers and doctors, to buy proper clothes to soldiers, and to let municipal utilities be repaired. There're funds available for it if they are not wasted for constructing another presidential resort on the Black Sea or continuing Kremlin refurbishment (Borodin case), as well as for conducting a world-wide propaganda campaign.

Urging Putin would mean to make him stick with his constitutional obligations. Otherwise he, like Gorbachev and Yeltsin, may evade his domestic duties to play a more attractive international role.

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