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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Civilians Must Live With NATO's Radiation

In response to "NATO Under Fire for Use of Uranium," Jan. 10.


It is touching to see how concerned Western officials and the media are with the fate of the few thousand NATO soldiers serving in the Balkans, without ever uttering a word about the 10 million Serbs and Albanians who were unwillingly exposed to the depleted uranium bombs.

The "humanitarian war against the Milosevic regime" is for sure going to haunt this unfortunate part of the world long after anybody can remember the dictator’s name. Cancer, birth defects and contaminated soil and water are going to be with us for decades to come.

I expect the next move of civilized Europeans is going to be an import ban on all food products from Serbia, hence pushing the country deeper into misery and dependency. This more-than-cynical selective concern smacks of racism and hypocrisy.

Peter Rajacic

Saratov's Megalomaniac

In response to "The Price of Loyalty," a comment by Ilya Malyakin, Dec. 13.


I completely agree with your article about Saratov Governor Dmitry Ayatskov, an infamous and obsequious time-server. I am from Saratov myself and spend all my holidays there and can testify to the calamitous conditions and the low standard of life there under this power-loving character.

I remember a few years back when President Boris Yeltsin flew into town. Ayatskov arranged for two balloons to hold a huge banner proclaiming, "Yeltsin is our president!" I am sure that the tsar was pleased. Ayatskov even presented Yeltsin with a crystal crown, a not very subtle indication of Ayatskov’s views.

Local media in Saratov are strictly under the governor’s control. His well-nourished figure often graces local television and newspapers are full of articles praising his accomplishments. He does not tolerate any criticism.

Yevgeny Kunitsyn

An Accountable Police

In response to "The Return of the Good Old 'Organs'," a column by Boris Kagarlitsky, Dec. 16.


I found your article on the "security organs" very enlightening and insightful. Indeed such problems are not unknown in the United States from the days of former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover.

The primary problem of any democratic society is to keep police services within the bounds of general liberty. I watch what is happening in the Russian Federation and cheer when you make those steps toward legality and accountability in your police services.

Daniel Spyker
Detroit, Michigan

Bravo, Moscow Times


The Moscow Times has been a lifeline for me during my four months in Moscow.

I have been studying the Russian language while teaching in English at Moscow State University. However, my language skills are far from comprehending much of the evening news, so I was dependent on your newspaper for so many important issues. I am especially grateful for your honest and courageous coverage of the Edmond Pope trial — not only the coverage, but the editorials as well. Your succinct and detailed coverage of global news was very helpful.

As a person living in Moscow for the first time, I found it very enlightening to be able to read news of happenings in Moscow and greater Russia, news that was not always covered on television.

Perhaps most important for a professor of literature was the weekly column by John Freedman on the dramatic productions in the city and the calendar, which enabled me to attend a number of cultural events. John Freedman’s perceptive comments on contemporary Russian drama were invaluable to me. Drama is one of the best means of understanding a culture, and so I deeply appreciated his comments and critiques.

I gather that you are making some changes in the paper now, but I hope this excellent cultural colloquium will continue. It is so important for foreigners who want to experience the life of Russian drama.

So, as I prepare to leave Moscow, I wish to thank you for an excellent newspaper. At a time when many fear that the media here are not free to report the news with honesty and integrity, your paper spoke the truth with great courage. This I have admired so much.

Elizabeth Walsh
University of San Diego


I am an American factory worker with an interest in Russia and world affairs. By accident I came across your paper’s Internet site and was very impressed by your articles. Thanks for creating such a fine place for news. It opens a window for me on current Russian affairs. I think your paper has a courageous style that American papers seem to be losing lately. Keep up the good work!

Scott E. Bruneau
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Stick With What Works


I have been a client of The Moscow Times for more than five years, and for a long time this paper had both "Business" and "Finance" matters in the center where readers could quickly see the main subjects. My opinion is shared by many readers when I kindly suggest that you continue with the previous layout because it is better than the new one.

Rolando Alcala Callava