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Taz.De: New, Old KGB Methods

posted by eagle on February, 2008 as Torture & Agony

From: Eagle_wng  (Original Message) Sent: 2/26/2008 1:14 AM
New, old KGB methods

To critical journalists to silence attacks Putin's Russia back in the box stunt from the Soviet era. Two prominent reporters live for months in US-exile. BY KLAUS-HELGE DONATH
"All I am slowly died, although I really lacked nothing," says Fatima Tlisowa. The journalist from the Caucasus lives since March in the United States. Your American employers, the news agency Associated Press, urged the 41-year-old Tscherkessin, Russia to leave. Her life was in danger. Tlisowa worked for various Russian media, including the Novaya Gazeta, whose Chechnya correspondent Anna Politkovskaya murdered in the autumn of 2006.

Tlisowa the Caucasus knows better than any other. From Nalchik, the capital of Kabardino-Balkaria Republic, she was exclusively with issues from the region. She felt corruption scandals to and met with officials, the free insulin and sugar einbehielten health against money horrendes sold, they uncovered involvement of the security authorities in the arms and drugs trade. Tlisowa wrote about young Muslims who are arrested, tortured and murdered because they allegedly were extremists. The real reason, however, was the persecution: The Republic had wanted Moscow presence in the anti-terror struggle "show, and so more money lockermachen.
Threats from "above" and the good advice of colleagues, the two mother from the wind. She could not simply harmless topics to write about, even though they monitored around the clock and intimidated. At a joint search 2004 she suddenly disappeared for several hours. Hours later, they came with fire paint on the hands. The Secret Service had them on the street to a car and dragged cigarette stubs on the fingers expressed. "Write not as a tool," warned the Häscher. It should also no longer with journalists from the West to cooperate. Russian colleagues were also under pressure, the contact Tlisowa to cancel. She was an agent of the Turkish secret service, they said.

All of this is harmless in comparison to what the journalist since the autumn of 2006 befell: First disappeared the 16-year-old son, after a day in the clutches drunken militiamen exempt. On 13 October, four days after the murder of Anna Politkovskaya, began a Geheimdienstler Tlisowa front of the apartment: "What do you think about the murder? We found him right. You risk that your children will be orphans." Shortly afterwards, after a tour, was again open the door, they had been broken and as countless times before missing again nothing. In the night continued headaches, body and tongue prevailed. The mucous broke up and the left hand is the skin into strips deduct. The investigation at the hospital revealed: "dysfunction of the kidneys and changes in the blood due to intoxication" - thus poisoning. Members brought them to Moscow. After prolonged observation attested there Clinic: "Ideals renal activity as a newborn." A doctor, despite its ban on the hospital management documents zuspielte, was sacked
The same was repeated in January. Had to re Tlisowa hospital with similar symptoms to be treated, this was still severe heart rhythm disturbances. Doctors in the United States three months later were neither traces of poisoning or other causes identified. It was kerngesund, confirmed the physician and supported so that the presumption that they have been poisoned. In the United States, she received refugee status, and a journalism scholarship.

In 2006 the Henry Foundation Tlisowa Nannen with the Bucerius Prize for Eastern European journalists. The secret in the Caucasus cared little: He forbade the regional TV even more to report. Tlisowa had their parents in the Caucasus, whose house in a remote mountain village by security officers searched.

That it with the kids in the United States could leave, is probably due to the intervention of President Vladimir Putin's special representative for Southern Federal District, Dmitry Kozak, back. Two murder cases row, Politkovskaya and the Poloniumattentat exile on the Russians and ex-agent Alexander Litvinenko in autumn in London, had the image of Russia abroad already enough damage.

The journalist Yuri Bagrow also received political asylum in the United States. The former correspondent for the US-foreign broadcaster Radio Liberty and AP staff stood since the beginning of the second Chechen war in 1999 to launch the list of the authorities. At that time Bagrow reported civilian casualties on the Russian bombings and death squads, which apparently links with the Russian secret service FSB talking.

Then he sat for massive problems. Bagrow was the son of a Russian officer's family in Georgia was born. Only after the collapse of the Soviet Union, he moved to study in Russia - and had once Russia's citizenship request. He got it first. After a FSB raided his apartment in the passport was gone. Suddenly, the authorities alleged, Bagrow would have citizenship illegally erschlichen. He should be expelled. Only after the intervention of the US State Department, the New York Committee to Protect Journalists and Reporters Without Borders saw one of these plans. But Bagrow received neither a passport or other papers. In the security zone of the Caucasus journalistic work was no longer possible - methods that the Soviet KGB already worked.

Translated from German Language by Google Automatic Translation.

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