Monday, November 20, 2006

Russia’s Spiral into its Totalitarian Past

"We Drink and Bathe from the Toilets" -- Iranian Dissident Trapped 73 Days in Moscow Airport - Exclusive Pajamas Media Video

The poisoning in London over the weekend of a , former Russian KGB agent coupled with the gangland-style killing of a Russian journalist last month is frightening and dangerous for everyone who criticizes the Russian regime's undemocratic ways.

Additional sign that Russia is rolling back dermocracy is a report by Pajamasmedia that an Iranian dissident Zahra Kamalfar has been living with her children under unspeakable conditions in the transit area of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport for 73 days (now more). A one-time demonstrator against the extremist theocracy, she escaped from an Iranian prison when on a two-day furlough to visit her children. She ended up being buffeted from country to country, then spent months in a Moscow deportation motel before being ejected and left to float in the transit area of the airport. Now in imminent danger (possibly Monday, if the Russians cooperate) of being taken back to the Islamic Republic for the Mullahs’ version of justice, Ms. Kamalfar speaks out in this dramatic video smuggled out of the airport to Pajamas Media. Note that Russia acceded to the 1951 Refugee Convention in 1993. As a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention, Russia is responsible for carrying out the refugee status determination procedure and granting asylum to those people who are entitled to it.

See Azarmehr's eloquent entry on this issue by clicking here.

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