Video: Russian soldier shooting Israeli journalists; Update: Open season on reporters?

posted at 4:50 pm on August 14, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

Knowing no one got seriously hurt makes watching this video clip somewhat easier. Apparently, Russian soldiers don’t particularly like international journalists watching them around the Georgian city of Gori, and one in particular made that spectacularly clear. When firing his pistol in the air didn’t chase Israeli reporters from Ynet out of the area, he aimed a little lower:

“We arrived on the outskirts of Gori on Thursday, during the afternoon. There were a lot of Russian troops and television crews. We arrived about two hours after an altercation almost broke out between Russian troops and Georgians. The Georgians were there to welcome their army, and the Russian troops brushed them off.

“As I was taking pictures around Gori, a Russian soldier approached me and started shooting his weapon in the air,” added Sheizaf. “People were running scared and our driver had disappeared. Suddenly a soldier appeared, I didn’t know if he was an Osstetian or a Chechen. He pointed his weapon at me and screamed, ‘Where are the car keys?’

“I approached the driver’s side of the car and saw that the keys were in the ignition. I tried to get into the car and run, but the soldier pushed me and then he fired a round which nearly hit my foot, it actually hit the tip of my sandal.["]

The YouTube description says the soldier was drunk, a detail that doesn’t make it into the Ynet report, but may account for why the journalist survived his encounter. Russian soldiers stole the car and sped off, taking with them the reporters’ passports — which could have complicated their exit from Georgia, especially with the diplomatic turmoil in the nation at the moment.

Surprisingly, Russian officers drove the car back to the journalists within 20 minutes. They got better treatment than the Georgians, who still cannot come back into their own city, which the Russians have blockaded.

Update: This wasn’t an isolated incident, apparently. A Georgian reporter got hit by a sniper on live television, but kept her composure (via Power Line):

Maybe Russia has declared open season on reporters? And why would a sniper aim for an unarmed woman in the middle of the street in broad daylight, who’s doing nothing but reporting for a television station? Mighty brave fellows, those Russian soldiers.


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Black racistAmoral nation!

freevillage on August 14, 2008 at 4:52 PM

Hmmmm, does international law come into this?

I think not.

upinak on August 14, 2008 at 4:54 PM

The YouTube description says the soldier was drunk, a detail that doesn’t make it into the Ynet report, but may account for why the journalist survived his encounter.

Wouldn’t be surprising. CNN had a reporter walking amongst the Russians and he said there was a visible odor of alcohol in even the commander’s breath.

amerpundit on August 14, 2008 at 4:54 PM

visible=noticeable. Don’t ask.

amerpundit on August 14, 2008 at 4:55 PM

And the world yawns. Will allies like us, who needs enemies?

el hombre on August 14, 2008 at 4:55 PM

Hey, someone’s shooting at Georgian reporters, too.

Frozen Tex on August 14, 2008 at 4:55 PM

By the sound of his foul mouthing i’d say he’s an Ossetian or some other Kavkazian. And most definitly drunk too.

But that happened right next to the Russian colomn of tanks, so they are responsible eather way.

Aristotle on August 14, 2008 at 4:55 PM

Typical Russian common soldier…a thug.

(Wonder if he has been offered a re-up bonus?)

And these are the guys who are going to “guarantee” anything?

Send me a company of Ghurkas, under the UN, today, right now…let them “guarantee” what needs to be guaranteed.

coldwarrior on August 14, 2008 at 4:56 PM

push the button

Onager on August 14, 2008 at 4:57 PM

Surprisingly, Russian officers drove the car back to the journalists within 20 minutes.

And I bet the drunken as*wipe that stole it got a talking to. Russia already has a crappy image in the world concerning Georgia that they don’t need their soldiers running around pretending they’re Niko Bellic.

malan89 on August 14, 2008 at 4:58 PM

Americans liberate people. Russians liberate merchandise.

RBMN on August 14, 2008 at 4:58 PM

Whenever I see Russian soldiers it reminds me of when I would get together with friends on a weekend to have a few beers and play paintball. There doesn’t seem to be any professionalism.

Mark1971 on August 14, 2008 at 4:58 PM

I liked it better when these idiots werent getting paid and had crappy gear. Remmeber those days.

Squid Shark on August 14, 2008 at 4:59 PM

The reporter was obviously a JOOOO!!!! Who cares? Except the Russians better watch out because the Israeli military won’t roll over and run away! They will actually be in for a tough fight if they mess with these guys…

sabbott on August 14, 2008 at 4:59 PM

Ahh, those dirty Russian soldiers are just the epitome or professionalism, aren’t they?

Geronimo on August 14, 2008 at 4:59 PM

Hey, someone’s shooting at Georgian reporters, too.

Frozen Tex on August 14, 2008 at 4:55 PM

Dude!

She just keeps on reporting!

aero on August 14, 2008 at 5:02 PM

Whenever I see Russian soldiers it reminds me of when I would get together with friends on a weekend to have a few beers and play paintball. There doesn’t seem to be any professionalism.

Very well said.

malan89 on August 14, 2008 at 5:02 PM

Mark1971 on August 14, 2008 at 4:58 PM

Dude, I play paintball every week, and our group would kick out a guy acting like that.

Frozen Tex on August 14, 2008 at 5:04 PM

“You can’t shoot me! I’m a journalist!”

Boom, Boom out go the lights.

rockhauler on August 14, 2008 at 5:05 PM

Geronimo on August 14, 2008 at 4:59 PM –

In 1993, Alpha, the elite of the elite of Russia’s special forces were sent to liberate the Russian White House. No discipline. Set up firing positions that would hit civilians on the other side of the river. Had no radio comms. Mingled with the protestors. And never carried out their assigned mission to secure the building until after most of the protestors had left….but they shot a few, who were not protestors. Their elite forces haven’t come a long way since, either.

As for the common soldier. Ever hang around a biker gang? Tattoos and dew rags, and a penchant for beating up just about anybody, to include their own, for the fun of it? That is an apt description for the current common Russian soldier. And, there is the alcohol…daily sustenance.

Professional? Yep.

coldwarrior on August 14, 2008 at 5:06 PM

rockhauler on August 14, 2008 at 5:05 PM –

Got to admit…that was funny!

coldwarrior on August 14, 2008 at 5:07 PM

Blame it all on the Vodka!

gr8inferno on August 14, 2008 at 5:08 PM

the left will find a moral relavitivism between this and Abu Ghraib and US military.

jp on August 14, 2008 at 5:09 PM

coldwarrior on August 14, 2008 at 5:06 PM

Don’t forget their attempts at counter-terror, like the Moscow opera house or Beslan school.

Kill ‘em all (including hostages) and let God sort ‘em out must be the Russian special operations motto.

Frozen Tex on August 14, 2008 at 5:11 PM

Awww. This is just unfair propaganda about the Russians. It was clearly a plant. Prop gun. Fake journalists. All a setup.

Poor Soviets.

MadisonConservative on August 14, 2008 at 5:11 PM

Hey, someone’s shooting at Georgian reporters, too.

Frozen Tex on August 14, 2008 at 4:55 PM

Is there some reason to question who shot her? Seems like it would be obvious that it’s drunk Russian soldiers violating the “ceasefire,” yes?

aero on August 14, 2008 at 5:11 PM

As for the common soldier. Ever hang around a biker gang? Tattoos and dew rags, and a penchant for beating up just about anybody, to include their own, for the fun of it? That is an apt description for the current common Russian soldier. And, there is the alcohol…daily sustenance.

Professional? Yep.

coldwarrior on August 14, 2008 at 5:06 PM

No kidding. You just reminded me of another shining example of Russian kindness and discipline:

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/01/26/ap/world/mainD8FCIRV80.shtml

Darth Executor on August 14, 2008 at 5:13 PM

Frozen Tex on August 14, 2008 at 5:11 PM –

Beslan…capital of North Ossetia. Probably from the same unit responsible for that one.

The Moscow Opera House was pure stupidity…

coldwarrior on August 14, 2008 at 5:13 PM

A dunken Russian soldier? LOL. I’d be surprised if they could find one not inebriated. Isn’t vodka part of standard rations?

Dusty on August 14, 2008 at 5:14 PM

the scariest of their thugs are actually the Omon. Ask any Russian or ex Soviets from one of the near abroad countries and after the KGB they were petrified of Omon thugs.

elduende on August 14, 2008 at 5:15 PM

aero on August 14, 2008 at 5:11 PM

I just thought I’d leave it open ended for the conspiracy theorists. Besides, there’s a guy that posts on that site that’s just in love with Russia, and has been taking their side in this. He’ll likely blame her shooting on the Georgians somehow.
That said, I agree. It was likely a Russian that shot her, drunk or not.

Frozen Tex on August 14, 2008 at 5:15 PM

Darth Executor on August 14, 2008 at 5:13 PM –

That incident happened at the Chelyabinsk Tank Academy…the elite Armor School for Armor NCO’s, once considered by the Russians as almost on par with The Armor Center at Fort Knox.

Brutality rules the lower ranks…bribes rule the command and flag ranks.

coldwarrior on August 14, 2008 at 5:16 PM

Why do I get the feeling that Russian soldiers could teach Iraqi insurgents a thing or three about senseless brutality? These guys seem like rabid dogs who have never seen a leash.

aero on August 14, 2008 at 5:16 PM

We can just Bombard the Russians with Bottles of Vodka.

Egfrow on August 14, 2008 at 5:17 PM

elduende on August 14, 2008 at 5:15 PM –

OMON…special purpose police…so named by an unfortunate Jamaican tourist. Saw them coming at him, said, “O mon, we gonna die!”

coldwarrior on August 14, 2008 at 5:18 PM

What’s Russian for “uncle”?

дядюшка

Entelechy on August 14, 2008 at 5:18 PM

Entelechy on August 14, 2008 at 5:18 PM

You’re from eastern Europe, right, E? Which country, if I may ask?

aero on August 14, 2008 at 5:20 PM

Hmmmm, does international law come into this?

I think not.

upinak on August 14, 2008 at 4:54 PM

Only when you’re civilized. Here’s the message from Putin:

Foxtrott
Uniform

“Yes, I can” ~ ~ Vladimir Putin

Entelechy on August 14, 2008 at 5:21 PM

Which country, if I may ask?

aero on August 14, 2008 at 5:20 PM

Transylvania

Entelechy on August 14, 2008 at 5:22 PM

Entelechy on August 14, 2008 at 5:22 PM –

Guess you won’t want to come to stake night? :-)

Your “handle” looks Hungarian.

coldwarrior on August 14, 2008 at 5:23 PM

There will be another video of the drunk soldier dude in a short while. Stay tuned!

Aristotle on August 14, 2008 at 5:23 PM

“Yes, I can” and “I will” ~ ~ Vladimir Putin

Entelechy on August 14, 2008 at 5:23 PM

Entelechy on August 14, 2008 at 5:23 PM –

Wouldn’t that be Vladimir I?

coldwarrior on August 14, 2008 at 5:25 PM

entelecheia…Greek. Pretty deep meaning behind that handle, Entelechy.

coldwarrior on August 14, 2008 at 5:27 PM

I don’t have time to read the whole thread but a Russian sniper also hit a woman reporter. Here’s the link

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/article-23532788-details/Video:+Georgian+TV+reporter+shot+by+Russian+sniper+during+live+broadcast+carries+on+with+her+report+with+bleeding+arm/article.do

Again, there is video and it is just a graze but good grief.

Cindy Munford on August 14, 2008 at 5:27 PM

visible odor of alcohol in even the commander’s breath.

Now that’s drunk.

Sefton on August 14, 2008 at 5:28 PM

Guess you won’t want to come to stake night? :-)

I will, with red eyes, plus I’m lots of fun, if I like you :)

Your “handle” looks Hungarian.

coldwarrior on August 14, 2008 at 5:23 PM

Heh, it isn’t. Look it up. However, I’m from the former Austro-Hungarian region, and my grandmother was fluent in Hungarian, because they had to.

I love Hungarian everything, volens: the people, their smarts, their unique minds (they’re of Mongolian descent, like the Finnish people, and they think differently due to their language), their food, their hospitality, their hot tempers, and HA’s Janos Hunyadi. Also, they have the best coffee houses in the world, and we’re lucky they invented so much, including those.

Entelechy on August 14, 2008 at 5:28 PM

Soviet ( mostly Russian ) troops in the 80s would slice a loaf of bread in half, slather shoe polish on both halves and put them out into the sun. In a few hours, the alcohol in the shoe polish seeps down into the bread while the solids in the polish form a crust on top of each half

So, all you do is peel off the crusts and you have two halves of a loaf of bread soaked in alcohol. Party Time in the USSR

Looks this this ‘soldier’, who sounds Ossetian, still knows the Old Tricks

Janos Hunyadi on August 14, 2008 at 5:28 PM

Speaking of, did I channel you, Janos?

Wouldn’t that be Vladimir I?

coldwarrior on August 14, 2008 at 5:25 PM

One Vlad is like the other. I’m very familiar with Vlad Ţepeş, Dracula :)

Entelechy on August 14, 2008 at 5:31 PM

Entelechy on August 14, 2008 at 5:22 PM

Ah. You know quite well of what you speak/type, then.

I know a lady from Moldova. She won’t talk about her life prior to her arrival in the United States.

aero on August 14, 2008 at 5:34 PM

Janos, I had a Russian dentist, here in the U.S. He went to visit his sister in Leningrad (speaking of when will the name change back to this?) and said that by 11:00a.m. they’d be laying on the trotuar, drunk as skunks, with the work waiting all around them.

This guy/dentist was so happy to live here in the U.S. since after WWII, that he looked forward to pay his taxes, yearly. I mocked him for that but he didn’t care.

Entelechy on August 14, 2008 at 5:37 PM

I know a lady from Moldova. She won’t talk about her life prior to her arrival in the United States.

aero on August 14, 2008 at 5:34 PM

Poor section, tough life, border with the former U.S.S.R., forever wanting to be independent of Romania and of Russia. I wonder why she wouldn’t talk about that life?

Entelechy on August 14, 2008 at 5:38 PM

Janos Hunyadi on August 14, 2008 at 5:28 PM –

Way back when dinosaurs still ruled the earth, we covered a series of wintertime Soviet air crashes in East Germany. Seems the Russian ground crews were taking the glycol out of the wing de-icing tanks and pouring it through bread to filter it and drank it. Plane takes off, gets iced..can’t de-ice…meets ground.

The first Soviet Aeroflot crew to go to South Korea ended up dead in their hotel room…they used a Russian-Korean dictionary and purchased alcohol…the rubbing kind,not the drinking kind.

Drinking and staying drunk is pretty much the norm. Gorbachev almost ended his career early when he shut down all but a few vodka plants in the USSR.

coldwarrior on August 14, 2008 at 5:38 PM

Here is more footage of the drunk soldier dude on rampage:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LZHWK3iUQ0

Aristotle on August 14, 2008 at 5:41 PM

coldwarrior on August 14, 2008 at 5:38 PM

A mining company up here (Northwest Territiories) not too long ago hired a Russian company to use their big-ass helicopter to ferry supplies to a remote site. The local crews were told not to tell the Russians:

A) How much they (the locals) got paid, so the Russians wouldn’t demand more than the peanuts their bosses gave them, and…

B) Where the bars are, because they were afraid the Russkies would get tanked and then stay that way.

Frozen Tex on August 14, 2008 at 5:45 PM

As a kid, and ever since, I’ve always loved to listen to war stories.

The elders in Romania would tell about the times when they allied with the Russians, and these came in the country, barbaric style, shooting chickens and pigs in yards, indiscriminately, shouting women, women, женщины, женщины.

The women were hidden under huge stacks of hay, and in all kinds of weird places in atticks. The Russian Soldiers would rape anything in site. They’d give anyone a horse for a bike. The people were so hungry, they’d gladly make the change, butcher the horse and feed an entire neighborhood. The same was true in Austria, where they were one of four occupiers. The would trade horses for watches, had no idea what running water toilets were…could write a mini-novel just on this.

However, the officers would not put up with much, and there were stories that Russian officers would apply harsh punishment to straying Russain Soldiers, like make them sit on a stove with their naked rear end, if they’d be caught abusing women and children. They had their standards, the officers.

To be objective, the U.S. Soldiers, after WWII ended, traded many a sex act with young girls, with the consent of the mother, for a pair of pantyhose, or a lb. of flour, a chocolate bar, as there was such a shortage of food and everything else.

Entelechy on August 14, 2008 at 5:46 PM

Russia has been targeting journalists for a while. They even manage to kill one

William Amos on August 14, 2008 at 5:43 PM

Actually, they have already killed at least five.

Aristotle on August 14, 2008 at 5:46 PM

Is this the same indecent that FOXNEWS was reporting that said it was Georgian troops?

- The Cat

MirCat on August 14, 2008 at 5:48 PM

I can’t wait for the Mass Protests in Spain and Germany…waiting…hello?

ronsfi on August 14, 2008 at 5:52 PM

Entelechy on August 14, 2008 at 5:46 PM –

When I was first assigned to Germany circa early 70′s, my Dad and my Uncle told me to pick up a couple boxes of Hershey bars at the PX so I wouldn’t have to spend the weekend in the barracks. Fortunately (unfortunately) the medium of exchange had changed quite a bit from the old Occupation days.

coldwarrior on August 14, 2008 at 5:54 PM

If you hear stories of one side looting, raping, and killing civilians, then it would be a safe bet to place money on it being the Russians.

thekingtut on August 14, 2008 at 5:58 PM

Didn’t I mention a Godless communist country doesn’t have any morals to care what journalists think?

kirkill on August 14, 2008 at 5:59 PM

kirkill on August 14, 2008 at 5:59 PM –

Think Biker Gang meets Alpha Delta Pi sorority.

coldwarrior on August 14, 2008 at 6:00 PM

This war is the perfect opportunity to throw the worthless Russians off our Space Station Freedom (as our beloved Ronald Reagan named it).

Zorro on August 14, 2008 at 6:02 PM

Is this the same indecent that FOXNEWS was reporting that said it was Georgian troops?

- The Cat

MirCat on August 14, 2008 at 5:48 PM

Yes, it is. FOX even said they were near Russian troops when a vehicle with irregular “Georgian” forces stopped by and started to shoot the reporters.

Only an idiot would think real Georgian troops could just stop by Russians tanks. Apparently FOX reporters are too stupid to convey their thoughts coherently, and the editors are too dumb to see the minimal context of the report. Morons.

Aristotle on August 14, 2008 at 6:07 PM

Here’s yet another post with a sensationalistic headline and a letdown.

Kralizec on August 14, 2008 at 6:11 PM

Leningrad (speaking of when will the name change back to this?)
Entelechy

Let us not forget Stalingrad as well…

Rick on August 14, 2008 at 6:11 PM

coldwarrior on August 14, 2008 at 5:38 PM

So many stories, so little time……

The MiG-25 was doomed from the start because it was cooled primarily by……..alcohol. It’s otheer problem was that it was mostly steel ( which has trouble at high and low temps, of course ) instead of the Usual Exotic Stuff, but being cooled by an alcohol-based liquid was the Death Knell

They Soviets had a peculiar draft where all 19-year old men were sucked in to a huge but poorly-trained military where the men weren’t fed very much and hardly paid at all–so even though Vodka was heavily subsidized the draftees could not afford it

So, anything with alcohol was targeted, and the MiG-25 never had a chance

During my 3 years in Berlin I met frequently with Soviet Army officers in Potsdam and the Soviet Zone of Berlin. They were rarely drunk on duty, but at 5:01 the Vodka bottles came out of desk drawers.

I still remember them unbuttoning their tunics with one hand while grabbing the bottles with the other

EMs being drunk on duty was Not Unusual, and generally ignroed by officers–who seemed afraid of Red Army non-coms

Janos Hunyadi on August 14, 2008 at 6:11 PM

But they were wearing Lynard Skynard T-shirts, and raggedy ol’ ballcaps…musta been Georgians.

It is and has been inaccurate/inane reporting over the years that has permanently misled way too many Americans from obtaining factual information. As for Fox…they reported, we decided…they need to get themselves educated, and soon. [As do most of the rest of the cable and network news outfits. I'm finding, as much as I hate to admit it, that even with the slant, NPR and PBS as well as Canadian National are great sources for accurate televised news generally.]

coldwarrior on August 14, 2008 at 6:12 PM

These Georgians are the same people Obama told to have restraint!

Mojave Mark on August 14, 2008 at 6:12 PM

Janos Hunyadi on August 14, 2008 at 6:11 PM –

Interesting. (And I mean it, too.) USMLM? I was with something called SPG out of Munich for six years.

coldwarrior on August 14, 2008 at 6:15 PM

Further proof of our amazing military. Number of reporters threatened during the five year Iraq War? Zero.

Dr. Manhattan on August 14, 2008 at 6:19 PM

Janos Hunyadi on August 14, 2008 at 6:11 PM –

My kids loved der Haus das Kindt toy store. Ate a number of meals at the Moskva in East Berlin, used to mess with Cubans at their hangout…can’t remember the name. the only bar/restaurant in East Berlin where I felt out of place, not at ease, was the one the Stasi guys liked…older restaurant, a few blocks from the Stasi Ministrum…on the corner in an apartment block neighborhood. There was a KGB bar over near Treptow that was pretty decent, right down the street from the KGB residentura near the Capitulation Museum.

But, the 5-cent tank bier…if you got to the bar right after delivery…it was passable and cheap.

coldwarrior on August 14, 2008 at 6:22 PM

That sniper was probably aiming a hundred yards away.
He should go here and learn how to shoot! I’m glad he missed.

jerrytbg on August 14, 2008 at 6:24 PM

“And why would a sniper aim for an unarmed woman in the middle of the street in broad daylight”

Heh. Have you ever actually seen the Russian army? I would be greatly surprised if there is a single drop of alcohol left in their occupied areas when they pull out. If you want to stop the Russian army dead in it’s tracks, drop “cluster bombs” that disperse miniature bottles of booze in their path.

crosspatch on August 14, 2008 at 6:29 PM

Dude!

She just keeps on reporting!

aero on August 14, 2008 at 5:02 PM

Oh, I’m sure an American reporter like, say Barbara Walters, would’ve done the same…

Tzetzes on August 14, 2008 at 6:37 PM

дядюшка

Entelechy on August 14, 2008 at 5:18 PM

I figured you’d be the one to do it. I admit, I’m jealous. Every time I try to type something in Cyrillic, it crashes my computer.

Not surprised they’re shooting. Dude from Fox was saying some Georgians were firing at them too. It’s not like they’re held to the same military standards as we are.

Anna on August 14, 2008 at 6:46 PM

Wonder what wing of the Israeli military the reporter was in? Just thinking that the Ruskies were probably lucky that was a microphone and camera them Israelis were holding.

mjk on August 14, 2008 at 6:53 PM

entelecheia…Greek. Pretty deep meaning behind that handle, Entelechy.

coldwarrior on August 14, 2008 at 5:27 PM

Indeed. Hard to live up to. I disappoint myself often.

Entelechy on August 14, 2008 at 6:56 PM

Don’t forget their attempts at counter-terror, like the Moscow opera house or Beslan school.

Frozen Tex on August 14, 2008 at 5:11 PM

My thooughts exactly.

baldilocks on August 14, 2008 at 6:59 PM

Ever hang around a biker gang? Tattoos and dew rags, and a penchant for beating up just about anybody, to include their own, for the fun of it? That is an apt description for the current common Russian soldier.

That description is unfair to biker gangs.

I think I’d feel a lot safer around most of the outlaw bikers I’ve run across than a group of drunken Russian soldiers.

Alex_SF on August 14, 2008 at 6:59 PM

…they used a Russian-Korean dictionary and purchased alcohol…the rubbing kind,not the drinking kind.

Drinking and staying drunk is pretty much the norm. Gorbachev almost ended his career early when he shut down all but a few vodka plants in the USSR.

coldwarrior on August 14, 2008 at 5:38 PM

I feel slightly guity for laughing at this. Slightly.

Every time I try to type something in Cyrillic, it crashes my computer.

Anna on August 14, 2008 at 6:46 PM

You using Word first, then cut and paste?

baldilocks on August 14, 2008 at 7:13 PM

I was under the impression that a high powered sniper rifle would leave a more catastrophic exit wound. Maybe it was something a bit smaller like a carbine or shrapnel. I don’t know honestly but the woman has a pair of brass ones to be sure as she kept on reporting. Why she wasn’t wearing a vest from the start I don’t know, not that it would’ve done her arm much good anyways but still…

Yakko77 on August 14, 2008 at 7:15 PM

You using Word first, then cut and paste?

baldilocks on August 14, 2008 at 7:13 PM

I can’t even use my fonts in Word. I think my program is corrupted/too old. It dates from DLI, meaning it’s 8 years old or so (fellow student made it for me). Works fine on my laptop, though. That’s why I always transliterate (even though I’m horrible at it). You’re the one that went there, too, back in the day, right? I think I remember you telling me that.

Anna on August 14, 2008 at 7:19 PM

I did, eh? I repeat myself too much.

I’ve been refreshing my russkij a little more lately. It’s worse than Condi’s.

baldilocks on August 14, 2008 at 7:29 PM

Nothing like dead-tree 501 Russian verbs.

baldilocks on August 14, 2008 at 7:30 PM

Unfortunately this kind of behavior is common with Russian soldiers. Too bad we don’t have the backbone to tell them to get out of Georgia the way we did when Saddam invaded Kuwait.

jdawg on August 14, 2008 at 7:32 PM

I’ve been refreshing my russkij a little more lately. It’s worse than Condi’s.

baldilocks on August 14, 2008 at 7:29 PM

Me too, incidentally. You never know when it might come in handy.

Anna on August 14, 2008 at 7:33 PM

I’m a bad man for thinking this, but that sniper/reporter incident could be staged – we hear popping, then see nothing for awhile. Maybe my eyes aren’t that good, but I saw ‘blood’, not a wound.

?

She was offscreen long enough to get some fake blood dribbled on her arm maybe?

I know, I’m bad and cynical.

Midas on August 14, 2008 at 7:33 PM

baldilocks on August 14, 2008 at 7:30 PM

I used to conjugate verbs and decline nouns to pass the time. I’m sick like that.

Anna on August 14, 2008 at 7:35 PM

Let me see…. Iraqis had Russion equipment… they were Russian trained… and there was a high probability they weren’t drunk. A few Apaches and A10s and they are on foot (probably running for home). Okay, some folks say you can’t take ground without troops. How many young, female reporters do the Georgians have? Shouldn’t take too many like this one to do the job.

CC

CapedConservative on August 14, 2008 at 7:40 PM

coldwarrior, I was attached to the Berlin Brigade itself rather than the Liason Mission, but I probably spent as much time ‘crossing the bridge’ as they did.

When in East Berlin I was on a very short leash, and do not remember any particular watering holes except a cafe about two blocks from the DDR Presidium buliding. I remember the beer being good as well as cheap, but with those aluminum coins and a 3 to 1 exchange rate on Marks, everything seemed cheap

Janos Hunyadi on August 14, 2008 at 7:49 PM

Sounds like Black Hawk Down” with Vodka

tomas on August 14, 2008 at 7:53 PM

Janos Hunyadi on August 14, 2008 at 7:49 PM –

There was a small “bank” basically a kiosk in a store front with a small “wechseln” sign a block or two over from Checkpoint Charlie. Could get a great exchange rate. Converted $50 into Ost-marks for my oldest son and we went birthday shopping in East Berlin. Honestly, five cent Cuban cigars from the Cuban store. Did a lot of personal “work” across the Mauer…took my kids across from time to time so the guards at the checkpoint got to know me, or at least the car, dropped a gift every once in a while, pack of Marlboros or Kents, less hassle that way. Still have a small stack of Flag Orders, blank, sitting in my desk.

coldwarrior on August 14, 2008 at 8:31 PM

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