“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."

Friday, April 18, 2008

Meet Putin's new wife-to-be, Czarina Alina Kabaeva

Alina Kabaeva, 24, the rhythmic gymnast

Putin dumps wife
Staff Reporter Times co,za:Apr 18, 2008

A recent issue of Italy’s La Repubblica newspaper claims that Russia’s outgoing 57-year-old President Vladimir Putin is to marry a girl 30 years his junior.

The newspaper wrote that Putin secretly divorced his wife, Lyudmila Putin, in February . La Repubblica said that Putin would remarry on June 15 .

His new bride? Alina Kabaeva, 24, the rhythmic gymnast who won a gold medal at the 2004 Olympics and numerous European awards, the newspaper said.

Kabaeva’s press secretary denied the rumours.

According to the newspaper, “Russians consider Kabaeva to be sexier than Sharapova and Kournikova.” After the Olympic Games in Athens Kabaeva gave up sport and decided to try her hand at cinema.

According to the newspaper, “Putin divorced his wife in a St. Petersburg registry office.” The only disclaimer was voiced by Kabaeva’s press secretary, but it sounded so unconvincing as if it had been motivated by fear to unlock some mystery, since Putin still remains the most powerful personality in Russia.

The newspaper concluded that Putin’s plan concerning Kabaeva had been implemented long ago: Kabaeva became deputy head of the State Duma Committee on Youth Affairs and chaired the supervisory board of the National Media Group - Russia’s new media-holding owned by Yury Kovalchuk, who is a close friend of Putin’s. she was elected to the Duma - the Russian parliament - in elections in December 2007 as one of ’Putin’s babes’, four former athletes turned topless models who become deputies.

It was not incidental that Russia’s state-run TV channels and newspapers highlighted the story of Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni – their story is similar.

Russian, Italian and French blogs have been inundated with comments on the allegedly forthcoming wedding of Putin and Kabaeva, Moskovsky Correspondent newspaper wrote with reference to a Moscow-based company that specializes in organizing solemn events. A tender for organizing this wedding has been reportedly announced. The wedding is due on June 15.

Check her out eating the sashimi.


  1. Damn you deuce I was going to bed, with visions of racial harmony in my head.

    What a slick lookin' white chick.

    A whore really, no doubt, I have seen alot, nothing in her head, but, man, what a slick lookin' white chick.

    Now really goodnight.

  2. It is sad to me, really, when women take their being, from being attractive to men. I want more for my daughter, and have tried to teach her so.

  3. There's a shelf-life on that attractiveness-to-men, Bobal.

  4. Damn Lynch Mob Mentality over @ Huffington.
    Thou shall not criticise St Barry, or you will pay, big time.

  5. It is claimed Putin ended his 25-year marriage, which produced two daughters, in February.

    Putin follows in the footsteps of French president Nicolas Sarkozy, who shocked his country when he married supermodel turned singer Carla Bruni.

    And although Alina, the daughter of a professional footballer, will not be Russia's first lady, she will bring even more Bruni-style glamour to international politics.

    Not Bad, Vlad

  6. GWB secretly married Paris Hilton immediately after the '04 election.

  7. Just finished Michael Scheuer's latest book.

    Highly suggested reading. Although the bar naturally won't (and shouldn't) agree with all of it, there's a lot to like.

    Toward the end it becomes a bit of a political manifesto. But that's also worth it.

  8. Big fan of Ron Paul, to say the least.

  9. (Though the vast majority of the book has nothing to do with him)

  10. “Scheuer’s integrity is more radically called into question by his own false statements about his career, including his 2005 claim in the correspondence section of Commentary that he was awarded the CIA’s Intelligence Commendation Medal in part for “supply[ing] all of the information used in the federal indictment of Osama bin Laden.” Osama bin Laden was indicted in 1998. Scheuer was given his CIA medal in 1995, three years before the indictment and one year before he was assigned to the UBL Station.”

    Gabriel Schoenfield - Weekly Standard:

  11. VDH on Scheuer

    Not long ago, a nameless CIA operative published Imperial Hubris, a scathing analysis of the Bush administration’s war on terror. Eventually, word spread that the author, called “Anonymous” on the book jacket, was one Michael Scheuer.

    In the meantime, both the Washington press corps and the CIA had played a sort of coy game of gossiping in private about the real identification of the author while publicly maintaining the mystique of an anonymous authoritative insider whose station was too high up and too covert to be disclosed.

    But once Scheuer was publicly identified, the world could examine what he had to say on various topics.
    People weren’t impressed — especially by Scheuer’s assertions in interviews that Osama bin Laden shouldn’t be identified as a terrorist , and that the Holocaust Museum in Washington was a means to make Americans feel guilty about the Holocaust.
    Scheuer sounds goofier each time he gives an interview — and the credibility of his once anonymously written Imperial Hubris shakier and shakier. Isikoff has never quite recovered his journalistic reputation. We all know what happened to Dan Rather.

    And all this nemesis is as it should be. Anonymity is a vicious but seductive Siren that lures its heedless listeners to shipwreck on the shoals.


    I noted Scheuer's role in the bureaucratic war against the Bush administration
    "Three years of the Condor."

    -Scot Johnson

  12. “The CIA’s war against the Bush administration is one of the great untold stories of the past three years. It is, perhaps, the agency’s most successful covert action of recent times. The CIA has used its budget to fund criticism of the administration by former Democratic officeholders.
    The agency
    allowed an employee, Michael Scheuer, to publish and promote a book containing classified information, as long as, in Scheuer’s words,
    “the book was being used to bash the president.”
    However, the agency’s preferred weapon has been the leak.
    In one leak after another, generally to the New York Times or the Washington Post, CIA officials have sought to undermine America’s foreign policy
    Usually this is done by leaking reports or memos critical of administration policies or skeptical of their prospects.
    Through it all, our principal news outlets, which share the agency’s agenda and profit from its torrent of leaks, have maintained a discreet silence about what should be a major scandal.”

  13. Lawrence Wright:
    It’s such a tragedy.
    It makes tears come to your eyes. Here are two really powerful, insightful, driven men. I mean, driven…you rarely run into anybody in life who are so obsessed, and so compelling in their pursuit of bin Laden.
    And yet because of personal rivalries, and bureaucratic turf wars, they hated each other.

    And it was, for instance, when O’Neill put the FBI man in Alec Station, Scheuer just thought they were spies.
    That’s the way he treated them.
    (I'd put my bets on O'Neill over Scheuer, in terms of credentials/expertise/experience)

  14. Doug: In one leak after another, generally to the New York Times or the Washington Post, CIA officials have sought to undermine America’s foreign policy.

    How come no one is going to jail for leaking classified information? If the Justice Department lets it happen, then Bush deserves what he gets.

  15. I am young.

    I am beautiful.

    I am the hullabaloo you are seeking.

    I have made the old old mistake, mistaking the hullabaloo for the real thing.

  16. Wait did Scheuer turn Kavaeva or am I missing something? Does she work for us now? She demonstrates rhythmic grace even whilst slurping raw fish. I think we could use her if her BDS is as obvious as her flexibility.

  17. Man...those 2008 models of 24 year olds are hot. Sometimes I think I'd like to trade in my 1977 model but I worry that the new models have to be driven hard every day and require a lot of maintenance. And ya have to worry about thieves taking yer sporty little number for a joy ride.

    Maybe I'll just keep my '77 and just watch the new ones from afar.

  18. One day, lugh, you'll just be remembering the old '77. Then the end is near.

  19. I got a 1980 model, myself. Low maintanence, high emotional support, the best money can buy.

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