Peter Eikman's Guide to Date Rape -- Knowing When NO Means YES
The Peking Hotel is now rudderless, after its director Konstantin Georgiev was shot dead in his Jeep last week. The hit would be unremarkable, except for that the hotel business isn't often targeted for contract killings. Generally, the directors know enough to pay on time. According to Moskovsky Komsomolets, the last murder in the industry was way back in early 1998, when killers did in the director of the Hotel Rossia. That crime was never solved.
But Georgiev apparently had a weak memory. He probably figured that, just because he remonted the hotel, he didn't have to pay more for krisha. He was wrong.
When he found out, it was the middle of the day and he was parked outside of a hospital where he had regular check-ups. Last year, Georgiev had gotten in an accident with his girlfriend, singer Tatyana Likhacheva, in which he had injured his leg. Ever since then, he has required regular trips to clinic for physical therapy.
The killer obviously knew about these trips, and lay in wait while Georgiev was treated. When he returned to his jeep after half an hour, he had just enough time to sit behind the wheel before he was killed in a hail of bullets. The killer then fled the parking lot, probably by jumping over a nearby fence.
The militsia thought it was pretty clear that some racketeer killed Georgiev, but that's all they know. MK pointed out that Peking is a popular hangout for Chechens, but claimed that they were the "good" kind of Chechen, and probably didn't have anything to do with the murder. It is unclear at this time what separates a good Chechen from a bad one, unless the Chechen is dead, in which case he is assumed to be a good one.
Also, a MK journalist had the honor to tell Tatyana about the death of her sugar daddy. The journalist wrote that the star's tears over the telephone were "a sort of epitaph" for the famous hotelier. Tatyana will probably have a much more difficult time finding financial backing for her next album.
Pavel Bure 6; Mark Ames 0
There is a time and a place for forced sterilization. But the damn liberals out there don't seem to get it. Take the following case of an absolutely insane mother who let her own baby starve to death, all because he couldn't eat macaroni.
In classic Russian fashion, the story unfolded only after the baby started to get rank. That meant, in this case, much more than the kid soiling himself. No matter how loudly the baby cried, or how absolutely insane they knew the woman to be, the neighbors just never thought to get involved. Only once the shriveled baby was stinking up the stairwell did they think to notify the authorities.
When the militsia entered the apartment, the door was unlocked. It wasn't as if the neighbors had shown concern and couldn't get in. They just were minding their own business.
The cops were greeted by a red dog that apparently adapted much better to the pasta diet than the 8-month-old baby. The dog had some issues too, though, and had shit and pissed all over the place, adding to the apartment's extraordinary bouquet. There were also dried pasta and eggshells scattered throughout the apartment. It looked and smelled like nobody had left the pad in a long while.
There was also a little girl who was alive, but just barely. Her growth has been pretty clearly stunted, but doctors estimate that she is between two and three. She had a tough time communicating with all the guests, but they eventually realized that, by repeating "va-da" she was begging for some water.