28 Jan 2011
Yours truly recently answered some questions from Kim Zigfeld, the hivemind behind “the best Russia politics bloggers in the world,” otherwise known as La Russophobe. For those who don’t remember, Zigfeld’s blog called me an “idiotic, lying jackass” in August 2010. While Zigfeld gives every indication that she still thinks I deserve this honorific, it was fun all the same to receive her interview questions (despite their outraged, accusatory tone).
Here’s a taste of what I was asked:
- Is it just a coincidence that your report about Navalny appeared online at almost the same time as a massive DDOS attack on his website? Did you report on that attack (and the simultaneous attacks on Live Journal and Novaya Gazeta)?
- Oleg Kashin recently received a brutal head trauma and nearly died as a result, in an attack many believe was made by Kremlin operatives to silence his opposition journalism. Russia also has a long history of misusing psychiatric hospitals for political purposes. In light of that, do you think your attack on Kashin might have been inappropriate, or at least in bad taste?
- Do you ever communicate with any Russian government officials or operatives? Do you receive any funding (including such things as free trips, meals, etc.) from any source connected in any way with the Russian state?
Aside from this amusing conspiracy stuff, Zigfeld’s questions focused mainly on past AGT posts about New START, Oleg Kashin, and Aleksei Navalny. She added a very unflattering introduction before the text of the actual interview, where I’m accused of being a “cold-blooded” reptile, guilty of “vile acts” such as “undermining American values.”
For my responses and the full text of the interview, please visit this link.
Short epilogue update (May 5, 2011):
The LaRu interview has been up for about a week now, which has given me some time to reflect on the decision to grant the site an interview in the first place. In retrospect, it was a really lousy idea.
Roughly two weeks ago, Kim Zigfeld wrote me a very polite, civil request for an interview. I’d hoped that the tone would carry over to the public exchange on her site. It didn’t. Sorry, folks. This is the last time you’ll ever read about Ms. Zigfeld or her blog on AGT.