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Dec. 12th, 2009 | 02:51 pm

Dear friends! Please distribute the following information to other animal rights and civil liberties activists:



The animal circus of Kuklachev is coming to San Francisco. Bloggers, prepare for the new lawsuits!

An internationally known circus of Yuri Kuklachev is coming to San Francisco. Yes, this is the same Kuklachev, who filed anti-defamation lawsuits against 10 Russian bloggers who accused him of torturing cats.

The Kuklachev show is scheduled on December 20, 2009 at 1pm in Presidio Middle School (450 30th Ave., San Francisco, CA 94121).

Please boycott any tour of Kuklachev’s circus in your town. You don’t need to finance the suppression of public discussions in Russia. Your children should not be taught cruelty to animals. Make no mistake – cats are not doing these tricks voluntarily. There has been a lot of scientific research (including famous research on “learned helplessness”) that demonstrates that the treatment these cats are receiving leads to depression and anxiety that changes the biochemistry of their brains and leads to constant suffering and early death. It does not matter what kind of methods are used to achieve these results – hunger, electric shock, various chemical, thermal or mechanical means.

Please contact your local PETA and ACLU representatives and tell them about Kuklachev. The civil and animal rights activists will help you to organize a boycott of Kuklachev’s shows and to cancel them in your country. Remember that animal circuses are already illegal in Sweden, Austria, Costa Rica, India, Finland and Singapore.

Thank you for your help!


More information:

One of Kuklachev's victims, Michael Verbitsky (“Misha”) is a mild-mannered Russian mathematician, a Harvard graduate, a civil liberties activist and a father of four children. Just a few days ago, Misha was giving lectures in a university in Brazil, when he found that back in his Russian homeland he had become a target of a lawsuit filed … by a circus clown Yuri Kuklachev.

Apparently Misha, who is also one of the most famous political bloggers in the Russian "blogosphere", had discussed in his blog a series of bizarre incidents when Kuklachev threatened to sue several social networking and literature websites - not only Russian, but also Canadian. Kuklachev went berserk when the visitors to those websites dared to hold the discussions about the rumors that Kuklachev uses electric shocks to train his cats to perform unnatural tricks like walking on two front legs. Such discussions were not groundless – for example a mainstream Ukrainian newspaper Bulvar Gordona already published an article mentioning that Kuklachev allegedly “trains” his cats by cruel means.

Why did Kuklachev decided to sue bloggers rather than the newspaper? Some commentators raised the possibility that Kuklachev was used by pro-Putin “political technologists” who want to weed out the political dissidents (including Misha Verbitsky) from the Russian Internet. They probably perceived Misha as an ideal victim for such a plan – Misha is well-known, but cannot afford the costs of litigation. In addition to it, Kuklachev has a lot of friends in Moscow government and the courts in Russia are not exactly independent.

Right now Misha's blog http://lj.rossia.org/users/tiphareth is not working because it became the target of a massive DDoS-attack technically similar to attacks on Estonian websites back in 2007.


This text with a lot of Internet links:

http://no-torture-cats.livejournal.com/378.html

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Dec. 12th, 2009 | 02:29 pm


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Dec. 12th, 2009 | 02:27 pm

Copied from http://syndicated.livejournal.com/tiphareth_ljr/701161.html


A letter from Misha Verbitsky to Catsan / Mars Inc.



To: contact.uk@masterfoods.com
Subject: Allegations against the Catsan's spokesperson Yuri Kuklachev

To: Mars Inc. Public Relation department.

Dear Sir or Madam,
I am writing to you regarding a serie of frivolous
lawsuits initiated by Catsan's spokesperson in Russia,
an animal circus clown called Yury Kuklachev.

Mr. Kuklachev joined a Russian government program
for "cleaning up the Internet", which already
claimed several victims (including Irek Murtazin,
a former spokesperson of Tatarstan President, who
became a political prisoner because of his blogging;
please see his case in Wikipedia,
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irek_Murtazin ).

Now Mr. Kuklachev praises the efforts of Moscow's
corrupt mayor Yuri Luzhkov to persecute his
political opponents in the blogosphere.
Kuklachev started his own personal crusade
of persecution. Using his ties to Luzhkov
(Mr. Kuklachev received from Luzhkov a 500 sq.
m. building in the center of Moscow) as
a leverage, Kuklachev decided to persecute
at least 10 bloggers, who had a misfortune
to insinuate in their blogs that he tortures
the animals (it is said that his cruelty to
animals is an open secret in the blogosphere).

Please check the Kuklachev's interview
in a top newspaper, GZT.ru
http://www.gzt.ru/topnews/accidents/274738.html

A translation.
"What else one should do to the scoundrels?
Russian scoundrels do not understand that
they should behave very modestly. They are dirt and all.
This should be the only way to punish. Yuri Mikhailovich
[Luzhkov, Moscow Mayor] is doing right against Zhirinovsky
and Nemtsov [the mayor has filed claims for defamation
against these politicians, and Boris Nemtsov has already
lost his case]. It's not about money, it's a matter of
principle. When this moron is being dangled, he would
think better than to write, - informed Kuklachev GZT.RU."

This interview contains many other statements,
some of which are clearly libellous, and other
are hate speech.

I don't think you should be concerned about
his libel, because Russian courts of law
are notoriously corrupt. There is no chance
of getting a libel case through unless
one has ties to some top official.

The animal circuses like Kuklachev's are banned
in most European countries, and frowned upon in
the rest. I don't think that Kuklachev's frivolous
lawsuits reflect well on Mars Inc.'s brand message.

I am questioning the stance of Mars Inc.
(an owner of the Catsan brand) whose spokesman
joins the corrupt Moscow Mayor in his witch-hunt
for political dissidents. I don't see how this
choice agrees which Mars Inc. company slogan,
"We need freedom to shape our future". It looks
like Mars Inc. is bringing to Russia not freedom,
but torture, cruelty and political persecution.

Please acknowledge this letter.

Awaiting your response,
Misha Verbitsky,
http://verbit.ru/

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Dec. 4th, 2009 | 10:51 pm

Circus clown Kuklachev filed lawsuits against 10 political bloggers who accused him of torturing cats

One of Kuklachev's victims, Michael Verbitsky (“Misha”, http://verbit.ru ) is a mild-mannered Russian mathematician, a Harvard graduate, a civil liberties activist and a father of four children. Just a few days ago, Misha was giving lectures in a university in Brazil, when he found that back in his Russian homeland he had become a target of a lawsuit filed … by a circus clown Yuri Kuklachev ( http://kuklachev.ru ).

Apparently Misha, who is also one of the most famous political bloggers in the Russian "blogosphere", had discussed in his blog a series of bizarre incidents when Kuklachev threatened to sue several social networking and literature websites - not only Russian, but also Canadian. Kuklachev went berserk when the visitors to those websites dared to hold the discussions about the rumors that Kuklachev uses electric shocks to train his cats to perform unnatural tricks like walking on two front legs. Such discussions were not groundless – for example a mainstream Ukrainian newspaper Bulvar Gordona already published an article mentioning that Kuklachev allegedly “trains” his cats by cruel means (http://www.bulvar.com.ua/arch/2007/43/471e32765f278/ ).

Why did Kuklachev decided to sue bloggers rather than the newspaper? Some commentators raised the possibility that Kuklachev was used by pro-Putin “political technologists” who want to weed out the political dissidents (including Misha Verbitsky) from the Russian Internet. They probably perceived Misha as an ideal victim for such a plan – Misha is well-known, but cannot afford the costs of litigation. In addition to it, Kuklachev has a lot of friends in Moscow government and the courts in Russia are not exactly independent.

Right now Misha's blog http://lj.rossia.org/users/tiphareth is not working because it became the target of a massive DDoS-attack technically similar to attacks on Estonian websites back in 2007 ( http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2009/03/pro-kremlin-gro/ ).

How can you help Misha and other Russian cat-lovers

Please boycott any tour of Kuklachev’s circus in your town. You don’t need to finance the suppression of freedom of public discussions in Russia. Your children should not be taught cruelty to animals. Make no mistake – cats are not doing these tricks voluntarily. There has been a lot of scientific research (including famous research on “learned helplessness” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Learned_helplessness ) that demonstrates that the treatment these cats are receiving leads to depression and anxiety that changes the biochemistry of their brains and leads to constant suffering and early death. It does not matter what kind of methods are used to achieve these results – hunger, electric shock, various chemical, thermal or mechanical means.

Please contact your local PETA and ACLU representatives and tell them about Kuklachev. The civil and animal rights activists will help you to organize a boycott of Kuklachev’s shows and to cancel them in your country. Remember that animal circuses are already illegal in Sweden, Austria, Costa Rica, India, Finland and Singapore. See http://www.circuses.com/ , http://www.idausa.org/facts/circusfacts.html , http://www.huffingtonpost.com/joel-schwartzberg/the-circus-sadist-show-on_b_109613.html , http://www.aapn.org/circus2.html

Thank you for your help!



Picture is from http://akuaku.livejournal.com/248885.html


Other links (in Russian, can be translated using Google translate):

http://webplanet.ru/news/law/2009/12/01/cats.html
http://avva.livejournal.com/2168337.html
http://yatsutko.livejournal.com/2659567.html
http://yatsutko.livejournal.com/2657799.html

Also: an article about Strategic lawsuit against public participation (SLAPP)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SLAPP

Также полезная статья в Википедии про

Strategic lawsuit against public participation (SLAPP)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SLAPP

and an article about Spamigation
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spamigation