Daily Bread for 9.1.22: Putin Loves an Open Window

Good morning.

Thursday in Whitewater will be mostly sunny with high of 86. Sunrise is 6:20 AM and sunset 7:28 PM for 13h 07m 57s of daytime.  The moon is a waxing crescent with 26.1% of its visible disk illuminated.

 Whitewater’s Landmarks Commission meets at 6 PM.

 On this day in 1983, Korean Air Lines Flight 007 is shot down by a Soviet jet fighter when the commercial aircraft enters Soviet airspace, killing all 269 on board, including Congressman Lawrence McDonald.

There is in the Russian dictatorship the chronic problem of tragic falls from open windows. Among the Russian population, there’s no evidence of widespread vertigo. These falls are more singular.

They follow a simple formula: prominent person + speaking out against Putin + a building with a window = tragic accident. 

So it is again. 

Rhoda Kwan reports Head of Russian oil giant that criticized Ukraine war dies after reportedly falling from hospital window:

The head of a Russian oil giant that criticized President Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine died Thursday after reportedly falling out of his hospital window.

Lukoil Chairman Ravil Maganov died after falling from a window of the Central Clinical Hospital in Moscow, Reuters reported, citing two sources familiar with the situation.

The company issued a statement early Thursday confirming the death of Maganov, 67, “after a severe illness,” but did not specify the cause.

“Ravil Maganov immensely contributed to the development of not only the Company, but of the entire Russian oil and gas sector,” the statement read.

NBC News has not verified how he died. The hospital declined to comment and referred comment to the police, who declined to comment.

Lukoil is Russia’s second-largest oil producer. It was a rare Russian business to come out against Putin’s war in Ukraine, which the Kremlin insists on calling its “special military operation.”

The company’s board of directors called for an end to the war in early March, within days of the full-scale invasion of Russia’s neighbor.

Americans who tout Putin’s Russia reject their own constitutional tradition, resting on thousands of years of philosophy and law, for the whims of a corrupt and murderous empire. In America they are, as they should be, free to do so without needing to live in one-story buildings. 

Free to do so, but no less repulsive for so doing. 

 Sky & Telescope’s Sky Tour Podcast – September 2022

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