Thursday, April 19, 2012

A journalist friend of mine informed me of this. Photos from 2010 of a dogfight with Heineken banners plastered around the venue has recently gone viral on Facebook, with consumers threatening to boycott Heineken products. The photos are from a 2010 dogfight "championship" organized by a pit bull terrier breeders' club at a UB nightclub called Elite. According to the site that originally posted the photos, the breeders' club has been organizing these "official" fights since 1997. (source here. be warned though, graphic images of animal cruelty).

In an official statement on their website, Heineken denies any knowledge of or involvement with this activity, stating:
Images continue to circulate in social media channels showing a dog fight, with Heineken® banners clearly visible in the background. This is very distressing and totally unacceptable. As a company and a brand owner, we do not and would never knowingly support any event, outlet or individual involved in this type of activity...The venue owner has verbally confirmed that Heineken banners are visible in the pictures because the previous evening the club had been decorated for a promotional event and he had failed to remove the banners once it was over. [Source]
The company claims to have removed all promotional materials from the venue and ceased relationship with the nightclub since the incident came to light.

I have not been able to find any information on laws prohibiting such activities and according to friends, dogfights are not illegal, i.e. nobody's bothered to address it so far. These events are most likely low-key and never publicized, as I have never heard of this before yesterday.

Nightclub lands Heineken in hot water

Monday, April 16, 2012

Gengis Khan.
Originally uploaded by maggie jones..
A giant sculpture of Chinggis Khaan on his horse by Dashi Namdakov, a Buryat Russian artist was unveiled in London on April 14th. Love the Medusa-like mane on the horse.

More info here @ BBC

Via Flickr:
Genghis Khan on a horse by Dashi Namdakov.
Marble Arch, Westminster.

Genghis / Chinggis Khan statue unveiled at Marble Arch, London

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Following the arrest of Mr.Enkhbayar, various questions spring to mind. For one, why did they carry him shoeless out of the apartment and into the car like a drunk crowdsurfer at a concert? Couldn't they give him a minute to put on some shoes? Another question, why punch MP's in the face and overturn sofas on them? I understand one may have various reasons for wanting to punch an MP in the face, but it was neither the time nor the place what with all the media and spectators. During the raid, why were the first people to come through the door in plainclothes and ski-masks, making the raid look more like an ill-planned robbery than an organized and legal operation?

The competence and organization of the raid were best summarized by a conversation between a policeman and a spectator, who accused an unidentified plainclothesman of attempting to shoot the ex-president during the earlier bungled arrest attempt. As people shouted out that he had a gun, he ran for cover to a police van, and sat with his face covered by his jacket. As various media gathered, the spectator started asking the policeman guarding the van about the identity of the man. 

Spectator: - Who is that man? If he is not one of yours, why did you take his gun from him? 
Policeman: - You told me to take it from him. 

Hilarious, yet sad at the same time. No formal announcements have been made with a list of accusations against the ex-president, except that he is being charged under Article 150.3 of the Criminal Code, which deals with "Misappropriation or embezzlement of property". If convicted, he may face up to 5 years in prison. 

Arrest of N.Enkhbayar and questions

Friday, April 13, 2012

After a long night of stand-off between the police and his supporters, the former president N.Enkhbayar was arrested this morning at 6am. News reports and eye witness accounts point to the use of excessive force by the police during the arrest, including smashing the former president's car window and forcefully dragging him out of his car.  According to news reports, he is now under investigation by the Anti-Corruption Authority, and has been transported to a detention center in Tuv aimag.

The MPRP members and supporters showed up to protest against the arrest, and are planning to organize a demonstration on the Sukhbaatar square this afternoon.

The defendant's lawyer O.Baasankhuu gave a press statement on the charges being filed against Mr.Enkhbayar N, which include misappropriation of television equipment donated from overseas to found TV9 in 2000, and corruption charges, tax evasion charges related to the importation of books written by Mr.Enkhbayar and activities of a private company allegedly owned by the former president's son. A bizarre collection of vague allegations that are, at best, confusing. It comes across as an arrest-first, charge-later case, as the folks at the Anti Corruption Authority try to come up with more solid allegations that are not a decade old.

More updates to follow.

Former President N.Enkhbayar arrested