In other news, the pope is Catholic.
Sometimes old habits die hard (registration required) and horribly.
MOSCOW, Sept. 5 -- The Russian government admitted Sunday that it lied to its people about the scale of the hostage crisis that ended with more than 300 children, parents and teachers dead in southern Russia, making an extraordinary admission through state television after days of intense criticism from citizens.
As the bereaved families of Beslan began to lay their loved ones to rest Sunday, the Kremlin-controlled Rossiya network aired gripping, gruesome footage it had withheld from the public for days and said government officials had deliberately deceived the world about the number of hostages inside School No. 1.
Hello? This is Russia we’re discussing here. The Kremlin and Vladimir Putin probably realized that—these days--information will get out to the world, one way or the other. If that’s the case, then the Russian government is a lot quicker on the uptake than much of our own mainstream media. Scary thought.