Dima Medvedev, Psychopath
In 1957, a 16-year-old boy went off to Jewish summer camp in the wilds of Wisconsin. While there, he published a poem about the cruel slaying of a faithful doggy in the summer camp newspaper. It was a real tear-jerker, a work of art, and indeed nearly flawless except for the fact that it was a shameless plagiarism of a country music ditty written several years before.
The young man’s name was Bob Dylan.
Never you mind though, dear reader, because the Christie’s auction house, which didn’t deign to notice the forgery until alerted by customers, still thinks it can get a cool 15 g’s for the childish scribbling. How many of “his” songs Dylan actually wrote now becomes, well, anyone’s guess.
Things, you may say, are not always what they seem. And so it is with our good friend Dima Medvedev, neo-soviet psychopath.
First Medvedev approved a nationwide curfew for young people, then he railed hysterically about Russia’s “holy” duty to “defend” Ossetia from Georgia, and then to cap it all off he has created a new select commission, comprised of KGB agents and military officers, to police public statements about Russia’s history, empowering the group to eject or ban from Russian soil anyone who attempts to put forth a version of history not sanctioned by his regime. What’s more, Medvedev’s party has introduced a measure in parliament which would allow the group to send a violator to prison for up to five years.
Polish diplomats will not be able to speak about Katyn in Russia. Ukrainian diplomats won’t be allowed to discuss Holodomor. If we attempt to publish this blog from within Russia’s borders, we’ll get sent to prison for years.
Now we ask you, dear reader, is this man a “liberal” trying to move Russia away from the totalitarian abyss, or is that rumor an artifice designed to get us to lower our guards while he helps his evil master Vladimir Putin consoldiate his malignant, odious rule?
And we ask you: How is it possible that the people of Russia are going to let this happen all over again? Is it not barbarism of the very lowest order to repeat history’s mistakes and condemn one’s children to disaster?
According to close Medvedev advisor Igor Yurgens, Medvedev is a liberal, valiantly doing battle against the horrible “hard liners” who have been empowered by the economic crisis. Apparently, we should give Medvedev free reign because, if we don’t, something even worse will come along. Sounds eerily famliar to what we heard about Vladimir Putin himself some years ago.
Ironically, Yurgens has been responsible for issuing some fairly tough criticism of Putin, and may not himself realize that Medvedev is only a puppet. At the same time as he was singing Medvedev’s praises, he was castigating the “centralization and fragilty” of the system Putin has put in place, warning that there is a serious risk of collapse with just a little more negative pressure, and this isn’t the first time he’s spoken out against Putin.
It’s quite stupid, of course, to assume that an attempt by Medvedev to challenge Putin’s authority would imply some sort of liberal inclination on Medvedev’s part. Even if Medvedev actually were chaffing under Putin’s saddle, there isn’t the slightest scrap of evidence to indicate that he’d lead Russia anyplace but down the road of dictatorship, and his outrageous support for a Stalin-like crackdown on history makes a mockery of any contrary notion.
But it’s even more stupid to imagine that Medvedev can take power from Putin, or that he wants to. Putin stands at the head of an army of lethal KGB spies who would think nothing of pushing Medvedev under a bus if they thought he meant to undermine their authority.