Another Nauseating new Low for Russia
You may think the photograph above is just another imagine of Vladimir Putin’s goons assaulting one of the “Solidarity” opposition movement’s members at a peaceful rally in Moscow. But if you think that, you’re very much mistaken.
This photograph was taken last week in the Kemerovo region, in the town of Mezhdurechensk. A large group of peaceful people had gathered there holding candles of remembrance for the more than five dozen miners who lost their lives in a mine explosion days earlier. The group wanted to call attention to the horrific plight of the miners and to demand better wages and working conditions. They were outraged, for instance, by the fact that mine officials, closely connected to the Russian government, had been taking actions such as blocking off the receptors on methane gas detectors so as to allow work to continue in order to meet production targets while risking worker lives. A local labor leader stated: “When people are kept in the dark, when their questions are not answered, when they are left alone, when every day there are dozens of funerals and the authorities do not want to talk, a situation arises where people are displeased.”
And the government’s response was to send in the goons and arrest more than two dozen of those gathered, including the poor hapless fellow shown above. Soon after that, a huge army of OMON goons was shipped in to seize control of the city and silence any further civic action immediately.
Now we ask you, dear reader: How was the Kremlin’s behavior during this incident any different from that of the USSR?
Putin ordered the director of the mine to resign. That’s nice. But our question is this: When does Putin resign? Putin’s job is not to assign blame after disasters take place, it’s to prevent disasters from happening in the first place. Where were Putin’s mine safety policies before the blast? Nowhere to be seen, just like his policies to stop nightclub fires from killing dozens, or terrorist attacks, or smoking, or drinking. Putin says and does nothing about these problems because to address them would cost precious money, and due to Putin’s mismanagement of the economy Putin has none to spare. He needs every ruble to send nuclear technology to rogue states like Iran and Syria, to buzz the US coastline with nuclear bombers, to attack neighbors like Georgia and Ukraine, and to crack down on domestic dissent.
He can’t afford, literally, to think about the lives of Russian miners.