EDITORIAL: Putin’s Russia goes up in Flames

Love, Putin style. Courtesy of RIA Novosti.

EDITORIAL

Putin’s Russia goes up in Flames

We’ve been saying since April 2006 when we started publishing this blog that Putin’s Russia would go up in flames.

But we never thought it would happen this fast, or this literally or relentlessly.

Putin has been unmasked in a truly spectacular and emphatic manner, before the eyes of a slack-jawed world.

Andrei Seltsovsky, head of Moscow’s health department, puts it bluntly:  “The average death rate in the city during normal times is between 360 and 380 people per day. Now we have about 700.” Moscow’s morgues are, quite literally, overflowing.

The USSR is also burning.  Some ignorant Russian simpletons imagine that things were better in the Soviet era, but in fact it was misguided Soviet policy, which Putin has failed to correct, that caused this problem in the first place.  Instead of exposing that fact and condemning the Soviet errors, and then fixing them, Putin continues to laud the Soviet past, rehabilitate Stalin, and ignore the horrific mistakes that brought the USSR to its knees. What’s more, of course, Putin has done nothing to reduce the danger of fires or to increase Russia’s ability to respond to them once they start.

Who can be surprised that, ruled by a proud KGB spy, Russia continues to be plagued by Soviet problem?

No thinking person can be.  When the global economic crisis appeared, we watched as the Putin economy showed far less resilience than most other countries, and collapsed with amazing speed and totality.  The same exact thing is now occurring with a physical disaster.  Putin is not qualified, and not prepared, to deal with crises of these kinds.  His only forte is cold-war confrontation of the West, he is incapable of building a prosperous society that can compete in the global economy.  He squanders Russia’s resources on imperialism and corruption just the same way it has always been done in Russia. Such mistakes destroyed Tsarist Russia, destroyed the USSR, and they will do the same to Putin’s state as well.

Putin and his sycophants smirked at the need to reform Russia’s environmental policy, claiming global warming would be good for frozen Russia.  Now, they are singing a much different tune, a song of humiliating failure.

If Putin is entitled to credit for everything that goes right in Russia, including improvements in the economy that result solely from increases in the price of oil he has nothing to do with, then he is required to accept blame for everything that goes wrong.  And in fact, Russia’s inability to deal with the wildfires is the direct result of Putin’s failed policies, so that blame is entirely deserved.

If Russians choose not to hold Putin accountable, choose not to replace him with a more qualified and reasonable leader who acts in their best interests, then they deserve the horrific suffering their future holds. It’s just that simple.

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32 responses to “EDITORIAL: Putin’s Russia goes up in Flames

  1. Thank you LR for another excellent article!

    It just makes me wonder how far Russia and its blind population has to sink further into the bog mire before they wake up to the monster they have in control of their country, and the ruination he is driving Russian into.

    They could take their rightful place alongside with the world leaders, but no they have to reinstall the failed policies of the defunct and bankrupt USSR and live the lie by hiding its repulsive and murderous past – how blind and stupid of them, especially so in letting a KGB thug control their destiny. Destiny? what destiny, except ruination, because any nation that hides the truth is only living a lie, which sooner or later has to catch up with them.

  2. This natural disaster could be the start of something big. Les has some posts from the Ukraine that could be the start. Unfortunately the Kremlin thugs have only to deal with wimps. We shall see.

  3. By the way those medical masks the people are wearing provide almost no protection at all. These masks are designed to keep particles from the medical people’s mouth and throat from entering the wounds of the patient not the other way around.

    • Ron,

      Absolutely. Surgical masks are useless for smoke.

      Anyone knows if they were told by the “authorities” to wear such “protection”?

  4. Ким Зигфилд, а где ты живёшь? Очень хочется прийти и уебать твою вонючую жидовскию морду.

  5. А мне нехуй доказывать, чё вы, пиндосы, о нас думаете – да убить тебя, это оказать человечеству неоценимую услугу. Ну так где?

    • Don’t you think it makes your country look rather uncivilized if violence is the only way you can respond to mere words? Is that really all the world can expect from Russians?

  6. “If Putin is entitled to credit for everything that goes right in Russia, including improvements in the economy that result solely from increases in the price of oil he has nothing to do with, then he is required to accept blame for everything that goes wrong. And in fact, Russia’s inability to deal with the wildfires is the direct result of Putin’s failed policies, so that blame is entirely deserved.”

    Unfortunately it doesn’t work that way in Russia.
    The attitude of the authorities towards the people in Russia is best summed up by the notices often seen in cloakrooms in Russia:
    ‘The fine for losing a ticket is 100 roubles.
    The administration is not liable for lost items.’

    Thus with Putin, he only takes the credit, when things go wrong, blame is put on other people or even just on nature.

  7. Под прикрытием “распространения демократии и свободы” вы, пиндосы, можете вторгнуться в независимое государство, разъебать его нахуй, сделать жизнь её граждан во разы более невыносимой, чем было раньше, напиздеть собственным гражданам и своим “друзьям и союзникам по коалиции” любой хуеты, оправдывающее такое непотребство, после чего ещё прикапываться к другим, ещё непокорённым экономически и военным методом странам, как им, блядь, жизненно необходимо перенять “американские ценности”.

    Волнует ли меня, что эпический хуесос и продажная тварь с просранным из-за американской пропаганды мозгом Kim Ziegfild что-то вякает про “нецивилизованность и применение насилия в ответ на слова”? Не-а. Мне похуй, что ты думаешь. А по ебалу всяко заслужил – потому как если человек не понимает слов, единственный способ заставить его себя вести – приложить “фэйсом об тэйбл”. Этот как исследования Павлова в области условных рефлексов – если данный еблан будет получать регулярно серьёзные физические повреждения за ту поебень, что он пишет, то, руководствуясь инстинктом самосохранения, он рано или поздно прекратит такую писанину.

    • Well, it’s not only what we think. Thousands of people visit this blog every day. Is this really what you want them to understand from the term “Russian”?

      Russia knows how to invade countries quite well, of course. Just ask the Georgians.

  8. Кто это “мы”? Кучка, блядь, ёбнутых головой русофобов? А эти мифические тысячи посетителей… если они посещают такой отстойник дерьма как La Russophobe, то их уже не переубедить ну никак, как ни старайся – доводы на придурков и альтернативно гениальных не действуют.

    И да, чисто так по приколу, по поводу какая Раша злая и вторгается, бла-бла. А вторжение вас, пиндосов, в Ирак и Афганистан уже не считается? А вторжение Израиля в Ливан произошедшее сравнительно недавно? Это “хорошие”, “добрые”, “демократические вторжения”, которые упоминать добропорядочным америкосам нельзя, а вот про Россию и оккупацию Грузии – всегда пожалуйста? Да вы сейчас по-прежнему оккупируется Ирак и Афганистан и конца краю этому не видно, чтобы ваши политики не говорили.

    • If you would be polite enough to actually read our blog before commenting on it, you’d know who “we” is. But politeness, obviously, is not your long suit. It’s explained quite clearly in our header:

      http://larussophobe.wordpress.com/about/

      Did you really think there’s only one person on the planet who could be critical of a government run by a proud KGB spy? Ever heard of Novaya Gazeta? Robert Amsterdam? Oleg Kozlovsky? Streetwise Professor?

      There are far more people who speak Russian, study Russia closely, and love freedom and democracy than you imagine.

      • What is this person saying? Wasn’t there a rule for this board that all communications must be in English? Perhaps, most people understand these Russian writings, but I don’t.

        • You’re probably better off. It’s a profanity-laced tirade against us personally, threatening to kill us, etc., etc. As such it’s a useful insight into the nature of the supporters of Vladimir Putin.

      • There are far more people who speak Russian, study Russia closely, and love freedom and democracy than you imagine.

        Wow, the person who’s on duty today doesn’t wipe out comments and even speaks a piece of truth, occasionally. But nevertheless, remember that those “who love freedom and democracy” also usually despise neocons for their betrayal of Russian democratic movement (ever heard of two professors, first democratically elected mayors of St.Petersburg and Moscow, late A. Sobczak and ethnic Greek G. Popov, respectively? and of their fate in 1993 parliament election campaign?) in favor of support for pseudo-democrat looters like Nemtsov (who felt pretty comfortable in charge, collaborating with the former CPSU crooks during the Yeltsin era. Opposition leader, my legs! Da idiot guy managed to earn popular hatred as a regional governor and then as a deputy PM a decade ago) and others of his ilk. By the way, even Soviet-era dissidents preferred independent sources like BBC and not cheap CIA-orchestrated VOR/RFE propaganda which wasn’t , by nature, much better then the red one.

        In simple words, neocon mongrels have no moral rights to refer to democracy and freedom at all, as they want the same (and I dare say prolly even worse) fate for the people as the dwarves do.

      • There are far more people who speak Russian, study Russia closely, and love freedom and democracy than you imagine.

        Wow, the person who’s on duty today doesn’t wipe out comments and even speaks a piece of truth, occasionally. But nevertheless, remember that those “who love freedom and democracy” also usually despise neocons for their betrayal of Russian democratic movement (ever heard of two professors, first democratically elected mayors of St.Petersburg and Moscow, late A. Sobczak and ethnic Greek G. Popov, respectively? and of their fate in 1993 parliament election campaign?) in favor of support for pseudo-democrat looters like Nemtsov (who felt pretty comfortable in charge, collaborating with the former CPSU crooks during the Yeltsin era. Opposition leader, my legs! Da idiot guy managed to earn popular hatred as a regional governor and then as a deputy PM a decade ago) and others of his ilk. By the way, even Soviet-era dissidents preferred independent sources like BBC and not cheap CIA-orchestrated VOA/RFE propaganda which wasn’t , by nature, much better than the red one.

        In simple words, neocon mongrels have no moral rights to refer to democracy and freedom at all, as they want the same (and I dare say prolly even worse) fate for the people as the dwarves do.

  9. The kremlin is running low on shills. Things are not going well for them you know. The google translator is usable. It sounds terrible,but you can make out the meaning. Better than nothing. Maybe the English speaking guy ran for his life in the smoke.

    • I just used this translator, but the result is truly a mumbo-jumbo. But I get a sense that this is some kind of obscene diatribe

  10. russian forests are soaked with vodka

    this is why they burn so easy

  11. 08/16/2010

    Covering Up the Wildfires
    The Kremlin’s Smokescreen
    By Christian Neef

    As the Russian wildfires continue to burn, the Kremlin’s spin machine is in high gear, as the government attempts to cover up the true scale of the disaster. The country’s leadership duo, Dmitry Medvedev and Vladimir Putin, have been using the same PR stunts and propaganda gimmicks they have relied on in the past.

    http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,711985-2,00.html

  12. The kremlin’s spin-doctors are blaming “global warming”, rather than their own barbaric incompetence.

    Russia Wildfires Not Due to Climate Change, Scientists Say

    Alexander Bedritsky, the Krelim’s weather adviser and president of the World Meteorological Organization, said that Russia’s recent spate of extreme weather, along with other natural disasters, including the recent flooding in Pakistan and France’s 2003 heat wave, taken together, “are signs of global warming,” according to the Associated Press.

    http://www.livescience.com/environment/russia-disaster-global-warming-debunked-100816.html

  13. At this moment Argentina is colder than Antarctica. This must also be caused by global warming. It certainly could not be natural variation in weather patterns. Sarcasm off.

  14. I have been looking for a video which will show at least one fire truck fighting a rural Russian fire. So far no luck. Lots of fires, but no fire fighting equipment.

    • There are. Trucks, planes, people. The thing is that most of equipment is old, trucks at least — many of them are still those old Soviet ZILs. Not a bad trucks on their own but definitely aged. The main problems are a bad organization and lack of professionals who could use more advanced techniques to fight fires down. Even Soviet techniques, which were largely used to eliminate fires for a long time, are mostly forgotten or simply not used due to mismanagement.

      Here are some random videos:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Na_XF_Ee73c (“RussiaToday” are fags but who cares.)

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjVOs1gxrjQ

  15. Fire spreading in Altai territory

    Today at 17:56 | Interfax-Ukraine

    Fires are spreading in the Altai Territory, with no fatalities reported, the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry said.

    “Fifty houses have burnt down in the village of Nikolayevka in the Altai Territory,” Olesya Kukuyeva, spokesperson for the Siberian regional emergency situations center, told Interfax.

    Village residents are being evacuated in 14 buses, she said.

    There are 433 houses in Nikolayevka, with a population of 1,164, according to the Emergency Situations Ministry.

    Earlier reports said that fires have been spreading on Wednesday in the southern regions of Siberia, with forest fires raging in the Kamensky district, enveloping 123 hectares in flames, and in the Mikhailovsky district of the Altai Territory, where 130 hectares have been affected, the Siberian regional emergency situations center said.

    The forest fire in the Mikhailovsky district is moving towards the populated area of Nevodnoye and has reached Nikolayevka.

    Read more:

    http://www.kyivpost.com/news/russia/detail/81611/#ixzz0yx4c9Y5N

    • Not surprisingly, I have never ever seen a Russian having any fun of floods in Pakistan, or Poland, or Ukraine, or Katrina striking the US coast, or wildfires in Portugal, whatever.

      Surprisingly, but I had already seen a Chezh, a Pole, and now a Ukrainian feeling so desperately happy about wildfires in Russia.

      I mean, what’s wrong with you, guys? Why Russian wildfires bother you at all? What do you get from it? Where does this happiness come from and what are the reasons you’re so happy?

      Hey, it’s been 20 years you have nothing in common with Russia, time to get over it, I guess?

  16. They will when you Russians apologise for your previous actions that killed so many of them, and start acting like neighbors instead of imperialists.

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