Most people are more than willing to complain on the Internet or in their kitchens that Medvedev has little chance of succeeding in his fight against corruption. But at the same time, given the chance, they would eagerly snatch a piece of the corruption pie that comes their way. This is exactly why an increasing number of Russians would like to have a government job for themselves and their children. Polls over the last 10 years consistently show that young people entering universities view government jobs as being the most promising — and lucrative, despite the low official salaries.
You may think, if you are a crazed Russian nationalist or Russophile lunatic, that it was some evil Western “russophobe” who wrote those words, but it wasn’t. It was Kirill Kabanov, a Russian and chairman of the National Anti-Corruption Committee, a Moscow-based nongovernmental organization.
And he was stating fact that has been proven scientifically by organizations like Transparency International, namely that Russia is the most corrupt major nation on this planet, at all levels of society, from top to bottom.
Last week, the world saw the devastating consequences of this paralyzing corruption when yet another bomb exploded in Moscow, killing three dozen and injuring nearly two hundred more — this time inside one of the nation’s leading airports. Unable to respond with anything more than palpably corrupt neo-Soviet denunciations, Putin’s Russia was exposed for that fraud we have long known it to be.
Russia is a nation of kleptocrats out for their own personal enrichment, people who care nothing about the fate of their fellow man. And this runs right the way to the very top echelons of the Kremlin, as recently released photos of Vladimir Putin’s personal mansion now under construction make clear.
Nobody says a word in Russia about Putin’s obscene dacha, just as they say nothing about his total failure to preserve the security of Moscow against terrorist attacks, to deliver basic services like medical care to the population, and to diversify the Russian economy. Nobody seems to notice how Putin spends billions on personal luxury and cold-war confrontation, diverting critical resources from Russia’s children and choosing instead to fill their heads with propaganda and lies.
We saw the results of this policy at the Domodedovo airport. Dozens killed, more than a hundred injured, and what Russia’s own “president” called a “state of anarchy.” But did Dima Medvedev ask why his “prime minister” Vladimir Putin had not corrected this “state of anarchy”? Did he consider sacking Putin, as Putin surely would have done in Medvedev’s place?
He did not. Did Medvedev accept any blame on his own part for failing to correct the security situation at Domodedova, or more importantly for failing to bring peace to the besieged Caucasus region? He did not.
The whole point of the Putin dictatorship was to sacrifice freedom and democracy in exchange for the end of terrorism. Putin was supposed to liquidate the “bandits” in their “outhouses.” Yet, under Putin terrorism has flowered even in the capital city of Moscow and the Caucasus region is in flames. Russians, in other words, have surrendered their liberty for nothing. They are living in the worst of all possible worlds.
In the wake of the Domodedov0 horror, one of the leading announcements from the Kremlin was its intention to pursue yet a third round of criminal indictments against jailed dissident oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Nothing could better illustrate how Putin is fiddling while Moscow burns than this outrageous juxtaposition of events. Instead of working hard to keep Moscow safe, Putin is working hard to keep himself safe from political opponents.
Compare Russia to America: Since the 9-11 tragedy in New York City, there has not been a single terror act against Americans by the jihadists on American soil. Yet such events are continuously repeated in Russia after the infamous theater massacre, and Americans continue enjoy their extensive freedoms while Russians live in virtual slavery.
And so such incidents will go on repeating themselves until Russians, fetid and bloated with corruption, cause their country once again to collapse in disgrace and horror. If Russians think they can simply go blithely on living in one of the most corrupt civilizations on this planet, they need a national psychiatrist.