Latynina on the Russian Quagmire

Hero jounalist Yulia Latynina, tongue planted acidically in cheek and writing in the Moscow Times, exposes the full horrifying extent of neo-Soviet hypocrisy:

As everyone who watches Channel One and Rossia television knows, the West does not have a lot of warm feelings for Russia and is definitely out to get us. The West wants to create a unipolar world — one that would like Russia to become its permanent appendage. In response, Moscow is trying to create its own unipolar world, recruiting countries like Venezuela, Libya, North Korea, Iran, Syria and Cuba to its anti-West axis.

Despite its deep dislike of the West, Russia’s patriotic elite drive Mercedes cars, educate their children in London, buy villas in Nice and keep their money in Swiss bank accounts. Its stores sell Finnish toilets, Western designer clothes and German refrigerators. Unfortunately, there is not much worth buying from Syria or North Korea. The only thing they can produce is a lot of anti-Western rhetoric, and unfortunately, you can’t package this bluster and sell it in stores.

It is also interesting that the oil-trading company Gunvor, owned in part by Gennady Timchenko, who has close ties to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, is not registered in Venezuela, Syria or in its own native Russia, but in bourgeois Switzerland.

We all know why the West didn’t care much for the Soviet Union. After all, it built a progressive, democratic and affluent communist society that the Western bourgeoisie envied with a passion.

But I can’t understand why the West dislikes the current ideology of post-Soviet Russia. After all, it abandoned communism a long time ago, and it sells its precious oil to the West through Gunvor and gas through RosUkrEnergo at fair market prices.

If you take a closer look at the essence of the Kremlin’s ideology, you will be shocked. You shouldn’t believe all of the terrible stuff the West says about Russia. As it turns out, Russia is building a genuine democracy, not the sham democracy like in the West. Moreover, it is not seizing private property and nationalizing it to enrich high-ranking state officials; it is building a true market economy, not the kind found in the West. Finally, it did not initiate a war against Georgia as a result of Putin’s personal vendetta against President Mikheil Saakashvili. It carried out a peacekeeping operation in accordance with international law, and it enforced a genuine peace, not the pseudo-peace you see in the West.

Anthropologists have written a great deal about the 20th-century “cargo cults” that arose in Melanesia. Adherents of those primitive faiths believed that all the amazing Western goods (or cargo) such as automobiles, guns and clothing were originally created by spiritual means by their ancestors. These modern goods had been intended for the Melanesian people, but the cursed white people stole everything before the goods could be delivered to the Melanesians. After seeing real airplanes for the first time, the Melanesians built one from sand, thinking it would fly.

The Kremlin has taken a page from cargo cults. It is trying to build democracy, a market economy, and it is attempting to enforce peace. But the only problem is that all of these institutions are also made of sand. Like the Melanesian airplane, none of them can fly very well.

The Melanesian people were certain that those infernal white people didn’t like them, and they had two ironclad arguments to prove it. First, the whites had seized all of the wonderful goods that the Melanesians’ ancestors had intended for them. Second, their airplane of sand couldn’t get off the ground — probably because the white people had cast a spell on it.

There are two basic ways to approach life. In one, you build a real airplane and fly it. In the other, you build an airplane of sand and then blame the evil West and its insidious plots and machinations for the fact that it won’t fly.

4 responses to “Latynina on the Russian Quagmire

  1. I am glad that we have folks like mrs. Latynina to outspoke publicly in Russian media. It’s hard to find a person that causes more contempt and frustration than she does, and she can speak out freely. Not everyone in the US was positive on Iraq war, also ..

    Latynina favorite thing is to compare Russia and Hamas. She bases her lies on the fact that Russia actually got involved and prevented a military escalation after the last elections (where West or Israel absolutely failed with Hamas winning the elections). Considering that serious part of Russian population is jewesh, and pressure is high, Russia can’t just stay aside in this conflict and had to deal with situation.

    So, as we say – dog barks, wind is blowing.


    “dog barks, wind is blowing” — you know that well because people let you know you are doing it virtually every day, don’t you?

    You are a shameless liar. Latynina is relegated to minor venues like Yezhedevny Zhurnal and Echo of Moscow radio, and the English language Moscow Times, with a tiny circulation, from where this text comes. Guess you think Politkovskaya could also speak freely, huh?

    You really a perfect example of why the USSR no longer exists, and why Russia will soon meet the same fate. It would be funny, if it was not so sad.

  2. Well, yes, I am a liar. Shameless one. As all the Russians.

    Quote from

    Echo of Moscow Radio was launched onAugust 22, 1990. The weekly audience is around 1 million people. The radio station broadcasts in over 40 town of Russia as well as in Chicago (USA).

    Which means Echo is covering at lease 10% of Russian population, it’s not tiny.
    Not to mention web broadcasts.

    On Politkovskaya (and Litvinenko): human tragedy and a big loss. No one deserves what happened, although I do not see how it benefited Putin, rather his critics.


    Wow, you’ve outdone yourself in ridiculous lies!

    Last time we checked, Russia had 140 million people. That means EM radio reaches well less than 1% of the population, not 10% you ignoramus. And if it is WEEKLY, it means she would have to broadcast every day to get that 1%. On any given day, only 150,000 would hear her. And even if it WAS 10%, we think she’d like to reach at least half, don’t you? She could do that on TV. But they won’t have her. She could do it in a major paper like Pravda or Izvestia or Rossiskaya Gazeta. But they won’t have her either.

    What happened to Politikovskaya could happen to Latynina tomorrow. Latynina is her successor. That is not freedom of speech. Don’t you think reporters might be just a little hesitant to report the facts about the Kremlin, knowing they could be killed for doing so?

    You can’t understand how killing the regime’s toughest critic could benefit it? Where did you get your brain, a box of Cracker Jacks?

    You don’t think at all before you spew your nonsense, do you? Not even for a second. You’re as impulsive as a child — or a Politburo member. More hysterical lies please! You’re making our case so wonderfully!

  3. If one million listeners in a country with a captive audience is impressive, Rush Limbaugh has 12 million on Amplitude Modulation, on top of that, if he competes with all Frequency Modulation stations combined, he still has a huge percentage. He is the most listened to man on radio.

    A man like this is not created out of recycled steel, or of mass graves, which is what the USSR is made of, a man like this has been nurtured, and learned critical thinking skills. He is ageing, and if you want to know wisdom, get it now while you still can.

    Even if you don’t agree with him, you will learn from him.

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