How low can you go, Russia?
Russia sank to an unfathomable new low last week.
Reuters reported that the Kremlin was begging fugitive solider Sergeant Alexander Glukhov, who defected across the Ossetian lines to Georgia, to return to Russia. Reuters quotes Colonel Igor Konashenkov, aide to the commander of Russia’s Ground Forces, sating: “Russia’s military command has no disciplinary complaints against sergeant Glukhov, and if he returns to Russia he will continue his service, but in a different unit.”
Now we ask you, dear readers, to tell us which is more pathetic and wretched: If Konashenkov is telling the truth, or if he’s lying?
If he’s telling the truth, that means the Russian army is so desperate for recruits that it is willing to give carte blanche authority to any solider to cross over to the enemy and return without punishment. Think of the precedent! Whole platoons might get up and start walking at any moment, knowing there will no consequences if they do other than a free meal at Mickey D’s like Glukho got.
And if he’s lying? If in fact a horrific bout of dedovshchina (or worse) is wating for Glukho the minute he sets foot back in Russian territory? How neo-Soviet would that be?
No matter which way you look at it, Russia is a nation coming apart at the seams. Russia’s military forces in Ossetia are supposed to be a showpiece for the nation, drawing the scrutiny as they are of the entire globe. If conditions are this bad in Ossetia, do you dare imagine how bad they are in some remote outpost in Omsk or Irkutsk?
The people of Russia, and indeed the people of the world, must act before it is too late.