Vladimir Putler is the New Stalin
Our issue today consists of a relentless barrage of evidence showing how Vladimir Putin has turned into a modern-day Stalin. Our secondary editorial shows how Russia is siding with and protecting the world’s worst tyrants, and our news items document how the Putin regime is relentlessly cracking down on the last vestiges of civil society. Mind you, these two items both come from Russians. Finally, we offer human rights champion Sergei Kovalyov’s open letter to Vladimir Putin, condemning the neo-Soviet crackdown in no uncertain terms.
To those who would answer by saying that Putin isn’t Stalin because he isn’t sending people to the gulag, we have a two-word answer: Mikhail Khodorkovsky. To those who would defend Putin by claiming he hasn’t engaged in mass murder, we’d say: Oh, really? Did Politikovskaya and Litvinenko and Markelov slip on bars of soap? To those who would ask for conclusive proof Putin ordered those killings, we’d suggest they think about this: Lot’s of Russians deny that Stalin committed mass murders to this very day, and many seek now to glorify and rehabilitate him, even in textbooks for schoolchildren.
And more important, we say this: There was time when Stalin ruled Russia without indulging in his worst excesses, too. The same is true of Hitler. And when many said they should be confronted and stopped at that point, the argument was raised: “Wait and see.” We waited, we saw. People died. In their tens of millions.
It is time for the world to arise from its slumber and confront neo-Soviet Russia before it is too late. The need for doing so is emblazoned across our issue today from beginning to end, and no thinking person can deny it.
Only a coward would fail to act now.