Blasphemy at Beslan
Well, it’s another new low for the neo-Soviet Kremlin of Vladimir Putin. Surprise, surprise.
Russian blogger Vladimir Varfolomeyev reports that after children who survived the Beslan terrorist attack were relocated to an elite school outside Moscow where they could recevive special attention and counseling at no cost, the Russian government is now treating this free education as “income” for tax purposes and sending out bills to the families of the children, to the tune of 35,000 rubles (over $1,000) per year, a staggering sum in a country where the average wage is below $4/hour. The government says it will sue the families who don’t pay and extract the money by force.
Nice. Soon, perhaps, the famlies will be charged massive fees to cover the cost of the “rescue” opeation which liquidated hundreds of the Village’s children, saving only a handful.
This is what we can expect much more of from a neo-Soviet regime that is rapidly running out of cash, just as its predecessor the USSR spectacularly did only a few years ago. The KGB clan that rules Russia has badly bungled its economy and saddled it with massive military expenditures it cannot afford, and now it is desperately seeking any source of revenue it can find. For this reason “prime minister” Putin freaked out when he learned that Ukraine was cutting its gas purchases, and for this reason his tax inspectors are unable to grasp the fact that it probably would be better to leave the Beslan families alone with their grief.
Only one result can follow from this type of barbaric incompetence: total national collapse of the same type that brough down the USSR.