EDITORIAL: Russians Destroying Themselves

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Russians Destroying Themselves

For the forest of their screeching, moaning and wailing about encirclement by evil foreigners bent on their destruction, Russians cannot see the trees of their own self-destruction.

Last week we learned, for instance, about a Russian warship bombarding . . . wait for it . . . the city of St. Petersburg  (yes, the one in Russia).  Then we learned that the Putin regime could not even reach an agreement on loans to one of its last vestigial allies, Belarus, indicating that even the crazed rogues gallery Russia claims as friends has little tolerance for the Kremlin.  Now, a majority of Belarussians oppose the notion of union with Putin’s Russia.  Another erstwhile ally of Russia, Turkmenistan, was furiously threatening to sue Russia over a pipeline explosion caused by Russian negligence.  Finally, Amnesty International issued a blistering condemnation of the performance of Russian “president” Dima Medvedev in safeguarding human rights.

Now you tell us, dear reader:  How will the people of Russia react to all this horrifying bad news? 

Will they say “wow, we’ve got some serious reforming to do, starting with regime change” or will they ignore the problems, rationalizing them as bad luck and the evil machinations of Barack Obama, and sit idly by watching things get even worse?

In the past hundred years, Russia has seen the regime of the Tsar, the Kerensky republic, the Communist dictatorship and the Yeltsin republic all collapse spectacularly before their eyes without ever becoming even a little bit more consciensious about supervising their government’s misconduct.  In fact, they’ve been even more irresponsible than that, giving the KGB power all over again after watching them destroy the USSR.

And now they see the result:  More failure, more humilation, more suffering, all leading once again inevitably to another spectacular collapse.  How many such implosions can Russia endure before the nation is simply torn asunder and absorbed by the rest of the planet, or simply left to rot like most of Siberia is now?  We think not many. We think the Russian cat is on its very last life, in fact, and that if Russians aren’t careful they will be the ones to see their country into the cold, cold ground.

27 responses to “EDITORIAL: Russians Destroying Themselves

  1. Considering most Russians are better off under Putin’s rule, I doubt there will be any regime change soon.

    On the other hand regime might change in the future, mainly because of demographical collapse of the Russian nation. Once muslims become the majority in Russia, you will have your regime change.

    Or the regime will change once China takes over Russia, this might happen too, who knows, what awaits us?

  2. Pavel, the global surge in oil prices was pure luck. What filled the state coffers didn’t take a lot of talent. And, after nine Putin years most segments of the economy got nothing to sustain any improvement, no diversity of the economy, no infrastructure improvements, no big improvements in social welfare, nothing. Sure, the big city folks eat and dress better and have more stuff, but, that’s hitting a brick wall with the downturn.

    This is a country that still hasn’t enacted private property rights. I doubt that the thugs in power want that to happen because the result would be a larger middle class that would have a solid stake in outcomes.

    I doubt a regime change too simply because there are no viable alternatives that the majority of Russians can examine and agree upon thanks to censorship.

  3. How will the Russian people react?

    BOHICA

  4. “That’s what matters most”- Pavel, are you serious? What about the rest of the people? I’ve been there recently-my friends there do not think the way you do.

  5. Pavel I agree….”the big city folks eat and dress better. That’s what matters the most to most people” This is the same position of most Americans as well. Its a example of centralized society, government, business etc. This is also the cause of most of the worlds problems. Centralized anything does not work. Its totally unnatural.

    • I think I can speak for “most Americans” and no, that’s not what matters most to us. I’d say the most important thing to most people is to preserve their individual rights, in other words, freedom.

      • Wait till your children don’t have enough to eat – and then you’ll see what your “individual rights” are really worth!

        LA RUSSOPHOBE RESPONDS:

        Actually, you lying sack of garbage, the USA continued to have a free press and contested elections all through the Great Depression, which was FAR worse that what Russia is experiencing now.

        Your ignorance makes Russians look like a race of apes. If you cared about them at all, you’d shut your mouth.

        • During our Civil War, starvation and other privations were wide spread, yet the elections of 1862 and 1864 were still held in the North (and the Confederate had their own elections too). Yes, President Lincoln temporarily suspended the writ of habeas corpus and and closed a few newspapers, but those were on a few rare occasions and only when there was interference with actual military. Otherwise, the democracy worked even in the midst of our worst war

      • RV,
        I’ll second that notion. As someone who doesn’t live in a ‘Big’ city. I’m sure that most tourists only see the main cities in Russia.

  6. voroBey, I think you misunderstood Pavel… What he means is, as long as the big city folks eat and dress better, there is no chance for regime change. “Far from Moscow” folks (both rural and small-town) suffered for hundreds of years, and it seems that the life of servitude is the most natural way of life. And those who hope for a better life can always try to move to big city.

    So, it looks like the chance for regime change “from the bottom up” is highly unlikely. Unfortunately, I agree…

    • Thank you. That’s exactly, what I mean. As long as the people can live a good life or as penny said “eat and dress better”, why would anybody want the regime to change? I mean, Russians has suffered under Tzar, under Whites, under Reds, under Jelzin (Yeltsin), but not under Putin. And that’s what matters. But then, that’s what matters the most in every damn country in this world. Why eastern bloc collapsed? Because people were equally poor, their life sucked. I am kind of lucky, I was born in 1987, so 2 years before the Velvet revolution took place in my country, I don’t know what life was like during “good old socialist” times.

  7. Muslims wont form the majority of Russia before mexicans form the majority of the U.S. Besides, You know the government will do everthing to suppress this. And as for the chinese taking over Russia, if they cant even take the small countries in their south then what more a nuclear armed one. theres no point in venturing into a military invasion when you wont have any more cities to return back.

    • The Chinese wouldn’t dare take over Taiwan because of their western protection. Their size doesn’t make them vulnerable to China. Siberia doesn’t have that option.

      China will take over Siberia in time. Thanks to falling demographics in Russia, they’ll do it financially in increments.

      Your comments are idiotic.

      You’ve been busy as a morally challenged pro-Putin useful idiot hitting here and Robert Amsterdam’s site this week.

      Get a life. You are losing neurons with each lame post that you write.

      LA RUSSOPHOBE RESPONDS:

      Losing neurons. LOL!

  8. Russia, losing friends and influencing people (to hate Russia that is). Looks like the government of Turkmenistan are rightfully somewhat pissed off with Moscow.

    “MOSCOW/ASHGABAT (Reuters) — Turkmenistan threatened to take Russia to court over last month’s gas pipeline explosion, RIA news agency reported, escalating a dispute that has severed a vital energy link through Russia to Europe.

    Turkmenistan blames Russia for blowing up the pipeline, which carries more than half of its most valuable export, by cutting the gas flows without enough warning.

    “When you shut off the flows, you get what is called a vacuum-bomb effect,” Odek Odekov, head of Turkmen state geological institute Turkmengeologia, told reporters during an energy conference in Paris, RIA reported.

    http://www.rferl.org/content/Turkmen_May_Sue_Russia_For_VacuumBomb_Pipe_Blast/1742793.html

  9. I wonder if this ship’s name is Aurora ;)

  10. The Chinese will not “take over” Russia. When you take over another country, you become responsible for the people of that country. The Chinese do not want that responsibility. They are smart enough to figure out ways to make money off of Russia (and the rest of the world) without taking anything over.

    The Muslim birthrate is also in terminal decline. Although it is true that demography is a game of “last man standing”, their birthrate is declining such that they will not take over Russia either. Besides, Muslims like to live with other Muslims and generally prefer places with warmer climates.

    No one will take over Russia because, quite frankly, no one wants Russia.

    • If muslims prefered warmer climates, there wouldn’t be so many of them in northern Europe. Your point is totally false.

      Their birthrate has been actually quite steady. And it’s much greater than birthrate of christian population of Russia (but actually pretty much the same problem is in many other European countries).

      Russia just like for example Sweden will be muslim countries in the future, unless someone does something about it or christians start having more children.

  11. 2LR

    > the USA continued to have a free press and contested elections all through the Great Depression

    Even though FDR was elected President FOUR times at a stretch? BTW, when in early 1930s the Soviet Amtorg woring in the USA organization published an ad that it had 6000 jobs for engineers in the USSR, it got 100,000 applications. :-)

    • But President Roosevelt was genuinely elected. You imply that the fact that he was elected four times is somehow indicative of something non-kosher. He ran on his record alone. He did not imprison his opponents nor did he shut their access to the media

      • Also, the constitution was amended to put into law the precedent that George Washington began by only serving 2 four year terms. Typical of democrats to disrespect honorable American traditions and precendents.

  12. Hungry Russians Block Highway To Demand Help

    June 02, 2009
    ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) — Hundreds of workers have blocked a highway in northern Russia as anger at job cuts and unpaid wages boiled over.

    Trade unions say about half the inhabitants of Pikalyovo are living in poverty after the town’s three main employers stopped production. Residents say they cannot feed their families.

    “We want the factories to work and for people to get their wages, which we have not received since March,” said Oleg, a worker at a local alumina factory that is controlled by tycoon Oleg Deripaska’s Basic Element holding group.

    Russia is entering the worst recession in at least a decade and unemployment has soared to 7.7 million in the wake of the global financial crisis, but public expressions of discontent are still rare.

    About 600 people from Pikalyovo, a town of 23,000 people in the pine forests of northern Russia, blocked the motorway between St Petersburg and Vologda, Oleg, who asked for his surname not to be used, told Reuters by telephone.

    Residents are demanding Russia’s leaders intervene after local factories cut wages and sacked workers.

    “The police tried to stop us but we said we can no longer wait. We have blocked the road,” said the worker. A police source told Reuters about 300 people had blocked the road.

    Russia’s leaders are worried wage cuts and job losses could undermine the stability that Vladimir Putin, who now serves as prime minister, prided himself on achieving while Kremlin chief.

    Pikalyovo is about 270 kilometers from St Petersburg and the financial crisis has hammered prices for cement and alumina, the town’s main products.

    No Meat

    Workers at Basel-Cement, the plant controlled by Deripaska, told Reuters they have been receiving only a small part of their wages since output was stopped.

    “In January 2009, production was halted,” a spokesman for the plant said. “Basel-Cement intends to honor all its social obligations to the workers…. The company is doing everything possible to pay off the wage arrears for April and May.”

    Two other factories in the town have laid off about 1,300 workers and also halted production.

    Residents say pensioners, who get a basic state pension of about 4,000 rubles ($130) a month, are now considered well-off in the town where meat is a rarity.

    “I agreed to get food on credit at the factory canteen so that I can feed my child as I have nothing to give him,” said Tatyana, a 46-year-old who has worked at the alumina plant more than half her life.

    “We have not eaten meat at home for months.” She said she could afford only bread and milk, and occasionally fish, to make soup.

    Hot water has been turned off in the town, which is run by Putin’s United Russia party, over unpaid bills.

    “We used to joke that if we lived until the summer we could at least eat the grass, but now we simply do not know what to do,” said Svetlana.

    “We have to come together…go on hunger strike,” she said. “We have no faith in the owners or officials, no faith in Putin, no faith in [President Dmitry] Medvedev.

    “We are small fry — no one needs us.”

    http://www.rferl.org/content/Hungry_Russians_Block_Highway_To_Demand_Help/1745151.html

    Nuff said.

  13. Russian Ombudsman Suggests Beating Children With Soft Belt

    June 02, 2009
    Youth activists from Russia’s opposition Yabloko party protested in St. Petersburg on June 1 against a controversial televised statement by the city’s ombudsman about disciplining children.

    June 1 was International Children’s Day.

    Ombudsman Igor Mikhaylov, who took part in a live TV show about family violence, said recently that he used to beat his daughter with a belt and recommended that parents buy soft belts to whip their children in order to avoid internal damage.

    Darya Makushina, a protester at the demonstration, told RFE/RL’s Russian Service that International Children’s Day should be renamed the “Day to Protect Children from the Ombudsman.”

    To make their point, the protesters gathered in front of Mikhaylov’s office with an effigy of the ombudsman, which they then beat repeatedly with a belt while chanting.

    http://www.rferl.org/archive/Transmission/latest/648/648.html

  14. Darya Makushina, a protester at the demonstration, told RFE/RL’s Russian Service that International Children’s Day should be renamed the “Day to Protect Children from the Ombudsman.”

    To make their point, the protesters gathered in front of Mikhaylov’s office with an effigy of the ombudsman, which they then beat repeatedly with a belt while chanting.

    Andrew, that’s hilarious, at least somebody in Russia has a sense of humor.

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