You can’t take the Russia out of a Russian
You can take the Russian out of Russia but you can’t take the Russia out of a Russian.
Last week the world learned the horrifying news that the Putin regime had assumed yet another godawful dictatorial power. Not content with appointing governors and mayors, the regime now claims the right to open anyone’s mail, whenever it feels like doing so. Security services also now have access to post office databases, which show customer addresses and past use of the postal system. What’s more, the Kremlin is moving to crack down on Internet communciation services like Skype, having already obtained the abilitty to read ordinary e-mails and receive person information from ISPs through the infamous “SORM” regulations.
Internationally known Russian human rights activists Lev Ponomarev told RIA Novosti that the move was “totally unacceptable” and “unconstitutional,” and said that he is . . . .preparing an open letter to Dmitri Medvedev.
An open letter, Mr. Ponomarev? Gosh, are you sure you want to go as far as that? Isn’t it a bit of an overreaction? Perhaps a postcard would be enough?
It’s truly sickening. Russians are watching the absolute recreation of the Soviet Union. They are watching the government gobble up their last remaining civil rights and liberties, and the response of their so-called best and brightest is to write letters to the so-called president that will never even be read, much less acted upon. As for the rest, just as in the times of Stalin they are informing on their neighbors and generally supporting this outrageous crackdown.
It begins to become quite clear that Russia’s so-called “opposition” forces are not prepared to draw a line in the sand, not prepared to fight for anything. Small in number and besieged by the regime, totally without significant grassroots support, the opposition forces are demoralized, disorganized and largely useless, reduced to a merely symbolic position at the margins of society. As Reuters recently reported when Putin’s thugs crushed a memorial service for Natalia Estemirova in Moscow: “Police generally outnumber protesters on the streets of Moscow by a wide margin, and beatings and mass arrests are the norm at opposition protests.” It’s a national disgrace that the public would allow this blasphemy by the regime, this unholy disturbance of a holy ritual. But it’s even more disgraceful that in a city of 10 million only 200 people would turn out to mourn this great Russian hero and martyr. It appears the people of Russia, however, have no shame, and do not care how barbaric and cowardly they appear in the eyes of a slack-jawed world.
But there is nothing new in this. What we are watching now is exactly what we saw in the time of Stalin too. There was no serious opposition to Stalin even when he was murdering innocent Russians by the million, packing them off to concentration camps just like his good buddy in Germany, Adolf Hitler. Stalin ruled to the end of his life and became one of the greatest mass-murderers in history, and the regime he built was destroyed only because of its own incompetence, not because of concerted protest action by Russians.
The people of Russia are allowing their heroes, like Natalia Estemirova, to be butchered with impunity and they are allowing their traitors, like Vladimir Putin, to govern them and live like kings. They are, once again, condeming their children to a nightmarish existence followed by national collapse.