Putin slithers Around Kadyrov
No rational person, of course, could expect the malignant ruler of Russia, Vladimir Putin, to criticize the campaign of mass murder being waged by his hand-picked Frankenstein ruler in Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov. After all, to publicy admit fault by Kadyrov would be to acknowledge his own failings as well.
But it’s one thing for Putin to avoid criticizing Kadyrov as he murders political enemies left and right, quite something else entirely to rush to Kadyrov’s defense. Yet that’s just what he did earlier this week, achieving yet another loathsome new low in the modern history of Russia. We condemn his outrageous misconduct, and even more do we condemn the craven people of Russia for allowing this repugnant reptilian dictator to represent them before the gaping, slack-jawed world.
Putin praised Kadyrov’s father as a national hero of Russia, by implication saying the same thing about Kadyrov himself — a man who in fact Putin has officially designated to be such a hero. In doing so, Putin spit on the graves of Natalia Estemirova and Anna Politkkovskaya and all the other thousands of innocent people laid waste by the bloodthirsty madman who rules Chechnya.
In doing so, Putin sent a clear message to Kadyrov that his actions are acceptable to the Kremlin, even applauded, and encouraged him to continue until every last vestige of freedom is wiped out in Chechnya. Indeed, Putin likely sees Kadyrov’s behavior as model he himself can use in wider Russia.
In so doing, Putin made it clear that Russia is complicit in Kadyrov’s actions, that Russia has the blood of civil rights martyrs on its hands. No civilized nation can continue conducting normal relations with Putin’s Russia under these circumstances.
We demand that the leaders of the NATO countries take immediate action to transform their relations with Russia to a war footing. Vladimir Putin is fighting a new cold war with the West, whether the West knows it or not. He is taking his country backwards, and breakneck speed, to the time of Soviet oppression and horror, and he means to turn his attention to us after he is finished putting his own people through Stalin’s meat grinder.
If our leaders do not take immediate steps to prepare us for this threat, they will be condemned by history and deservedly so.