Lies, Lies and More Russian Lies
Perhaps Russia is slowly coming to its senses. It really does begin to seem that Vladimir Putin’s neo-Soviet dictatorship is, under the pressure of his absolute economic failure, beginning to tremble at its foundations, ready to fall apart.
First we had the amazing admission of the leader of Russia’s upper house of parliament that the country’s Internet is an utter sham, just what we’ve been saying it was for years now.
Next, the Kremlin’s human rights ombudsman witheringly condemned the neo-Soviet tactics of Putin’s Hitler youth cult NASHI. Ella Pamfilova stated: “You must not divide the young into ‘ours’ and ‘not ours’ … and allow some to do practically everything while hampering the development of others.” The nationalists in the Duma promptly called for her ouster.
And then, even more amazingly, we had Vladimir Sokolin, the head of the State Statistics Service, openly accusing the Economic Development Ministry of cooking its books to make the Russian economy look far better than it actually is. Yet another confirmation from a high-ranking official Russian source that we’ve been right all along in loudly proclaiming that the Kremlin’s data is simply not reliable. As a reasult of his open criticism of the Kremlin’s efforts to lie about his data and to tell him what data he can and can’t collect, as well as it’s political decision to cancel the census, Sokolin being transferred to a new position.
He minced no words.
Speaking of the Ministry the 11-year veteran of SSS stated:
The body that is the main user of our data and which compiles lots of reports and forecasts has a big temptation to direct statistics in the direction it needs. If we look at the Rosstat model, it does not confirm the Economic Development Ministry’s information that we have already started to move upward In Russia we have all the ‘pleasures’ at once — the highest inflation and the steepest recession. Now, colleagues, explain to me what kind of economy have we built?
What kind indeed! We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, and find it rather odd to be envious of the Russophobic verbiage of such a Kremlin official. Maybe there is more hope for Russia than we thought?
So here we have a high-ranking government official from the Kremlin itself openly admitting that the Kremlin is perverting and twisting basic economic data for use as propaganda, wildly misleading the general population about the nation’s fiscal prospects in order to keep itself in power. In any normal country, the opposition party would now be having a field day, and the regime’s approval ratings would be plunging. But barbaric, uncivilized Russia, of course, is no normal country, and it doesn’t have any true opposition parties. Just as in Soviet times, the Kremlin has wiped them out. The Kremlin also controls all TV news, and won’t report Sokolin’s statements. Thus, the people of Russia will never know about them, and won’t have the chance to act on them to prevent their government from (once again) destroying their nation.
Sokolin also says this: “The expert environment, on which the government should lean when taking serious economic measures, has effectively been atrophied.” In other words, Putin has wiped out the class of qualified economists who could actually formulate policy and replaced them with KGB toadies. Then he has shut down the gathering of meaningful data, and simply lies about the rest.
The question now is whether Sokolin will be brave enough to join the “Solidarity” opposition movement and actually fight for what he purports to believe in, and whether other Russian patriots will do the same. So far, no such thing has happened. Apparently, most Russians don’t feel their country is worth risking their lives to save.