Nashi goes to Court
Nashi, Vladimir Putin’s personal Hitler-youth cult, filed suit last week in Moscow accusing a British newspaper (The Independent), two French ones (Le Monde and Le Journal Du Dimanche) and a Germany counterpart (Frankfurter Rundshau) of libel in referring to Nashi as what is, a “Hitler-youth cult comprised of bandits and nationalists.”
It’s telling that Nashi appears to have neither the funds nor the guts to file these lawsuits in Britain, France or Germany where the reports actually occurred. Apparently, Nashi doesn’t think it could win a case in any of those places, and therefore needs to lodge the suit in the corrupt Russia court system, where a ham sandwich could make a case if it had been made by Vladimir Putin.
Also telling is that, once again, Nashi appears to be lying.
The Moscow Times couldn’t find any instance of Nashi being called a “bandit” organization and when the Independent wrote about Nashi it merely said “critics called” Nashi a Hitler-youth group, not that it actually was. That statement is true. We call Nashi a Hitler-youth group, and we are one of its critics. Isn’t truth an absolute defense to libel? Perhaps not in Russia.
And how can it possibly be considered inaccurate or offensive to called Nashi “nationalist”? Nashi is as nationalist as organization on this planet, as as such the comparison to a Nazi group (whose name grows out of the world nationalist itself) is inevitable. As Frankfurter Rundshau editor-in-chief Rouven Schellenberger said in a statement sent to The Moscow Times on Friday: “The fact that we assess today’s reality of Russia in a way that differs from that of the pro-Kremlin youth group is natural for crystal clear democracies.”
Nashi is also a horrifically racist organization. As we’ve said many times before, the only proper translation of its name is “us Slavic Russians” and you’ll look long and hard before you find any dark-skinned Russians in the Nashi ranks even though there are millions of such people who are Russian citizens and tens of thousands in Moscow alone.
Not long ago, Chechen lunatic Ramzan Kadyrov brought suit against the Memorial human rights organization, also alleging libel. What we are seeing is a developing pattern of using the so-called Russian “legal system” to punish and persecute anyone who dares to critize or even talk back to the Putin Kremlin under the guise of legal activity. It’s exactly the same tactic that was utilized in Soviet times, so it’s hardly suprising to see the regime of proud KGB spy Putin practicing it.
Maybe now, at last, as Western media begin to feel the bite of the Putin dictatorship, they will wake up and being fully reporting on what is happening behind the new Iron Curtain. Russia is a backwards country, totally incapable of sustaining a confrontation with the West if the nations and institutions of democracy make a concerted effort to resist. But if we sit back and wait, as Chamberlain waited for Hiltler, we will pay as dire a price.