EDITORIAL: The Horror of Neo-Soviet Russia


The Horror of Neo-Soviet Russia

Putin and his BoysTwo reports from opposite sides of European Russia last week, one from The Other Russia and one from FinRosForum, depict the true horror of the neo-Soviet state being built by proud KGB spy Vladimir Putin.

Russia watchers well remember the horrifying specter several years ago of a ghoul-like Putin, in full view of cameras and in broad daylight, pulling up the shirt of a little boy he had never met and kissing him on the stomach.  Now, Putin intends to express his love for children in a more literary manner.   As shown above, a publisher in Saratov (near Kazakhstan) is releasing a book called “Putinyata,” which combines the Russian dictator’s name with the word for “boys.”  It’s full of poems just like those that were written about Stalin and Lenin in Soviet times, and is meant to be read by children. The poems are about the heroic patriotism of Vladimir Putin (with praise for Lenin and Stalin thrown in for good measure).

Meanwhile, on the other side of the country, Russia prisoners are pleading to be spared from torture.  FinRosForum reports:

Gen Vladimir Malenchuk, head of the prison administration in the Leningrad Oblast, cannot be unaware of the situation. Indeed, there is credible evidence that many such crimes were committed under his direct orders. Malenchuk is also using all his administrative and operative resources to hamper the investigation into these crimes. He is being backed up by powerful people.

Putin’s Russia is, in other words, a fully-realized neo-Soviet state.  On the one hand it is indoctrinating children with propaganda as soon as they can think, and on the other it is a building a vast network of torture colonies to deal with any who may escape indoctrination and try to think for themselves.  There are, of course, alternatives to the prison colonies; Putin’s Russia is also using psychiatric hospitals to serve this purpose, also the same as in Soviet times, and it is not above outright murder when such solutions are not quick or effective enough.

Any thinking person even vaguely familar with the history of the USSR ought to be shocked and and terrified by these developments, especially since closely similar events led to the decline and collapse of the USSR.  If the world does not stand up to the Putin dictatorship and put a stop to this madness, it will pay a heavy price.

6 responses to “EDITORIAL: The Horror of Neo-Soviet Russia

  1. Baboon (literate)

    “and on the other it is a building a vast network of torture colonies to deal with any who may escape indoctrination and try to think for themselves. ”

    This is quite a claim you’re making.
    You say the Gulags are returning?
    Do you have any CREDIBLE evidence of this, or is this story just more sensationalistic hype to fortify your website?

    • CREDIBLE? It’s an unquestionable FACT that (a) Russia is ruled by a proud KGB spy and (b) he is arresting and prosecuting political opponents of every stripe (from Kasyanov to Orlov) and (c) Russia’s judicial system is rigged and (d) practicing torture.

      And do YOU offer any “credible” evidence that once you received “credible” evidence you would condemn and oppose the Putin regime? If not, your vacuous gibberish means nothing in any case.

      Do you really think you can fool anyone with such pathetic nonsense? It may have worked in Soviet times, but these are not Soviet times. Welcome to the 21st Century!

  2. Steamed McQueen

    On the one hand it is indoctrinating children with propaganda as soon as they can think

    Perhaps a better phrase would have been ‘as soon as they can read’

    Russians will follow any order, any directive to the letter but the vast majority simply can’t think for themselves.

    While working as an English teacher in Russia it was amazing to see how readily and accurately even the youngest students could rattle off names, dates, facts and places without the slightest hesitation, but if asked to come up with an individual opinion or idea the class fell silent.

  3. David Miliband snubbed during visit to Russia

    David Miliband was snubbed by his Russian counterpart when he was told it was ‘absolutely unrealistic’ to expect Moscow to extradite the prime suspect in the murder of the Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko.

    In a tense joint appearance in Moscow that appeared to sour the first visit to Moscow by a British Foreign Secretary in five years, Mr Miliband and Sergei Lavrov publicly disagreed about whether the UK had even supplied Russia with sufficient evidence on the case.

    Yuri Fedotov, the Russian ambassador to Britain, said in advance of the meeting that it was an opportunity to “reset” relations between the two countries.

    Instead, the encounter underlined the lack of progress in a dispute that has bedevilled UK-Russian relations for the last three years.

    Mr Litvinenko died an agonising death in 2006 after drinking tea laced with radioactive polonium in a London hotel. His murder plunged UK-Russia relations into crisis. Andrei Lugovoi, the former KGB bodyguard Scotland Yard who denies adminstering the poison, is now a prominent pro-Kremlin MP.

    Mr Miliband insisted the UK had handed over the necessary documents to prompt extradition proceedings. Mr Lavrov said that was not the case.

    Later, Mr Miliband returned the snub, rejecting a Russian proposal to try the case on Russian soil, hinting Moscow was incapable of organising a fair trial.

    “This crime took place in London,” said Mr Miliband. “That is where the trial should take place.”

    He said Britain would continue to press the case with Russia. “A British citizen was killed on out streets,” he said. “We continue to seek justice for him.”

    Mr Miliband’s trip to Russia was supposed to consign all the bad blood about the case to the past. The idea was that the two countries would show they could pragmatically co-operate in areas of common interest and agree to disagree about their many differences.

    Yet there appears to have been little tangible progress on bilateral issues, beyond restating old positions, and the Litvinenko dossier continues to cast a long shadow.

    Mr Miliband audibly escalated his rhetoric after the tense press conference with Mr Lavrov. He complained that Russia had simply been ignoring British attempts to help solve what he called a “horrific” murder.

    “We asked the Russian authorities for three things,” he told the Ekho Moskvy radio station. “The first was about extradition, the second whether there was any secret service link to the murder, and the third was about future security. We have not received a constructive reply.”

    Mr Miliband also made a point of meeting anti-Kremlin opposition figures and liberal officials who are closer to President Dmitry Medvedev than Vladimir Putin, the all-powerful prime minister. Liberal circles in Russia hope that Mr Medvedev will turn out to be more reform-minded than Mr Putin though there is so far little hard evidence of that.

    Mr Miliband was also due to meet human rights activists, give an interview to a leading liberal newspaper, and meet with Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet leader. Mr Gorbachev has become increasingly critical of the Kremlin’s “managed democracy”, likening the ruling United Russia party to the old Soviet Communist party and dismissing recent elections as a farce.

    Less controversially, Mr Miliband was due to have a cup of tea with a long-lost relative that he only discovered he had last month.


  4. That’s just sick. Russians are a SICK nation!

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