Shame on Russia!
There was nothing we could do to help the injured. There was no doctor, no first-aid kit on board the train. It seems like there wasn’t anything to provide even the most basic assistance. There weren’t even any torches to look for the injured with. A lot of time valuable time was lost, time that could have been used to save people. The apparent absence of first-aid kits on such a train was simply unbelievable, especially in the light of the 2007 blast. No one even thought to have reserves of bandages.”
— Stanislav Aranovsky, Nevsky Express rail passenger, to Delovoi Petersburg
When a terrorist bomb exploded underneath a high-speed train halfway between Moscow and St. Petersburg on Saturday night, once again the greatest damage to Russia was not the loss of life, horrible as it was, but the humiliating light cast on Russia’s reckless indifference to the welfare of its citizens.
Once again, even though exactly this type of disaster had happened before, Russia was proved wholly unprepared to deal with it. One passenger said that not only were the railway employees asking passengers for medicines in the aftermath of the crash, they were unable to give basic information about evacuation procedure. Such employees are virtual slaves, paid almost nothing and given no training, much less the proper equipment.
Why? The answer is simple: The Kremlin does not care about individual human life. It never has, and it never will, because the craven people of Russia do not demand any better. They elect the KGB, the world’s greatest killers of Russians, to high government office, and then they turn a blind eye as every check on power, from local government to the mass media, is liquidated. Results like the Nevsky Express disaster are predictable when a nation behaves this way.
And now, it will all happen all over again. Even though they see this horror unfold before their eyes, even though the next time it could be them on that train, or that airplane, or those lethal roadways, the craven, cowardly people of Russia will sit idly by and do nothing to demand reform. They will allow the Kremlin to sweep all this carnage under the carpet, and that means that the next time blood flows on the Russian rails it will be on their hands as well.
By Monday, 26 people were confirmed fatalities in the crash and, inexplicably, 18 registered passengers were still missing, with no explanation forthcoming from the Kremlin. That meant the fatality total could be as high as 44.
It was exactly this callous indifference to the welfare of individual citizens, and this same relentless incompetence, that brought down the USSR, and it will do the same to Russia. No nation can survive contempt towards citizens by the government that is this intense, incompetence this profound, or apathy this appalling towards it on the part of the general population.