The Putin Holocaust
“All the vices of our bureaucracy were exposed by this tragedy. Its incompetence, corruption and links to businesses. We need legal changes strengthening criminal punishment for bureaucrats for violations in control and supervision area. They simply signed fake documents. Did they not know about it? Of course they knew. Where did the municipal authorities look? Why did they close their eyes?”
That was dictator Vladimir Putin’s response to the holocaust in Perm that, by last Friday, had killed over 140 Russians. He did not acknowledge that his country has one of the worst fire fatality rates on the planet. He did not accept blame for having done nothing in ten years in power to alter that rate. He did not acknowledge what his own remarks clearly prove, that the survey results of transparency International, so often attacked as “russophobic” by Russian nationalists, are in fact deadly accurate in declaring that Russia is one of the most corrupt societies on the planet. He did not accept blame for having done nothing in ten years of power to alter that reality either.
Instead, like the KGB thug he is, Putin could do nothing but threaten physical violence, hurling whatever Russians he could find into prison just like Stalin before him.
Where did Vladimir Putin look? Why did he close his eyes? Did he not know about it? Of course he knew.
Putin cannot admit, of course, that the reason so many perished in Perm is the pathetic state of the Russian economy and the Kremlin’s savage diversion of resources from social services to cold war politics, the same critical error that brought down the USSR. Doctors and fire inspectors in Perm are paid slave wages, just a few dollars per hour, and they have no technology or support services behind them. As such, they feel they have no choice but corruption to provide for their families. Nothing is done to prevent fires, and when they occur nothing is done to treat the victims.
In other words, the real killer of 140 Russians in Perm is quite clear: His name is Vladimir Putin. It was Putin’s crazed policy of cold-war confrontation that denied money to Perm for fire prevention and burn treatment. It was Putin’s total failure to acknowledge and address the corruption of his own government that prevented reform. Putin has wiped out every aspect of civil society that might have agitated for reform and circulated information about the risks in Perm. He has crushed newspapers, invaded television stations, and taken over local government leadership. He has wiped out opposition political parties, arrested opposition political leaders, or killed them outright, and he has branded anyone who would speak out and expose the regime’s errors as a traitor.
Because of these acts, it is only Putin who can properly be blamed for the holocaust in Perm, an event that was entirely predictable based on Putin’s neo-Soviet priorities. But where did Putin get the ability to commit these atrocities? He got it from the Russian people themselves. As we report below, they continue to favor Putin with stratospheric job approval ratings even as he butchers them, just as they did in Stalin’s time as well.
So in truth, it is simply the Russian people themselves who are killing Russians, as if the whole country were on a fervent crusade of national suicide.