Russia and its Bandits
Our hearts skipped a beat last week last week when we read reports indicating that Russian “president” Dima Medvedev had declared his intention to “eliminate the bandits” who were plaguing his country.
At last, we thought! Finally Russia’s so-called leader has seen the light and is going to arrest proud KGB spy Vladimir Putin and his gang of thugs who have been robbing the nation blind for years. And that’s to say nothing of the murders.
After all, as brilliant reporting from the Washington Post which we republish in today’s issue makes clear, Putin has been engaged in a relentless campaign of torture and political murder in the Caucasus region for years, a campaign which has included the slaughter of Russian patriots like Politkovskaya, Estemirova and Markelov.
But our hopes were soon shattered. It seems the “bandits” Medvedev was referring to were the rebels wrecking havoc across the Caucasus with daily murders of Russian government officials and military personnel.
What’s that, you say? You thought Vladimir Putin had already wiped out all of those bandits (“stomped them in the toilet,” to use his colorful phrase) long ago? Why, you ask, is it necessary for Medvedev to repeat, almost verbatim, the same rhetoric invoked by Putin years ago when Putin’s stratospheric popularity among Russians is purported based on victory in Caucasus, thus obviating the need for any such rhetoric?
Welcome to Russia. Not only is Medvedev not arresting the “bandits” who are doing the real harm to Russia from the Kremlin, he’s pontificating in an absurd manner about being able to control the relatively insignificant “bandits” in the Caucasus region who are well beyond his grasp, just as they were beyond Putin’s grasp.
That the Kremlin still believes the population of Russia is moronic enough to allow its attention to be distracted by this ludicrous banter about “bandits” only goes to prove how very little respect for them their own government has.
Putin’s chief claim to fame was his alleged quelling of revolt in the Caucasus region. Instead, the region is once again in flames, and Russia has even been at war with neighboring Georgia. Hardly peace in our time. Meanwhile, Putin and his cronies filch billions from the national treasure to line their own pockets and prosecute and insane new round of cold war with the West.
No nation can survive this type of barbarism for long.