We Russophobes scored a massive victory late last week when we forced down Vladimir Putin’s throat a laundry list of reforms of the European Court for Human Rights designed to help that court process its massive backlog of charges against Russia more efficiently. Russia was the only one of the 47 participating states which opposed the move, and when it was faced down by the whole of Europe there was only one thing for the cowardly Putin regime to do: Back down.
So Putin blinked.
He showed he can be beaten, he showed he knows how perilously weak Russia really is.
The weakness is on every front: economically, militarily, politically and socially. Russia is a basket case of a nation relying entirely on bluff to dupe it’s enemies into dropping their guard long enough for it to take advantage. What is needed now is for the world to take a lesson from this victory and use its opportunity to bring serious change to Russia before the benighted land descends once again into totalitarian despair.
The news last week that Russia had been bested by the USA in natural gas output was a perfect encapsulation of the depths to which Putin’s Russia has fallen, and the looming litigation of the Khodorkovsky prosecution before the ECHR is a harbinger of doom for the Putin regime. The ECHR, newly ratified by Russia, can do no other but to condemn the barbaric atrocity that was the Khodorkovsky “trial,” and right behind that decision comes the massive onslaught of civil lawsuits aimed at recovering the assets of YUKOS investors which the Kremlin shamelessly pilfered.
Now, the world must begin to give real teeth to the ECHR’s pronouncements. World leaders must begin demanding that Russia stop its systematic violation of the basic principles of law upon which the ECRH was founded, must truly submit to the ECHR’s jurisdiction as its written agreement compels it to do. Moreover, they must make it clear throughout Russia that the oppressed victims of the KGB regime of Vladimir Putin now have a place to turn for justice. They must do whatever is necessary to give all Russian citizens real access to the justice that their government has promised them in writing.
It’s sad testimony to the state of Russia’s domestic justice system that a foreign tribunal is their only hope for relief, but at least now there is some hope that this tribunal can begin the hard work of redressing the crimes of Russia’s modern KGB.