EDITORIAL: Russia and its Barbarism

EDITORIAL

Russia and its Barbarism

Two authoritative reports were released last Wednesday which cemented Russia’s status as “Zaire, with permafrost,” as the Atlantic magazine aptly termed it many years ago, as Vladimir Putin’s KGB was first taking control of the country.

First, Human Rights Watch announced that human rights in Russia had “severely deteriorated” during 2009.  Mincing no words, HRW laid bare the stark contrast between the lies issuing from so-called “president” Dima Medvedev’s mouth and the crude deeds taking places on Russia’s mean streets every day of the week:  “The brazen murders of at least five civic rights activists and violence and harassment toward several others marked a severe deterioration in the human rights climate in Russia.  These shocking developments contrasted sharply with some positive rhetoric by President Dmitry Medvedev recognizing the importance of civil society.”

The conservatives at the Heritage Foundation were just as appalled as the liberals at HRW.  They ranked Russia 143 out of 183 countries on the planet on economic freedom, giving Russia an even lower score than its abysmal performance assessment for 2008. Heritage concluded that the relentless invasion of the private sector by the state was causing the Russian economy to “lose flexibility and competitiveness.”

The Kremlin’s response, as always, was predictable:  Denial.  It lashed out, as it always does, at the evil conspiracy of Russophobes which has nothing better to do than invent lies about Russia in order to “keep Russia down” and prevent it from achieving its true glory.  The collapse of the Tsar, of the Kerensky regime that replaced it, of the Communist regime that replaced Kerensky, and of the Yeltsin regime that succeeded the Communists, all within the space of less than a century, all that too is part of the evil conspiracy. Russians never make serious mistakes in managing governmental power, they have nothing to learn from the West, they are perfection itself but for the evil conspiracy of foreigners constantly nipping at its heels.

History is weary now, exhausted from listening to these lame Russian excuses. History knows that Russia does not rank in the top 135 nations of the world for adult lifespan, it knows that Russians work for $3/hour, it knows they lead the world in abortions and suicides.  It knows that Russians have turned backwards for leadership to their failed KGB past, it knows that Russians are unable to accept criticism and instead, in the most vulgar manner possible, they physically attack anyone (like Politkovskaya, Estemirova and Markelov) who dares to make it.

You can fool some of the people all of time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool history.  If the people of Russia remain so immature and benighted that they cannot realize that the army of scholars adjudging their country an abysmal failure is right and they are wrong, that urgent reform is needed, then once again they will see their government and their state collapse and bleak suffering descend upon them and their generations.

5 responses to “EDITORIAL: Russia and its Barbarism

  1. I thought it was “Upper Volta with Nukes.”

  2. Speaking of Russian barbarism, this is what happens to anyone who really tries to fight corruption and state brutality in Russia “from the inside”

    Russia’s ‘YouTube policeman’ Dymovsky accused of fraud
    By Richard Galpin
    BBC News, Moscow

    Russian police officer who posted a video on the internet alleging the police force in his home town was corrupt has been arrested.

    Alexei Dymovsky, who became widely known after speaking out on video-sharing site YouTube in November, has been charged with fraud and corruption.

    Mr Dymovsky, from southern Russia, had already been fired from his job.

    He had earlier said the authorities wanted to silence him and get revenge for what he had done.

    In the video, he spoke out about corruption and illegal activities within the police force in his home town, saying he could no longer tolerate being told to arrest innocent people to meet monthly targets.

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    He went on to make a direct appeal to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to clean up the law enforcement agencies.

    It caused a sensation in a country where challenging the authorities is not only highly unusual, but can also prove to be extremely dangerous.

    The video registered more than a million hits.

    It will come as little surprise to people here that he has now been arrested on charges which carry a maximum of six years in prison.

    When the charges were first brought against him, Mr Dymovsky told the Reuters news agency that the authorities wanted to silence him and get revenge for what he had done.

    Ironically, just days after he posted his video, the interior minister in charge of the nation’s police force admitted it had been turned into a criminal business.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8475649.stm

    So any bets on how long he will last before dying an “unfortunate death” in custody?

  3. I hope not so long…. Death to Dymovsky!

  4. More Russian state barbarism.

    Russian ‘police torture victim’ buried in Tomsk

    A Russian journalist who died after being beaten up in police custody earlier this month has been buried in the Siberian city of Tomsk.

    A policeman has been arrested over the death of Konstantin Popov, 47, who fell into a coma after being assaulted on 4 January in a police sobering-up cell.

    The reputation of Russian police has been tarnished by scandals involving abuse of power, correspondents say.

    Popov was allegedly tortured during the fatal beating.

    He was a leading journalist on the magazine Tema, whose editor Konstantin Karpachyov said it was unlikely he was killed because of his work.

    “This could happen to absolutely anyone,” he said. “It demonstrates the police terror is aimed against everybody.”

    The policeman, 26-year-old Alexei Mitayev, has been charged with assault and abuse of office.

    High-profile killings of Russian investigative reporters have drawn international condemnation in recent years.

    At least 16 Russian journalists have been killed since 2000.

    Many, including Anna Politkovskaya, had written reports that exposed official abuses.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/8475449.stm

  5. I don’t think this kind of open, cheap, obvious gangland activity can work. I believe the Putin regime’s days are numbered.

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