EDITORIAL: Russia and its Children

EDITORIAL

Russia and its Children

Vladimir Putin’s Russia is a merciless abortion factory. For every child that is born, one is aborted.  That rate is four times higher than that of Italy and double that of Hungary.

In May of last year, a poll showed that only 5% of Russian women planned to have a baby in the next two years.  The Kremlin’s response has been a ridiculous attempt to bribe women into having babies and to consider imposing a massive new crackdown on the right to abortions.

We have two questions.

First, if things are going so swimmingly with Russia’s population growth, as Vladimir Putin recently bragged, then why is it necessary to undertake a new effort to slash abortions?

And second, if Vladimir Putin has brought so much hope and progress to Russians over the past decade of his rule, then why does Russia still lead the world in both abortions and suicides?

We think the answer to both of this questions is obvious and is the same:  Putin does not represent hope and progress, he represents despair and regression.  No sane mother would be happy about her own prospects in Putin’s Russia, much less those of her helpless child.  How could she be, when she knows here child is not likely to live past the age of 65, and is highly likely to be killed in a fire or a brutal murder, both areas where Russia also leads the world.  Her child will be raised in one of the most corrupt major economies on the planet, taught from an early age how to lie and steal to get what he wants rather than how to work hard for it.  He will undoubtedly smoke, drink, consume a high-fat unhealthy diet, and he will find an appallingly low level of medical care available to him when he gets sick.

At school, he will quickly see that bribery and favoritism, not effort, are they keys to academic success.  And knowing that an wage of $3/hour awaits him when he finishes his education, he’d have little incentive to study seriously even if it were otherwise.

And in fact, it’s not all that likely that he’ll even be given the chance to enjoy his mother’s company until he graduates from school. As we’ve previously reported, one Russian wife is brutally murdered by her husband every 30 minutes in Vladimir Putin’s Russia, and Putin has never said a single public word about the barbaric violence visited by Russian men upon their wives. To the contrary, he’s repeatedly joked and laughed about rape.

So, all in all, why should a woman want to give birth in Vladimir Putin’s Russia? We can’t think of a single reason.

34 responses to “EDITORIAL: Russia and its Children

  1. I’ve got a different question: how many street children are there in Russia nowadays? I remember it used to be about 2 million several years ago, many living in apartment block basements (alike cats live in the civilized countries) and sniffing glue from nylon bags all day long.

  2. What about Puttin’s favored candidate for Ukrainian Election in 2004? Yanukovich tried to steal the election. Yanukovich is now leading among the Rashan Speaking element in Ukraine. The democrats are divided. There were 18 candidates. Now a runoff election with Yulia Tymoshenko whom would be the first woman President of an Ex-Soviet State. At least they are having real elections and are getting better at it. Something that should make Rashans envious.

    “Rashia’s Manchurian Candidate” Yanukovich is making statements that would have ruined him in the independent countries of the EU, but Ukraine is just another ex-Rashan Client state soon to be re-submerged into the Kremlin’s swamp. Or that is the plan. So Yanukovich can say such things as…

    “what good has democracy brought us?”…

    “Premier Yulia Tymoshenko should go back to her Kitchen …”

    These statements are coming from an ex-convict, and election fraudster who was jailed for assault, theft and rape, not to mention beating his wife when he broke her cheekbone during the Orange Revolution. This brut is again raising his Ugly Head. If they can survive this pig, then they are on their way to being a normal country.

    At least Pootin has not publicly supported him this time.

    • Georg,

      Your ignorance is quite charming. The simplest example:

      [Yulia Tymoshenko would be the first woman President of an Ex-Soviet State. ]

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Presidents_of_Latvia

      List of Presidents of Latvia

      Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga 1999 — 2007

      • Arthur,

        Thank you for reminding me about the Latvian SSR. I did not know that even Latvia was part of the Soviet Union. Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga was the presidents name.

        So Rasha had incorporated Latvians into a slavic state as Rasha pretends to be. Now they have climbed out, and joined NATO after that experience. Rashan contempt for the female is not negated, since the Latvians hate Rashan influence on their previously helpless state.

        • Georg wrote:
          [did not know that even Latvia was part of the Soviet Union.]

          Do not worry, Georg. It’s not your fault. It’s the fault of your country that fails to educate its citizens to the point of total ignorance of history and geography.

          But your total ignorance does explain your russophobia.

  3. And let’s not forget, Russias young are conscripted into the Army where many will be brutalised by evil thugs, Russias rules on conscription are so strict that even the medically unfit are forced to join. I know one poor lad who had flat feet and bad eyesight and he was forced in. At least it’s only for a year now poor little blighter would never have lasted the two year term.

  4. I read the first 2 paragraphs of the FT article with horror!

    Romanova, the 22-year old “model,” pulls a knife out of her pink rucksack and stabs the stray dog, Malchik, to death.

    The fact that Russians reacted with horror to that crime, and erected a statue to Malchik from donations – well, maybe there is hope for Russia after all.

  5. I cannot help but smile La Russophobe when you stated, and I quote, “Her child will be raised in one of the most corrupt major economies on the planet, taught from an early age how to lie and steal to get what he wants rather than how to work hard for it.”
    A quote that I (respectfully) only agree with 66.7%. Why this percentage? because I believe you left the third one out – which is “and where necessary to murder to justify the end!!!”

  6. Robert,

    By “USSR imperialist (“internationalist”) criminality from 1979-1989”, I presume you mean the Soviet fight against Bin Laden, Taliban and other islamic extremists? You are a big fan of islamic extremism, aren’t you? Did you cheer when your islamic brothers terrorised New York on 9-11?

    Well, guess what? Russia’s allies – the Northern Alliance – have kicked your sore Taliban ass, with the help of Americans.

    • Are you seriously saying that the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan was a right thing to do?

      • No. All invasions of Afghanistan – by Brits, Soviets, Americans – have resulted and will result in failure. Thus, all of them were and are huge waste of human lives and money.

        • Clarification: Unlike Russia, America is allowed to fight against terrorists. So, the initial operation to kick Al Qaeda out of Afghanistan was approved by NATO and thus justified (unlike the destruction of Iraq). But the current occupations of both Iraq and Afghanistan will turn out to be 1000 worse shocks to USA than was the Viet Nam humiliation.

    • @Well, guess what? Russia’s allies – the Northern Alliance – have kicked your sore Taliban ass, with the help of Americans.

      Well, guess what? The so-called “Northern Alliance” (actual name: United Islamic Front) have also kicked your sore Soviet ass, with the help of Americans.

      With the sole exception of the Dostum’s party (National Islamic Movement), who had defected to the Muj only already after the Soviet withdrawal.

      Now this is correct.

      • And from an interview with the leader of the “Russia’s allies”:

        CNN: Right. What do you remember of December 27, 1979, when the Red Army entered Afghanistan?

        CNN: On that day, I was with some of my groups in the valley of Panjshir, and I wanted to switch on Radio Afghanistan. And when I switched on and found Radio Afghanistan, suddenly I heard the voice of Karmal (Babrak Karmal was installed as Afghanistan’s communist leader when the Soviets invaded) saying something bad about Hafizullah Amin (the Afghan communist leader who was killed when the Soviets invaded) and I was surprised: how had it happened that the situation had changed in Kabul? I switched on to another station, and again Karmal was on the radio, and again we found out from other radio stations that Karmal had taken power with the help of Russia, and I finally knew what was happening. And then I kept in touch with the scholars, with the people of Afghanistan … and really that day, I tell you I was not disappointed, I was very happy, because the Russians occupied Afghanistan and the people of Afghanistan after that knew that they were occupying Afghanistan and they were aggressive troops, and I believed in the people of Afghanistan resisting against this until the last drop of their blood and all the aggressors had been defeated in Afghanistan, and I believed that the Russians would also be defeated. And I told my friends: “I believe from this time that I am successful.”

        CNN: What struck you about the Russians’ initial military tactics, the first time that you saw them?

        MASSOUD: Their first offensive was on Panjshir in spring, and we also came across Russians at that time. I was not at that time in Panjshir. And those groups who were in Panjshir … the Russians suffered many casualties. And after fighting the Russians, we had a discussion, and when I asked my colleagues “What was the result of this fighting, and how did you fight against the Russians? What did you see?”, all of them told us: “We thought that the Russians were very strong and their tactics were very strong.” But the colleagues told me “They are not such good fighters — they just made their column and they launched their offensive, and from behind, we started our firing.” And they (entered) the valley, and we could one by one to take under our target (pick them out one by one).” It was propaganda that the Red Army was very strong and terrible, and when our friends came across them they found out that if that’s how strong the Russians were, they were very happy.

        CNN: (The Russian) military tactics changed, and how did he manage to cope with that?

        MASSOUD: The Russian tactics changed very slowly; they only thought about their mistakes at the end of their fighting, and when they changed their tactics, we also changed our tactics. First their tactic was to bombard, and they launched their offensive with tanks. We were around the mountains at that time, and they started to use helicopters to deliver their troops. We also started to change our tactics at that time and tried to put our arms and ammunition in places where the Russians wouldn’t be able to seize them, and we distributed all our troops on mountain tops, and with small mobile groups we moved and started our fighting against the Russians and took the initiative from the Russians and inflicted heavy blows on them in the Panjshir Valley.

        We had very severe fighting with the Russians, and we had a temporary ceasefire with them, and at this time we started our reinforcement in the northern provinces. This was a very good year; and then the Russians again launched a huge offensive and brought very large troops there and also spread mines everywhere and cut off the routes and bombarded different positions. They wanted to bring quite a lot of their troops to the valley, and I knew about their aims and objectives. Then I told my colleagues … “let them come” But it was not simple duty. And every day at that time, two reconnaissance aircraft flew over the Panjshir Valley, and they followed us step by step. We wanted to deceive the enemy and we resisted against the Russians. Before the start of fighting, we also engaged in some formation fighting, and at that time I had 3,000 guns. Twenty-four days before the fighting, I asked the people of the valley to evacuate the valley, and thousands of people replied positively to our request. And one day before the launching of the Russian offensive, on the excuse that we would like to launch our fighting in the northern provinces, we retreated our forces, and our fighters fought very well in the northern provinces. One day before the Russians started their offensive, we transferred thousands of mujahedeen along the valley, and they descended their troops, and we also spread thousands of miles around. When the troops descended, everywhere they came across anti-tank and anti-personnel mines. From the informational point of view and from the tactical point of view, our troops did very well, and the Russians became like mad. And in Parvan, there also broke out fighting against the Russians. They searched for our groups by helicopter, but we managed to inflict heavy blows on the Russians. At that time, the weather conditions were very good, and we intensified our mobile fighting and activities against Russia.

        After the first conflict we had with the Russians, when the Russians suffered a reverse, people realized that they could resist against the Red Army. Everybody, every country feared the Red Army at that time, but as a result of our first resistance, the people of Afghanistan knew that we could resist against the Red Army.

        CNN: Could he just talk us through some of the human suffering that he experienced because of the war, the atrocities?

        MASSOUD: One of the negative issues (was) their mass killing, and they bombarded villages, residential areas. Old men, women and children were killed by the Russians. Naturally it affected everybody, every human being. When the Red Army suffered reverses and casualties, they killed young and old indiscriminately, even animals, and I myself was an eyewitness of an event. In one place, the people resisted against the Russians, and when I went there I saw the killing of the people: women, men and even animals. In one case, the Russians also poured petrol on people’s bodies and burned them. It was very tragic. Another thing that affected the Russians was that when the people realize that the Russians would launch an offensive, and also the Russians bombarded during the day, people wanted to evacuate their villages, and whatever they had, their belongings, they took with them. It was really a very negative action.

        CNN: It’s obvious that as the war progressed, the Russians changed their tactics, they became more brutal… what did he think was behind the tactics of destroying these villages completely, what were the Russians trying to do, do you think?

        MASSOUD: They wanted to defeat the spirit of the people and to defeat the struggle of the people. People again got (together) against the Russians and they strongly resisted them.

        CNN: How did the mujahedeen treat Soviet prisoners, and how did the Red Army treat captured mujahedeen?

        MASSOUD: Honestly, our attitude was very humane, and I don’t remember even having killed one Russian soldier. When we captured Russian soldiers, we just took them to the prison.

        CNN: How did you treat Soviet prisoners, and how did the Red Army treat mujahedeen?

        MASSOUD: The Afghan attitude to the Russian prisoners was very good. We had some Russian prisoners, and we released them and they went back to their homes. On the contrary, the attitude of the opposition was very inhumane, and when they captured our soldiers, they killed them. Some of them were alive, but they were under oppression, under their pressure.

        http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2001/trade.center/massoud.html

        With such “allies” (not to mention the “Heores of Russia”), I wonder about your “enemies”?

        • And from the same interview with this chief “Russia’s ally” (not to confuse with “islamic extremists”), about the background of the so-called “Soviet fight against Bin Laden, Taliban and other islamic extremists”:

          CNN: Why were you opposed to the PDPA? (the communist People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan)

          MASSOUD: Before the communists took power, everybody knew that they were the puppet of Russia. All the people of Afghanistan knew from Peter’s time that the Soviet Union had the objective of reaching warm water; and also, the Soviet Union wanted to occupy the region’s countries and they wanted to follow their own objectives. They were atheists, and their ideas and their ideology were not in conformity with our culture. And gradually, the people of Afghanistan got to know their faces and people knew that, except for disaster and tragedy, they could not bring anything for the benefit of the people. And also, the people of Afghanistan had the memory of the former Soviet Union’s government in the Central Asian republics, and they had a negative impression of the former Soviet Union.

          CNN: What was it about the reforms that really he objected to, or people objected to?

          MASSOUD: Part of these reforms … it was not in conformity with our culture. For example, when the communists took power, they exerted pressure on the people, on old women, to take part in literacy courses. This was something the people of Afghanistan were not used to. Besides that, they exerted pressure on the people; the communists went to the villages and they wanted to register the people, and they forced them… especially they wanted to ask the men to tell t to give the names of their wives. It’s not according to our culture to ask women’s names to register them for literacy courses. And also the land reforms, they had their special objectives: they wanted to just use these people who had land to struggle for the communists. And the communists extrajudicially (illegally) captured and arrested the people, and executed them without trial. As a result of these actions of the communists, finally the people of Afghanistan rose up against them and struggled. And another matter that I would like to mention (is that) when the communists took power, they wanted to inculcate their godless, atheist ideas into people. This was their motto, but the people of Afghanistan knew their true faces.

          CNN: How did the negative impact of all these reforms contribute to the creation of the mujahedeen?

          MASSOUD: As I already mentioned, the people of the Central Asian republics and Afghanistan did not have a good memory of the former Soviet Union. And secondly, their own actions, their own deeds also resulted in the people of Afghanistan (wanting to get) rid of them and struggling against them. And I myself entered the Panjshir, and I had no effect on the Panjshir people. And when I entered from Nuristan (a province in Northern Afghanistan) to Panjshir, I didn’t have money with me, and when I reached the Panjshir, and this was a base where the people knew that they could launch a struggle against the Russians. And I talked with the people, and they prepared and expressed their readiness to struggle against the communists. All the groups came to me at night; and as I mentioned, I had nothing, not even a gun. Young and old got ready – even scholars, the young generation. The peasants and workers gave their support and all of them came to me and they (asked) me that I also organize them and prepare them for an uprising. And all the pressure of the communists on the people resulted in these things.

          CNN: Could you just explain a bit about how fighting and dying relates to God and the jihad?

          MASSOUD: As I mentioned before about the communists, they are godless, atheists. And besides this, they were a puppet of foreigners, they were cruel, they oppressed the people, because the people accounted themselves righteously. And from the religious point of view, fighting against the communists … if someone is dying they (say) they are “in the path of God,” and if he is a martyr, then he (has achieved) martyrdom. In both cases, … we will fulfil our duty in the face of God and in the face of the people of Afghanistan.

      • My “ass” is no more “Soviet” than yours is Ottoman. And today’s Russia is not the Soviet Union. And you are almost as much of an inconsiderate spammer as your friend Andrea.

        • Your ass is very Soviet. And of course there were no Taliban movement in 1979 (nor until circa 1992, that is several years after the Soviets were gone) – and there was no bin Laden there neither (as he had arrived in 1987).

          I see you didn’t like how the “Russia’s allies” (real world translation from your newspeak: Russia’s enemies) remembered the agression by the “very inhumane Russians” and the nation’s resistance to communism and the Soviet occupation. Pity.

          Btw, if Russia has nothing to do with the Soviet Union and its defeat in Afghanistan, maybe time to shut up about the “Russian” (Soviet) victory in WWII. And then don’t forget to get rid of the Afghan war memorials (back to the original subject), allegedly oh-so-unrelated to anything Russian.

          Now, did you find those memorials to the thousands of Chechen, Russian and other children that were killed in Chechnya that I asked you for? (No, you can’t blame Soviet Union for this.) And where is the effort to help the children who had lost their limbs? Why there was no psychological therapy for the whole generation raised in air-raid shelters? What about the thousands of orphans? What about Basayev’s half-Abkhaz baby daughter, to get back to him for a moment? (Or maybe she was “a terrorist” and so she was “fought”?)

          I guess you didn’t see Not Children Stories (Не Детские Истории). Maybe go and later tell me about your impressions: http://www.che.ru/video/gallery/DJIGIT/692/3361.php Or 3 Rooms of Melancholia. Lots of uplifting stories of the brave and selfless “fight against terrorists” and “restoration of the constitutional order” and what not, from the small survivors. Enjoy.

        • Unfortunately Arthur shows the all too typical lack of anything remotely resembling honesty or human decency and instead shows the black pit of lies that is at the heart of Russian “culture”.

          Most Russians are culturally incapable of telling the truth, and this makes them culturally incapable or accepting responsibility for their vile actions, let alone feeling remorse.

        • Well, Russia claims to be, and has been recognized worldwide, as a legal successor to the U.S.S.R. She has kept the old Soviet embassies around the world, as well as the seat on the Security Council of the U.N., as well as all its nuclear weapons. Russia also accepted responsibility for Soviet debts.

          Do you accept this as a true statement?

          • Of course I do agree that Russia has accepted responsibility for Soviet debts, just as modern post-WW2 Germany accepted responsibility for Nazi Germany’s debts. But only a moron would disagree that modern Germany is not the same as Nazi Germany.

            The problem here is that, for obvious reasons, russophobes and other xenophobes suffer from mental retardation. Thus, when I write a simple phrase like: “And today’s Russia is not the Soviet Union.”, russophobes misunderstand this simple phrase to mean “Russia has no nukes and doesn’t use the former USSR’s embassy buildings”.

            I have just realised that I am tired of explaining trivial things to you, retards. From now on, my writing will be directed towards normal people, and if you don’t understand what I say – that’ll be your problem.

            • Now Arthur, Germany has apologised for its crimes.

              Russia has not, and continues in fact to glorify those crimes, and in the cases of Chechnya, Georgia and Moldovia in particular, continues to commit the same sort of crimes.

              So yes, Russia is the same old criminal state (and criminal culture) while Germany has been transformed.

              Russia is an imperialistic mass murdering bunch of criminals, same as it was in the Tsarist and Communist periods.

              The same poxed up old whore with new makeup.

  7. Back on topic, Russia is a messed-up country with a plethora of problems too numerous to mention here. The reason why Russia will never even address those problems, let alone fix them, is due to denial and deflection. The problem either doesn’t exist or, if denial no longer works, a finger is pointed at someone else. These are childish tactics. Indeed, if a child had attempted this, he would no doubt have been punished.
    Russia has to admit it has made its country unlivable for its own people and that it has and still does kill its own people. It must develop a respect for life.
    Just my thoughts.

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