EDITORIAL: Dymovsky in the Dock

EDITORIAL

Dymovsky in the Dock

A month ago we reported on the announcement of criminal charges against Russian Police Major Alexei Dymovsky as a result of his YouTube appeal to Vladimir Putin to help him stop corruption in the ranks.

Now, Dymovsky has been arrested.  He faces up to ten years in prison and a period of pretrial incarceration, next to criminals he may have personally jailed, for an indefinite period without bail while he awaits trial.  He’s already been fired for speaking out against the abuse of his profession.

In a bizarre report on the arrest, the Kremlin’s English-language propaganda network Russia Today stated that the court backtracked on allowing Dymovsky to remain free pending trial upon his promise not to leave the country because of misconduct on Dymovsky’s part.  It claimed:   “It is reported that Dymovsky allegedly threatened a law enforcement officer who is investigating the criminal case against him.”

Even by the appalling standards of Russia Today, this is shoddy pseudo-journalism.  Not only does RT give no source whatsoever for the “report” it is repeating, when it then quotes the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office there is not one single word about misconduct by Dymovsky being the basis for his incarceration.  The report from the Kremlin’s own newswire service, RIA Novosti, makes no reference to misconduct.  The willingness of RT to publish unsourced libelous statements about a public critic of the Kremlin harkens back to the worst days of Soviet “journalism.”

Remembering the brutal killing of attorney Sergei Magnitsky while the Kremlin’s dock, one cannot but shudder at these developments.  When Magnitsky was first discovered to have perished, of course, the Kremlin also attempted to blame him for his own circumstances, and the smear against Dymovsky is entirely typical of the “justice system” in the USSR.  To watch RT play fast and loose with the basic facts and standards of journalism that govern other English-language publications is to see the true horror of the Putin regime laid bare, and in this way at least the existence of RT serves a useful purpose. It is a daily reminder that we should “question more” the lies that it and its Kremlin overlords try to tell us, about Officer Dymovsky and every other aspect of Russian life today.

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13 responses to “EDITORIAL: Dymovsky in the Dock

  1. The guy was as brave as naive. Well, they’re going to make an another example out of him, as they did with Trepashkin etc.

    Meanwhile, prime president jokes (wink-wink):
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/23/AR2010012300963.html

  2. The absurdity of Russia’s non-independent legal system has revealed itself again. I simply don’t understand why is Putin cutting the branches Russia ( and he, in the end) sits on- the police, the military, the judiciary. He has already stolen enough money. Why doesn’t he step down and disappear, leaving Russia alone?

  3. I don’t know where power-mad Putin would go, Hroboatos.

  4. Major Dymovsky had the right idea but he didn’t think things through and now he will rot in prison until he’s dead. And no one will care.

    How could he misread his position so badly?

  5. Major Dymovsky did not misread his position – he stood up like a man, with honesty and conscience. He did not cower like a rat or a mouse.

    There are others like him in Russia. But not enough.

    rooshans have this very strange, befuddled, muddled concept of “strong man” government.

    So “Putler” takes his shirt off and kisses boys on the belly to prove that he is head of a “strong man” government.

    Major Dymovsky stands up like a true human being, like a man, and says to Putler – “this is broken – Russians are being falsely charged and jailed and worse under this system – it must be fixed.”

    Who is truly the “strong man” here?

    Who is truly the human being here?

    • @Major Dymovsky did not misread his position

      Dymovsky was apparently a believer of the myth of “good tsar and his bad advisers”, adressing Putin and asking him for help.

      Which makes him still brave and honest and clean, but not very smart. Well, the “smart” cops in Russia are at once a notorious criminals anyway. They take example from the very top.

  6. F*** the moscalis

    Not many Dymovskys left – Stalin made a point of killing off all the principled people a generation or two ago.

    Sends quite a message, doesn’t it?

  7. Russia is not a hard place to read, unless you are too close to it, apparently.

    As the photog at his first Moscow presser said, “make way for the hero!”

    And they did.

  8. Robert, I have no doubt that Dymovsky knew all about the myth of “good tsar, bad advisers.”

    If by not being “smart” you mean that Dymovsky chose not to be a dishonest coward, and that knowing what Putler is – Vlad Dracul Putler – Dymovsky nevertheless chose to stand up like a man, then I agree with you.

    And that Dimovsky knew full well that the “smart” cops in Russia won’t point out dishonesty, and that they take their example from the crooks and thieves and cowards at the top – then I agree with you.

    I think that’s what you mean.

  9. Another great example of pseudo-governance is a proposal to reform the Interior Ministry by dividing its staff into the militia, the police and the national guard (formerly the riot police). Police officers have killed scores of people during Vladimir Putin’s rule. This obviously does not trouble Putin. He has never called to offer his condolences to the survivors of police brutality nor convened a special session to discuss the problem. In fact, it was Putin who created the system in which abuses by police and officials constitute the main method of governing the country, and it would be odd if he lifted a finger to dismantle it because of a few high-profile scandals. Under such conditions, all that can be done is to simulate reforms — by renaming the militia as the police.

    https://larussophobe.wordpress.com/2010/01/26/ryzhkov-putin-is-starting-to-freak/

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