Russia’s Toxic Kremlin
We were awash last week in the toxic sludge that is the Moscow Kremlin’s effluent of dictatorship.
We looked left, and we saw the Kremlin’s insidious effort to build on a protected nature reserve in Sochi a palace for its new royalty, the KGB.
We looked right, and we saw the Kremlin’s malignant stormtroopers descending on the valiant environmental activists who dare to challenge the efforts of a dastardly Kremlin-friendly oligarch to pour filth in to Russia’s most valuable environmental jewel, Lake Baikal.
We looked right again, and we saw the Kremlin’s apes at work again, this time tossing people out onto the street and razing their homes in direct contravention of written promises not to do so, driving the desperate citizens to offer to defect to the USA and Germany.
All the while, the Kremlin’s message was quite clear, the same one it sent out in Tsarist and in Soviet times: It is the Kremlin, not the people of Russia, who owns the nation and its resources. Only the Kremlin will decide what happens to them, regardless of what the people may or may not want, may or may not need.
Little wonder, then, that the Putin Kremlin sees nothing wrong with squandering the nation’s resources on waging cold war against the West rather than addressing Russia’s social problems, problems that have resulted in a massive demographic crisis.
And if the people of Russia will not lift a finger to demand better, then what they get it what they deserve.