Annals of a Russian Purge
It sure was amusing, and terrifying, to watch the antics of Russia’s so-called “president” Dima Medvedev in the wake of his country’s calamitous failure at the 2010 Olympic Games.
First, Medvedev petulantly refused to attend the closing ceremonies in Vancouver, hiding like a child under his mothers skirts rather than face the shame and humiliation of standing with his athletes before a slack-jawed world. How would Russians react if the leader of the country picked to take the 2018 games refuses to be in Sochi at the closing to take the Olympic flag? Hopefully, we’ll never know because the IOC will come to its senses and divest Russia of the 2014 games.
Then, Medvedev began calling for the heads of the Russian Olympics leadership team. Not surprisingly, however, he didnt’ say a word about the resignation of the man responsible for supervising that team, so-called “Prime Minister” Vladimir Putin, nor did he suggest that he himself might resign. Apparently, Russia’s so-called “leaders” don’t feel they have any responsibility for selecting incompetent and corrupt fools to run Russia’s Olympics program, and therefore need not pay any consequences when that program humiliates the country before the eyes of the world.
In our issue today, we republish a condemnation of Russia issued by the prestigious media watchdog Reporters without Borders. Issued just as the games were ending for maximum publicity, RWB exposes the Stalin-like crackdown on all elements of the press where reporting on the Sochi 2014 games is concerned, hiding numerous acts of wanton misconduct by the organizers. Medvedev even allowed the shameless rigging of the last mayoral election in Sochi, just to make sure the Kremlin had a chokehold on information dealing with the games.
Viewing all this, no objective observer can conclude that Medvedev is any sort of “leader” for Russia, much less a liberal or progressive one. They can conclude only that he is a petty little dwarf, a hapless servant of Vladimir Putin, and a willing participant in the de-democratization and neo-Sovietization of Russia.
If Medvedev really wanted to help his country, instead of firing many people he would fire just one, Putin. And then he would resign.