Russia’s Barbaric, Shameless Racism
Take the image at left, for instance. It’s a snapshot of a billboard that hangs in many Moscow subway stations, the kind you’re forced to look at as you take interminable rides up and down endless escalators, which are so long because of the subway’s dual purpose as transit and bomb shelter.
The text reads: “Your country needs your records. Every minute in Russia three new people are born.”
It’s totally shameless, barbaric racism. The billboard is saying: “Lots of babies are being born in Russia, and way too many with dark skin. What are you going to do about it, white woman?”
Russia is not only losing population fast, but the Slavic population within Russia is doing the worst job of all, leading to projections that Russia will soon become an Islamic country. The Kremlin, to put it mildly, is panicking.
The same people who publish and read such blasphemy, of course, who deny the citizenship rights of dark-skinned “Russians,” who believe that only white-skinned Slavic people can properly even be called “Russian,” these same people refuse to let places like Chechnya be independent. Instead, using blood violence, they insist that such dark-skinned people remain under Russia’s thumb, enslaved.
But is the word “record” really the best that the Russian language can come up with to convey this idea? It’s not even a “Russian” word, of course, even someone who doesn’t know a word of Russian could recognize it, if they could get past the Russian script. Seemingly, Russians lack the initiative to invent their own words for things like “hamburger,” even when the word has a sound like “h” that doesn’t exist in Russian. So Russians just call it a “gahmboorgehr.” Even many Russians would have to do a double-take to figure out just what “record” is supposed to mean in this context. Unfortunately, upon figuring it out precious few would disagree with the idea.
As dissertation researcher Nina Kouprianova, temporarily relocated to Moscow, who took this snapshot points out, few foreigners realize that an essential element of the Putin campaign to bribe Russian mothers into having more children is naked racism. Putin doesn’t want all Russians to have more babies, just the white Slavic ones, the ones the Russian languages refers to with the word “ROO-skee.” There are two words meaning “Russian” in the Russian language, with ROO-skee meaning “Slavic” and “rah-SEE-skee” meaning “not Slavic but somehow got a Russian Federation passport anyway.” What other language in the world has two different words for its nationality like that? We can’t think of any.
Did the propagandists use the word “record” because they were illiterate, or because of the Russian language’s limitations? Did they understand how horrifying their message really was? Were they ashamed of it? Is that why they couldn’t be more open and direct about it? The facts speak for themselves; the billboard is reluctant to say what it really means.
It’s endlessly bizarre and frightening and disappointing, of course, that America’s first black president, Barack Obama, visited Russia and did not say one single word about this demographic pogrom. Likewise, he ignored the ocean of dark-skinned blood washing over Russia, as dozens and dozens of dark-skinned citizens are murdered in race attacks each year. Had Obama entered the Moscow subway without his entourage to have a look at this shamelessly racist posters, it’s not likely he’d have come out alive to tell the tale. The subway is a meat grinder of racist violence.
There are other bizarre features of the Putin subway campaign. Other billboards quote famous people opining on the importance of families. But they aren’t Russians. They’re, for instance, Francis Bacon and George Santayana. Aren’t there any quotes from famous Russians saying families are great? Or is it that the government doesn’t think Russian subway patrons would find those Russians influential? One poster shamelessly tells Russian mothers that if they don’t have at least six children, represented by a matrioshka doll, then they don’t love either their country or their family.
But Putin knows, of course, that none of these messages will take him where he wants to be. He knows that despite his propaganda, the notion that Russians would respond to an appeal for personal sacrifice based on patriotism being made by a man representing an organization, the KGB, which killed more Russians than any foreign enemy is totally absurd. That’s why Putin hatched his plan to bribe mothers into having babies.
We dare not imagine what kind of family relationships a plan like that will produce.