Putin’s Russia is Brutal, Cruel and Inhumane
The system that has been built in our country is brutal, cruel, and inhumane. People are suffering, not only in prisons and camps, but in orphanages and hospitals as well. So many bastards are feeding themselves on power. With epaulettes on their shoulders and with flashing lights in their heads, they are robbing us, running us over on the road, and shooting us in stores. And nobody is being held accountable.
You may think those words were uttered by some demonic foreign “Russophobe” who just doesn’t know how great things are on the ground in Vladimir Putin’s Russia, but if you think that you are very, very much mistaken.
Russian rocker Yuri Shevchuk of the seminal band DDT uttered those words during a concert last weekend in Moscow. A video of the remarks has gone viral in Russia (already collecting nearly over 175,000 views and over 500 comments). In a subsequent interview, Shevchuk warned ominously: “I know there are thousands of wonderful musicians who sing songs about civil themes, who do not agree with what is happening in this country. There are a lot of wonderful young people who are playing in cellars. And all this is gaining some critical mass.”
Radio Free Europe provides the evidence that Shevchuk is right:
On Monday, day after Shevchuk’s comments, the popular actor Aleksei Devotchenko — star of popular TV crime shows like “Streets Of Broken Lamps” and ‘Bandit St. Petersburg” — posted a diary on the Internet criticizing his colleagues for cozying up to the Kremlin and making “pseudo-patriotic” propaganda films.
And “Vedomosti” is reporting today that a group of 13 cultural figures, including music critic and media personality Artyom Troitsky, have penned an open letter to President Dmitry Medvedev calling for an investigation into an automobile accident involving LUKoil vice president Anatoly Barkov in which two women, 36-year-old Olga Aleksandrina and 72-year-old Vera Sidelnikova, were killed.
The rapper MC Noize, who a close friend of one of Aleksandrina’s sister, posted a protest song on the Internet condemning Barkov, LUKoil, and the Russian authorities.
There are, make no mistake about it, echoes of the Soviet Union. The echoes of Samizdat, of underground movements, frightened patriots hiding in basements, whispering about freedom.
And Russia is ruled, of course, by the KGB.
But perhaps the tide begins now to turn against Russia’s demonic, isolated, ignorant rulers. At last, the true consequences of their misrule are being felt wide and deep in Russia, and the nation’s remaining patriots may now be realizing that they must act now, before their chance slips away.
Celebrities like Shevchuk must make common cause with the political opposition, and all the members of the front must then unify, rather than bickering and sniping as they have done in the past. If this is done, the movement can grow, and it can force its way into the corridors of power. If it is not, Russia will slide into the abyss.