EDITORIAL: Putin the Vampire

EDITORIAL

Putin the Vampire

Russian dictator Vladimir Putin has sunk his fangs deep into the neck of his nation, and is drinking heartily of its blood.  The nation grows paler by the hour, and we grow more appalled.

In our last issue, we reported on how Putin is moving to place every photocopier in the nation under registration so he can choke off one of the last outlets of independent printing, the “samizdat” publishers who stood against the USSR.  Simultaneously, Putin is preparing to prosecute the defiant Nezavismaya Gazeta for daring to publish an op-ed piece by Mikhail Khodorkovsky, which predicted that the Putin regime would end in bloody violence.  And as insurrectionist activity becomes more and more defiant in the Caucasus, Putin is pushing to make it illegal to report the public statements of the rebel leaders.

There is simply no way to describe these measures except “neo-Soviet.”  At breakneck speed, Putin is returning Russia to the same type of governance that led to the collapse of the USSR in less than a century.

Just as in Soviet times, while the Putin regime holds itself out as manly and courageous, in fact it quivers in fear of the printed and spoken word.  Only rulers who know they have no legitimate basis to hold power, either in term of competence or mandate, fears words the way Putin does.  But such rulers, of course, know that their rule cannot survive the harsh light of day shining upon it, so they lash out with violence against anyone who dares to try it.

The result of this is inevitable:  blindness and ignorance.  Cut off from criticism and the flow of information, the regime cannot adapt to changing circumstances, cannot innovate, cannot grow.  Hence it stagnates, wallows in failure, and eventually collapses from internal rot.

What is most outrageous in all this is that the people of Russia, in their living memory, have seen all this before.  They have willingly chosen to be governed by a representive of the failed, corrupt society of secret police who murdered Russians by the tens of thousands and brough the USSR to its knees.  As such, who can say that they do not deserve the vampire’s fatal kiss?

18 responses to “EDITORIAL: Putin the Vampire

  1. 1baltic1bullet

    It’s funny that they have same kinda trend in Finland… except the form is different, like
    Lex-Nokia (allows employer/government to read workers e-mails etc.), forcing citizens to slavery (true! read http://1baltic1bullet.wordpress.com/2010/03/10/modern-slavery-is-true-in-finland/)
    and many other things…
    And all this is happening in “free, democratic republic”! And by right-wing, liberal government!
    Did you know that they censor eg. anti-NATO mails from disgussion boards in Finland?

    Read more
    http://1baltic1bullet.wordpress.com/

    zvarek

    • The Finnish media dubbed the name Lex Nokia, named after the Finnish copyright law (the so-called Lex Karpela) a few years back. The law was enacted, but with strict requirements for implementation of its provisions. As of 2010, the law has become a dead letter, no corporation has implemented it.

      There are in fact many anti-NATO (as you RuSSian fascists call it) mails on discussion boards, nobody censors them. The most of them are probably written by unemployed RuSSian refugees. Can you give us a reliable source link for “censoring anti-NATO mails” ?

      You are a damned liar.

    • yes, Finland is definitely a Totalitarian Nazi Nokia Slave State! And Baltics and Georgia and Ukraine are very Nazi too! OMG OMG it’s so funny

      baltic bullet, why you are angry at people, who doesnt want to live under Mongoloid Kremlin control?
      your propaganda is disgusting

      • Finland is home of high welfare and high suicide rates. Home of strong liquor and countless alcoholics. Home of high prices and high taxes. Home of the nightless night and dayless day. Home of asocial people and social welfare. Home of mobile phones and untalkative people. Home of bad yet popular music.

      • ttc,
        ‘yes, Finland is definitely a Totalitarian Nazi Nokia Slave State! And Baltics and Georgia and Ukraine are very Nazi too! OMG OMG it’s so funny

        baltic bullet, why you are angry at people, who doesnt want to live under Mongoloid Kremlin control?
        your propaganda is disgusting’ – here is the ‘solution’ for you just keep away from those Nazis countries; open the gulags the only infrastructure taht works in Russia, and walk the whole Russian population there – your Russians will walk there as you did through centuries of your barbaric history – like pigs to the slaughter in the name of that barbaric idiocy called 18 century Russian empire – ttc you should be the first entering your Russian/Soviet paradise.

  2. “They have willingly chosen to be governed by a representive of the failed, corrupt society of secret police who murdered Russians by the tens of thousands and brough the USSR to its knees”

    Yeah but this time it’s just a select few and everybody knows why. Conviction of sedition and treason…doesn’t look too good…could be a death sentence. The Strasbourg trials could take awhile and KGB will happily play whack-a-mole when Bill Clintons friends pop up in defense of this guy. Hillary Clinton has already been warned by Putin that the stakes of a confrontation are quite high. Let it go he’s dead already.

  3. 1baltic1bullet, your information is not correct. So called LexNokia does not make it leagal for employer to read workers e-mail. It only gives employer a chance to see to what server the mail goes and in what format the attachment-files are. Company has to notify authorities every time it uses rights provided by lexnokia, and so far very few businesess have done so. However, if a worker dislikes the idea of the possibility that employer might be intrested in his emails, then why not wait until the work day is over and send whatever you want from your own computer?

    And I don’t know where you’ve heard about censorship of anti-Nato posts.

    http://www.hs.fi/keskustelu/thread.jspa?threadID=202120&messageID=3734570&#3734570

    As this discussion board attached to news about two Estonian soldiers getting killed in Afganistan (Helsingin Sanomat is the most read newspaper in Finland) shows, there is no censorship, because most of the 108 comments are anti-NATO.

  4. 1baltic1bullet,

    добрый день Comrade Bäckman (the Finnish quisling par excellence)…

  5. BOGDAN OF EUNUCHALIA

    Hi there 1Baltic! This is a completly idiotic comparison that only a demented lefty could have concocted.
    It is a right of an employer to control how his or her employees are behaving during the working hours and how they are utilising the hardware that have been bought and constructed to do a specific work and not used to prop up private imbrolioughs at the employer’s expense.

  6. The bill was written by Robert Shlegel, a member of the leading United Russia party and former press secretary for the pro-Kremlin youth movement Nashi. It will amend current legislation governing the media to include a ban on “the distribution of any material from persons wanted for or convicted of participating in terrorist activities.”

    “News about militants should consist only of reports about their destruction,” Shlegel concluded.

    Amidst the heightened criticism at the Russian government’s failure to address terrorism originating in the country’s volatile North Caucasus region, some Kremlin supporters have accused the press of being terrorist collaborators. In particular, State Duma Speaker and United Russia member Boris Gryzlov singled out columnist Aleksandr Minkin of the Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper as collaborating with the terrorists responsible for the March 29 attacks. Minkin has demanded an apology from Gryzlov and threatened to sue him for slander. Gryzlov has threatened a counter suit. Additionally, United Russia member Andrei Isayev has threatened that party members might sue Minkin for being a terrorist collaborator.

    Director Oleg Panfilov of the Center for Journalism in Extreme Situations said that the new law will turn Russia into a country like North Korea and was another example of Shlegel’s “routine stupidity.” “It immediately raises the question,” he said, “Who do we label as terrorists? Those convicted by the court, or those that the bureaucrats consider to be terrorists?”

    Secretary Mikhail Fedotov of the Russian Union of Journalists explained that nothing good could result from Russian society being deprived of information about the positions and confessions of alleged terrorists. “Society should know the face of its villains and understand what kind of evil it is being confronted with,” he stressed.

    Even without the new law, the Russian media already faces complications with the authorities’ interpretation of current media legislation. Reports surfaced late Monday that the federal communications supervisory agency Roskomnadzor has accused the online edition of the Argumenty Nedeli newspaper of extremism for posting a video of Umarov’s statement. According to the agency, posting the video violates a law prohibiting the media from being used for extremist activity. The law, however, is criticized by oppositionists and human rights groups as being so vague as to allow the government to define extremism however they’d like, and has resulted in crackdowns on a wide variety of groups and individuals critical of the Kremlin.

    http://www.theotherrussia.org/2010/04/05/media-banned-from-reproducing-statements-by-terrorists/

    • In the past, the Kremlin has used terrorist attacks as a pretext for canceling democratic elections and curbing debate. A verbal assault by Duma speaker Boris Gryzlov, a close ally of Mr. Putin, on coverage of the Moscow bombings in two newspapers, have some experts wondering whether a similar crackdown might be in the offing.

      Mr. Gryzlov suggested that the mainstream daily newspapers Vedemosti and Moskovsky Komsomolets were siding with the insurgents rather than putting forward a united front with the authorities. “The connection between these publications and the terrorists’ actions evokes suspicions,” he said in a meeting with Medvedev on Friday.

      His remarks were mirrored by Sergei Mironov, the pro-Kremlin speaker for the upper house of parliament.

      “Neither of these men would say such things if they weren’t inspired by someone above,” says Mr. Petrov of the Carnegie Center. “It may be that the Kremlin, with such limited options, could decide to stop discussion of political reform and put pressure on the media, to make it a scapegoat,” and squeeze out critical opinions even further, he says.

      http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/05042010/20/russia-islamist-network-takes-shape-caucasus-hit-terrorist-attack.html

  7. “News about militants should consist only of reports about their destruction,” Shlegel concluded.

    After the Moscow subway bombings, there was a discussion on the Savik Shuster Show (Savik Shuster left Russia to go to Ukraine for freedom of speech and freedom of the press) about the “proper reporting” in events such as those.

    (I can provide the link to the show on request.)

    The panel discussion concluded, virtually unanimously, that news events such as that should be reported, giving due account to sensitivities of victims and families.

    They brought up Chernobyl – when the sovok authorities hid the true nature of the nuclear power plant disaster for 3 days.

    The conclusion was that people would have been better prepared to deal with disaster if they had information.

    In Russia, where the police are corrupt and ineffective, and where the populace is fair game for the police, it seems to me that it would be disastrous for citizens not to report about terrorist activities – so that people can at least have some measure of protection based on information.

    Not reporting events does not make them go away or prevent them.

    And Putler certainly is too interested in lining his own pockets and maintaining power in the hands of himself and a few others to be of any help in protecting the Russian people.

  8. Ari,

    We in the West should respect Russia’s death wish and let them die slowly. If every Russian out of less than 80 is HIV positive, Russia is really doomed and with steady inflow of drugs from Afghanistan the process of dying is progressing very well indeed. Russia’s desperate plea to Americans to stop the inflow of drugs to Russia is consider on the other side of the Atlantic Russia’s internal matter. Ouch!!

  9. 1baltic1bullet

    Wou! (sorry haven’t been here a while..)
    First, here is a prove of censoring “anti”-Nato
    comments on Suomi24. site:

    http://korpiporvari.blogspot.com/

    This is only one example. And not to mention “public discussions” on newspapers…

    And how to prove that what messages are published or what are trashed, if I’m not the moderator? By taking copies eg.? Well, done that too,
    have to dig my archives… ;)

    And Lex-Nokia… it’s now sued to European Human Right’s Comission and results are going to be like before: Quilty. Did you know that in EU Finland gets the most convictions in “freedom of speech” cases?! More than Albania, Bulgaria etc..!
    And not to mention how long can legal process take in Finland… over 10 years in simple tax matters…

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