Summer time, but the Livin’ Ain’t Easy in Russia
It’s summer time in Vladimir Putin’s Russia, and that means just one thing: No hot water.
Nearly half of all Russians in the city of Moscow will be forced to heat water on their stove tops if they want to take a hot bath, carrying pot after pot to the tub.
But the Muscovites are Russia’s rich, and lucky. Each of them will likely go without hot water for only a few weeks. Travel farther away from the capital, and you’ll find many cities that will go without hot water all summer long.
As we reflect on today’s slate of editorials we can’t help but wonder: What will it take for the people of Russia to realize that their government is a failure? A plunging stock market, repudiation at a “victory” celebration, and cold showers are apparently not enough.
What would be? A new GULAG system, with tens of thousands being packed off to camps of doom? Would even that be enough? There was no uprising when such things occurred in the time of Stalin.
Is Russia a nation of masochists? Does it enjoy suffering, enjoy heaping it upon its innocent children, enjoy watching the nation collapse time and again?
Is this really how Russians would have themselves seen by the world?