Medvedev the Destroyer
“Identify those involved in committing this heinous crime. Destroy the ones trying to resist. Show no mercy!”
Such are the alleged words of Russian “president” Dima Medvedev in regard to perpetrators of the March 2010 subway bombings in Moscow.
And lo and behold! Just a few weeks later the FSB reported that it had “destroyed” three of the two bombers’ accomplices, including their guide to Moscow and their guide to the bombing locations, after meeting “stiff armed resistance.”
If mass murder were not involved, this flimsy character of this report would be truly laughable. Apparently, the Russian secret police believe they can just open the phone book, pick three names, “destroy” the people connected to them, blame those people for terrorism, and then close their books and nobody will be the wiser. Indeed, why stop there? Why not pick out a few enemies of the state, or perhaps folks who just didn’t cough up large enough bribes, and kill them, thus two birds with one stone?
The FSB, an organization whose singular purpose is duplicity, expects us to just take their word for it that the people who were killed were connected to the bombing. They’ve been unable to catch the killers of Anna Politkovskaya, of Galina Starovoitova, of Natalia Estemirova, of Stanislav Markelov, despite the passage of many years, but in just a few short weeks, although the bombers themselves were blown to smithereens, the FSB asks us to accept on blind faith that they were able to track down not one, not two, but three stealthy accomplices to the subway bombings.
Do you believe it, dear reader? We certainly don’t.
The words of this ridiculous little man are, if anything, even less credible than those of Vladimir Putin. While Putin is a trained, career liar, at least one has the impression that he is capable of some form of action. Medvedev, however, gives the impression of being exactly what he is, a puppet, no more capable of giving orders that could lead to action than a bag of produce.
So the fact is that not a single word the Putin-Medvedev tandem utters has the slightest credibility. Cold-blooded murder and torture are entirely normal for them, as are the most transparent lies in the service of concealing their horrendous misdeeds. These men are products of the Soviet system, and it is folly to expect anything else from them but neo-Soviet actions.