Russian Barbarism Unbound I
In yet another stunning act of Russian barbarism last week, the Tverskoi District Court in Moscow ruled that the malignant henchmen of dictator Vladimir Putin are beyond the law.
The court stated that to allow a lawsuit against employees “who are directly subordinate to the president” would result in “a direct or indirect interference in the constitutional and legal activities of the president who enjoys immunity as the head of state.”
Though the decision was actually taken in April, it did not surface until the court posted it on its website last week. The press spokesperson for the court refused to comment. The Moscow Times reported:
Yevgeny Ikhlov, a senior spokesman for the For Human Rights movement, and celebrity lawyer Igor Trunov said the Civil Procedures Code allowed the suing of any state official. Ikhlov said the president was immune from criminal prosecution, but not exempt from civil lawsuits. He called the judge’s arguments “faked” and “artificial,” while Trunov said the ruling was “not based on law.” Trunov stated: “The judicial branch has to be independent from the executive branch, but we have big problems with that. To achieve an unambiguous court ruling against an official in Russia is the domain of fiction.”
We reported just days ago that the Kremlin was pushing forward new legislation which would permit the KGB to arrest opposition political activists without charges and hold them for up to two weeks, torturing and harrassing them into silence. Now, the Kremlin is placing such persons beyond the reach of civil lawsuit in the event they break the law. Now, the Kremlin is making it clear that it need have absolutely no hesitation in undertaking any manner of crackdown against civil society.
Little did we think that the Kremlin would be capable of doing something so barbaric that it could push its wanton, illegal seizure of books written by a former deputy prime minister, now in opposition, before they could be distributed, out of contention for the focus of our lead editorial. But the Kremlin has easily done so, and now we can only report on that act of savagery in second position. The Kremlin has openly declared that the law does not apply to the Kremlin, exactly the same message that was sent to Russian citizens in Soviet times.
Truly, those who cannot remember history are doomed to repeat it. And they deserve their bitter fate.