Russian Barbarism Unbound II
Is anyone surprised?
No sooner had former First Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Boris Nemtsov published the latest installment (Russian language link, our translation is forthcoming) in his “Itogi” series exposing with documented sources the utter failure of the Putin regime to properly manage the country than Putin’s neo-Soviet Gestapo moved in and seized 100,000 copies of it.
The Russophile and Russian-nationalist scum would like to contend that Boris Nemtsov is a “loser” nobody in Russia supports. There are two rather obvious flaws in this line of “thinking.” First, Nemtsov has either been exluded from the ballot or savagely supressed as a candidate, and then faced with stuffed ballot boxes, every time he’s tried to seek office. Second, if Nemtsov really were a harmless laughingstock, why in the world would the Kremlin take the trouble to confiscate his publication?
The fact is, and for good reason, the Putin Kremlin is obviously terrified of Nemtsov.
Fearless and every bit as charismatic as Barack Obama, Nemtsov physically towers over the diminutive Putin/Medvedev tandem and has real credentials as a democratically elected regional executive in Nizhny Novgorod to his credit. Whereas Putin shamelessly plagiarized his thesis, Nemtsov’s original research in support of his White Paper series is respected around the world, even being praised by the vaunted New York Review of Books.
So there are plenty of reasons for Putin to fear and envy Nemtsov. Putin cowers in the shadows, afraid to meet men like Nemtsov and Khodorkovsky in fair combat. So he pushes them off the ballot, harrasses them, jails them, and pretends he is “winning.”
The history of the USSR says otherwise.