Putin steps in, Russophiles Exposed
We must say that our greatest pleasure here on this blog comes in watching the malignant lies of the braying Russophiles and slobbering Russian nationalists exposed and decimated for all to see.
This happened with particular deliciousness last week in regard to one of their central mendacious narratives, namely that Vladimir Putin cannot be blamed for the actions of local government wiping out civil liberties because he is incapable of addressing such concerns.
Oh really? Well what happened last week when, in yet another display of typically farcical Russian incompetence, a bridge was shut down in Moscow that prevented residents from reaching the international airport, causing hundreds to miss their flights? What happened was that suddenly Mr. Putin was in the local bridge business. “If passengers can’t fly out of Sheremetyevo, then this is a problem,” Putin said at a meeting of the presidium. Then he set about making policy concerning the bridge.
If Putin is capable of personally defending a bridge in Moscow, then he’s capable of defending a blogger or reporter. He’s capable of demanding and obtaining justice for people like Anna Politkovskaya and Sergei Magnitsky and capable of releasing thousands of copies of Boris Nemtsov’s manuscript. And when these things don’t happen, it’s because he chooses not to do so, not because he can’t.
And what’s more, if Putin is capable of defending a bridge, he’s also capable of blowing one up. And in the same way, he’s capable of ordering Politkovskaya murdered, Magnitsky tortured and Nemtsov censored and confiscated.
He’s capable, too, of ordering the neo-Soviet crackdown on artists and journalists that we document in today’s lead editorial.
And he must be held responsible, as must all the people of Russia who favor him with their support or look the other way as he carries out his barbaric obliteration of civil society and freedom in their country.