The Rise of the Russian Gestapo
Those Nazis sure do love them some Russia! Little wonder, of course.
Back in January, we republished a piece from Global Voices reporting on the persecution of a young Russian woman who dared to the commit the “crime” (in racist Russian eyes, at least) of marrying a Chinese man and admiring Chinese culture on her blog.
A few days ago, the American neo-Nazi website Stormfront picked up the link in its forum section, sending any number of neo-Nazi thugs scurrying through our virtual pages and leading them to make comments like “boy do I love the Russians” and “they are taking the most direct approach (more than other whites) in the streets, they are a tough folk that’s for sure.”
Look the other way in Russia, however, toward the “police,” and the situation is little better.
According to the Russian government’s own polling agency, 82% of Russians believe Russian “police officers” are willing to commit crimes, and 32% believe they actually do so on a regular basis. Less than ten percent of cases of torture by police are fairly investigated so, in Moscow, 46% of respondents favored gang violence to fight back against corrupt police.
Since there is virtually no reporting about police corruption on state-controlled Kremlin TV, the people’s main source of news, and since the polling agency is itself run by the Kremlin and therefore obviously inclined to minimize negative information, one can only wonder what the real level of cynicism is and would be if the population were fully informed.
Russian police, in other words, are as much a part of the crime problem as the actual criminals. In fact, Russian police are far more dangerous, because they clothe themselves in the appearance of legality and therefore play upon, and undermine, trust in the law itself.
This was the same story in Nazi Germany, of course, and in Stalinist Russia. It was this feature of those societies, more than any other, that brought about their downfall. Yet Russians have learned nothing from history. They have brought Stalin’s KGB back to power, and they are nurturing racist xenophobia that is no different from the type that prevailed in Hitler’s Germany. Race murder is common in Russia, and the regime does nothing to prevent it. America’s neo-Nazis know a good thing when they see it.