There’s Sick, and then there’s Russian Sick
Russia’s ability to surpass itself, week after appalling week, with ever lower levels of vile, nauseating, subhuman conduct is truly breathtaking.
Last week, Echo of Moscow Radio broke the story of how the annual Nashi orgy of xenophobia and aggressive nationalism known as Camp Selinger, a government-funded festival of barbaric outrage, plumbed inconceivable new depths by putting the virtual heads of opposition political leaders on pikes and decorating them as Nazis.
The Kremlin’s youthful thugs did not hesitate to include octogenarian Lyudmila Alexeeva among those so assaulted.
You read that right: They put an eighty year old woman’s head on a pike and stuck a Nazi hat on her head. She’s a human rights activist. She’s utterly defenseless and frail. And she’s a Nazi.
In so doing, they besmirched Russia’s honor as a nation in a way that can never, ever be repaired. Even we, who have thus far faced down all the ravages of Russia, cannot bring ourselves to publish these photos on our blog. To do so would demean us beyond toleration.
When Ella Pamfilova, the highest-ranking human rights official in Russia, recently attempted to criticize Nashi’s outrageous misconduct, she was smacked down by the Kremlin and publicly complained about the lack of support. Now, she’s resigned in protest. That says all you need to know about how the Kremlin views Nashi’s behavior.
What words can we find to condemn this animalistic behavior? What words could make the people of Russia see that a government capable of this kind of heinous outrage will surely bring them only ruin, suffering and pain — only bring them cruelty which they, for having remained silent as such events transpire, will richly deserve?
We cannot help but recall Russian silence when Alexeeva was physically assaulted in broad public whilst celebrating Christmas dressed as Snegurochka. In light of that, one shouldn’t be surprised by this latest show of naked Russian barbarism.
Yet still one is sickened. A country this craven, this depraved, cannot long endure. We’d pity the Russians, if they did not so richly deserve the cruel fate that awaits them on the ash heap of failed, fallen nations.