EDITORIAL: The Greatest Russian Political Cartoon ever Drawn


The Greatest Russian Political Cartoon ever Drawn

We’re huge fans of Russian political cartoonist Sergei Yelkin, otherwise known as The Ellustrator.  But even we did not dream he could surpass himself in regard to the rendition of the Russian flag as a cadre of blue-suited police officers surrounded by a sea of blood which appears at the top of our sidebar to the right.  We thought that was the greatest Russian political cartoon that would ever be drawn.

But he’s done it.  He’s set a new standard, and created the single greatest Russian cartoon yet created. It’s a very simple image, of stunning complexity and power. It shows a group of eight Russians standing under a scorching sun, holding picket signs demanding that the orb stop torturing them.

Viewing it, one is immediately reminded of director Nikita Mikhailkov’s Oscar-winning 1994 film Утомлённые солнцем, Burned by the Sun, which recounts the horrors of life under the dictator Josef Stalin.  One is then brought to the realization that Russians are currently, volitionally, rebuilding a state just like the one over which Stalin presided, a state run by a proud KGB spy who is liquidating every aspect of democracy at breakneck speed and murdering his political rivals with impunity.

The smallness of the Russians compared to the majesty of the sun is truly horrifying.  Then the really shocking realization sets in.

Because, as Yelkin well knows, Russians are in fact far more likely to go into the streets to protest being tortured by the actual sun than they are to challenge the power of the dictator Vladimir Putin, and their feeble efforts at civic action are no more likely to influence Putin than to influence the sun or planets in the heavens.

In short, the Russians are not victims of the forces that oppress them.  Their government is not like the sun, it is totally subject to their control — indeed, it is they who decided a proud KGB spy should run it. And that government could be taking many steps to help them deal with emergencies like the recent heatwave that has swept the country and is now causing wildfires to burn out of control and pollute Russia’s skies while killing many and destroying countless homes.  Before that, innumerable Russians were wiped out by drinking and swimming, Russia’s roads were melting, and its crops were being decimated.

The Putin regime isn’t prepared for this crisis because it spends all its time thinking of new and better ways to provoke and attack the United States.  The Putin regime behaves exactly as the Soviet regime always did because Putin himself is a relic of that time, and he has not learned anything except bitterness and the desire for revenge from the collapse of the Soviet system.

And the people of Russia turn a blind eye to all of it, just as they did in Soviet times. Like irresponsible, stupid children, they simply hope it will all get better by itself. Life does not work like that, and Russia’s life as a nation is rapidly running out.

Russia is drying up, like a raisin in the sun.

12 responses to “EDITORIAL: The Greatest Russian Political Cartoon ever Drawn

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  2. The good news is that Russia is becoming weaker.

    Energy prices will not hold up very long because of new technology.

    Corruption drains an economy because no value is given during the transaction. It is like printing money in it’s effect.

    People hate them which is a serious drain. The weaker they become the less threatening they are to their nieghbors. Justice is done.

  3. Russia’s greatest political cartoon will always be this:

  4. And speaking of fires.

    I wonder why the rebels are even bothering with bombs and such at all to make damage. All they need is to send one Slavic guy with a car and matches to the Moscow region, and another on a trip across Russia, in response to the recent Russian chemical-weapon campaign against them. “You’ll stop poisoning us, we’ll stop burning Russia (maybe).” Would make better sense than the usual daily stuff like http://www.focus-fen.net/index.php?id=n227037 which is only boring and at best slightly annoying Russian public and “the government”.

    Oh, and actually they would not even have to send anyone. Just claim responsibility for some fires and watch how the 4 million of Russian gunmen in uniform forces struggle to find the arsonists who don’t even exist. It’s a sabotage too.

    • Speaking of chemical warfare, Umarov just resigned because of his health (he survived a poison attack in the late 2009, but in a bad shape) and their the formal leader is Aslambek Vadalov, supposedly “more energetic”: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2010/08/201081225749844675.html

      I wonder if “more energetic” means continuing their futile war of attrition and espcially the idiotic suicide bombings (or at least claiming responsibility for them) for the next 10 years to come, or maybe rather at last playing with fire after all.

      Kinda like this.

  5. Be careful pointing fingers at the people. You say that Russia is run by a dictator, yet the people are the ones who chose an ex-KGB? You can’t have it both ways. A dictator doesn’t come to power by some democratic election. He takes over by rigged fake elections and military backup. Don’t confuse what the American news tell you with how Russia actually operates.

    The people aren’t stupid. They’re strong, hardworking and intelligent people, oppressed by the party that is still running the country from Soviet times. They don’t hope that it will get better, they just know how to deal with it. We do apologize for not being stupid Americans who whine about everything and everyone until the president finally gets tired of hearing it and sticks his nose into somewhere it doesn’t belong, like the middle east and Georgia.
    The Russian people have been through more than basically any other people out there. You should understand how we think and what we value before you start accusing us of turning a blind eye. We know when to fight and when to sit silently.
    You certainly don’t know what it was like to live in the Soviet Union, so please don’t judge how the Russian people acted then and how they’re acting now. There is a lot under the media surface that you have no idea about and have no right to attack like that.

    • @Be careful pointing fingers at the people. You say that Russia is run by a dictator, yet the people are the ones who chose an ex-KGB? You can’t have it both ways. A dictator doesn’t come to power by some democratic election.

      Be careful pointing fingers at the people. You say that Germany is run by a dictator, yet the people are the ones who chose an ex-Freikorps? You can’t have it both ways. A dictator doesn’t come to power by some democratic election. Heil Hitler.

      • Blah, I screwed up. Adolf was no Freikorps, just most of his old guard buds were.


      • Should have written:

        “You say that Germany is run by a dictator, yet the people are the ones who chose former leader of the Beer Hall Putsch?”

    • Well, if the people of Georgia prefer having American coffee to Russian tea, what business is it of Russia, or Russians?

      After all, Georgia is a sovereign state, and far more democratic than Russia will ever be.

  6. Ms Cleverclocks:

    You had to support Yeltsen, but you did not do so. You laughed at him because he drank too much. Yeltsen was your big chance and you let it slip away.

    You had to demand that government leaders also be subject to law, but you did not do so. You had to agitate for an independent judiciary, but you did not do so. You lost your freedom because you did not act before it was too late.

    Americans, if you notice, are not putting up with the arrogant left. Americans fight back.

    • Yeltsin, no. Lebed was. Yes, they guy was a nationalist and a militarist and what not, but he was not an alcoholic (that’s for starters), he was sincere, he was truly patriotic, and most of all, he was NOT CORRUPT.

      And he hated KGB too – when he was a 12-year-old kid he witnessed first-handed a massacre of civilians by the KGB when they machine-gunned protesting workers in Novocherkassk. They also shot at the children who climbed trees to look. And the NKVD imprisoned his father in the penal battalions. He hated their guts. If he could he would take the “judo master” dwarf Putin and beat him into bloody pulp.

      He was killed in a “helicopter accident”.

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