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.