Putin’s Party, a Clan of Liars
Until recently there were quite a few Russophile maggots who were attempting to claim that global warming would be good for frozen Russia, unlocking untold riches from the permafrost. Then — whoops! — the nation was ravaged by wildfires, and suddenly Russians high and low were decrying the horror of climate change and its untold new setbacks in store for Russia. It was quite a sight for Russophobic eyes to behold.
With harsh, cold reality slapping the Kremlin right in the face, its leaders panicked and once again went into Soviet mode. Lie, deny, cheat, steal. You know the drill.
Eager to show how active he was in fighting the wildfires, Putin actually jumped into an aircraft and pushed a button dropping water on the fire. Naturally, photos of he-man Putin were circulated far and wide on state-owned TV.
His political party, United Russia, didn’t bother with such trappings. It simply invented facts wholesale.
For instance, it circulated a photograph of United Russia volunteers in the bush, only to be exposed by an eagle-eyed blogger as having photoshopped the images. Don’t hold your breath, of course, waiting for Putin to condemn this scandalous fraud or to impose discipline.
It’s clear that, just as the USSR attempted, the Putin regime is stridently seeking an alternate reality in Russia, one where the nation’s rulers cannot be criticized, where like cartoon heroes they can accomplish any feat with ease. And instead of actually accomplishing anything, the regime chooses to squander its precious resources on manipulating the public consciousness with artifice and fraud.
Such tactics did not work for the USSR, and they will not work for Russia. If Russia does not face its problems and reform, its problems will be its undoing. The KGB state will collapse just like the Communist state and the Tsarist state before it, and Russians will soon be left wandering through an acrid desert, the remains of a country that could have been spectacular and turned out to be nothing but rubbish.