Another Day, Another Nemtsov Arrest
Before we discuss the latest incidence of jaw-dropping barbarism from the Putin Kremlin, though, let’s take a moment to reflect on amazing photograph shown above, an image captured by a Novaya Gazeta photographer at the scene of the crime. It ought to strike sheer terror into the hearts of the loathsome reptiles within the Moscow Kremlin.
In the photo, we see an ordinary Russian citizen. Not a long-haired radical youth, but a working man, well-dressed and healthy, who was willing to face arrest to stand up for his civil rights and liberties. And look at the expression on his face! It’s almost jaunty, casual bemusement, laughing at the abhorrent conduct of the Putin Gestapo, speaks volumes about how the Putin regime is rapidly losing all crediblity, not just abroad but at home as well. It reminds us of the way Boris Nemtsov brilliantly defied the crazed Russian nationalist Vladimir Zhirinovsky when Nemtsov first came to power, exposing Zhirinovsky as a clownish buffoon.
The countenance of this confident, intelligent ordinary Russian seems to shout: “Arrest me again, I dare you. It’s kind of fun watching you gorillas humiliate yourselves. I’ll be back for more.”
The occasion at hand was the regular public demonstration in support of Article 31 of the Russian Constitution, guaranteeing freedom to assemble, on the 31st day of all months having that many days.
Nemtsov was not even participating in the demonstration, he was merely standing at the outskirts handing out copies of his most recent scholarly analysis of the Putin regime’s policy failures. And for that “crime,” the former first deputy prime minister of Russia was grabbed by OMON goons, roughed up and tossed into prison. This is what Russia has become.
But this time, representatives of the European Union were present to witness the atrocities up close and personal and they did not hesitate to condemn what they saw in the international press.
And this time, Putin’s big, nasty mouth finally got him in serious trouble. World newswires were alight with his open proclamation that Russian police would crack the skulls of anyone who dared to protest without Kremlin permission, regardless of whether they were disobeying police officers at the time.
And this time, though the Obama administration continued its craven silence the Republicans on Capitol Hill took notice. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, stated bluntly: “Putin’s overt and public threat to beat democracy protestors has taken Russia’s ongoing assault against human rights and democratic rights to a whole new, disturbing level [and Russia] must be held accountable for its crackdown on all forms of dissent — including the murders of journalists. Responsible nations cannot overlook Russia’s downward spiral towards tyranny and oppression, and must deny Russia membership in the World Trade Organization and all of the other perks which it does not deserve.”
At last, the tyrannical maniac known as Putin is stripped naked before the eyes of the world. If only the cowardly, craven President of the United States were paying attention! But even with Barack Obama as an ally in this violence, Putin’s days are numbered, just as were the days of Leonid Brezhnev. It is only a matter of time before Russia once again collapses.