Russian Hypocrisy knows no Bounds
Anyone who knows Russia even casually has heard it many times: It’s wrong to publicly criticize government leaders, it undermines their authority and their ability to do good for people. That’s why the state has to control all the major TV stations and newspapers, and become a national cheerleader to inspire Russians who would otherwise give up hope in dealing with the horrific problems they face every day.
It’s total crap, of course, but OK, let’s go with it. Assuming the Kremlin is right, how in the world can it possibly justify suddenly using a massive TV campaign to attack Yuri Luzhkov, the Mayor of Moscow, last week?
Doesn’t such campaign undermine the spirit of the people of Moscow? If not, why can’t such campaigns be launched against Putin and Medvedev? If so, how dare the Kremlin rulers seek to destroy one of the largest cities on the planet?
There is no answer to these questions, because the Russian government does not deal in logic.
And the Russian government does not deal in logic because the people of Russia do not demand that it does.
Let’s be clear: There is no love lost between this blog and Yuri Luzhkov, a demonic neo-Soviet figure whose dictatorial rein over the city of Moscow, including the encouragement of hideous homophobia and racism that have made Moscow one of the most dangerous places on this planet for minorities to live in.
But the attack on Luzhkov by the Kremlin is in no way reform. Those in the Kremlin who attack Luzhkov are even worse, truly Satanic in their disregard for basic human rights, and they are attacking Luzhkov for one reason only, because they see his growing power and popularity among neo-Soviet Russians as a threat. Luzhkov remains one of the last bastions of authority outside the Kremlin, and in such close proximity to it that he makes those within tremble.
What we see in this sordid episode is the full shocking horror of Russian ignorance and hypocrisy laid bare. We see that the Kremlin believes in absolutely nothing except power, has no moral compass of any kind, and that all its pronouncements are simply propaganda, just as in Soviet times.
Such a government is not long for this world.