Putin hates the Russian People — and it’s Mutual!

Vladimir Kara-Murza, blogging on World Affairs:

After eleven years in power, Russia’s regime has finally found the culprit for the country’s problems: its people. Speaking at a news conference titled “What hampers the modernization of Russia,” presidential adviser Igor Yurgens—hailed by the Kremlin’s Western apologistsas the leading “liberal” in the Russian government—declared that the main obstacle to President Dmitri Medvedev’s “modernization” plans are the “archaic” Russian people characterized by “degradation, lumpenization, and even debilization.” Russians are “not citizens, but some kind of a tribe,” the presidential adviser asserted.

One wonders how many hours a government official in a democratic country would remain in his job after making such remarks.

For the Putin-Medvedev regime, however, contempt for its people is nothing new. Suffice to recall Vladimir Putin’s decision to strip Russian citizens of the right to choose their regional governors and directly-elected members of parliament, or Dmitri Medvedev’s promise not to return gubernatorial elections “in a hundred years” and his statement that parliamentary democracy would be a “catastrophe.” Kremlin propagandists have long argued that the only acceptable system for Russia is “enlightened absolutism,” with the “modernizing” elite (presumably, former KGB apparatchiks and mid-ranking city hall bureaucrats from St. Petersburg) ruling over a “backward” people. With surprising precision, Mr. Yurgens proclaimed that Russians will only achieve “mental compatibility” with the rest of Europe in 2025 (coincidentally, Mr. Putin, according to most analysts, plans to remain in power until 2024).

Such characterization of the Russian people is not just insulting—it is also not true. The brief history of free multiparty elections in Russia (1906–17 and 1991–99) shows the exact opposite. Elections to the first parliaments in 1906 and 1907 gave victory to the Constitutional Democrats—Westernizing liberals who ran on a platform of political freedoms and civic equality. In order to limit liberal influence in the State Duma, the czarist government proceeded to restrict the franchise during the “June coup d‘état” of 1907. The first elections with universal suffrage, held in the conditions of war, economic collapse, and Lenin’s seizure of power in November 1917, resulted in the decisive repudiation of Bolshevik usurpers, who received 22.4 percent of the vote to 39.5 percent for the Socialist Revolutionaries—the moderate wing of the Russian left that favored a democratic republic, not a “dictatorship of the proletariat.” During the 1990s, Russian voters consistently chose pro-democracy candidates, whether in 1991 (57.3 percent for Boris Yeltsin to 16.9 percent for Communist nominee Nikolai Ryzhkov), in 1993 (58.7 percent support for President Yeltsin over the anti-reform Supreme Soviet in a national referendum), or in 1996 (53.8 percent for Mr. Yeltsin to 40.3 percent for Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov). Even the parliamentary vote in December 1993, often remembered for the relative success of Vladimir Zhirinovsky, gave his ultranationalist LDPR party 59 seats in the Duma, to 73 seats won by the liberal bloc “Russia’s Choice” led by Mr. Yeltsin’s deputy prime minister, Yegor Gaidar.

Vladimir Putin was not the choice of Russian voters, but the creation of corrupt elites who forced him on President Yeltsin and on the country in 1999. Since then there were no real elections in Russia. If one were held today, Mr. Putin, as the polls indicate, would receive only 27 percent of the vote. The premier’s dislike of the Russian people appears to be mutual.

26 responses to “Putin hates the Russian People — and it’s Mutual!

  1. Manfred Steifschwanz

    After 11 years, few Russians seem to take any notice of Zigfeld and her masterful blog. One wonders if, in fact, life would have any meaning to the latter if Putin weren’t with us. On second thought, it could also mean that he’s causing problems to U.S. imperial designs and, therefore, the silly rantings here would just cease instantly if he toed the U.S. line, Russia and its people be damned.

    Any thoughts?

    • Manfred Steifschwanz

      Oh, and speaking of Zigfeld and her stable boys: If it’s true that Putin hates the Russian people — what’s the problem? Are you suddenly turning “soft” on the most despicable people on the planet just to look anti-Putin?

  2. http://www.kyivpost.com/news/russia/detail/84867/

    I ASK YOU TO SUPPORT LUKASHENKO!!! IN CONTRAST TO PUTIN AND MEDVEDEV HE IS NOT A GENOCIDER LIKE PUTIN IN CHECHNYA

  3. Not this time, actually. What I mean is right “after”/ “following” the Tab button. Because I count the buttons “to the left” from those above and to ones in the bottom. I thought it was a common thing for all humans, but I may well believe, Georgians are counting the other way than Russians do (would be more democratic, that’s for sure). Or you may just look at some different button, who knows?

    So may I simply say go off this time? I don’t think I want to explain you meaning of prepositions of English.

    • Well Dmitry, you really are a twit.

      You want him to press the “Q” button, that is the next one from the left after the Tab button after all.

      Whatever for?

      However, if you mean the “Caps Lock” button, and I am very sure you do, that would be described (in correct English, not the gibberish you spew) as “below” or “under” or “next key down from” the “Caps Lock” button, but not after.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_PC_keyboard
      http://www.redgrittybrick.org/terminals/keyboards.html

      I mean, we all know you are an idiot, but really….

      • @Well Dmitry, you really are a twit.

        Thanks, honey, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

        @You want him to …

        I’d prefer you to not interpret my words.

        @if you mean the “Caps Lock” button, […] that would be described […] as “below” or “under” or “next key down from” the “Caps Lock” button, but not after. [link; link]

        You mean Wikipedia says CL button is “below” or “under” CL button? I think one of you two (you and WP) needs to go to school again to raise his reading comprehension skills.

        @[…]idiot[…]

        Thanks, honey:) From you, this sounds like a music.

        Oh, and please say, do you understand the difference between “the next one of buttons to the left” (the next one in the vertical row, from my first post) and “next button from the left” (horizontal row you speak about)?

        Because it seems you don’t… Otherwise you would understand that when you speak of a verical row, the button that comes “after” is definitely the button below the one you talk about, and not the one “to the left” from it…

        • Really dtard, now you are digging yourself ever deeper.

          In a vertical row, you usually use the terms above and below, as you use left and right for horizontal rows.

          In addition, when using the terms before and after, usually the item closest to you is termed before, while that further away is termed after.

          Using the standard x-y system, which goes from left to right and bottom to top, you are still wrong in your description dtard.

          Of course, you did say the key to the left of tab, which would be a key that does not exist.

          Time for a lot of remedial English lessons you retarded little queen.

        • And in addition you said Because I count the buttons “to the left” from those above and to ones in the bottom

          That would make it the button to the right, given that you say you follow standard counting convention.

          Ie, you say you are starting at the top button and counting towards the bottom. Therefore, the top buttons would be to the left.

          Face it dtard, you should stop digging the hole you are in.

          • Yes, you definitely have a reading problem.

            In a vertical row, I count things from top to the bottom. I.e. first one is the one on top. The one close to the eyes level comes first, to make you understand. The last one is the one in the bottom. Ever heard the expression “the last drop of water” in a bottle? The first paragraph? The first sentence? The last idiot? The last idiot is always in the bottom, I’m sure you understand this.

            That would make it the button to the right, given that you say you follow standard counting convention.

            As to the “buttons to the left”, this means “buttons that are situated in the left part of your keyboard”. Sad you believe it’s all about a “movement to the left” concept…

            Like, ever heard somebody saying something like “building to the left of you?” Do you believe they are talking of a building moving to the left? In other words, “to/ on the left” and “to/ on the right” are prepositions in English…

            Really sad you think when somebody says these prepositions, this means things are actually “moving”‘ to the left and to the right, honey…

          • @Ie, you say you are starting at the top button and counting towards the bottom. Therefore, the top buttons would be to the left.

            I.e. you are living in a five dimensions world, maybe? Where from did you get a “left” in this phrase: “starting at the top button and counting towards the bottom”?

            Sigh.

  4. Buckwheat prices in Russia continue rapid rise

    Interfax-Ukraine

    Prices on buckwheat, a Russian staple, continue to rise rapidly, even though the price increases have exceeded 30% in 17 Russian regions, giving the government legal authority to regulate prices.

    Read more: http://www.kyivpost.com/news/russia/detail/85120/#ixzz11VQsufqb

  5. Russky Zhurnal: Russian ‘nationalists’ are anything but

    Paul Goble

    Contemporary “Russian nationalism,” according to a Moscow commentator who clearly wishes it were otherwise, is in many respects “just the opposite of what its name suggests,” with its self-identified supporters displaying “a nihilistic” attitude toward “the real Russian nation, its historical memory, its mentality, its saints and its statehood.”

    thus leading to a situation in which Russian nationalism and “anti-Orthodoxy” are conflated.

    “the level of real Russophobia among these people can be different but the common trend is obvious.”

    The commentator says that his use of Russophobia to describe such Russian nationalists is no accident.

    Read more: http://www.kyivpost.com/news/opinion/op_ed/detail/85260/#ixzz11dxPuzOU

  6. casasasasa’
    hohohahahahul;yey
    Stop drinking this contaminated russian samogon or continue….

    • The next day you stop living in WC, dear.

      At first I thought you were an ordinary Polish plumber, now I see this sh*tty messages of yours are a result of love of sh*t rather than just a professional interest…

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