Medvedevy the No-Man
The speech is so linguistically tentative, it’s like listening to an excruciatingly polite adjunct professor who is unsure of his material and scared his students don’t like him.
That was Moscow Times linguistic expert Michele Berdy on the most recent state-of-the-union speech by Russian “president” Dima Medvedev, the man the Wikileaks diplomatic leak documents refer to as “Robin” to Vladimir Putin’s “Batman.”
President Dmitry Medvedev’s annual state-of-the-nation address could be held up as an exceptional illustration of his recent musings on how, without political competition, Russia’s leadership runs the risk of “becoming bronzed,” like a statue, and “degrading like any living organism that remains motionless.”
The country’s lack of a political opposition capable of challenging the acuity of decisions made by the authorities, including through the delivery of a parallel address in rebuttal, has clearly taken a toll on the quality of the proposals coming out of the Kremlin. Even more problematic, apparently, is the creeping paralysis within the leadership itself, both structurally, as a result of the dual leadership, and temporally as the 2012 presidential elections approach. What kind of strategy could be expected, then? Just campaign promises to voters.
Medvedev’s address did not have a pivot, not even a “conditional” one, like in past years when he focused on modernization of the economy, fighting corruption and political reforms. The words were all still there, but they rang hollow, like a child’s rattle.
Ouch, ouch, ouch! Coming from sources like this, such seething russophobia means only one thing: Russia’s insipid propaganda cloak is coming apart at the seams. The world is catching on to the fraud, and catching on fast.
But there is still hope for Vladimir Putin, of course. He has succeeded in inserting this simpering, hopeless buffoon into the Russian presidency, where he dances as Putin’s marionette and can be removed at will. What’s more, he has received the good fortune of finding an equally hopeless and spineless counterpart of Medvedev in the Oval Office in the United States. The people of Russia, predictable, continue to cower int he shadows while Putin pursues his domestic crackdown, and there is little sign of heroic leadership in either Eastern or Western Europe that could give rise to a stand against Russian imperialism on former Soviet space.
In the end, though, Putin must contend with Russia’s worst enemy: Russia. As the perfect personification of his country, the ignoramus known as Medvedev hints at the awesome forces that will undermine the country and, once again, bring it to its knees.