Putin’s Mafia Don for the Kiddies
We learned recently that Vasily Yakemenko, the founder of the pro-Putin youth cult Nashi and Putin’s director of youth policy, has an extensive background in organized crime. Vedemosti reported that in 1994 he founded a company called Akbars along with five partners, each of whom was a convicted racketeer in the Complex 29 mafia group based in Tatarstan, one of the bloodiest criminal groups in Russia. Vedemosti learned about this event from a government database.
To say we were not surprised is the mother of all overstatements.
From the beginning, Nashi itself has been nothing more than a gang of organized state-sponsored criminals, bought and paid for by the Kremlin to wreck havoc among those heroic young Russians who would stand up against the horrors of the neo-Soviet Kremlin. Yakemenko was instrumental in funding the “summer camp” where campers viewed the heads of opposition leaders, including eighty-year-old Lyudmila Alexeeva, on pikes. He guided Nashi as they attacked, intimidated, threatened and harassed anyone and everyone who dares to question the perfect rightness of His Holiness Vladimir V. Putin.
One does not acquire this level of feral viciousness easily. Only a life of crime prepares one to become involved with such sordid doings, and only such a life inures one to the horrific consequences of doing so.
But who can say that membership in an organized criminal gang is any better or different from membership in the KGB, of which Russian dictator Vladimir Putin is so very proud. Recent revelations from Wikileaks document how the FSB, the KGB’s successor, has been terrorizing innocent family members of US diplomats for years, engaging in conduct what would make any mafia don beam with pride, as it undoubtedly makes Vladimir Putin do.
Any civilized population would be ashamed and outraged by such behavior. They would demand a change in power, they would excoriate their leaders publicly. But Russians are no such population, and there will be no such response from them. Instead, Russians will continue to allow their nation to wallow in fetid mire and sewage, sinking ever deeper until the inevitable collapse.
We can already hear the sucking sound.