Serpent Russians and their Forked Tongue
The world saw yet another horrifying example of the amazing duplicity, dishonesty and hypocrisy of which Russians are capable last week when the Kremlin’s Gestapo turned a blind eye to an unsanctioned protest by over 1,000 chanting nationalist goons.
The said goons were protesting the fact that police had dared to shoot down one of their number while he was attempting to carry out a lynching, and they shut down one of Moscow’s more important subway stations while the authorities watched with apparent approval.
Yet, whenever anyone attempts to carry out a peaceful protest in support of democratic values or otherwise criticizing the Putin regime, they are attacked immediately by OMON forces and jailed.
It is perfectly clear, in other words, not just that the Kremlin will not enforce the law equally for all citizens, not just that it will use the “law” (as barbaric Russians understand that term) to harass and intimidate its political opponents, but that the Kremlin openly and actively approves of the nationalist scum that are Russia’s very lowest common denominator. Just as it sees the likes of Boris Nemtsov as enemies of the state, it sees skinhead lunatics as the state’s friends.
That’s hardly surprising, since Russians also think of crazied dictators like those found in Iran and Venezuela as their friends. It is only such venal criminals who would even consider befriending a nation that would, as we document in today’s issue, support the persecution of the mother of Sergei Magnitsky, an opponent of the Kremlin who was literally murdered by the Russian legal system.
It has now become routine for Russian “president” Dima Medvedev to be directly contradicted by Russian “prime minister” Vladimir Putin. The Russian Kremlin itself, in other words, speaks with the same forked tongue as the Russian population itself, and vice versa. Just as in Soviet times, Russians have absolutely no sensitivity at all to the obviously and horrific implications of this mendacity and duplicity.
A nation this barbaric and crazed cannot long survive. We do not expect Russia to do so.