Nemtsov Arrested, Again!
Once again, the Gestapo-like goons of Vladimir Putin, who pretend to be police officers, have arrested the former first deputy prime minister of the country for daring to publicly criticize the Putin regime and to support jailed oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky. This time, they did so even though Boris Nemtsov and his followers had a fully legalized permit to demonstrate. That did not stop Putin, who ordered mass arrests (120 or more were taken into custody, more than a third of all those present — many dressed in Santa Claus outfits) because that’s the only way he can silence his critics.
Nemtsov has now been sentenced to shocking term of fifteen days in a brutal, savage, uncivilized Russian prison where he, like Sergei Magnitsky, could easily be murdered by any number of killers. All for doing nothing more than peacefully speaking his mind in public. Mind you, the New Year’s holiday is protracted in Russia, the most important of the year by far. Nemtsov will be held apart from his family throughout it, in mortal peril. This is the nature of the enemy he faces, that we face.
Welcome to neo-Soviet Russia!
This cowardly and dishonest act, flouting even the pretense of legality, reveals the Kremlin for what it is: a crude bully, not a civilized government. Russia is ruled not by a man but by an ape, an ape no different from the infamous apes of the past like Stalin and Brezhnev, no different from Hitler or Mussolini or Mau. He is a murdering bastard who is totally incapable of defending his policies in a civilized manner, who can only respond to verbal challenges with violence and imprisonment.
Russia is a fully realized Soviet state, and it is being aided and abetted by the craven, cowardly President of the United States, Barack Obama. The longer Obama has ruled the USA, the more and more aggressive and draconian Putin has become. Obama claimed that he was forging a new alliance with his counterpart Dmitri Medvedev that would lead to Russia embracing more democracy and less Putin, but the exact opposite has occurred. Perceiving weakness from the White House, Putin has only cracked down further.
The re-conviction of Mikhail Khodorkovsky clearly shows that Obama’s actions have been utter folly. Medvedev has no intention of embracing civilized values, and no power to do so even if he did. Because of Obama’s craven weakness, Russia is descending once again into neo-Soviet darkness and it is only a matter of time until Nemtsov, and the last group of pro-democracy activists, are killed or jailed for years in Siberia, just as they would have been in the USSR.