Russia and the Apes who Guard Her
Russia is guarded by apes, as if she were a bunch of bananas.
This leads to some truly barbaric consequences. For instance, in the wake of the arrest of former first deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov for criticizing the Kremlin while holding a written legal writ to do so, followed by a torrent fo foreign outrage and a lawsuit against Russia by Nemtsov in the European Court for Human Rights, Russian parliamentarian Anton Belyakov of the “Just Russia” political party called for an investigation.
You read that right. Belyakov thinks these events prove only that further investigation of Nemtsov himself, to see if he is a paid agent of foreign powers, is warranted. No investigation at all is needed to determine if Nemtsov was treated properly when he was housed in a bare room for days or made to stand throughout his trial or sentenced to shocking two weeks in prison without evidence.
But to Belyakov, the fact that any foreigners would side with Nemtsov proves conclusively that he is their paid agent, seeking to destroy Russia.
He doesn’t care that Nemtsov was given a permit to demonstrate by the Russian government to demonstrate, and arrested anyway. He doesn’t care that Nemtsov was once the elected governor of a Russian region, nor does he care that Nemtsov was once the first deputy prime minister of Russia, appointed by the same man who made Putin prime minister and president. He doesn’t care about the barbaric conditions under which Nemtsov was held while in prison, doesn’t care about the obvious brutality of his sentence, and doesn’t care that Nemtsov will humilate Russia by negating his conviction in the European Court for Human Rights.
Instead, just like his Soviet ancestors, all Belyakov cares about is trashing Nemtsov and crushing his criticism of the regime, so as to continue its power unabated. And that is the same as to say continue its mistakes unabated, until Russia is absolutely destroyed.