Signs of the Neo-Soviet Apocalypse
“It would be good to draw up an all-Russian dress code. You think that is a utopia? It is not. People will soon have to get used to it.”
That was Russian Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, the head of the Orthodox Church’s department for relations between the church and society, talking about the women of his country, who he says are “barely dressed or made up like a clown will certainly not find a man as a partner in life with an ounce of sense or self-respect.” He says, with typical Russian bluntness, that they deserve to be raped, and that the Putin dictatorship will save them from themselves by imposing a dress code, a remarkably similar attitude to what they have in places like Saudi Arabia and other fanatical religious states.
And make no mistake, dear reader: This is a powerful Russian connected directly to the neo-Soviet Kremlin. The dress code could become reality any second. So could legalized rape.
Then there is United Russia’s education platform. Putin’s party of power is proposing that “the educational portion of the curriculum will be cut almost in half” and replaced with programs designed to promote “morality and patriotism.” In other words, just as in Soviet times “the country’s young people will be subjected to long hours of daily brainwashing.”
But the government itself will have no need of instruction in morality. As a result, we will continue to read incidents such as the one reported last week by crusading whistleblower Alexei Navalny, which defies belief: The Federal Consumer Protection Service, of all things, was found to be engaged in a fraudulent tender for the creation of the agency’s website, cheating the Russian people they were created to protect from such schemes out of over $130,000. It wasn’t the only such example last week: Alexander Bokov, Russia’s chief anti-fraud law enforcement officer, was indicted for stealing nearly $50 million.
And we will read about high-ranking Russian officials at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development being stripped of their immunity and prosecuted for monumental theft and fraud, even as unqualified Russians like Anna Chapman are appointed to other high-ranking banking positions simply because they curry propaganda favor with the Kremlin. Meanwhile, other high-ranking government officials are exposed for shamelessly stealing millions in bribes from their constituents so they can live in luxury in the West.
And most of all, we will continue to read endless reports from respected international organizations who review Russian political, social and economic performance and continue to find Russia languishing at the very bottom of the planet. We will continue to see Russian life expectancy far outside the top 100 nations on the planet, ravaged by unchecked diseases like AIDS, to see Russians working for slave wages that are a tiny fraction of the income of Western people, to see them degenerating into squalor and collapse just as they did in Soviet times.
What all this proves is clear: Russians were not the innocent victims of a cruel dictatorship as they would have had us believe when the USSR was extant. They are part of the problem, not victims, and they are continuing to live (and perish) just as they did in Soviet times.