EDITORIAL: Hypocrisy, thy Name is Russia


Hypocrisy, thy Name is Russia

Cynics on Russia though we may be, we were absolutely floored by the shocking, nauseating hypocrisy flowing out of Russia last week.  First, the Putin regime accused Egypt of mistreating journalists and demanded that it stop.  Then, it accused the Chechen separatists of acting with “senseless cruelty” at the Domodedovo airport.

We don’t think any rational person can deny it:  Russia is one of the world’s worst abusers of journalists, and the senseless cruelty Russia has applied against Chechnya is unprecedented in modern world history.

In fact, Russia has been formally convicted of senseless cruelty over and over and over again by the European Court for Human Rights, and its brutal murder of journalists requires an entire online database just to  keep up with.

And in fact, days after making this breathtaking announcement, as we report in our lead editorial, the Kremlin banned one of the world’s leading Russia correspondents, , Luke Harding from  even entering the country to stop him from reporting on corruption in the Kremlin.

How dare the Russians? How dare they even consider opening their mouths to criticize anyone on this planet where cruelty and mistreatment of journalists are concerned?  Are they really so totally oblivious of reality that they cannot understand the world will simply burst into hysterical laughter and hearing such pronouncements from Russia, just as it always did when they came from the USSR, as if from a lunatic asylum?

And that’s not the end of Russia’s breathtaking hypocrisy.

As hero journalist Yelena Milashina of Novaya Gazeta points out in today’s issue, it is the misguided policies of the Putin administration that has made they Chechen rebels “senseless,” if they are.  Putin’s actions have been to cut the head off the rebels, leaving them outraged and leaderless, chaotic and even more dangerous than before Putin acted.  It is this fundamental failure of policy that accounts more than anything else for the river of blood now flowing across European Russia, and the moronic denizens of Russia do not see it because their own journalists have been throttled into noxious oblivion by Putin’s crackdown.

And journalist Vladimir Kara-Murza point out in today’s issue the truly flabbergasting manner in which the Kremlin has sought to corrupt and pollute the memory of Boris Yeltsin.  In another equally brilliant posting, Kara-Murza is stunned by Yuri Luzhkov’s attempt to find a home in Latvia after excoriating and provoking that little country for years while he was in power.

It really does seem as if Russia were  nation governed by children, infants with tiny undeveloped minds who believe they can tell any kind of ridiculous lie and get away with it. That has come to be the case because the recklessly irresponsible and lazy denizens of Russia simply refuse to act like parents, instead choosing to let their childlike government run amok.

4 responses to “EDITORIAL: Hypocrisy, thy Name is Russia

  1. @accused the Chechen separatists

    Actually didn’t.

    (“Putin said earlier that preliminary information showed the Domodedovo blast was not linked to Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Chechnya.”)

    And actually the real “Chechen rebels” are now fighting Kadyrov regime in Chechnya, and that’s all. Twice last year their suicide commando squads assaulted symbols of his power, his home village/fort and his puppet parliament. They have also nothing to do with Dokka Umarov, for a long time accused to be a Russian agent provocateur.

  2. I just wanted to say that I found your blog tonight and thoroughly enjoyed everything I’ve read. I’m (originally) Russian and I find the hypocrisy sickening, but it’s gotten to the level of mass oblivion – they just don’t see it as hypocrisy, but if anyone calls them out on it, they go into Soviet propaganda mode with non sequiturs of the “but America invaded Iraq!” variety.

    • Thanks A, your blog post is a very good read, I suggest everyone click on A’s link to his blog, well worth a read.

      BTW Maimonides/Ostap/Whatever, A is quite correct about your blog LOL

  3. Khodorkovsky judge acted ‘under orders’ – court aide

    An aide to the Russian judge who convicted Mikhail Khodorkovsky at his second trial last year has said he did not write his own verdict.

    Judge Viktor Danilkin resented having to take orders from above during the trial of the former tycoon, Natalya Vasilyeva told Russian media.

    The judge denied her allegations, describing them as slander.

    The trial for fraud of Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev was widely condemned abroad as unfair.

    Already in detention since 2003, he was sentenced to a further six years in prison and is not now due for release until 2017.

    Under Russian law, it is for the judge alone to write his verdict, without any interference by other members of the judiciary.

    According to Ms Vasilyeva, Judge Danilkin was indignant at having to take orders and was anxious and irritable because of it.

    When asked for confirmation of what she had reportedly told Russian media, Ms Vasilyeva’s office said she was on holiday.

    ‘Total control’
    Speaking to Russian gazeta.ru, a widely read liberal Russian newspaper, she said that the judge had been under “total control”, constantly receiving instructions from the Moscow City Court.

    Khodorkovsky is said to have reacted calmly to the verdict
    Judge Danilkin began writing the sentence but it did not please his superiors, she said.

    “As a result he received a different verdict which he was obliged to read out,” she told gazeta.ru.

    “I know for a fact that the sentence was brought from Moscow City Court,” she said.

    “And it is obvious that it was written by criminal case appeal judges, that’s to say, by Moscow City Court judges.”

    Ms Vasilyeva said she knew the judges’ names but preferred not to give them.

    The part of the verdict dealing with sentencing was delivered to Judge Danilkin while he was still reading out the verdict, she added.

    Ms Vasilyeva said her information came from “people close to the judge” but she was unable to say how the alleged additional parts of the sentence were passed to the judge.

    She said her duties at Moscow’s Khamovnichesky Court, where the trial took place, were assistant to the judge and court press secretary.

    She told gazeta.ru she did not expect to continue in her post at the court after the interview.


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