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.