The Voice of Russia(n Lies)
The chart above, prepared by the Committee to Protect Journalists, shows that only two nations on this planet, Iraq and Philippines, have more unsolved murders of journalists than does Vladimir Putin’s Russia, which ranks #3 in the world in nominal and #8 in the world in per capita butchery of members of the press. Russia’s rate of savagery in this regard is 50% higher than Mexico’s, which comes in just below it at #9, and it has twice as many unsolved murders as does Mexico. Russia moved from #9 last year to #8 this year. Amazingly, with little room to do so, it’s getting even worse as time goes by.
But you would never know this from reading or listening to the “Voice of Russia,” the Kremlin’s own paid propaganda network. It is one of the very worst, most unreliable and dishonest sources of information about modern Russia in the world. Because of outrageously dishonest reporting from the likes of VOR, Russians and Russophiles have a warped, distorted, neo-Soviet view of themselves and, like the infamous Emperor with his “new clothes,” fail to realize that in reality the entire world is appalled by them.
Look, for example, at the shameless lies VOR told about the recent visit to Moscow by human rights delegations from the United Nations and the European Union.
When PressTV reported on the remarks of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay, it stated that she “flayed” Russian “president” Dima Medvedev’s record on human rights and quoted her as follows:
His efforts are appreciated but not advanced sufficiently to be described as a success. There are still too many problems in the sphere of human rights. I fear that the often brutal and illegal methods used by federal and local security and law enforcement agencies in the North Caucasus in the past have aggravated the situation by alienating many people.
So she called Medvedev a brutal failure. The UN’s own website clearly stated that Pillay had made it clear Medvedev was not doing enough to protect human rights.
And as for the EU representative? He was even more withering in his condemnation of the Medvedev regime. Werner Schulz, German Green Party, stated: “President Medvedev has promised to fight legal nihilism, but Russia has been under a long reign of legal cynicism. One third of complaints to the European Court of Human Rights are cases concerning Russia.”
So Medvedev is not just a brutal failure, he’s a criminal and a liar.
Now compare all that with Voice of Russia’s report. None of the language quoted above is even reported, much less set forth in the text. Instead, the VOR report ignores Schulz entirely and states that Pillay “expressed her gratitude” to and “warmly welcomed” Medvedev for his work on human rights and merely “urged Moscow to ensure better the security of human rights activists and journalists.” Needless to say, VOR did not mention the statistics that show Russia is one of the eight worst abusers of journalists on the entire planet. Someone who relied upon VOR for information about this major international visit would have no real idea about what occurred.
You have to hand it to VOR: It truly lives up to its name as the voice of Russia. It perfectly reflects a country that ranks among the worst in the world for corruption, a society so fundamentally craven and dishonest that it no longer even knows what “truth” means. It is a country that has chosen to be governed by a proud KGB spy and immerse itself totally in self-delusion, just as it did in Soviet times. The result is a society which is, if anything, even more doomed to failure and even more morally repugnant than the USSR.
The stupidity of the Russian people never ceases to amaze us: Without full information, good decisions can’t be made. This is the lesson of the famous story about the “Emperor’s New Clothes.” Yet, Russians have never learned this simple lesson, and always seem to act surprised when their leaders, and they themselves, are confronted with the crippling results of their bad decisions, namely national failure and collapse. If the people of Russia don’t wise up soon, they’ll go the way of the dodo.