Welcome to the Horror of Neo-Soviet Russia
When you click the jump, you will see an image of the leather trench coat that was worn by officers of the NKVD, the organization that became the KGB and is now the FSB (the organization has twice been required to change its name to try to ward off its disgraceful past). The NKVD, like their successors, were responsible for horrific crimes against the people of Russia and were a legion of goons that terrorized the country in order to support the Stalin dictatorship. They were integral in carrying out one of the most infamous crimes against humanity in world history, the Katyn massacre in 1940 Poland.
Now have a look at the coats that have just been purchased by the FSO, the Russian version of the U.S. Secret Service, at cost of over $100,000:
Do you see any difference? We sure don’t. And we are appalled.
Ever since this blog was founded, we have been using the term “neo-Soviet” to describe the goals and practices of proud KGB spy Vladimir Putin. At first, some ridiculed the use of this term, claiming that Russians were not stupid and could “never go back” to the dark days of Soviet dictatorship.
But in our issue today, we report on a whole group of influential Russians who have published an open letter arguing that Russia is hurtling back towards totalitarianism. Putin has revived the melody of the national anthem of the USSR, he has sought to rehabilitate Stalin, and now even the black leather overcoats are back. We rest our case.
If the people of Russia continue their cowardly silence as these atrocities continue, then they cannot complain when the inevitable hardships of neo-Soviet brutality rain down upon them and their children. They will deserve their fate, and our outrage and contempt as that fate inevitably spills over onto the outside world, as it surely did in Soviet times.