Craven Russia Soils Democracy Once Again
In light of what has occurred with former Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov’s People’s Freedom Party, it is hard for us to see how any thinking person can now view the people of Russia with anything but naked contempt.
Shamelessly, the Putin Kremlin has refused to allow PFP to stand for elections, denying them the basic right of registration. As Kasyanov put it: “Nothing that has been said or promised by Medvedev during these past three years has materialized. It has only gotten worse: that is more pressure on political opponents, even more falsification in regional elections.”
Meanwhile, despite telling the Financial Times that he thought political competition was essential to Russia’s future and that it was “very bad” that there were no liberal parties represented in the Duma, Medvedev himself said the he would not run against Vladimir Putin if Putin chose to seek the presidency for at third time.
Writing in the Wall Street Journal our favorite blogger, Vladimir Kara-Murza, told the world who Medvedev really is: “Medvedev’s recent statements about freedom and political competition have led many Western observers to hope for a new wave of democratic reforms in Russia. The Justice Ministry’s denial of the Popular Freedom Party’s registration papers last week shows that these statements are a fraud.”
A group of leading Western Russia scholars was blunt: They called the Kremlin’s decision “clearly political” and held that it violated international law to which Russia was obligated. And they challenged the US to respond: “The Obama administration is on record that democracy and human rights are important to U.S.-Russia relations. If so, the administration, and the U.S. Congress, should respond vigorously with measures designed to support democratic rights and freedoms. ”
The PFP is also headed by former First Deputy Prime Minister Boris Nemtsov and seasoned parliamentarian Vladimir Ryzhkov. Along with Nemtsov, these are three of the most significant political figures in Russia today, and they have not even been allowed to form their own party and compete in elections. And yet the craven, cowardly, spineless citizens stand mute, just as they did in time of Stalin.
Not every single one of them, of course. Some Russians still have red blood in their veins, and they stormed out into the streets to show their outrage at this latest barbaric provocation. But, at best, the vast majority of Russians said and did nothing, at worst they showed active support for the Putin dictatorship.
What made this sorry spectacle even worse is that while Putin was refusing to allow a perfectly legal political party to challenge his authority in the next election, he was forcing the government to accept his own absolutely illegal party, the All-Russian People’s Front. Putin is violating at least two major laws in creating this organization, first in using public funds to support it and second in failing to register it with the Justice Ministry.
How dare the people of Russia behave in this outrageous manner? How dare they subject their children to the same barbaric political system, permeated by the KGB and totally devoid of political competition, that prevailed in Soviet times? Don’t they remember the wanton brutality of the the Soviet regime? Don’t they recall how the Soviet system collapsed because of its brutality and corruption?
If Russians continue on their current path, they will richly deserve the horrific misery that waits in store for them.
Returne democracy into Roman Empire!
The stupidity of the average Moscal sheeple is unbelievable, in allowing this KGB dictatorship to flourish.
They deserve the disaster that this KGB stooge is leading them into.
“…it is hard for us to see how any thinking person can now view the people of Russia with anything but naked contempt…” Do you mean that “the people of Russia” signed this rejection issued by junta’s so called Ministry of Justice? Do you imply that Kasyanov and Ryzhkov are not Russians what saves them from your contempt?
We express our contempt of opposition figures whenever they fail to show sufficient patriotism and courage.
The people of Russia failed to lift a finger to stop it, just as they failed to lift a finger to stop Stalin. If Kasyanov and Ryzkhov were jailed or shot, Russians would likewise stand mute.
“…as they failed to lift a finger to stop Stalin…”
Your ignorance of the Russia’s history is amazing! You never heard about the Russian Civil war when hundreds of thousands of the Russians died fighting the Bolsheviks and a million emigrated out of Russia. You never heard about Antonov’s revolt in my native Tambov region. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tambov_Rebellion
You never heard about Kronstadt revolt against the Bolsheviks? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kronstadt_rebellion
I wonder did the self-proclaimed expert on Russia read at least Solzhenitsyn?