Vladimir Putin, Exposed
On July 5th, Pravda was fuming.
It had just learned that the Netherlands had issued a blacklist against numerous Russian officials who were believed to be complicit in the torture and murder of attorney Sergei Magnitsky, who had leveled sweeping charges of corruption at the Kremlin and the been arrested.
But that was only the beginning of Vladimir Putin’s troubles.
He was humiliated when Germany was forced by vociferous international pressure to withdraw its nomination of Putin for the Quadriga prize.
And then he was humiliated further when two leading oligarchs, Alexander Lebedev and Mikhail Prokhorov, launched devastating public criticisms of his regime. Lebedev said Putin had Russia on track to become the next Zimbabwe, with Putin as Mugabe, while Prokhorov said that he preferred to analogize Putin to Mubarek and Putin’s Russia to Egypt. Mikhail Gorbachev piled on, confirming Russia is turning into Africa under Putin’s leadership.
Still worse lay in store, though.
When the dust cleared after the sinking of the Volga cruise ship Bulgaria, it began to seem that comparing Putin’s Russia to Zimbabwe or Egypt was a really unfair insult . . . to Zimbabwe and Egypt.
Just a month earlier, a governmental inspector had signed off on the seaworthiness of the vessel, no doubt with the help of a large bribe.
Of the passengers on the Bulgaria, 80 percent of the men, 32 percent of the children, and 26 percent of the women survived. In other countries it’s woman and children first, but not in Russia.
Speaking of children, two thirds had the same birth date: Dec. 30, 1999. That’s because the boat operator waived them aboard without documents and filled in required information at random.
Sixty percent of the passengers on board the vessel perished, many because not one but two different Russian passenger vessels sailed right by them without stopping to help.
This is Vladimir Putin, and this is Putin’s Russia. It is pain, it is failure, and it is so very predictable from a proud KGB spy who knows nothing but how to lie and kill. Russians have elected this man, Russians support him, and so they deserve their fate.