Putin Spits on Russia
The most outrageous and repulsive feature of the USSR was its brazen, naked contempt for its own citizens. It tortured and murdered them with reckless abandon and it lied to them as if they were idiotic children. Proud KGB spy Vladimir Putin, a decrepit relic of the USSR, is continuing that tradition with relish.
Last week, Putin’s lies to his countrymen, and his open contempt for their intelligence, reached a new low. Putin went scuba diving in the Black Sea and, within seconds of sticking his head under the water, purported to find two ancient Greek jars that had supposedly lain there for many centuries, in two feet of water. In planting the jars, Putin’s minions were so lazy and stupid that they did not even try to make the jars look like they had been under water for hundreds of years, and they were not satisfied to have Putin “find” just one. Oh no, it had to be two.
Nikolai Uskov, historian and editor of GQ, stated: “Putin came out of the sea with clean but slightly broken jugs from IKEA. It was comical.” Comical to have the leader of your country lie to you in a manner which clearly suggests the thinks you are an idiot? To pose shamelessly in front of cameras holding shards of pottery he knew perfectly well had been planted for him to find so that he could lie to the people of his country about doing so? We’d choose another word for such behavior.
Moscow Times columnist Victor Davidoff commented: “A veritable choir of archeologists noted that the area had been combed for almost 75 years, and finding something there — especially something lying on the surface of the sand — is simply impossible.” Not only was Putin unabashed to claim credit for this find, he had no problem misleading all of Russian history, making it seem that ancient Greeks plied Russian waters.
That’s not surprising, of course, because Putin has been assiduously seeking to rewrite all of Russian history from his first day in office. Russian history textbooks are now, as a matter of official policy, full of the same type of ridiculous lies with which they were permeated in Soviet times.
Another example of Putin’s raw, savage hatred for his own people can be seen in his treatment of St. Petersburg Governor Valentina Matvienko. In a new low for Russian “democracy,” Putin is moving Matvienko into the Federation Council to become his puppet leader in that body by means of an election so shamelessly rigged that it is clearly no different in any way from the “elections” that took place in the USSR. Putin has even gone so far as to seize tens of thousands of copies of a newspaper published by a legal opposition party because they criticized the election gambit. Putin is literally telling Russians that they are not even allowed to consider voting for anyone other than his preferred candidate because their judgment cannot be trusted, only his.
As in Soviet times, this kind of government does not make sense. If Russia is indeed a nation of lemmings who are incapable of achieving even the most basic level of success without government guidance, then Russia as a nation is doomed just as was the USSR. By acting as they are doing, Russia’s leaders are telling the world that Russia is a hopeless failure, and that it is only a matter of time before the country destroys itself.