The Brutality of “Normal Life” in Vladimir Putin’s Russia
In our issue today we republish two stories about ordinary life in Vladimir Putin’s Russia. One story involves an adventure with an elevator, the other with childbirth. They are absolutely required reading for anyone who is interested in understanding what is going on in Russia today.
Anyone who has spent any time living a real life in Putin’s Russia will instantly recognize the truth and the horror reflected in these stories. And nobody who has not lived in Russia can truly appreciate how awful it is to experience so-called “life” of this kind up close and personal. This is what it means to live in a neo-Soviet state ruled by a proud KGB spy. It sucks.
But let’s be perfectly clear: The people of Russia are not the innocent victims of this type of horror. To the contrary, their reckless and irresponsible behavior is the root cause of it.
Instead of demanding that their government spend its limited resources on solving problems of this kind, Russians have chosen instead to allow their government to focus spending on outrageous cold-war provocations of the West, and on a neo-Soviet crackdown designed to strip away the rights for which many Russians risked their lives when the USSR collapsed.
In doing so, Russians are condemning their children to live the lives of their grandparents. There is nothing worse that a human being can do than to sentence children to relive the mistakes of their ancestors. In no way are the two stories we publish today any different from what was experienced in Soviet times, and things will only get worse as Russians blithely allow Putin to take power as a “president for life” such as those in places like North Korea, Libya and Egypt.
In other editorials in today’s issue, we show how Russian foreign policy and aerospace policy have resulted in catastrophic failure. And the story is no different when one turns to the intimate details of Russian life. No matter where you look, in fact, you see failure. You see a regime of unqualified KGB maniacs implementing policy without regard to the interests of the people of Russia, and failing miserably even to attain their own malignant goals.