Vladimir Putin, on the Take
We recently published a Special Extra post which contained a translation of an item from the Russian web. In it, a Russian website interviewed a high-ranking Russian corruption investigator who revealed shocking details about his investigation of Vladimir Putin for personal corruption while Putin was serving in the government of St. Petersburg.
In an almost casual fashion, as if it were obvious to everyone, the investigator reveals that Putin had both hands in the cookie jar of budget revenues in Piter. And, of course, to any human with a brain it is obvious. How else would Putin be able to afford to sport expensive watches and live in a network of palaces that span the globe? And if Putin were not personally corrupt, how could corruption flourish so openly in Russia, so that Transparency International routinely finds Russia to be the single most corrupt major civilization on this planet?
The fact that Putin’s personal corruption is so well documented, even in Russia itself, just goes to prove that Russians approve of it, just as they approve of Putin’s brutal crackdown on democratic values, including his brazen murder of political opponents like Starovoitova, Politkovskaya, Estemirova and Markelov. Indeed, we recently reported on the fact that a new arrest in the Politkovskaya case clearly shows the involvement of high-level Russian law enforcement in her killing.
There is only one word for people who would not just tolerate but encourage corruption of this kind by their leaders: Barbaric. It seems that Russians view corruption as an ideal, something they themselves aspire to, and look up to Putin for doing it so well. Maybe it’s the main reason for Putin’s widespread popularity, maybe Russians are carefully taking notes so that one day they too can hope to steal just as much and kill just as many as their beloved leader.
During the era of Stalin, many in the outside world chose to see Russians as being the victims of Stalin just like they were. But what if those people were wrong. What if Russians didn’t oppose Stalin (in fact, of course, there never was any significant uprising against him). What if Russians supported Stalin, saw him as one of their own, and wanted him to go on stealing from them and killing their neighbors just as long as he possibly could?
That would explain, of course, why so many Russians turned in their neighbors, and why Stalin lasted so long. It would explain why Russians quickly chose to hand power back to the KGB after the USSR collapsed. In today’s issue, a well-known Russian film director emphatically states that Russians simply do not have respect for the lives of their fellow citizens, and that would explain why Russia is such a brutal place, with a world-leading murder rate and horrifically poor levels of cooperation and production.
It would explain why the USSR collapsed in failure, and why Russia is on the fast-track to do the same.
We condemn the craven actions of the people of Russia in looking the other way as their “president” and “prime minister” steals them blind. We condemn them for condemning their children to repeat the horror of the USSR, living in a country permeated by lies and corruption, a country hellbent on self-destruction. And we call upon the leaders of the Western world to confront Russian corruption and demand that the country produce a civilized government, before it is too late.