Vladimir Putin’s performance of late has been so odious, so noxious, so repellent that even hardcore Russophiles are turning away in disgust.
Take the bitter, poisonous anti-Putin diatribe that recently issued from the pen of Vladimir Frolov, once one of Putin’s most ardent brown-nosers. Frolov begins: “Perhaps a true measure of rulers’ distrust of their people is when they choose to be more frank with foreigners and rush to tell them what they are not in a hurry to communicate to their fellow citizens.” And then he gets nasty, condemning Putin’s conduct at the recent Valdai forum propaganda festival as a insult to the people of Russia.
But we rise to defend Mr. Putin! Distrust of the Russian people — indeed, contempt for them — is a theme that runs consistently throughout Russian history. And why shouldn’t Putin have contempt for the people of Russia?
He has just spit in their face, telling them openly that the entire Medvedev “presidency” was a sham decided years ago, and that he has never stopped ruling over them.
He has been documented to have plundered the public treasury of St. Petersburg and he has not hesitated to jail and murder his political rivals just as was done in the failed and collapsed Soviet system.
And how do Russians respond? They lavish him with stratospheric levels of approval in polls and do not even ask him to participate in debates or interviews prior to retaking absolute, neo-Soviet power.
Why should Putin have any respect for a nation of people that behave as if they were sheep. No intelligent person would do so. Naturally, Putin would show more respect for the intelligence of foreigners at the Valdai club than for his own people, and naturally he would choose to enrich and protect himself as much as possible at their expense.
In doing so, Putin is doing nothing different than was was done by Brezhnev or Stalin or Nicholas II or Peter I. All Russia’s leaders have shown unbridled contempt for the people of Russia and sought to destroy them, and Russia has repeatedly collapsed as a result.
And who is to say, dear reader, that they were not right?