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Putin Turns Russia into a Medieval State

Here is Victor Davidoff’s view of the Pussy Riot atrocity, writing in the Moscow TimesHe says it has discredited Russia’s public image, the Orthodox Church, its judicial system and its citizens.  This is, of course, exactly what we’ve been saying Putin would do for the past five years.

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For many years, the Darwin Awards have been given to people who self-select out of the gene pool by voluntarily and unnecessarily placing themselves in danger. It has been bestowed only on individuals, but if it could be granted to institutions, the Kremlin would surely be awarded it hands down for creating the Pussy Riot case.

In February, when three of the four Pussy Riot punk band members were arrested for their 41-second performance in Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral, no one foresaw the consequences. Everyone thought it would end quickly and quietly, and the “criminals” would be simply fined or, in the worst case, given a week or so in detention on misdemeanor charges. But the Kremlin’s insistence on criminal punishment for blasphemers who pronounced the criminal words “Mother of God, cast Putin out” turned into a public relations disaster. Today, the Pussy Riot case is famous on every continent and has captured the attention of intellectuals and politicians up to German Chancellor Angela Merkel and some of the world’s most popular musicians, like Madonna and Paul McCartney.

On the day after the verdict was announced, the furor reached its peak. The writer Andrei Malgin, currently living in Italy, wrote on his LiveJournal blog, “I went into a newsstand that carries the international press. Good grief! Every newspaper, in every language that exists, on every stand — from the floor right up to the ceiling — had a front-page story about Pussy Riot and Putin.” This one guilty verdict and sentence of two years of labor in the camps turned the Kremlin’s multimillion-dollar campaign to improve Russia’s image abroad into dust.

But Russia’s image was just one of the victims of the Pussy Riot verdict. The authority of the Russian Orthodox Church took a stronger hit, especially among Orthodox intellectuals. Svetlana Goryacheva wrote on her Facebook page, “I, a regular congregant at the Church of Saints Cosmos and Damian, a biblical scholar with a Ph.D. in history, officially announce that I have totally broken off relations with the Moscow Patriarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church. I remain a practicing Christian, but I consider it impossible to remain in a church with liars, money-grubbers and reactionaries.”

The judicial system has also suffered from the verdict handed down by Judge Marina Syrova. Even prominent lawyer Genri Reznik, who is usually diplomatic in his comments, called the verdict “an absolute discredit to the justice system.” In an interview with the Russian News Service, he said, “I’d classify this sentence as a criminal act. As a lawyer, I’m ashamed of this mockery of justice.”

The hearing was conducted with many procedural and legal violations, which were obvious even to nonspecialists. The judge refused to hear any of the witnesses for the defense. Out of three psychological and linguistic analyses commissioned by the court, only one was accepted: the one carried out by experts affiliated with the church, which cited decisions made by the ecclesiastical councils of the fourth and seventh centuries.

As journalist Sergei Dorenko noted acidly on his LiveJournal blog, “One of the most compelling proofs of the absence of God must be the existence of the Moscow courts.”

But the main victims are, of course, the citizens of Russia, who seemed to have been transported in a time machine back to the Middle Ages, when someone could be jailed for violating religious rules of behavior.

Television journalist Tina Kandelaki, who is hardly a Pussy Riot supporter, wrote  on her LiveJournal blog, “According to the criminal code of the Russian Empire in 1845, the maximum sentence for actions similar to what Pussy Riot did was three months. In the 21st century, why must they get two years in labor camps?”

The Pussy Riot case is strikingly reminiscent of the Soviet repression of dissidents. Using similar logic, the Soviet Union persecuted poets, musicians and artists whose poems, songs and paintings didn’t conform to the only permissible canons of socialist realism. Socialist realism has given way to church canons, but the result is the same. Last week a Novosibirsk court upheld an earlier ruling that fined artist Artyom Loskutov for displaying publicly a noncanonical image of the Mother of God.

This new medieval Russia doesn’t just threaten artists. The Russian Orthodox Church has been quite successful in its efforts to lobby for legislation limiting abortion. In St. Petersburg, there is already a law forbidding “the propaganda of homosexuality,” which covers any actions to protect the rights of gays. Similar laws have been passed or are being considered in other regions.

And the church has not ignored the school system. In an interview to Polish media last week, Patriarch Kirillsaid he considers it necessary to conduct catechization in all the country’s schools and complained that this has been blocked by the “liberal press.”

So President Vladimir Putin‘s brave new world is gradually being built, a world in which codes of behavior are determined by the state and church. It is a world in which any independent activity — from political to environmental to artistic — is outlawed and in which the individual is deprived of the freedom of choice in education and even in his personal life.

The jailed Pussy Riot activists are like caged canaries in a coal mine. As long as there is hope they might be freed from prison, Russians still have hope that they can avoid the nightmare of life in a second Middle Ages.

40 responses to “Putin Turns Russia into a Medieval State

  1. Luis Ivan Rodriguez ⋅

    Good commentary and true as well. But here in Sweden the state also regulates codes of behavior, the differences are that these codes of behavior are opposite from the codes we find in today’s Russia.For example, the state in Sweden makes sure that schools educate students in homosexual, bi-sexual and transsexual alternative lifestyles. Schools must include this in their curricula while at the same time they only allow teachers to teach students about God, faith and belief, from a historical perspective. Expressing your religious view in a public classroom is prohibited and you might wind up getting dismissed from your job. The questioning of lifstyles that are non-heterosexual is strictly taboo and politically incorrect. Although a new right-wing party is in parliament at the moment, before they got into the parliament, and even now, they have been ostracized and demonized by the government, other political parties and the supposedly “objective”, “non- biased” media and were not alloted TV time for their campaign commercials. Inpolitically correct Sweden prostitutes may sell sex, but a person soliciting a prostitute cannot buy sex becomes this becomes punishale by law. There are many other examples I can give, but i have nither the time nor the space. Sweden is in many ways like Russia, but it is infinately subtler, smoother and not as openly politically incorrect as its eastern neighbor.

    • Manfred Steifschwanz ⋅

      Quant à la Suède, il éxiste encore une différence vis-à-vis de la Russie qui, à mon avis, est bien plus profonde que celles identifiées par toi:

      Contrairement aux Russes (et même aux plusieurs nationalités de l’Occident), les Suédois ont été complètement lobotomisés par la culture de merde étatsunienne. Peu importe s’il s’agît de la “haute société” ou de la racaille — ils s’en foutent tous de leur propre langue, de leur histoire et surtout du fait que le monde est beaucoup plus diversifié que leur imagination imbécile d’un univers entièrement anglo-centrique. C’est précisément pour cette raison que nos industriels sont considérés comme un peu pénibles à l’étranger — des cons qui se croient très “mondains” babillant en anglais.

      Die dummen Schweden = Sönderamerikaniserat, infantilt slödder

  2. mingthemerciless ⋅

    “Expressing your religious view in a public classroom is prohibited”…unless your religion is coprophilia…

    This cult destroy reproductive capacity…as in Medieval Genoa…for who, because of their trading with the katamite Turks, the contagion led to an entirely homosexual youth…Genoan elders, fearing the City disappearance over time, then set up houses of prostitution where the clients where actually paid to sample the goods in the hope the young Genoans would eventually get their wives pregnant.

    I guess it worked, as Genoa is still there. As for the Sveedes,
    with their communist yootz going homo and their massive muslim immigration, they are going to be soon a sharia country where homos swing from construction cranes like in Iran!

    • Bohdan ⋅

      ming! cannot wait until the “massive muslim immigration” and their swinging “construction cranes” catch up with Manturd Limppenis. Ooh, how the muslims hate the godless communists, with a vengeance that in a sense is not hard to fathom.

      ming… intelligent, factual and entertaining!
      Manfred… dumb, nonfactual and boring!

      Members of the jury, I rest my case!

    • Manfred Steifschwanz ⋅

      Ming: Clueless, yes. Merciless, nah.

      Bohdan: Ukro, way above his compatriots. Still a dolt by unternational standards,

      Kim: Irresistible, gorgeous, and extremely intellligent. Right, guys?

      • MCC ⋅

        In the spirit of the latest ‘ visit’ of Kirill of russia in Poland, delighted people of Poland would like to congratulate the russian population on the occassion of the construction of the biggest mosque in Europe – [ capacity; 60 thousands] -the mosque in moscow will be even bigger that the one built with russian money in Groznyi, Chechnia….Future looks ‘bright’ indeed for the russian orthodoxy…..

      • Bohdan ⋅

        Manturd Limppenis, the untermensch swede (i.e. vegetable), you left out your usual propaganda garbage comrade about how smart you, and only you, think you are, or what a ‘god’s gift you are to the opposite sex.


    • Manfred Steifschwanz ⋅

      For the fourth successive time:

      That’s >> were >> not >> where >> , dolt. You should be able to differentiate between the two by their respective pronunciation. More specifically, “where” is an interrogative pronoun, as in “where are you”. As for “were”, it forms part of the conjugation of the verb “to be” in its imperfect tense — to wit,

      I was
      You were
      He/she/it was
      We/you/they were

      Are you totally illiterate, Ming?

      • Bohdan ⋅

        Listen Manturd Limppenis, you untermensch swede! “one swallow does not make Spring” (you know one of the four seasons, that make up a year.)

        There is utterly no need for you to keep reminding us all sane members of this forum ad nauseam, what a feeble peanut brained communist you really are, by harping on petty matters.

        And another thing, if and I repeat ‘IF’ ming was “totally illiterate” he would not be able to write or read. Got that simple point straight, you ignorant peasant, who can’t even get his terminology in proper context. Hint!, stick to your beloved Swedish darling, you may be better at it, but somehow I strongly doubt it also.

        • Dmitry ⋅

          Bug, swallows in numbers normally make a different “one of the four seasons”. You got the saying misquoted.

          And “illiterate” just as well means “ignorant”, “uneducated”, and, sometimes, just “plain stupid”. None of which necessarily implies being unable to read or write.

          So, neither you nor Ming should really take the word for some insult. Nobody says you two can’t read.

          • Bohdan ⋅

            Dimwitry, it is better for you to keep quiet and have sane people think that you are an idiot rather then opening your stupid mouth and dispelling all doubt, with your worthless vomit.

            You obviously have no proper knowledge of the English language, comrade buffoon. Stick to your native language on your beloved trashy propaganda rags, RT and or They will no doubt just love you there.

            • Dmitry ⋅

              Hush, Bug, hush, not so loud. Less emotions, less ardour. And a better night’s sleep:)

              • Bohdan ⋅

                What Dimwit “Hush, Bug, hush, not so loud.”? from a letter?

                Ooh yes I understand, it’s those incessant voices in your head, you know the ones that you have your regular discussions with.

                Remember comrade, you can talk to yourself, but when you also get the verbal replies to these questions from yourself – like you do – now that is bad, very bad.

                Revisit your headshrink A.S.A.P., as he and only he can help you in this instance.

          • MCC ⋅

            dymasza, dymasza, dymasza, control yourself a little eitherwise you will get a stroke – and, although you love your pathetic, barbaric and totally grotesque russia – you wouldn’t want to end up in the russian hospital unless you are suicidal….

            • Manfred Steifschwanz ⋅

              In case our psychobabbling Psheks and Ukros here were long-time inmates at Russian hospitals, then that’s definitely proof positive of mccusa’s statement.

              PS. Ming — mind the spelling above: “WERE long-time inmates”

              • MCC ⋅

                Hey obosranye russkie govno, I got a strange messages from Poland concerning the cyryl’s visit to Warsaw; apparently this ‘historic’ visit was totally ignored by 40 million catholics there, but I digress……A lot of people who saw the poor cyryl got an impression that saintly russian patriarch was touching his genitalias pretty often. I had to explain to them that it was just cyryl making a sign of cross russian orthodox style; forehead, genitalias, left arm, right arm, forehead, genitalias, left arm, right arm and gospodin pomilyu, gospodin pomilui.. Am I right or Am I right dearie….

        • Bohdan ⋅

          Dimwitry, you can’t even quote my words correctly – surprise, surprise. What high on the somogonka still? I just don’t believe how dense you really are. If you are a normal example of Pootin’s “Untermensch” category? then no wonder poor, poor ruSSia has no hope for the future.

          Pootin must be scraping the bottom of the barrel. Right comrade?

          • Dmitry ⋅

            One sentence too little of insults, Bug, honey: the first one, it was sooo unnecessary.

            You sound so perfect, even advanced when you just swear, all can see you’re experienced and well educated at this – to the level of tongue turning brown, I’d say.

            But then you say something that’s meant to have sense, and you totally ruin all the good impression you created…

            Overall – oh, sweet old LR boys at loose, I missed the fun so much:D

            • Bohdan ⋅

              Dimwit! don’t flatter yourself. No one of sound mind missed your RT and/or style of soviet Russian trash.

              What comrade buffoon, me insult you? Never in a million years would I do that! I just write the truth about you. Period! So unlike those trash rags RT and – where you must be a real icon on the absurdity that is your beloved Chekist Pootin and his band of evil KaGeBe thugs!!!

              • Dmitry ⋅

                Bug, that’s what I call another brilliant comment of yours! See, when you don’t write anything demanding, in terms of mental abilities of the author, you create wonderful posts full of perfect swearing. Stay so, pretty please, don’t go rational!

                • Bohdan ⋅

                  Dinwit, thank you ad nauseam for once again proving beyond a reasonable doubt what a brainless baboon you are.

                  I bet your head gives you splitting headaches when you write that unbelievable trash that you excel in. Right comrade? Never mind have another slug of your beloved somogonka, you’ll feel better, until that is you wake from your alcoholic stupor.

                  • Beetlejuice ⋅

                    Little Bohdan and little Bogdan: don’t you think its time you two pro-war, hate-filled mogrels show how pro-war you are and settle the score over Volhynia once and for all?

                    PLEEEEAAAASSSSEEEE! I wanna know who the rightful owner of that land turns out to be.

          • Manfred Steifschwanz ⋅

            BOHDAN’S DILEMMA
            A right-angled triangle the hypotenuse of which equals 10 length units comprises a square whose side equals 3 length units. Hence, one of the square’s diagonals starts in the right-angled corner of the triangle (as an angle bisector) and ends on its hypotenuse. Calculate the two other sides in the triangle.

            • Dmitry ⋅

              Lol, wut’s this, a homework? (X+3)2+(Y+3)2=100, (x+3)*(y+3)=(root of 18)*10, and solve the two equations yourself, I’m off to work:)

            • Manfred Steifschwanz ⋅

              Sorry Dmitry,

              Your second equation is wrong. And, needless to say, I have long since solved the problem which took me about 2 weeks. Don’t act as the Psheks and Ukros here.

      • MCC ⋅

        russkye barakhlo, you ‘excel’ in foreign languages while your own language, sorry your own local dialect – russian – is becoming less and less significant – psychologically your reaction is totally logical; hence that revolting attempt to ‘convert’ the Ukrainians, Belarussians, etc to your obsolete jargon…dearie – IT IS NOT GOING TO WORK…..By the way, you cannot insult people with your pathetic jargon either…By the way, where in moscow the largest mosque in Europe will be built??? DO TELL……

  3. Beetlejuice ⋅

    Looks like Russia is what Kim and her little conservative lack of thinkers would like the USA to be. That could be the reason behind their overall hatred of Russia: the achievement of an ultra-reactionary society induced by the church.

    • MCC ⋅

      beetlejuice; you got it wrong again – you confused the total contempt for everything russian with rather noble feeling of hatred…How can something so low, revolting like russia be hated ..contempt will do…..

      • Beetlejuice ⋅

        You, Bogdan, Bohdan, and Kim are the experts at that. Especially Kim. Total contempt, hatred…whatever you wanna call it. It’s enough to base your whole mindset on…or lack thereof.

  4. “les Suédois ont été complètement lobotomisés par la culture de merde étatsunienne. ”

    What Mon Freddie is referring to is “The culture de Merde” pushed by his fellows roaders, the Komrades of the CPUSA, or the Communist Party of the USA, the anti-war hippie filth, the New Age Cretins, the Commie-nazis followers of Charlie Manson…all of which is epitomized by Barrack Hussein Soetoro Obama, the Keynesian Kenyan Kannibal from Nairobi, (his grand father was a Mau-Mau cannibal…

    I’m personally spoofing Hussein on my facebook page:

    • Bohdan ⋅

      Ming! well said about ‘Non Freddie.’ Trouble is that it also fits, like a glove – komrade Beetlejuice, namely “The culture de Merde….. the Komrades of the CPUSA, or the Communist Party of the USA, the anti-war hippie filth, the New Age Cretins, the Commie-nazis followers of Charlie Manson…”

      • Beetlejuice ⋅

        I resent that! I’m a Richard Ramirez follower, not a Charles Manson follower! 😛

        I’d take you for an Anatoly Onoprienko follower. But wait, that would take a sorry, society degenerate, waste of space loser with a brain. Without a brain, scarecrow, that leaves you out, little Bohdan.

        I’m a New Waver, not a hippie. Lastly, you suck at name calling. I’ve heard better insults coming from my girlfriend’s 6 year old daughter, she can make more sense than your dumbass.

        • Bohdan ⋅

          Cockroachurine? you have a girl friend. Wonders will never cease. But then on second thoughts, in which zoo did you pick up your hairy baboon.

          I also bet you’re one of those fat, fat, oversize bald and brainless rednecks! Right comrade retard. As you’ve gotta be, to believe in the hippie sickness or communism. Right again comrade redneck!

          Bye, bye darling fatso, you obese and bald ‘septic tank’ midget.

          PS I also bet that you have to turn sidewise 90 degrees to shuffle through a doorway.

    • Ming: Clueless, yes. Merciless, nah.

  5. mingthemerciless ⋅

    Fred is presently channeling prehistoric barbarian Lemurian warrior Ramtha…only a fat dumb communist blonde
    (Judy Zebra Knight ,born Judith Darlene Hampton) could invent a new age religion that is ridiculous on an Epic scale…

    You smeared too much Pastuk Tar on your junk, Freddie!


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