“The attitude of Russians to the abolition of the propiska was more neutral-to-negative than positive.”
That’s according to Russian journalist and novelist Mikhail Loginov, in a long essay for Open Democracy explaining in horrifying detail how the Soviet system of the propiska is being reestablished under the dictatorial rule of Vladimir Putin.
That’s right: Russians actually want their government to tell them where they can live.
In Soviet times, a citizen could not leave the country or even move from one city to another without the Kremlin’s permission. In those times, ignorant Westerners were led to believe that Russians were civilized people who loved freedom and democracy as much as anyone and who were as much victims of their repressive government as were the people of the West.
Time has shown this belief was totally without basis in fact. Given the chance, Russians have warmly embraced the rule of a proud KGB spy, indeed have given the KGB formal power to an extent never granted in Soviet times, and they have applauded as he took steps to recreate the Soviet state in Russia. A devastating essay by Russia scholar Leon Aron in Foreign Policy lays out the horrifying detail.
Another Russian, Maxim Trudolyubov, writing about opposition in the time of Stalin in the Moscow Times, echoes Loginov and shows the constancy of Russian support for dictatorship throughout history. He writes: “One cannot say there was no resistance though. It did exist, but it ran up against perhaps the world’s most advanced mechanism for suppressing opposition and destroying not only dissent, but the dissenters themselves.”
Both Stalin and Putin prospered because they were supported by the people of Russian, not opposed by them. Then as now, Russians turned in their neighbors to the secret police and applauded as they were carried off to prison, or worse. Never once in their history have Russians fought for freedom and liberty, and time after time the world has watched Russia destroy itself. The Russian state collapsed multiple times it the last century alone.
It is long past time for the world to call the people of Russia to account for their support of evil. As Kim Zigfeld points out on American Thinker, the words of Ronald Reagan’s famous speech, whose thirtieth anniversary passed this month, ring as true today as they did back in the 1980s.
Russia is an evil empire. Not just evil in terms of its regime, but evil in terms of the vast numbers of Russians who support that regime, or fail to oppose it, condemning their children to generations in darkness.