A couple days ago I photographed a billboard advertising some kind of obviously government-sponsored rally in memory of the Maidan “putsch.” This morning I was in a metro station equipped with monitors displaying advertisements and sure enough there was this ad encouraging people to come out and show their patriotism by demonstrating against “revolution.” In other words- lamest…protest…ever.
Of course you know what this means. It’s time to play another round of:
INCREDIBLY INCONVENIENT QUESTIONS!
(For best results, leave the video running while reading.)
1. What is this “revolution” that this rally is opposing? Who is threatening a revolution? If Putin is such a wise and great leader, why is his country perpetually threatened by a revolution?
2. Is Russia’s opposition threatening a revolution? According to the pro-Kremlin press and most Russians, the opposition is small and disorganized. How is this tiny, disorganized faction going to overthrow the Russian government? Again, if Putin is such a great leader, why is his government threatened by a non-existent, disorganized, vague opposition that consists of a handful of people?
3. According to Kremlin-supporters, what opposition does exist consists of pencil-neck hipsters, the “creative class types,” gays, and hopelessly addicted drug addicts, who are of course known the world over for their revolutionary political activities throughout history. If this is the case, why is Russia’s government threatened by a handful of latte-sipping hipsters, gays, and drug addicts? This is the strong Russia that Putin has built?
4. Some Kremlin supporters allege that the mysterious “5th column” has infiltrated the government, including the Duma. Even Dmitry Medvedev and the head of the Russian Central Bank have been accused of being “5th columnists.” If Putin is such a great leader and he’s built such a just, stable system, why is his government still riddled with foreign agents even at some of the highest levels?
5. If Putin has built such a great system, why would citizens actually want to overthrow it for the sake of foreign governments? Sure, there are a lot of yahoos in the US who talk about overthrowing the government, but none of them are talking about doing it at the behest of a foreign government.
6. If the West is so hell-bent on destroying Russia, why did they invest so much money into it up till about 2013, turning it into the R in BRICS? Why didn’t they just withhold their investment all that time and slap sanctions on Russia over the Georgian conflict or any other number of contrived reasons? Remember they never had a good reason anyway, they just hate Russia.
Answers: Liar! Information war! The USA is our historical enemy! Protesting doesn’t solve anything! It only leads to chaos! You work for the US State Department! DULLES PLAN! WE WON THE SECOND WORLD WAR! RUSSOPHOBE! WHAT ABOUT IRAQ? LIBYA? SYRIA? HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI?