Highlights(of idiocy)

You just can’t make this shit up, people. Today Irina Yarovaya, Duma deputy and head of the state anti-corruption committee, claimed that the fight against corruption could be a threat to state sovereignty. Below is my translation of her statement from the article I read.

“We are very concerned about what is happening in Ukraine, where under the guise of fighting corruption the entire system of state power was smashed,” the deputy said.

Got that? Corruption wasn’t the problem. The problem was that people got angry and used that as an excuse to effect radical change. One would think that Russian leaders, always so terribly concerned about the endless threats to their sovereignty in spite of over 15 years of rule by a supposedly brilliant leader for which there is no replacement, would want to do everything within their power to fight corruption. That is the rot which creates unrest among the populace and opens up all kinds of avenues for those sneaky NGOs who pay people a few hundred rubles to face police batons and tear gas and try to overthrow their own government, right?

You’d think that, but alas, you are wrong. No the real threat is people complaining about corruption and wanting the government, and perhaps specifically the government’s anti-corruption committee, to do something about it. Sovereignty to the Russian government means letting their semi-feudal elite siphon Russia’s natural wealth into their pockets with impunity, and any attempt to make them stop is an anathema to them.

Oh hey, on an entirely unrelated note, did you know that Yarovaya’s daughter is quite the successful businesswoman? How successful, you ask? Well as it turns out, she managed to purchase a flat in the center of Moscow for nearly $3 million dollars at the age of 17! Turns out her mother forgot to declare that according to Russian law, a pretty run-of-the-mill thing for Russian politicians and officials. But don’t you dare violate Russia’s precious sovereignty by pointing that out!

Next up is a story about some Russian nationalist figures who have long been associated with the fascist “Russian March” traditionally held on 4 November. I’m only bringing it up because these dipshits are being investigated for extremism because they allegedly made public statements insulting Islam and Caucasian people. First of all, my reaction is: No shit they’re guilty. Problem is there’s no way the government couldn’t have known about this for years. In fact the Russian March has long been tolerated and supported by the government or people close to the government. Many of the march’s participants cross the government’s line at times, but this is a state which has long seen the value in angry young men with a propensity toward violence, not to mention hatred and xenophobia.

The only reason I’m bringing this up now is because it serves as a good example of what I wrote about in my recent piece regarding the recent international fascist conference in St. Petersburg. Here Russia is inviting dozens of right-wing European Islamophobes to its second city and telling them that it is the salvation of European civilization. Meanwhile these same European fascists who scream about political correctness dominating their own countries generally have far more freedom to express their racist and xenophobic screeds against Islam than they would in Russia. Lucky for the Kremlin, most of these European dipshits don’t speak Russian, so it’s unlikely that they’ll find stories like that one.

That’s pretty important considering the only reason why the Russian government has become so protective of Islam as of late has nothing to do with trying to promote tolerance or harmony between peoples, two concepts which are diametrically opposed to the power structure’s cynical ideologues. Instead it has everything to do with Putin’s paralyzing fear of offending head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov, who considers himself quite the pious Muslim and defender of the prophet. Kind of ruins that image of the tough, bare-chested “manly man” those conference goers gushed over, doesn’t it?


10 thoughts on “Highlights(of idiocy)

    1. Jim Kovpak Post author

      I suppose if I were an utter moron, I would consider that “analysis” convincing.

      The fact that Slavyansk has a Lenin square and that there are billboards doesn’t prove anything beyond the fact that it would be physically possible to do this act.

      The problem is that absolutely NO other eyewitnesses report the event, nobody has come forward with the boy’s possible identity, and oh…wait. The actual Russian news presenter who aired the story ADMITTED that they had no evidence and they never bothered to investigate. Let me guess, that news presenter must have been working for the CIA, right?

      Slavyansk has been in Ukrainian government hands for months now, and we have no evidence of any atrocities much less this ridiculous one.

    2. Jim Kovpak Post author

      Also the square is indeed called October Revolution Square. Believe it or not, but news agencies sometimes make mistakes in reporting the names of certain places like that, especially in countries where there are a lot of squares with similar names.

      I think it’s really amusing how people would read that page and actually find it to be convincing when it presents zero evidence for a claim.

      The truth is that the Russian media and the Kremlin don’t even care if their stories are convincing or not. They never intended to provide any evidence to back up their claim with evidence- the idea is to just dump numerous claims on people and then drop them.

      MH17 is a perfect example of this. The rest of the world basically has one really obvious, logical story, and Russia has put out at least 6-7 different stories, some of which contradict each other. Just recently a Russian general claimed that the missile fragment found in MH17 by Dutch investigators could only match a Buk system used by Ukraine. Oh wait…I thought your last few versions all said MH17 was shot down by a Su25, not a Buk. And I thought the story was that the rebels got all their weapons from Ukrainian stocks(which were apparently huge). Just last December the Investigative Committee claimed it had an eyewitness that somehow saw a Su25 take off, return with a missile missing from its pylon, and then somehow saw the pilot being told that the whole thing “never happened” by his superiors. Where’s that witness? Oh right, they stopped talking about him a week later. In fact I have no evidence the Investigative Committee even attempted to present this claim anywhere outside of Russia. This was done for domestic consumption.

      Russia’s media and leaders have every right to live in a fantasy land if they want, but the rest of the world doesn’t have to play by their wacky bizarro-world logic. Eventually reality will come crashing in for Russia’s elite the same way it did in 1917 and 1991. If only I could see the look on their faces when it does.

  1. Paul Canning (@pauloCanning)

    The ‘crucifiction’ woman was an actress. stopfake best on this (it’s my go to and often hilariarse in a black humour way) http://www.stopfake.org/en/?s=crucifixion

    I do think the information strategy may work in Russia but it’s diminishing returns in the West. They look ridiculous (did you see this? EU newspaper’s April 1 joke fools Russian news agencies https://meduza.io/en/lion/2015/04/01/eu-newspaper-s-april-1-joke-fools-russian-news-agencies). The Guardian has a story today on the St Petersberg troll factory but anyone looking at comments sections cannot miss what they’re doing because it’s so obvious. I have seen people who are not Russian trolls complaining because the Russian trolls make them look bad! As I mentioned before I think this is also impacting on how Western reporters are reporting, that their previous ‘balance’ is being, err, rebalanced.

    1. Jim Kovpak Post author

      The Odessa thing really pissed me off because I was fooled by some people in Ukraine that I had trusted. I had repeatedly made them aware of my concerns about Russian imperialism in the early anti-Maidan movement, and they assured me that they opposed both tendencies. Very soon, however, it became clear that they’d gone over entirely to the Kremlin camp. I too wrote about this “massacre” based on their faulty information and I regret it.

      The Odessa violence is at best, an argument against football violence and nationalist hooliganism.

      1. Paul Canning (@pauloCanning)

        More evidence of Russian propoganda backfiring – from Odessa http://khpg.org/index.php?id=1427674447

        “Many Odessans name the terrible events on May 2 as a turning point … Another jolt from the events came in the brazen manner in which they were distorted from the outset by Russian propaganda. A whole campaign has been waged to ignore the role of pro-federalism activists and present the events as a brutal attack by ‘radicals’ who supposedly burned pro-Russian activists alive, and even killed those who managed to escape. “

      2. Jim Kovpak Post author

        The Kremlin media machine, inspired by decades of secret police intrigue going back to Tsarist times(remember how it was the Okhrana who published the Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion), simply cannot comprehend the idea of losing credibility with blatant lies. The idea is never to convince, because they really have no ideology to sell. It is simply about muddying the waters so that Putin and his buddies can keep stealing. That’s what it’s always been. Sovereignty? Nope. Stealing. Independent foreign policy? Nope. Theft. Russian civilization? Sounds like a good idea but nope, more stealing.

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