What was George Bush thinking when he said that Vladimir Putin was a good man? Despite the fact that Communism fell, one of its greatest enablers, the KGB, never went away. Russian society is more closely resembling Communism now than in any of the
It's ironic that at the death of "The Man Who Killed Communism", Boris Yeltsin, it has become necessary to comment on a totalitarian resurgence in the former Soviet Union.
The Russian judiciary used to be independent. No longer. Can you get the truth from the news in Russia? Not nearly as much as before. What about people who disagree with Putin? They get shown the door or a prison cell or are asked to resign if they're lucky. If not, they are served chemicals, such as polonium, (or more often lead) for dessert. What about people who get rich providing an important product or service to the people of Russia? They get a prison cell. All the while, the KGB gets its cut of everything--capitalism, legal judgment, and the dispensing of news and information.
I spoke with a Russian friend last night. He still marvels at the trust that Americans show each other in their everyday--particularly when it comes to business--dealings. We have nothing like this in Russia, he told me. After all these years, they have not been able to escape the spectre of Communism. Perhaps because some of its most integral features never really went away, but went into dormancy for a while. Well, they're baaaa-aaaack! in all their diabolical splendor.
Russia has a dismal history on the subjects of liberty and human rights. This is no excuse, however, for President Putin and his harem of killers and usurpers.