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  • Suzy Dixon

    Putin has hung on this long no thanks to the EU. He may be a thief of the highest order, but Russians look west and see the EU so chalk full of anti-Christian and anti-western values, and no shortage of corruption either. They stick with the devil they know. They guy who at least on the face of things defends Russian national identity and culture.

    • FriendlyGoat

      So net, net, the “devil-they-know” defender of Russian national identity and culture is seen as less anti-Christian than the EU? Sounds like a soup of confusion to me.

    • Beauceron

      The fascinating thing with all these western globalists braying about what a crook and criminal Putin is is that Russia and perhaps some selected eastern european countries like Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Czechia will be the sole representatives of European peoples and culture by the end of this century. Putin may be as horrible as they say, but he is not disappearing his nation, people and country as our own elite are doing to us. I suspect that may, at least in part, be why so many western globalists despise him so much. After all, they don’t hate political criminals or corrupt politicians– they embrace them in the West with an ardent passion as long as they have the right world view.

      Sure the EU may be in fact an undemocratic oligarchy, sure Obama may have violated the rule of law by signing international agreements that should rightfully need Senate approval or used the DOJ to create slush funds to funnel money to far-left groups for years, but he supported their vision of an international system governed by a de facto world government. All else may be forgiven.

      I have watched the police in the US for months turn a blind eye as black clad, masked radical leftists beat and attack all who dare disagree with them. I have watched the media ignore it, and even praise the attacks and the attackers. How is this video in any way worse than that?

      I have no doubt Putin is bad. I believe he is corrupt and a criminal.

      But we are as bad on most counts… and much worse on others.

      • Jim__L

        “How is this video in any way worse than that?”

        Has it ever occurred to you that the same people might be behind both? It has to me.

        Seriously, what’s happening on college campuses nowadays looks like it’s right out of the old agitprop playbooks.

        • Beauceron

          Maybe.
          But I think that, although the campus crazies and the far left “Antifa” groups and their feeder groups like BAMN, are steeped in communist tactics and philosophy, I think the connecting line is to Soviet Russia, not modern Russia.
          Soros seems to fund a lot of these groups.

          • Jim__L

            Why would there be a difference in tactics between the USSR’s KBG playbook and Run-by-a-KGB-guy-Russia’s playbook?

          • Beauceron

            My personal opinion is that contemporary Russia is deeply different than Soviet Russia in that it is driven less by political ideology than it is by greed and nationalism.
            I don’t think the western Left lines up well with Russia these days. But then, that means little, because Russia may still see them as a valuable tool, and the Left will ally with anyone it deems useful (they are best buds with muslim groups now).
            Still, I think we can see the gestation timeline of many of the campus and violent groups– and they pretty much were born and raised on our own college campuses.

          • Jim__L

            I think you hit it on the head with the “valuable tool” comment. Russia isn’t in agreement with the campus Left; they just see this as a way to poison American institutions, to drive a wedge between the educated and working classes (that would not be serious otherwise) and break our social contract.

            Fanning race hatred is also a huge part of their narrative, as is calling everyone who disagrees with them “fascists”, and going on endlessly about inequality.

            Spreading despair is also a favorite tactic. Beauceron, you need to watch for that.

            Honestly, if I were a Russian agitprop specialist, I would be frantically hustling to figure out a way to take credit for all of this, whether I deserved it or not. We really should be on the lookout for Russians trying to help all this along.

      • adk

        “[Putin] is not disappearing his nation, people and country…”

        This is just plain wrong. The economically and demographically stagnant, politically repressive and totally corrupt Russia isn’t a stable place where most people enjoy their lives.

        Same question, as I asked Suzy Dixon, where do you get your information about Russia?

    • KremlinKryptonite

      That’s true. What many observers in the west forget is that it’s not binary. Anti-Putin protesters are by no means EU supporters. In my experience, most of them are some other flavor of Russian nationalists, and some are much nastier than Putin.

    • adk

      “[Putin] who at least on the face of things defends Russian national identity and culture.”
      Sure, if you assume that Russian national identity and culture are inseparable from some kind of tzar.
      Where do you get your information about Putin and Russia?

  • So how exactly does this video reflect badly on “teh regime”?

    Unsanctioned protesters get treated the same under the law, regardless of their political stances. This is what rule of law is about. (Reminder that Navalny had been granted permission to hold a large demonstration, but changed its location to gatecrash a historical recreation festival at the last minute under false pretenses).

    Starkly unlike, say, Ukraine where anti-war protesters get jailed while Neo-Nazi thugs can use pneumatic weapons on taxi drivers who refuse to shout “Slava Ukraine” along with them and get off scotch free.

  • Fat_Man

    We were in Veliky Novgorod,125 mi southeast of St. Petersburg, on Monday to see the ancient Kremlin. The city was founded in the middle of the 9th Centruy long before Moscow. The Kremiln holds one of the few surviving structures of the Kievan Rus from before the Mongol invasion — St. Sophia built by Vladimir the Great son of Yaroslav the Wise in 1045 (20 years before William the conqueror).

    There was a Russia Day celebration on the Kremlin grounds with a few hundred spectators listening to bands and choirs, and teenagers reciting poetry about Rodina (the Motherland). The celebration bore no signs of dissent such as people shouting or carrying signs. Our guide did not mention anything, and I do not think she would have been afraid of doing so.

    We first learned of demonstrations when we arrived in the US on Tuesday afternoon and saw headlines on American Newspapers.

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