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Whither Putin's Russia?

Thursday, 07 October 2004 12:00 AM

The America-haters concluded that the United States would never be a democracy, since who are the Americans? They pretend that their ancestors have all come from England, but many of them have come from Germany, a country of Nazism; from Italy, a country of Fascism; or from Spanish-speaking and other tyrannies.

When the Soviet dictatorship collapsed along with Gorbachev, and Yeltsin was elected president, the U.S. media treated Gorbachev (who, before the collapse, expected to obtain post-nuclear superweapons able to destroy the Western means of nuclear retaliation and thus establish world domination) better than they did Yeltsin (who, in 1992, opened Gorbachev’s giant development of post-nuclear superweapons to international inspection).

Nation-haters may err historically. In the 18th and 19th centuries all educated classes of continental Europe from Portugal to Russia spoke French, sometimes better than their mother tongues, and considered the English-speaking to be savages on the outskirts of the world. Voltaire regarded the absolutism of Louis XIV (who said “The State is me”) as the highest peak of political and cultural efflorescence, and he called Shakespeare a “drunken barbarian.”

Yet for all my love of French culture, I decided well before college age that England, not France, pioneered what Churchill called “democracy” and defined as “the worst form of government except all others,” including the absolutism of Louis XIV. Voltaire was proven to be prejudiced against the English-speaking.

Without any prejudice for or against “the Russians,” I began in 1991 to write for the Russian periodicals, including Izvestia and excluding Pravda, which remained Soviet. Since I published whatever I wrote, I found empirically that freedom of the press in Yeltsin’s Russia was unabridged. But as soon as Putin succeeded Yeltsin, my life as a Russian columnist was over.

Soon after he was elected, Putin gave an interview to Kommersant Daily, in which he explained how beneficial the KGB had been “as a link between the government and the people.”

Let us suppose that Putin is a villain who intended right from the start to abolish Yeltsin’s democracy in order to become the dictator, with the KGB and all. But surely he was not obliged to eulogize the KGB publicly – for all the world to witness! The fact that he did so indicates that the former KGB lieutenant-colonel knew nothing about democracy – could not tell democracy from Soviet dictatorship, complete with the KGB.

Incidentally, I had proposed to Yeltsin a national TV series, explaining the political ABCs. He reacted favorably, but then the project became bogged down. One result: Putin was a political illiterate. All Russians were political illiterates except for a narrow stratum of the intelligentsia.

As a weekly columnist in Moscow Pravda (not to be confused with Pravda) I could not pass in silence Putin’s eulogy of the KGB. Out of fear, the newspaper did not publish the column. Out of fear, it did not inform me about its decision. Out of fear, it stopped publishing me. Out of fear, it did not inform me, but put away each new column to make believe that it was publishing them.

The society that was beset by fears to such an extent even before Putin did anything repressive is bound to sink into dictatorship (or into the absolutism of Louis XIV). But why on earth had Yeltsin recommended Putin as the successor to himself, guaranteeing that Putin would win his first presidential election?

Meet Gennadiy Zyuganov!

In 1989, Zyuganov was the Vice Chairman of The Ideology Department of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. As of 1995 he was the First Secretary of the Central Committee of his own Communist Party of the Russian Federation, which received 35 percent of the votes in the Duma (Parliament). There was a difference between 1989 and 1995, though. The Soviet dictatorship discarded Stalin in 1956. But Zyuganov’s demonstrators carried the portraits of Lenin AND of Stalin, and Zyuganov was anti-Semitic, as Stalin also was at the end of his life.

Meet Vladimir Zhirinovsky!

Zhirinovsky’s program can be summed up in one sentence of his: “I will follow in Hitler’s footsteps.” Zhirinovsky’s party captured nearly a quarter of the votes in the Duma in 1993, while Yeltsin’s party, “Russia’s Choice,” came in a distant second, with 15 percent of the vote.

I published an article in a Russian newspaper in which I called Zhirinovsky a super-Hitler. Why? Hitler never spoke publicly of “making short shrift” of Jews. Zhirinovsky spoke of it even before he came to power.

Zhirinovsky’s newspaper counterattacked my article. The newspaper said that my article was so well written that it was clear I was working for the CIA. There was evidence that the new Hitler or super-Hitler was either planning or pretended to be planning to assassinate me in New York. The FBI helped protect me. If Zhirinovsky had come to power, I no doubt would have been his first target.

But he didn’t come to power: It was found that his father (a lawyer) was a Jew. The joke was: “Zhirinovsky is a pure Russian: His mother was Russian and his father a lawyer.” His dream to become the Russian Hitler was over.

Yeltsin believed that Putin, a strong-willed disciplinarian, would be able to cope with the seething cauldron of Stalinism and Hitlerism.

It is often assumed in the United States today that a certain villain (such as Saddam Hussein) is responsible for a dictatorship, while “the people” yearn for democracy and hence must be liberated. It is impossible to regard Putin as such a villain. He is a political illiterate among political illiterates, and political illiteracy is driving the country to a full-fledged dictatorship. The Russian intelligentsia believes that the latest presidential election whereby Putin was re-elected was a put-up job, and they had called to boycott it. Last month Putin decided that local authorities should be appointed by him instead of being elected.

He does not seem to plan the country’s movement toward full-fledged dictatorship. The latter is the lowest form of government, and Russia is SINKING into it.

Why should the West worry?

Full-fledged dictatorship in a large 20th-century country has always been fraught with dictators’ secret preparations for world domination. Their secrecy is possible since a dictator can allocate any resources for any weapons research and production in total secrecy. This research can be secret since any reprisals can be wreaked on anyone who violates the secrecy. Recall that the Soviet launching of a space satellite ahead of the United States was a total surprise to the world outside Soviet Russia.

The full-fledged dictatorship in Russia will enable the dictator of Russia to go from his present “strategic partnership” (whereby Putin sells China whatever weapons the People’s Liberation Army wants) to his alliance with China for their joint world domination. Recall the Soviet-Nazi treaty, with its secret clauses dividing the world.

Actually, Hitler’s Germany invaded Stalin’s Russia to use its enormous resources for Nazi world domination. Well, the dictators of large militarily powerful countries can gamble in secrecy and without any supervision on the part of legislature and media. They win or lose, but the outside world is always the loser.

The West has done nothing to prevent the movement of Russia toward full-fledged dictatorship though the radio station “Liberty,” broadcasting for Russia, seems still to exist at American taxpayers’ expense. It was founded during the Cold War and I participated in it in the 1970s until I understood that it was just a waste of taxpayers’ money.

Today the United States, including its two presidential candidates, has been too preoccupied with the creation of democracy in Iraq to pay sufficient attention to the growing full-fledged dictatorship in Russia (or to notice such dictatorship, full grown in China right from 1949, and developing post-nuclear superweapons since 1986).

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