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Great News: Putin’s Taking One from Stalin’s Playbook

posted at 5:24 pm on June 16, 2010 by

Great news, Russia’s new (self-anointed) Czar, Vladimir Putin, and his loyal number two, Dmitry Medvedev, have decided to go Stalin on Russians’ ass. They’ve ordered the police to confiscate 100.000 copies of a book written by prominent members of the opposition, Boris Nemtsov and Vladimir Milov.

The reason, you ask? Well, they had the audacity to criticize Putin’s legacy.

That’s the way to go about these things, isn’t it? What do Milov and Nemtsov think, damnit!, that we’re living in the 21st century or something?

Putin’s right: no more criticism should be allowed. This whole “freedom of speech” thingy is greatly overestimated anyway. It’s not as if it’s vital for your happiness or anything to be able to speak your mind without fearing the government’s wrath.

Besides, those pesky books take such a long, long time to read. If we want to be informed, it’s much better, and more effective, to watch government-owned news channels. These people know what they’re talking about, they’re well connected, they’re professionals. Most importantly: They’re not critical.

Let’s hope that other wannabe dictators soon follow in Putin’s footsteps: The fewer doubt-inducing books there are, the happier we’ll be.

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The Fairness Doctrine goes Moscow!

RegularJoe on June 16, 2010 at 5:38 PM

Obama is thinking, “Okay, so THAT’s how you do it…”

Daggett on June 16, 2010 at 6:56 PM

In Soviet Russia, book burns you!

Yakko77 on June 16, 2010 at 7:09 PM

Um…Putin’s been taking cues from Stalin for years. Hell, less than a year ago he was praising him.

MadisonConservative on June 16, 2010 at 8:06 PM

Time to reopen the gulags. (Or were they ever really closed?)

Disturb the Universe on June 17, 2010 at 8:46 AM

Putin is authoritarian–but not Communist. Stalin is praised for making Russia powerful, winning the Great Patriotic War and his authoritarianism.

Marxism-Leninism is not praised or considered desirable (neither is democracy), quite the contrary. Alexsandr Solzhenitsyn’s The Gulag Archipelago is taught in Russian schools.

What do Milov and Nemtsov think, damnit!, that we’re living in the 21st century or something?

What does the century have to do with anything? Freedom does not march on through centuries in a linear trajectory, comrade.

aengus on June 17, 2010 at 8:28 PM