Vladimir Putin Abolishes State News Agency, Appoints Rabid Homophobe To Run New Agency

Will Kohler

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4 Responses

  1. jad says:

    this is getting scarey…Putin is becoming more paranoid and power hungry every day (he has got to go) and the guy he appointed is just a mega-wacko. I would love to hear why he closed down the already state owned news agency in the first place.

  2. Berl Jay Hubbell says:

    Putin is solidifying his conservative center-right power base before Russia’s liberals can coalesce and mount a credible push back. There is a huge disparity between urban liberalism and the more provincial, conservative, traditional, and religious hinterlands. Putin is not leading so much as following a Russian revanchist trend promoting national chauvinism.
    The first Russian Revolution took place in the urban centers. Putin is probably identifying with the Czars. The Czars and their established bureaucratic order were long suspicious of bourgeois liberals and socialist reformists. Russian conservatism never disappeared but folded itself into the deep freeze of Soviet authoritarianism. Even with the fall of the Soviet system the conservative masses have not let go of their longing for authoritarianism. Putin has seized the moment to stay at the top in what he sees as his manifest destiny. Curiously, he has promised amnesty for the wealthy oligarch, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, imprisoned a decade ago for tax evasion and money laundering as if to soothe the uneasiness of the still powerful entrepreneurial class.
    Where would American TEA party religious social conservatives be without the financial backing of American oligarchs such as the Koch brothers?

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