a reply to: Xcathdra
Unfortunately, I have debated much of Putin's actions over the last year and a half with others and we seem to come to the same conclusion. While
Putin is currently calling those in Kiev "fascists", he himself is the one acting like a fascist, almost directly copying a plan set out by a
historical figure we are all too familiar with.
While Putin is screaming "Nazis!" about Kiev, the following has all happened in Russia over the last year and a half...
1. The Russian Duma considered a proposal to build 80 "prison camps" across the country, this was later withdrawn to be rewritten when the
international press started discussing it.
2. The Russian government was heavily criticized by Human Rights organizations for the appalling conditions in what are called "gulags" in the
3. The Russian Duma has considered a bill to allow the removal of children from families where any member is LGBT, with children to be removed to
4. Political opposition and those daring to protest in the street have been beaten and imprisoned.
5. All major broadcasters and news organizations in the country have been solidified under Kremlin control.
6. The VK social network was seized by the Russian government just last month.
7. The man promoted to head the new media conglomerate of the Russian government is a celebrity who openly stated that all gay people should be
"burned alive in ovens".
8. Russia invaded Crimea.
9. Russia is continuing to threaten Ukraine with a military presence on the border.
10. Russia is continuing to stoke tensions and violence within E Ukraine by sending in Russian military disguised (poorly) as "locals".
And finally we have the the events of last week, with the terrible fire in Odessa. Given everything Putin and Russia has done over the last year and a
half I could only immediately suspect or at least consider that Odessa was Putin's attempt at a "Reichstag" event. While I doubt that any real
evidence will come forward to be able to say definitively, this at least has to be suspected. Putin has been claiming all along that people are being
attacked in Ukraine and he needs to "protect them", and this was another perfect excuse to justify his continued aggression against Ukraine.
Even someone (rightly) criticizing the existence of Right Sektor in Kiev, and even someone (rightly) distrusting of the US and the "the West",
cannot look at all of this and claim that Russia is not a fascist nation. These are not the actions of a democratic country. These are the actions of
a fascist leadership dominating its people, silencing opposition and stoking interior hatred and violence against minority groups.
It literally looks like Putin is reading through a history book and emulating what the Nazis did.