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Political correctness and the crime of opinion in today's Russia

by Iurie Roșca

Today, January 25th, just a few hours after my latest article was published [1] , Igor Strelkov was sentenced to 4 years in prison. Meanwhile, the regime in Moscow is preparing a series of amendments to the Penal Code, according to which such ”crimes of opinion” will result not only in prison sentences, but also in the confiscation of the property of those who are “politically incorrect”. State Duma will soon consider a bill that will allow the government to confiscate property, money, or other valuables from Russians accused of publishing fakes about the country’s military. [2] . More than that, “The law, which has been passed by the lower house State Duma in its first reading, carries a maximum jail sentence of up to 15 years for spreading “false information” about the army.” [3] So, we could say that Strelkov was lucky to be convicted before the entry into force of these legal norms.

Igor Strelkov at the court hearing

Therefore, the “call to extremism”, “extremist activities”, “discrediting the army”, etc., etc. in no time they will present plausible legal pretexts to suppress any critical voice towards the way the so-called SMO is proceeding. And all this should replace an effective and quick military campaign that would lead to a categorical victory of Russia and, respectively, to a capitulation of Ukraine.

Time will show if the multitude of strategic and diplomatic failures is only the result of a chronic inability of Russia's political and military leaders to make appropriate decisions, the subordination of political power to oligarchic interests or the efficiency of the “fifth column”. The draconian measures against any critical voice taken by Moscow could still have a basis. We cannot rule out the fact that the Kremlin, which repeats like a mantra its willingness to sit down at the negotiating table with the “Nazis” and “terrorists” and “puppets of the West” in Kiev to sign a peace accord.

Such an attitude is perceived by Russian patriots as a betrayal of national interests. And to suppress any alternative opinion, the regime resorts to the traditional totalitarian methods, inherited from the Soviet communist tradition, so dear to the current leaders of Russia. In addition, such punitive measures create a much more conducive atmosphere for the kakistocracy in Moscow to more easily simulate the electoral farce to perpetuate Putin's mandate.

In this tragic situation for Russia, it is disgusting to observe how so many so-called political analysts of the Kremlin-affiliated alternative media erect themselves in the position of propagandists and advocates of the regime able to justify any villainy, crime or abuse of power of the regime. Their real or apparent opposition to American hegemony, Atlanticism/the collective West leads them to find a comfortable psychological and ideological niche of deifying the false alternative represented by the Russian ruling class, BRICS, multipolarity and other lamentable propaganda clichés that do so much harm the real anti-globalist resistance.



P. S.: Some of Strelkov's ideas and opinions are not mine either. But I cannot but recognize the courage, heroic spirit and bravery of an elite man for whom the Fatherland, truth and honor are more precious than life. He represents that rare breed of men who are on the verge of extinction in the demasculinized and perverted West.

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Iurie Roșca

Youry Roshka is a conservative journalist from the Republic of Moldova, who in the past was an anti-communist dissident, party leader, MP and deputy prime minister, who is now an anti-globalist author with strong Christian and nationalist convictions.