Posted 2 июля 2021, 16:09
Published 2 июля 2021, 16:09
Modified 25 декабря 2022, 20:57
Updated 25 декабря 2022, 20:57
Alina Vitukhnovskaya, writer
It is these thoughts that arise after reading Leonid Nevzlin's text "Here's a Kinder Surprise for You", which for some reason has become almost a political event of the week. Although in fact it is nothing more than a feuilleton. And not funny, too.
The text begins with the opposition's obvious rejection of its own mistakes and the actual absence of any strategy. The attempt to present Kiriyenko as a professional villain who has ruined the entire opposition movement and is able to manage "both a nuclear power plant and a separate collective farm" is truly comical. In addition, the author actually indirectly sacralizes the omnipotence of Soviet ideology and its punitive apparatus of the Cheka-GB.
Whatever the successor, whatever his name, it will be the same “comrade”, formally heading not a “deep state”, but a mafia-clan community - a gangster gang. Actually, the word “mafia” used three times in the text and once the expression “mafia state” is the only correct line of thought in the Nevzlin manifesto.
The institution of succession, which Nevzlin and other politicians unwittingly play along with, who believe this scenario to be “bad, but not worse”, is nothing more than a pseudo-monarchy of the times of the new Middle Ages. And therefore it is absolutely unacceptable. For it is absurd both from a historical and a political point of view.
For all my goodwill towards the 1990s, I cannot deny the obvious fact that the Komsomol, disguised as democrats, actually thoughtlessly and recklessly transferred power to the old school KGB officers. Therefore, when we hear about some murky prospects from their lips, we must not forget that this is just a Komsa wants to restore their previous statuses at the head of the mafia pyramid. Hear the chime of the next "Perestroika"? It's just the dog going back to his vomit.
Meanwhile, Yashin was removed from the elections. And we are offered to cry. Why do you go to the polls in the current situation of absolute dictatorship? It was clear that no one would get through. Well, let's say (hypothetically) passed. What would they give you to push the opposition agenda? Wouldn't give it. Why then? To be incorporated into the government? No answer. Why are you going? Because you can’t do anything else? In general, rock and roll is dead, but I am not yet - somehow it looks like that. I'm still polite.
On the parliamentary fronts, an old tried-and-true scheme with spoilers in the person of Anastasia Udaltsova ("Left Front") and other leftists in every sense is being prepared for launch. From "United Russia", apparently, after Yulia Volkova, comes the "mourner of all Russia" - Tatyana Bulanova. Zhirinovsky, meanwhile, scares people with a campaign of nationalists against the Kremlin. As in the 1996 elections, Zyuganov frightened people with a poster "Buy food for the last time." And it looks like this is really the last "election" in the now absolutely authoritarian Russia.
Vladislav Inozemtsev quite rightly notes in his article in Novaya Gazeta:
“The opposition, in my opinion, can no longer be called such, since the very term presupposes its ability under a number of conditions to legally and democratically turn into power - and such a prospect is completely ruled out in Russia today. We returned to what we left in Soviet times: to the confrontation between the authorities and those who disagree, who, like fifty years ago, are not oppositionists, but dissidents, and who, as then, have little choice: go to prison, leave abroad or whisper in kitchens, since even social networks have long ceased to be a safe means of communication. Dissidents can seriously undermine the regime, reduce the legitimacy of the authorities, stir up the public "swamp" - but, as the experience of perestroika and the events that followed it has shown, they cannot become the authorities themselves".
Therefore, it is absolutely incomprehensible what role they play and in what quality those who continue to rush into the State Duma, having no chance, see themselves. Stop, you fools! Political expediency and common sense should be the foundation of your actions. Not childish bravado on the verge of a foul.
What is the reason for such uncriticality and infantilism? Probably the fact that the majority of Russian opposition politicians were and are systemic alternatives, the very dissidents that Inozemtsev writes about. That is, even when they are nominated for elected bodies, they play a game, perform a certain ritual, but at the same time they do not intend to gain real power.
In the long term, such political idealist-adventurers will bring us closer to dystopia. In such a fashionable libertarianism, in allowing all kinds of freedoms for certain groups, everything is honest, beautiful and just. At first sight. A more attentive look will reveal in the sweet future, perhaps, greater totalitarianism than it was hitherto, in the most severe times.
Imagine. All categories of citizens got what they wanted, they have nothing to complain about. The only thing they will never get is power. At first, they will not need it, and then it will not be available.
This situation is somewhat reminiscent of the sexual and psychedelic revolutions, staged to distract people from real social, political and economic problems. Citizens were made "temporarily happy" and therefore incapacitated and unarmed. They gave the right to powerlessness under the guise of a win-win lottery ticket.
Therefore, I argue that all kinds of rights are, if not fiction, then a half measure. There is only one right worth fighting for. And this is the right to power.