You must know two things to understand the post below aright. Firstly, Borotba uses the word “стукачи” (stukachi: stoolies), which is zek slang for an informer of the worst sort. A “stukach” is a door-knocker… a stoolie is someone who slinks off to the “kum” (“godfather”: zek slang for a security officer) and “knocks on his door”. In addition, it means that a stoolie is like a door-knocker in being “on the door”… in this case, listening in on what people say on the sly. In Russian prisons, there’s universal consensus… when they catch a stukach; they kill him.
Secondly, when Russians use the word “liberal”, they mean the exact opposite of what Americans do. I kid you not! It leads to people like Whiteford completely bollixing what people like Vsevolod Chaplin have to say (in this case, let’s call it ignorance, not stupidity). Russians against “liberalism” are against deregulation, against the denigration and diminution of state power, against a money-based oligarchy, against dismantling the social safety net, and against “money talks and bullshit walks”. In short, “liberalism” to a Russian is synonymous with the programme of the US Republican Party. In broad terms, when Russians use “liberal”, they mean “conservative” in the American sense of the word.
Here’s an interesting nugget to chew on… one reason Russian leftists and real conservatives both despise “liberalism” is that both see it as corrosive to the moral, religious, ideological, and patriotic foundations of society. In this, there’s full agreement between V V Putin, G A Zyuganov, Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev, and P N Simonenko. Naked greed and avarice are the unashamed foundations of Crapitalism… “Greed is good”. Therefore, understand this… Putin and the Patriarch are just as opposed to that as the communists are. After all, who restored the Aleksandrov anthem? Hmm… something to think about…
Online sources published snippets of personal correspondence between junta “Interior Minister” Arseny Avakov and his trusted mouthpiece, the journalist Dmitri Bruk, who’s responsible for the MVDU’s PR releases. This correspondence showed that the junta conducts repression against those that it considers opposition activists based on denunciations of liberal media figures, who finger their colleagues for arrest and imprisonment, and who spy on those the junta considers opposition forces. One of the published conversations between Avakov and his flunky, on 7 April, mentioned Borotba in Kharkov. Bruk passed on to Avakov a message from Kharkov journalist Yelena Golovko, who spied on the legal offices of Borotba and denounced them to the SBU and the cops. Subsequently, the police staged a provocation; they tried to “plant” Molotov cocktails in the Borotba office.
Later, on 9 April, Bruk implored his boss with a direct appeal to arrest his colleague, the Kharkov journalist Konstantin Dolgov, “Arseny Borisovich, this trash, this big-time pro-Russian SOB [сук: suk, “bitch”, idiomatic Russian equivalent of “son of a bitch”], their very clever guru… this Kostik Dolgov… how much longer shall we allow him to be free? This question haunts all the journalists in the city”. In response to this, Avakov promised to launch a repression, “Tomorrow, I’ll send an investigation team from Kiev. They’ll take care of him”. This reply perked up Bruk. As you know, on the night of 20 April, they arrested Dolgov in Kharkov, using a patently false pretext.
Sergei Kirichuk said, “This correspondence reveals the cynicism and hypocrisy of the so-called liberal-patriotic media. During the Euromaidan disturbances, they constantly told us that they were against censorship and repression against journalists, that they were for the right of the media to express its views and positions freely. However, after winning, the Euromaidan crowd made political censorship in the media a norm, they screamed for repression against ‘dissidents’, they engaged in disgraceful denunciation against their colleagues, and they helped the security organs to harass and arrest their opponents. These sorts are real “stoolies” [стукачи]. To them, ‘democracy’ means that they can get away with anything; they can crack down with impunity on anyone who opposes them. We’ll do everything that we can to make sure that the shameful role that these people played won’t be forgotten after the junta loses power”.
These junta lapdogs are only emulating their American colleagues. In the USA, if a journalist doesn’t follow the “party line” of their corporate bosses, they lose their jobs, full stop. The message given is clear, “Put out the message that we want or we’ll see to it that you’re lucky to clean shitters”. There’s no need of a GULag for that… human nature being what it is, there’s no lack of either stoolies or running dogs. Makes ya wonder about Serge Schmemann, Sophia Kishkovsky, Rod Dreher, Victor Potapov, and Freddie M-G… all media figures of one sort or another. No, Virginia, we Orthodox aren’t immune to humanity’s vices and foibles, after all… pass the jug.
23 April 2014