- Everyone knows from the inception of the Soviet Union that the law favored the Politburo.
- Within a short period everyone understood they must to come to heel in front of Stalin and to appease the leader for their share of the collectivist elite pie.
- The message from the government is clear: "We know who you are and we know every post you make. There is no anonymity."
To start off with the latest developments, a blogger has been jailed in Russia for sharing a meme pertaining to the religious leader of the Russian Orthodox Church. With more charges to come the blogger is waiting for their day in Russian courts. The meme itself did not have any connotations of violence or any harmful impact. This is a prelude.
Now, let’s remember the 1917 Revolution in Russia where assets were seized and brought into a collectivist model in the name of all the Soviet People and future control of everything by the Politburo. At that time the fields and farm animals were seized under the guise of “everyone benefits.” However, fast forward to Putin’s rule where commercial entities are experiencing the largest number of government seizures. The only difference now is that the funds and assets seized end up offshore in the bank accounts of a select few Russian elites and the inner circle of Putin’s oligarchs.
The purpose of current repressions is to insight irrational fear within its citizens; the laws do not scare people as much as vigilante style seizures under a legal umbrella. Everyone knows from the inception of the Soviet Union that the law favored the Politburo. Now the law is for the Putin the Czar to rule. Repressions are always politically motivated and the victim will be unsuspecting. What can he do to avoid such a fate? Mostly this is simply someone wanting to steal another person’s assets.
A Stalin system of terror was designed to scare political nomenclature about democratization, for instance, by presenting the draft in the mid 1930s of a democratic constitution. It was only meant to instill fear into Politburo elites of possible loss of their status in future elections. They also had to fear the possible loss of their prestigious, status and financial gains. Or worse, being sent to Siberia as someone who is a traitor to the Communist Party views. Within a short period everyone understood they must to come to heel in front of Stalin and to appease the leader for their share of the collectivist elite pie.
In a Putin system of terror, if you don’t comply in your role as a leader of a giant Russian corporation, the assets would be seized. You will no longer hold elite status and instead of being an oligarch you will be a convicted felon, or even worse you will be a traitor and said to be owned by western agencies. Suddenly you are charged with spreading extremism within Russia.
Bloggers with anti-Putin views suddenly get arrested for resisting arrest outside the subway station and individuals attending anti-Putin marches and events are somehow ending up with permanent physical injuries without recollection of how they were sustained. Their families suddenly flock to police stations to give tips about the inappropriate activities by their family member and their concerns. Social media control has become the biggest propaganda machine for controlling and instilling fear into Russian citizens. The message from the government is clear: “We know who you are and we know every post you make. There is no anonymity.” Of course, if you are a pro-Putin propagandist your social status and audience reach increases due to the removal of limits.
In the Stalin epoch, the mechanism of repressions was used to punish relatives on the grander scale and special negative status given to a relative of the traitor. This meant a lifetime of restrictions even though the relatives had no direct access to the accused who were sent to Siberia. Wives were sent to “special” concentration camps. Under Putin there are no concentration camps for the wives of the accused as of yet, but techniques include claiming since the accused used the IP address of the family, they can be found as guilty. The wife can end up indicted as well and children depending on age end up in orphanages. Or if they’re teenagers, they end up in the center for juvenile delinquents, which would end their future if they ever decided to pursue any career that requires clearance. In civilized society, juvenile records are usually sealed. In Russia even the innocent political hostages from these types of situations must live with this record going forward.
Furthermore, under Stalin the motivation to work was based on premiums and the community party manifesto, where supporting collectivist views got you an allowance for food and shelter. If you were a member of the Politburo elite, you would also get western products, premium apartments, vacations, and possibly even travel outside the Iron Curtain. In Putin’s Russia, the heads of conglomerates (if we can use the term pertaining to Russian companies ran by oligarchs) are incentivized by being allowed to transfer funds offshore and maintaining their status as an oligargh. If anyone outside the circle dares to build a successful business, it will be seized and the individual jailed under the Russian claim that they dared to run or express interest in opposition party leadership. It will be quickly determined that you are a criminal and you will be charged, convicted, your assets seized. Now you are a convicted felon with zero chances of running for public office or traveling outside of Russia to even raise awareness of your plight. Your volunteers will be subjected to tyrannical anti-anonymity laws and found to be spreading extremist views within the Russian Federation.
During the Soviet Union collapse and the era of Perestroika there was a hopeful time when slogans and open hatred of Stalinism were displayed. Yet only 20+ years later, a new doctrine based on Stalinism has been resurrected in Russia under Putin.
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