Putin’s Russia: not the first place you’d look for political liberties. But you might not have guessed that from the Russian Embassy’s feigned outrage against the FT today, boasting Putin’s new “national monument to victims of political repression.”
In yesterday’s Financial Times, Tony Barber wrote that Putin would likely be reluctant to celebrate the centenary of the 1917 Bolshevik revolutions:
They are historical hot potatoes for Mr Putin, for whom social unrest, political opposition and spontaneous dissent are anathema.
— Financial Times (@FT) August 3, 2017
Barber ended on a sober note, that:
One day Russia might use a Bolshevik revolution anniversary to reflect on the dangers of oppressive political systems. But don’t bet on it being soon.
It seemed a fair statement, given Putin’s crackdown on political opponents, the brain drain due to government corruption, the dismantling of Russia’s independent media, purges of gay men in Chechnya, meddling in the US presidential elections…
But the barbed tongues over at the Russian Embassy in London were having none of it:
President Putin will unveil national monument to victims of political repression this October. You lost your bet, Mr. Barber. pic.twitter.com/6T5uVlo22M
— Russian Embassy, UK (@RussianEmbassy) August 4, 2017
Putin stooges, Russia Today, quoted the monument’s sculptor back in 2015 as saying:
“The monument will become a warning to coming generations that tragic consequences of authoritarian policies touch everyone and can be repeated at any given moment.”
We suggest Putin your money where your mouth is