Putin is Better than Goldman Sachs (Komsomolskaya Pravda, Russia)
Despite recent unrest over the rule of Vladimir Putin and the perception that the recent Duma elections were rigged in favor of his party, many Russians regard him as a hero that has protected the nation from Western interests seeking to undermine Russian influence. For the Komsomolskaya Pravda, columnist Dmitry Voskoboinikov writes that whatever warts Putin and Russia may have, at least they aren’t being governed by Goldman Sachs retreads like Greece, Italy and the European Union.
I doubt that the “United Russia” Party got 46.5 percent of the vote in Moscow. I think that is about twice the actual total. These Duma elections have left an unpleasant aftertaste.
But my country hasn’t ceased to be my country. And all the more infuriating are the cries of “democrats from afar,” who for some reason consider themselves entitled to rant from above about what happens in Russia. We have many things wrong here. But you excited monkeys who have gotten your mirrors dirty better wipe them clean and take a look at yourselves. Just see what’s happening in the European Union.
I do not know if you’ve noticed, readers, that the recently-installed leaders of Greece and Italy were not elected by the people. Former head of the Bank of Greece and senior economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, Lucas Papademos, was appointed prime minister of Greece. He was made head of government right after his predecessor Geogrios Papandereu lost his nerve and decided to hold a referendum on the need for even harsher austerity measures. Essentially, he got too cocky about conforming to the “people’s will.” Papademos, however, knows first hand how some ten years ago, his country – with the help of one of the largest global investment banks – “Goldman Sachs” – hid its huge debts from other eurozone countries. He knows and keeps quiet. So he has prospered.
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