Sunday, December 02, 2007

The message from Moscow--

literally--is, according to an outsized billboard at the city's busiest intersection:


Now, just imagine the city of New York or Washington putting up a similar message, i.e. WASHINGTON, DC IS VOTING FOR BUSH, and you will immediately see why Russian "democracy" is such a farce now. If you go on a little ways, you can see dozens of flags flying in the breeze, urging you to "Vote for list #10!," shorthand for Putin's party. There ARE other candidates in the running, but you would never know it.

Also, elections are now accompanied by truckloads of heavily armed men in battle fatigues. Elections+Russia=Security services. Several of them glowered at me today, and I glowered back. It wasn't a pretty sight.

As Iakov Smirnov so memorably said, "what a country!"


Anonymous Mark said...

Interesting having the Russian & Venezuelan elections on the same day. Two elections that could very well have been doctored to get a result desired by those in power.

In Russia - looks like that was done.
In Venezuela - looks like it wasn't (or if it was attempted, it failed).

Both will be interesting to watch.

5:46 PM  
Blogger jodmeister said...

Heh, heh, couldn't resist Bucky, could ya! ;-)

11:00 PM  

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