Taking a queue from the Catholic church, that has raised using children as human shields to an art-form (the Catholics have gone after kids without parents, needy kids, the Girl Scouts, and more in their effort to bash gays), the Russian government is on the verge of punishing Russian orphans, nationwide, in order to take a swipe at Americans, who are apparently the new big-bad in Russia.
The Russians are apparently upset that the US has been taking a stand against corruption in their country. So they’re bashing orphan children to get even. It takes a very brave man to beat up a child.
The Russian legislation also draws even more attention to the Sergei Magnitsky Accountability Act, passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama earlier this month. That law places financial and visa sanctions on officials connected to the arrest, imprisonment and death of Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer and whistleblower. Magnitsky unearthed a $230 million tax fraud and was subsequently arrested by the police officers who he said were carrying out the fraud. He died in jail in 2009. According to his supporters, he had just been given a severe beating.
That tax fraud involved senior officials of the tax agency as well as police. Magnitsky’s client, Hermitage Capital, has tracked millions of dollars of overseas financial transfers by those officials, and unearthed other, similar cases.
The American law struck a nerve with Russian officials, who have vehemently denounced it.
Then again, the Russian authorities are used to beating people up, and outright murdering them, when it suits their political tastes.
The Russians’ official gay-bashing is becoming legendary, what with their annual ritual of beating up Gay Pride revelers, including visiting European members of Parliament, and Russia’s recent efforts to ban even the mention of the word “gay.” The Russian authorities also like to beat up journalists and more generally threaten, and punish, the media to a degree that American politicians can only dream of. Honest judges get murdered too. And human rights activists.
Russian leaders have a little problem with their fetish for violence. So it’s not surprising that the men who run Russian, including Mr, Putin, have a get their rocks off by beating up orphans. It is, however, very sad.