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Monday, October 30, 2006

Happy Day of Soviet Political Prisoners!

Interfax reports that today used to be the annual day in Russia for commemorating Soviet political repression. Apparently, Russians now think that repression was a good idea, as the subsequent post on Vladimir Rakhmankov illustrates.

There are some 900,000 victims of political reprisals in Russia, according to the Memorial international charitable human rights society. "Among them are those who suffered political repression and also members of their families, and most of them are elderly people whose ranks are thinning," the Memorial's Executive Director Yelena Zhemkova told Interfax on Sunday.

Victims of political repression will be commemorated in Russia on Monday, October 30. This date was formerly observed as the Day of Soviet Political Prisoners. Zhemkova complained that authorities have not been attentive enough to victims of political reprisals. "The recent shift from social benefits to cash payments had an impact on the Law on the Rehabilitation of Victims of Political Repression, passed 15 years ago, causing the victims' living standards to fall. Matters related to social benefits for victims of political reprisals were relegated to regional authoritieis. Of course, those residing in Moscow and St.Petersburg are better off than in poorer regions. Therefore, ex-prisoners of the same concentration camp, who live in different regions, are entitled to different cash benefits," Zhemkova said.

5 comments:

Penny said...

I wonder how many of these "900,000 victims of political reprisals" ironically endorse Putin?

What a sad and sordid country where each generation cannibalizes the next.

Their silence insured with their social benefits, watching before their eyes Putin re-Stalinize the country, there isn't a wimper from yesterday's "victims". What's disgraceful is that this is the very group that should be publically protesting, demanding a free press, fair courts and a healthy politcal opposition in Russia.

People essentially get the government they deserve.

La Russophobe said...

Indeed, well said. And how many of the millions not lucky enough to be alive are now spinning in their graves!

17 ugly raccoons said...

From 'monetization of benefits' (made by 'liberal' and pro-Western group in government, btw) suffered whole old generation, not only victims of reprisals or veterans. There were protests, and quite productive.

What's disgraceful is that this is the very group that should be publically protesting, demanding a free press, fair courts and a healthy politcal opposition in Russia.

Penny, you are even stupidier than LR. Have you slightest idea about these people? Most of them are over 70-80 years of age, they are not healthy (to say the least), and you think it is good idea to throw them into political fray for achieveing your questionable ideals? You are mean.

Putin re-Stalinize the country

'If you want to hear an idiocy, ask Westerner about Russia' (A. S. Pushkin). Eternal truth, it seems.

LR, I wonder if the image of 'spinning in their graves' is turning you on. You use it quite often.

Penny said...

There were protests, and quite productive.

I get it. They productively protested when their benefits were tampered with, but, don't now that fascism is descending upon their grandchildren.

In other words they really don't give a damn that basic freedoms are being violated as long as they've got their daily bread. That's been an enduring theme in Russian literature, hasn't it, rodent?

People get the government they deserve.

17 ugly raccoons said...

I get it. They productively protested when their benefits were tampered with, but, don't now that fascism is descending upon their grandchildren.

Exactly. Because this fascism exists only in your weak mind. As I said, find the definition of word and try to apply it to current Russia.

Just for fun: did you read 'Principles of fascism' by Benito Mussolini or you are bottom feeder from some commentators who are bottom feeders from some experts who are bottom feeders from politicians who'd really like to use word 'fascism' to bash anything they considers as a threat?

In other words they really don't give a damn that basic freedoms are being violated as long as they've got their daily bread.

Most basic rights of man is right for food and right for defence from weather. I am not joking. Without these rights or others are useless.

People get the government they deserve.

That's why Bush always looks like idiot.