Cartoon by Oleksy Kustovsky-KUSTO: "There are no Russian soldiers in the Donbas"
Article by: Vitaliy Portnikov
The world is dealing with dangerous criminals in Moscow who maintain that truth is insanity.
Vladimir Markin, a spokesman for the Russian government’s Investigative Committee, has hastened to declare that the Ukrainian military prosecutor Anatoliy Matios is insane. Markin did not like the announcement made by Matios that the Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Valery Gerasimov was directly involved in the war against Ukraine. And, naturally, any evidence against (Minister of Defense) Sergey Shoygu and Putin could only be collected by a madman, who else?
Thanks to Markin’s statement we can see how the world looks from the ward of the really insane. Markin, as well as the other crooks who are responsible for providing propaganda cover for the Kremlin, refuses to see how he appears from the outside. He genuinely does not understand how it could be possible to investigate the activities of Putin himself. After all, Markin, along with many of his compatriots, does not view Putin as an elected leader but rather as God and tsar. Markin does not want to see that no one believes Moscow’s stories about Russia’s innocence in the military actions against Ukraine. Simply put, he lives in his own reality. And everyone who does not want to sink into his illusory world is considered a fool.
This is why any dialogue with Russians is useless — with those who support Putin’s criminal regime. These people do not want discussions or investigations. They want black to be called white, dictatorship — democracy, popular uprising — fascism, aggressor nation — peacekeeper, inept government — height of competence, corruption — professionalism, and crime — an achievement. And any violation of these transposed concepts (substitution) is immediately declared insane.
And how could it be otherwise? If we tell Putin’s supporters that Babay (Alexander Mozhaev, notorious Russian operative in the Donbas war — Ed.) is a drug dealer and criminal and not a hero of the “Russian World,” we immediately are called insane. If we tell the Russians that the annexation of Crimea is contrary to international law and the obligations of Russia itself, we immediately are called insane. If we tell the Russians that Savchenko was kidnapped and had not crossed the border, we immediately are called insane. And so on and so forth. But it is a question of facts, not opinions, and Matios is dealing with facts and not opinions.
The problem of the Russian regime is precisely its rejection of facts. And it is this rejection that leads us to conclude that we are dealing with dangerous criminals who are ready to declare that the plain truth is insanity.