FSB seeking to block or control all links between Russians and emigration, Melikhov says

'The Motherland Hears' by popular Russian artist Vasya Lozhkin. (A satirical depiction of omnipresent domestic surveillance by Russian security services, such as the FSB, police, tax revenue enforcement, etc.)

'The Motherland Hears' by popular Russian artist Vasya Lozhkin. (A satirical depiction of omnipresent domestic surveillance by Russian security services, such as the FSB, police, tax revenue enforcement, etc.) 

Analysis & Opinion, Russia

Like the KGB in Soviet times, the Russian FSB is seeking to block or take control of any links between Russians inside the Russian Federation and the emigration, according to Vladimir Melikhov who was recently convicted and sentenced for trying to promote such connections.

Vladimir Melikhov

Vladimir Melikhov

Melikhov, an entrepreneur who founded two museums about the anti-Bolshevik resistance and has promoted the revival of Cossack identity, was convicted on June 13 of illegal possession of firearms even though the gun he had could not be fired and the bullets the authorities found were likely planted.

The subject of a major profile in the New York Times five days ago, Melikhov has now provided additional details about his views in an extensive interview taken by Boris Tseytlin for Moscow’s Rufabula portal.

Three of his comments are especially noteworthy:

First, Melikhov says that while he does not know the names of his persecutors, he is certain that they form “a group of FSB officials who are united about three main goals”:

  • To break or take control of any ties between Russians inside the Russian Federation and Russians abroad,
  • To “completely subordinate the Cossacks,”
  • And to promote “a new Russian (or more precisely neo-Soviet) ideology” in which the state and its power are the central articles of faith.

“After visiting our museums and memorials, people are left with no doubt that such an ideology will lead only to the degradation of society and the human personality and that it will be possible to avoid this degradation only when the Individual is put at the center of the construction of the state.”

Given those goals, he says, it was absolutely impossible that he would not be targeted; and the state’s campaign against him began long before he erected the statue at Lienz, Austria, in memory of the forcible deportation of the Cossacks to Stalin’s Russia. That was simply the last straw.

A memorial at cemetery in Lienz, Austria to Cossacks in German service who surrendered to British forces and shortly after were handed over to the Soviets who massacred them all. (Image: t-rip.at)

A memorial at cemetery in Lienz, Austria to Cossacks in German service who surrendered to British forces and shortly after were handed over to the Soviets who massacred them all. (Image: t-rip.at)

Second, Melikhov argues that suggestions that young people “are ceasing to consider themselves ethnic Russians … is not entirely so.” What they are rejecting is the Russianness as defined and offered by the existing regime. That is something “many young people” simply won’t accept.

Unfortunately, “they do not know any other ‘Russianness’ because the education of our society including of young people does not allow anyone to seriously focus on this. On the contrary.” The state with its siloviki and secret services does everything it can to make sure that people within the borders of the Russian Federation have only one definition.

Young people will return to that identity when it is redefined, when “conditions are established for creative activity and for the education of the young” about “that tragic path and the clarification of the errors which were committed in the preceding century, Melikhov concludes.

And third, he argues, precisely because “the state of semi-collapse” was built into the Russian Federation from the very beginning by its authoritarian and hyper-centralist approach, “the Kremlin vertical is creating the very conditions that will make this collapse happen ever sooner.”

But what is especially tragic, he says, is that “the longer this structure of administration will exist in Russia, the greater will be the probability of this collapse.”

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  • zorbatheturk

    All RuSSians must follow the Putin, even if he leads them on the road to hell. There is only the Putin.

    • Sania

      bastardje the small, u are gavno to think about Russians…
      u are dirty smashing frog, do not calling the rain…

      • zorbatheturk

        RuSSians make me barf.

  • Murf

    All Russians should know that in Putin’s Russia:
    there is no good.
    There is no evil.
    There is only Putin.
    He is all.
    They are nothing.
    Their lives only matter to the extent of their usefulness to Him.

    • veth
      • Murf

        Goes back to what I have said for a long time;
        what about attacking your biggest arms supplier sounded like a good idea?
        Not even George W Bush was THAT stupid.

        • Andrew Chmile
          • Murf

            I half way have a feeling if Ukraine attacked the Russian troops would fight for about five minuets then fade away.

          • Andrew Chmile

            You are probably right.

            Russian troops, “volunteers” don’t have the motivations now.
            They are getting screwed over “by their own” and NOW they know it.

            Cannon fodder …. SUCKERS!!! — getting screwed over in terms of money, hospital care etc… word spreads … They weren’t fighting “FASCISTS!!!” :)

            Dumb @sses!

          • Murf

            It would be the best thing for Putin. Which is why I am againest it.
            Donbas is the hot potato and who ever is holding it is loosing.
            Right now that’s Vlad the Sad.

          • Andrew Chmile

            …. but BETTER for Ukraine if the monhols go away ….

            Trump IS the president you know …. & Trump DOES suk Putin’s pecker
            you know …. even the lefties agree that he’s Putin’s boy….

    • Sania

      Bro of free, you have to read Dostoevsky’s “Karamazhofff