‘Donbas in Gorky Park’ – Moscow’s violence in Ukraine is coming back to haunt Russia

Image: Petr Sarukhanov / novayagazeta.ru

Image: Petr Sarukhanov / novayagazeta.ru 

Analysis & Opinion, Russia

The violence Moscow “exported” to Ukraine and other parts of what the Kremlin claims are parts of “the Russian world” is coming back to haunt Russia at home, with Russians ever more inclined to see violence as a legitimate means to solve their problems, Kirill Martynov says.

Kirill Martynov, Political editor, Novaya Gazeta (Image: novayagazeta.ru)

Kirill Martynov,
Political editor, Novaya Gazeta
(Image: novayagazeta.ru)

In a Novaya gazeta commentary, the Moscow paper’s political observer notes that the war against Ukraine continues but that the Russian propaganda outlets are devoting ever less attention to it, a classic case of cynicism in which one begins a war and then forgets about it when other tasks arise.

But almost unnoticed has been the fact that “something new” has appeared on the screen: violence at home. “For three years, the Russian state has succeeded in explaining to its citizens that killing for the right cause is good and acceptable,” Martynov says. Now, Russians are having to live with that in their own lives.

“We have become accustomed to political force,” the use of violence by officials against those they see as their enemies. But that is now “escaping from under the control of the state.” As a result, “hooligan attacks on activists and even political murders are our new reality,” and one that extends far beyond politics.

A signal indication of that was the recent murder in Moscow’s Gorky Park where blogger Stanislav Dumkin was killed by a group of hooligans because he wasn’t dressed properly in the opinion of the latter and worse a hat and glasses. (Martynov doesn’t point to the Machayevism that this reflects.).

Despite the horror this murder generated in the media, he says, it shouldn’t have surprised anyone because Russians had been well prepared for just such an outrage: “attack ‘a Banderite,’ attack a gay, attack an incorrect theater director, attack a film about the tsar and a ballerina, and finally, attack those dressed not according to expectations.”

Such attacks have “an objective cause” – the decline in incomes “which (together with other signs of social degradation) has continued almost as long as have lasted our geopolitical successes.” When there is no new money, people from top to bottom turn to force to get some of what is left or to compensate for its absence.

The wealthy pray on the less wealthy, and “ordinary citizens, especially young men who have nothing to lose except their chains form gangs and begin to struggle for their place” in what is an ever less bright environment, taught by the regime that force of all kinds is the appropriate way to do that.

“At the end of the 1980s, as Soviet society was dying, the most promising profession already was service in the rackets.” Now, those who have the means of violence, first the siloviki and then the population, are using those means to compensate for the losses they are suffering. But it is obvious that the siloviki “have already lost the initiative” to the latter.

According to Martynov, “the ideology of the new Russia asserts that there exist entire classes of people whom it is correct to destroy. And neither the magistracy nor the police can speak out against such a situation. The consolidation around ‘the Ukrainian question’ has ended and the taboo on the use of force has been lifted.”

In short, “the Ukrainian war has turned into a war of all against all” in Russia.

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  • Oknemfrod

    If those animals, with their newly discovered moral license to kill, should exterminate each other, who am I to object …

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      “As ye sow, so shall ye reap!”

      Sooner or later the Donbas mercenaries, volunteers, common criminals and “holidaymakers” will return to Dwarfstan, at least some of them with their guns. All their frustrations resulting from a lost war will be unleashed upon the ordinary citizens of Dwarfstan, and those guns will be used.
      I’ve predicted before that Dwarfstan is heading for a new Time of Troubles- it’s becoming more and more inevitable.

      • Oknemfrod

        As a matter of fact, this article only confirms that what thou sayest hath already been happening.

    • Ihor Dawydiak

      There is another word that could describe this degeneration in Russian society which also has the very real potential in destroying Putin’s totalitarian regime: Implosion.

      • ak47

        Hey, maidanuty hohol, just as well you don’t live in the nightmare called post maidan ukraine as your chances of being assaulted or killed are three times higher than in Russia. This plus opportunity to feel free and earn a living drive millions of your former compatriots to call Russia home.
        You can split your sharovary pants with your depraved russiphobia but the hard facts are hard to argue with. Here they are Only for 10 months of 2016 crime rate increased 23%, rape up 80%, robberies up 27%, grave crimes up 8%, premeditated murders up 10%, hooliganism up 14%. At the same time in 2016 crime rate in Russia dropped 10%, grave crimes down 21% https://xn--b1aew.xn--p1ai/folder/101762/item/9338947
        “Ukraine is on its way to become a criminal state”
        https://antikor.com.ua/articles/130580-ukraina_na_puti_k_kriminaljnomu_gosudarstvu

    • Tony

      Poetic Justice: state advocates the law of the jungle and thus devolves into one.

  • Микола Данчук

    So, nothing has changed since the Soviet, other then people can read about it now?
    Will the Kremlin reinstate reeducation facilities which are no more then warehouses for the uncultured masses? Or is that in itself the culture which the Kremlin requires to maintain itself?

    Cannibalism can take many forms, it will feed on itself till there is nothing of humanity left. Such is the glory of Moskva.

  • zorbatheturk

    RuSSia will soon resemble the dystopia of A Clockwork Orange, a totalitarian society wracked by nightmarish levels of violence, poverty, and disease. And over it will hang the spectre of the Putinator. Or perhaps a better way to express it, the curse of the Putin.

    • ak47

      Hey, little slut, just as well you don’t live in the nightmare called post maidan ukraine as your chances of being assaulted, raped or killed are three times higher than in Russia. Here are some hard facts for you to chew over before the next lie is posted on this pathetic site. Only for 10 months of 2016 crime rate increased 23%, rape up 80%, robberies up 27%, grave crimes up 8%, premeditated murders up 10%, hooliganism up 14%. At the same time in 2016 crime rate in Russia dropped 10%, grave crimes down 21% https://xn--b1aew.xn--p1ai/folder/101762/item/9338947
      “Ukraine is on its way to become a criminal state”
      https://antikor.com.ua/articles/130580-ukraina_na_puti_k_kriminaljnomu_gosudarstvu

      • zorbatheturk

        Gargle diarrhea, maggot.

        • ak47

          Poor you. Have you been sucking and swallowing? Oh, your technique is all wrong. Do take a holiday in the mad max of ukraine. The local whores will give you a free lesson.

          • zorbatheturk

            Keep gargling, assbot.

          • ak47

            I’ll do my best for your deep throat.

  • Czech Mate

    Russkys are cowards. And I don’t even mean that as an insult just a statement. After centuries of serfdom, repression and lawlessness they simply do not trust themselves. That is why they turn to the “tzar” to take over their lives. That is why they see “strength” ie being feared as a virtue. Classic bully and abusing victim psychology symptom.

    Putin is their collective cowardly psyche in so many ways. They deserve big punishment just like the Hitler’s Germans did in order to move forward for the good of all humanity.

  • ak47

    Pathetic and desperate dredging for dirt on Russia which is a land of safety and tranquility compared to the violent mad max open air prison which has become post coup ukraine. Only for 10 months of 2016 crime rate increased 23%, rape up 80%, robberies up 27%, grave crimes up 8%, premeditated murders up 10%, hooliganism up 14%. At the same time in 2016 crime rate in Russia dropped 10%, grave crimes down 21% https://xn--b1aew.xn--p1ai/folder/101762/item/9338947
    “Ukraine is on its way to become a criminal state”
    https://antikor.com.ua/articles/130580-ukraina_na_puti_k_kriminaljnomu_gosudarstvu

    It is in fact one already.
    http://nk.org.ua/politika/prestupnost-na-ukraine-statistika-i-dinamika-79676