My father was born and raised in the world of Czarist Russia that was ruled by an emperor. After the czar was sent to his death, the people of Russia then endured seventy five years of brutal dictatorship under Communists. It is estimated that Communist rulers murdered at least ten million RUSSIANS in their gulags. One would expect that after this horror of death, the people of Russia would seek to inhabit a world in which democracy was the norm. Instead, most Russians support the policies of President Vladimir Putin whose goal is to enforce a dictatorship that either kills or sends to jail anyone who dares to oppose this regime. Boris Nemstov fought for democracy and organized mass demonstrations against Putin. Yesterday he was walking across a bridge in Moscow when suddenly a group of assassins blasted him with six shots. He is now dead. Oh, according to the Putin government the cause of this death was: people seeking to destabilize Russia by seeking to blame problems on Putin, or, Muslim terrorists. Who else?
Latest figures reveal that 68% of people in Russia support Vladimir Putin while only 15% oppose him. There is sad news that Nemstov is dead. There is every worse news that most Russians don’t give a damn. After all, Putin has gotten back the Crimea and caused death and destruction in Ukraine.
Weep for the people of Russia who seek dictatorship over democracy.