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Russian Beauty Queens Stare Down Putin

A second pageant winner has the courage to confront the dictator.

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Kim Zigfeld

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March 13, 2013 - 12:00 am
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An extraordinary thing seems to be happening in Vladimir Putin’s Russia these days. Even as every other stratum of political opposition falls away, Putin finds himself besieged on an entirely unexpected new front: the runways of Russia’s beauty pageants.

In November of last year, Russian Miss Earth contestant Natalia Pereverzeva gave one of the most stunning answers to a beauty-contest question in history. Asked what made her proud of Russia, she voluntarily added what made her ashamed.

She stated:

But my Russia — it is also my poor, long-suffering country, mercilessly torn to pieces by greedy, dishonest, unbelieving people. My Russia — it is a great artery, from which the “chosen” few people draining away its wealth. My Russia is a beggar. My Russia cannot help her elderly and orphans. From it, bleeding, like from sinking ship, engineers, doctors, teachers are fleeing, because they have nothing to live on. My Russia — it is an endless Caucasian war. These are the embittered brother nations who formerly spoke in the same language, and who now prohibit teaching of it in their schools. My Russia — it is a winner which has overthrown fascism but bought the victory at the expense of lives of millions of people. How, tell me, how and why does the nationalism prosper in this country? My dear, poor Russia.

The reigning Miss Russia, Elmira Abdrazakova, now has stepped into the political ring as well.

That Abdrazakova dared to walk down the runway at all was a poke in Putin’s eye. As any Slavic Russian can tell from her last name, she’s not “one of them,” but a swarthy “gypsy” of the type routinely lynched on the Moscow subways. Indeed, her victory unleashed a torrent of truly stunning racism across the Russian internet.

This racism brought to mind Russia’s breathtaking hypocrisy in regard to the rebellion in Chechnya. Russians demand that Chechnya remain a part of Russia, even though they view the citizens of Chechnya as third class and unworthy of being accorded equal rights with the Slavs.

In Moscow, apartment and job ads openly state that non-Slavs need not apply.

(One also couldn’t help but be reminded of persistent rumors that Putin has fathered multiple offspring with rhythmic gymnast Alina Kabaeva.)

Abdrazakova, with virtually her first words uttered under the crown, denounced Putin’s persecution of the Pussy Riot art collective. She told a Russian radio station: “I’ve graduated from a Sunday school and a place of worship for me is something sacred. But still, their punishment is too harsh.”

Even Russia’s prime minister has echoed these thoughts, but 60% of the Russian population agrees with Putin that the punishment for singing a few bars of protest song in a church was proper. So Abdrazakova was showing extraordinary courage.

Women have long been a thorn in Putin’s side. Recall Galina Starovoitova, the firebrand parliamentarian who was the leading opposition voice when Putin took over the KGB. She was soon thereafter shot and killed. Then there were journalists Anna Politkovskaya and Anastasia Baburova, and human rights activist Natalia Estemirova, who fearlessly shone light on Putin’s atrocities in Chechnya.

Likewise, all three were soon murdered.

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"This retreat was not without its benefits. It gave shape, for instance, to the nationalistic Christian imaginations of Gogol and Dostoevsky."

Peter Leithart blog at first things
a must read
1 year ago
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Let's all be a little cautious in talking about events in far-away countries of which we know little:

from which the “CHOSEN” FEW PEOPLE draining [sic] away its wealth

appears to be an allusion to the Jewish background of a few of the infamous "Russian billionaires".

While the actions of THOSE INDIVIDUALS (and their influence-buying left, right and center in the West) deserve much more scrutiny, PJM should not lend itself to the propagation of long-standing Russian anti-semitism.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
Let's be a little cautious in talking about events in far-away countries of which we know little:

from which the “chosen” few people draining [sic] away its wealth

appears to be an allusion to the Jewish background of a few of the infamous "Russian billionaires".

While the actions of those individuals (and their left, right and center influence-buying in the West) deserve much more scrutiny, PJM should not lend itself to the propagation of long-standing Russian anti-semitism.

1 year ago
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I especially noted this part: "Russians demand that Chechnya remain a part of Russia, even though they view the citizens of Chechnya as third class and unworthy of being accorded equal rights with the Slavs." This is how an "honor and shame" society works. Like those Palestinians who say we want a non-Jewish Israel where a Muslim majority can live side by side in peace with the descendants of apes and pigs whom we teach our children to hate and kill.
1 year ago
1 year ago Link To Comment
If only our beauty queens were so smart....
1 year ago
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Very soon Miss Pereverzeva's remarks will apply to the once-free United States.
1 year ago
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Is this person insane. I am no one knowledgeable about Russia and I certainly do not pretend to me. And my own thoughts about Putin tend to be heavily influenced by the fact he is former KGB, yet even so the picture of him drawn here sounds bonkers and ridiculous.

It doesn't even sound like a self-interested outlook - like the way you might not fully expect the truth about Wendy's Hamburgers if you talk to a Taco Bell lobbyist.
1 year ago
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Those interested in more serious accusations against Putin, should read the series starting here:

http://osinov.livejournal.com/4920.html
Путинские заказные убийства
1 year ago
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If you wonder what pro-Putin and anti-American disinformation in Russia is like but don't know Russian - don-t worry. You can experience it simply by reading Ms. Kim Zigfeld, who employs the classic methods of the Soviet-era propaganda, only taken to a grotesque length. The current article is an example of that.

Recently Kim almost exploded from indignation when her Russian counterpart - Pavel Astakhov - rushed to judgement in accusing Laura Shatto of murder of one of her sons adopted from Russia. Yet for many years not only she but even leading russophobes have falsely accused Putin of various murders without a shred of proof. However, in her article yesterday, Kim returned to her wild accusations and lies. Here is the full expose:

http://vladrutenburg.wordpress.com/2013/03/13/la-hypocrite/
La Hypocrite

1 year ago
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This post was very thought provoking ... But only because Nature abhors a vacuum. If this is a typically Russian response, then it's high time to let some civilized, lettered entity rule them--perhaps Poland or Lithuania can handle the job.
1 year ago
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Actually, I am an American living in Palo Alto, California. And yes, we are in control of not only Poland and Lithuania but also Kosovo. too bad your own country - narco-Albania - is not under our control and is free to run pyramid schemes and distribute 80% of Europe's supply of hashish.
1 year ago
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What a trade. The lives of courageous , liberty loving people vs the well being of a dictator and murderer.

It took many years of work before something like a fair election could happen in Mexico. Sometimes the demonstrators were pretty girls. Say what you will (and I am sure some will) the Mexican cops were at least less likely to be the crp out of a pretty girl demonstrating for freedom than of the man. Altho, the lord knows many were not so lucky.
1 year ago
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