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The Independent of London reported on November 22 that Russian dictator Vladimir Putin was shocked to be greeted by boos and whistles at Moscows Olympic Stadium when he entered the ring to congratulate the winner of a martial arts contest. Putin was cultivating his Macho Man image by appearing at the event. The Kremlin, however, made sure that the televised audio feed was replaced by more favorable crowd noises — just like the good old days, when the Communist Party deleted unacceptable images from history books and newspapers.
A moment of shock flickered across his face as he registered what was happening, the Independent reports, but Putin regained his composure and carried on as normal. Nobody can remember anything like it happening before, and one blogger called it the end of an era. Yes, it seems that his frosty reception from thousands of ordinary Russians means that the coming presidential elections in March 2012 might not be quite the cakewalk Putin had in mind. Why, a significant number of Russians might actually vote against him — as if Russia were some sort of democracy!
Nevertheless, as the Independent notes, Mr Putin is guaranteed to win because he has systematically eliminated any serious political opposition. The Independent notes a speech in the Russian parliament by one Gennady Gudkov, who dared to complain that Our elections are a mix of abuse of administrative resources and work going ahead at full speed to ensure falsification. Gudkov, who belongs to the Just Russia Party — one of the trivial opposition parties Putin allows to exist as fig leaves to hide the nakedness of his dictatorial rule — complained that doctors, teachers and other state workers are being forced to vote for Mr Putin's United Russia party.
More than 27 years after the 1984 ceremony at the Vatican that avoided any mention of Russia like the plague, the farce of the conversion of Russia continues, while the Catholic proponents of this mythical conversion persist in their campaign to demonize, marginalize and ostracize their own brethren who see no conversion of Russia because there simply is none.
Meanwhile, Russia remains saddled by the authoritarian rule of a neo-Stalinist pretending to be the leader of a free country — that poor nation in which the great mass of common people continue to live under Third World conditions while Putins plutocrat cronies thrive under his protective wing. Moscow, reported Forbes magazine in May 2011, now boasts 79 billionaires, a stunning increase of 21 in just one year. That more than edges out No. 2 New York, with 59 billionaires, and No. 3 London with 41.
The miserable common folk of Russia can boo their exalted leader — at least for now — but there is nothing they can do to remove him or the Moscow plutocracy from power. The Chapter 11 reorganization of the former Soviet Union is nearly complete, but still the Fatima revisionists hail the miracle of the fall of communism.
Thus we approach Year Twenty-Eight of the Conversion of Russia with no conversion in sight. May Our Lady of Fatima bring an end to this debacle before an even worse one descends upon the whole world.