"Conversion of Russia" Update:

The Party of Swindlers and Thieves

by Christopher A. Ferrara
December 13, 2011

As I write this column, Aleksei Navalny, a Russian lawyer and blogger who has galvanized public opposition to the neo-Stalinist Putin regime, sits in a Moscow jail cell on a charge of “resisting the police” for which he was sentenced to fifteen days. That’s just long enough to insure that he will not be appearing at the anti-government demonstration scheduled for today (December 10, 2011).

Navalny has fixed upon the Putin regime a single phrase — “Party of Swindlers and Thieves” — that summarizes rising public sentiment concerning the state of Russia under Putin and his billionaire cronies in Moscow, which has more billionaires than any city in the world, including New York.

As the New York Times reported on December 9, the just-concluded parliamentary elections, in which Putin’s United Russia party barely polled a majority despite ballot box stuffing and other chicanery, has signaled to the Kremlin that it is now “unable to regain control of the public discourse” which “has been determined inside the Kremlin, where strategists selected and promulgated themes for public discussion...”

Navalny, however, is no liberal. The Times notes that he is a Russian nationalist who attracts support not because of his politics, but because of “the confident challenge he mounts to the system.” The Times describes Navalny as projecting “a serene confidence that events are converging, slowly but surely, against the Kremlin.” Navalny himself has predicted that “Revolution is unavoidable... because the majority of people understand that the system is wrong. When you are in the company of bureaucrats you hear them talking about who has stolen everything, why nothing works and how horrible everything is.”

Navalny was jailed for “resisting the police” even though, as the Times notes, “amateur video show[ed] that he had not resisted arrest, and... the officers who testified against him were not the ones who had arrested him...” An appeals judge refused to look at the evidence, and Navalny remained in a Moscow prison, where he was photographed from the street gripping the bars of the window of his jail cell.

More than twenty-seven years after the Consecration that Wasn’t, the Party of Swindlers and Thieves lords it over the long-suffering Russian people. And now there is talk of revolution in Russia. Putin, of course, will steal the coming presidential election and install himself as “paramount leader” — as the press now calls him in an ironic comparison to the head communist oligarch in still-Red China.

While the common people of Russia endure their miserable lot, the abortion holocaust rages on in Russia and every nation of the once-Christian West, and all of Europe exhibits what John Paul II called “silent apostasy,” the Fatima revisionists continue to inhabit a fantasy world in which Russia was consecrated to Mary and has converted. Any day now, they tell us, we will be witnessing the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart. But some 10,000 days have passed since John Paul II conducted the ceremony in which any mention of Russia was deliberately avoided. And in the real world we have seen the results, which are anything but a triumph for the Mother of God.