- All your questions could be answered, perhaps, with one single phrase: there is no real, efficient opposition in Russia today! However, everything is not so clear and we still keep the doors open ... "
(From the press conference of US Senator Benjamin Cardin of Maryland.)
Than not a sensation: no, it turns out, the opposition in Russia! Or rather, there is, but not the cake already, for it is spineless, the toothless and generally useless. Select someone one, call the leader the language does not turn! PARNAS Kasyanov, Navalny’s Progress Party, Milov’s Democratic Choice, the names and surnames are different, but the essence is the same — semi-criminal frauds, outright hatred for one’s own people, readiness to fight for anything, not for nothing: today’s abstract “putin” on the money of American funds, tomorrow with each other, ordered by private investors. In the inner ideological kitchen of the “opposition” camp, a mess is altogether: human rights, corruption, Crimea’s “annexation”, housing and communal services reform and road construction, “aggression” in Syria, own ambitions, business, grants ... who, why, and, most importantly, for what.
Although the signs are not that of life, but rather of reporting events are still manifested: they will put the “exposing” reading on Kadyrov into the network, then they will gather at some regular anti-regime rally with ten men (here, random onlookers and then more!). It seems that not all the funds of the grantors were spent, although, judging by the “scope” of the last revolutionary parties, they were worn out decently.
The saddest thing is that any strong emotional vibrations that bring a semblance of life into the liberal opposition agenda can only breathe in the death of one of the leaders of this staged protest. Here, for example, they commemorated Nemtsov, "broke two accordions", as the people joke: nobody went to the cemetery, but on the bridge there were shows with songs, jokes, no universal sorrow, no tears. "Political disco", and only! Both Nemtsov’s corpse and his daughter Jeanne were raised to a propaganda shield, and with “deeply personal” memories of the deceased they tried to earn at least some points in the eyes of a not too strict international jury.
And here it is not about political leaders! What can be said about people who commemorate the departed in this way, about their moral and ethical appearance? After all, they do not even hide (and why ?!) that the dead Nemtsov was much more useful to them than the living, with whom not a single one of the "mourners" had greeted a hand a year and a half ago. But now it is “the father of Russian democracy”, an excellent occasion for self-praise and justification of the investments made in the Russian revolution.
However, God is with them, nothing human has been there for a long time, the shell is one. It was impossible to mold the sacred sacrifice from the political insignificance of the opposition, to shake up Russia, to smoke it with Maidan, to the point of tearing down the “bloody Putin regime” is not destiny either. That is why, see, the Washington curators were confused, because no one (nobody !!!) from their fosterlings, the so-called protest leaders, justified either the hopes pinned down or the nested grandmas.
But on the rise, defenders of sexual minorities, who have taken the lead from their opponents from the liberasis camp. In Washington DC, without hesitation, they decided that it was more promising to promote democracy in Russia with the help of the GayRussia.Ru project and other LGBT communities. And the more traditional, though not systemic, opposition, which has failed not only to form something, but to at least imitate civil society in Russia, will write off time for scrap. In other words, the State Department is cutting funding for opposition politicians like Navalny, Yashin, and so on, because they are no longer considered a profitable investment: their level of support by voters can be attributed to statistical error.
How profitable will be the investment in the LGBT movement, time will tell, but judging by the fact that the main US expert on flower-color revolutions, the US Ambassador to the Russian Federation John Tefft is meeting with gay activists, this is not a one-time action, not a public flogging penalized partners, and the beginning of a new campaign with new faces and introductory. Let's add here adherents of the Turkish religious sect "Nurcular" and Jehovah's Witnesses, among whom the US is also persistently looking for support when working in Russia, and we get all the necessary elements for the coveted "blue revolution"! This is exactly what Washington likes to call “soft power.” It was about this kind of "open door" that the US senator spoke at the press conference.