Russia in denial

Washington Post Editorial:

IN TIME WITH Russia's unilateral recognition of the independence of the two Georgian provinces it invaded this month, President Dmitry Medvedev issued a statement, penned an op-ed and granted an unusual flurry of interviews. His intent was to justify Moscow's latest provocation of the West, which has been united in condemnation -- as was demonstrated yesterday by a statement by the Group of Seven industrial nations. Instead Mr. Medvedev merely revealed the dangerously arrogant and reckless mood that seems to have overtaken the Kremlin in recent weeks.

What's striking, first of all, is the spectacle of a leading head of state making statements that not only are lies but that are easily shown to be such. Over and over, Mr. Medvedev told interviewers that Georgian forces were guilty of "genocide" in South Ossetia. Yet by the count of an official Russian commission, the Ossetian dead numbered 133. In contrast, independent human rights groups have reported that Georgian villages both in and outside Ossetia have been subject to a violent ethnic cleansing campaign, and that thousands of civilians have been killed or driven from their homes by the Russian military offensive.

Mr. Medvedev flatly asserted that Russia had not violated the cease-fire deal he signed two weeks ago. But that agreement contains a provision calling for international talks about the status of South Ossetia and Abkhazia -- and those talks had not begun when Mr. Medvedev abruptly issued the decree recognizing the provinces' independence. The president insisted that Russian troops had withdrawn from Georgia and were not blockading the port of Poti, though any observer can see the checkpoints Russian troops continue to operate there and throughout the country. He also claimed that U.S. ships that have been delivering humanitarian supplies were delivering weapons, a statement quickly dismissed as ludicrous by the White House.

The gross misstatements were accompanied by the assertion of a breathtakingly belligerent doctrine toward Russia's neighbors. Mr. Medvedev was asked by more than one journalist whether Russia's aggression might be directed at other neighboring states, such as Ukraine, Moldova or the Baltic members of NATO. He answered by noting that millions of Russians live outside the country, and he asserted the right as "commander in chief" to "protect the lives and dignity of our citizens." He stated to the BBC: "In certain cases I have no choice but to take these kinds of actions."


Medvedev is quickly losing his reputation for being intelligent. He has already lost his reputation for truthfulness. Being in denial in Russia maybe possible but it cannot be sustained in the free world where peopel can see the truth.


  1. Again how can you write such crap? Read any comments over at BBC. Read comments on youtube. Read comments made on your own blog. Anywhere. A comfortable majority of the "free world" see Georgia as the aggressor, US as the backer, Europe as the faithful lapdog, and Russia as the victim.

    It's a shame isn't it? I know, "If only Russia attacked first"...If only you pundits thought just two steps ahead when all of this started. O the thoughts of what could have been. Maybe it's still a lie worth creating ;)

  2. Medvedev is quickly losing his reputation for being intelligent. He has already lost his reputation for truthfulness.

    Western media is trying to make Mr. Medvedev look as bad as possible.
    But even powerful western media can't hide the fact that Mr. Bush is either a pathological liar or idiot in chief!

    Enough with this bullshit about judging Russia.
    Withdraw from Iraq and make Serbia the whole again before you will open your month to speak about international law.

  3. Thanks a lot for such kind offer of "protection"!

    I have to remember, that the Baltic Sates are not a "protectorate" of Russian Federation


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