Masha Gaidar, the hot elitny daughter of Russia’s first and worst prime minister, Yegor Gaidar (who introduced “shock therapy” back in 1992, wiping out everyone’s savings), announced today that she agreed to take a government post as an advisor to Kirov governor Nikita Belykh. Just recently, Gaidar accused Belykh of “selling his soul to the devil” when he accepted the governorship of the Kirov region. Looks like every liberal soul has a price.
Gaidar has been a regular at the anti-Putin “Other Russia” marches going back a couple of years. Like Gaidar, Belykh is another Russian liberal who used to march against Putin and occasionally get arrested.
Limonov was right about Putin and Russia’s liberals: Putin’s regime is essentially a liberal regime (after all, liberals created the Putin regime); so when they protest, all they’re really protesting is their lack of power in the current structure, not the structure itself.
Mark Ames is the author of Going Postal: Rage, Murder and Rebellion from Reagan’s Workplaces to Clinton’s Columbine. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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