Skip to comments.Stalinism Is Back In Style
Posted on 07/02/2014 10:09:40 AM PDT by Citizen Zed
The 18th century naturalist Georges-Louis Leclerc once said, "The style is the man himself." However, style also defines state authorities. It is therefore no wonder that another classic thinker, Soviet dissident Andrei Sinyavsky, said that he had "stylistic differences" with the Soviet authorities.
There is a certain style to holding power, and in this sense, we can speak of the Stalinist style of the Russian authorities.
"A typical character in typical circumstances" such is the case of the young Lieutenant-General Denis Sugrobov and Major-General Boris Kolesnikov. Both worked for the Interior Ministry's Main Directorate for Economic Security and Anti-corruption where they ostensibly investigated corruption in government agencies and reported the results to senior officials.
Now Sugrobov is being prosecuted for corruption and Kolesnikov has committed suicide, after allegedly breaking past two guards while being questioned. This is more than just a war between intelligence agencies, but Stalinist methods at work in the 21st century. As in Stalinist times, it has once again become dangerous to enjoy professional success and high rank. The mysterious death of General Kolesnikov and the subsequent worthless and vulgar explanations of what happened are pure 1930s.
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