The Irish Crimean: What Crimea needs is good old fashioned … Stalinism


October 21 , 2017 – Fort Russ News – 

Op-ed by Padraig Joseph McGrath – “The Irish Crimean”

The longer I spend in Crimea, the more I’m convinced that one thing which could really help to improve the social situation here is more overt Stalinism. 

This place needs a чистка (purge), bigtime.

Yeah, that’s what we need – a good, thoroughly brutal Stalinist purge, just like the good old days.

Almost everybody in the Crimean government, legal system, judiciary, civil administration, etc., who is aged over 55 is fvcking useless.

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They all worked under Ukrainian administration for so many years that you’re just never going to get the sleaze out of their veins.

Just fvcking purge them.

Every single civil servant aged over 55 – just put them on a railroad-transport to some gulag somewhere. Nobody would miss them.

Okay, I’m being rhetorical, of course – I realize that there are many reasons why Crimea can’t be purged. For a start, if Moscow started purging the Crimean apparatus, then there would an outcry of “oppression” which western propagandists would shamelessly manipulate. A friend of mine quite correctly pointed this out a few weeks ago.

But if you don’t purge those people on the very first day, you’re kidding yourself if you think that the system will gradually grow up or reform itself later.

I used to hear this all the time when I lived in the Czech Republic.

“In 1989, we believed that reform would be a 10-year process. And then we thought that we would have to wait for all the functionaries from the old order to retire, and then the system would grow up. And then we realized that even waiting until those people retired made no difference, because they reproduced themselves in the system….”

Yeah, those people reproduce themselves in the system. They’re like cancer-cells.

The more I think about it, the more I think that it was a mistake to designate Crimea as a Russian federal subject in 2014 – it would be better if the entire Crimean peninsula, not only Sevastopol, is administered directly from Moscow.

Padraig McGrath was born in the Republic of Ireland in 1973. He has lived in Britain, Germany and the Czech Republic, and has published journalism and commentary on social and philosophical issues for a number of media for 15 years. He moved to Simferopol, Crimea in December 2013, 3 months before Crimea’s re-unification with Russia, and still lives there.

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