Is Russia on Its Way to Becoming ‘a Boyar State,’ the Very Worst Regime for the Russian People?
June 24 – In Russian history, Moscow commentator Nikolay Yurenyev says, periods
when the tsar is weak, old or for other reasons withdraws from direct rule
often have resulted in the rise of a boyar state, one in which the wealthy seek
to carve out power for themselves and to block others from gaining any.
he continues, have “lasted until power is assumed by the next dictator-tsar.”
And not only have boyar states been “the worst period for the people,” they
often have led to another time of troubles in which both the people and the
state itself have suffered (publizist.ru/blogs/107999/25609/).
adds that it appears to him that Russia is entering into a new “boyar kingdom,”
where “present-day clans steal from the people without any constraints and the
tsar, it seems, is willing to tolerate rather than combat this unfortunate
development. Indeed, the Kremlin leader appears to be on his way to becoming
the servant of these “boyars.”
that term, the commentator says, he doesn’lt include “all the Deripaskas,
Linsins and Mordashovs” but rather “the higher bureaucracy around Putin and in the
regions. Theya re a real force!”Consider
the following news items that have recently appeared on the Internet, Yurenyev
“The procuracy will not
challenge a law about increasing by two and a half times the pension of
Kamchatka officials and deputies … The law about the sharp increase in pensions
of the first persons of Kamchatka entered into force on April 22. It was
developed in the kray government and supported by the overwhelming majority of [regional]
“The very greatest
increases were given to the governor, the first vice governor, the chairman of the
Legislative Assembly and his first deputy.Going on pensions, they will receive approximately 150,000 rubles (2500
US dollars) a month from the regional budget. [Lower-ranking officials will
receive 100,000 (1600 US dollars).”
Moscow officials like Duma speaker Vyacheslav
Volodin expressed outrage and promised to do something, but of course they
haven’t. Meanwhile, people from the regions have unleashed a veritable campaign
of attacks on Putin, his former wife, lovers, and assets now held in the West.
“It is obvious from this” or should
be, Yurenyev suggests, that those with real power want “the tsar” to know whom
he should bow down to – today’s “boyars” who have real power and have no intention
of giving it up.