Many Russians have expressed outrage, as have people of good will around the world who would demand that such a position be repudiated by the government and its source fired; but they have also indicated that many Russians share Pletneva’s view and the Putin regime does little to oppose them ( ).
The voices of those of mixed race in Russia about this outrageous development are especially damning because they testify that if such attitudes are not opposed when they are expressed, they will spread and lead to even more horrific consequences including violence against minorities (
Pletneva’s latest comment should have come as no surprise, Yakovenko says. She was involved with the distribution of cartoons “in which Barack Obama was portrayed with a banana,” she called for removing any reference to Jews on a Holocaust memorial in Rostov, and she explained that call by saying that “we have [in Russia] an ambiguous attitude toward Jews.”
Not surprisingly, the Moscow commentator continues, “Pletneva, having offered her warning about sex with foreigners, immediately qualified her remarks by saying that she isn’t a nationalist. And this is the truth: because Deputy Pletneva is a Nazi and even more precisely a racist.”
Her ideas are those of Adolf Hitler, Yakovenko says. The only difference so far is this: the Nazi leader put his ideas out in the form of laws while Pletneva issues her’s as “norms of morality. Now, “there is not the slightest doubt that if need be, the Duma will adopt a package of laws analogous to the Nuremburg ones – and do so unanimously just like Hitler’s Reichstag.”
What is especially sad is that Western governments have not denounced Pletneva’s comments, insisted that the Kremlin distance itself from them, and refuse to take part in Putin’s World Cup show until that happens.