Staunton, March 13 – It had to happen: Only a few days after another blogger argued that the Iron Curtain played a positive role in Soviet times, another blogger is arguing that Russia today desperately needs to erect a new iron curtain to block the influx of all kinds of evil forces from the outside world – and to keep Russian elites from running abroad.
In Soviet times, Russians dealt with the iron curtain as a fact of life, rarely accepting Moscow’s claims that it was intended to keep people out of the socialist paradise; but now it appears there are a growing number of people in Putin’s Russia who view an even more impenetrable iron curtain as something that country needs to have now.
And such people argue that a barrier of this kind is needed not only to keep out Western influence but to prevent Russian elites from following the siren song of the West and thus to keep them and their wealth inside the country where it can be used to the benefit of the Russian people.
One Moscow commentator making this argument is Mikhail Polyakov who says that the new iron curtain must be so impenetrable that no Western influences can come in and no members of Russia’s nouveau riche will be able to get out and take their money with them. Instead, they and it will remain inside the country (publizist.ru/blogs/111086/29960/-