Friday, June 10, 2022

‘Stalinist Snitch Culture Returns to Russia,’ Koroleva Says

Paul Goble

            Staunton, May 23 – Many of the 2,000 cases the Russian authorities have brought regarding “fakes about the Russian army” followed denunciations by family members and associates of those now facing legal sanction, and those actions closely resemble those in Stalin’s time, Alyona Koroleva says.

            The Insider columnist makes that point by comparing five contemporary cases with five in Stalin’s time, comparisons that show a disturbing similarity and suggest that the powers that be in Moscow are increasingly making use of this noxious process to achieve social control (

            The recrudescence of such practices will further atomize Russian society by increasing fears among the population that saying or doing anything the authorities won’t approve of will lead others, including those with whom they thought they were close, to turn them in and that the powers in many cases will act on those denunciations even if they are false or exaggerated.

            And that by itself will make it far more difficult for those opposed to the war or indeed any other Putin policy to organize against the Kremlin, an outcome that is almost certainly why the regime has promoted this practice, one likely to be far more effective than the use of brute force alone.   

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