This is a great article which appeared on Gary Kasparov's site which talks about the world of illusion and lies that Putin has created for the Russian people. I have translated as best as I could.
Opposition by Alexander Trifonov
(The journalist on a calling, the historian by formation.
Has graduated from the Russian State Humanitarian University faculty of history of official bodies and public organizations. The expert in the field of the Internet-media for ethnic and minoritys. The coordinator of working group " Media " of the international Youth Association of Finno-Ugric people (МАФУН). One of founders of the first information resource to Komi language. Married, has a son.
Bifurcation in displaying and perception of a reality – characteristic feature of not democratic societies. Authoritative and totalitarian modes aspire to give out an all desirable view, to show "life" somehow differently, than it is actually. False images do not arise independently, have no objective nature, they are intentionally thrown into society. The doubled picture of the world is actively broadcast to the population through mass-media. Propagandists confidently say lies from tribunes, newspaper leading articles and television, naming black white either grey, or red, depending on a situation, and good bad.
Let's recollect the mass campaigns in the USSR 30th years ago. Then one of elements of construction of a reality were served by means of negative reinforcement of type " Everywhere enemies ", " everywhere spies ", " wreckers among us " …
Within the post Soviet Russia white sometimes referred to black as in case of the first war with the Chechen Republic when " restoring a constitutional order " or " strengthening statehood " and canceling of elections of regional governors, but false images existed separately, not being the whole picture. Since the successful " the March of the Discontented " in Petersburg, Kremlin, similarly, has rolled up sleeves and has started collecting a great mosaic of a lie.
In mass-media the preferred mode is to design "reality" of life to which like during Soviet time, there is the concept of "Utopia". I'd like to bring up for comparison the great writer Orwell with the immortal "1984". We shall compare, for example, slogans of a party from the novel: " War is the world. Freedom is a slavery. Ignorance – force " with today's.
All this is accurate. War with own people in streets of the Russian cities is support of "stabilization", "peace" of an epoch of late Putin, dispersal by means of truncheons, peace and unarmed demonstrations is "freedom".
Now citizens of Russia are offered to not know and be afraid, to not gather in more than two square meters and understand " Marches of Disapproval " as provocation from agents of world imperialism. Everything Is forbidden, and everyone who had the nerve to think of freedom and constitutional laws are beaten. On behalf of the state veterans, youth, and women are caused quite concrete physical pain, punishment from ОМОН (Omon).
But thus masters of the one eighth part of the world quite seriously speak about the country as democratic, go on the different summits with chapters of the western states, and then daily accuse the West of plotting against Russia. It is pure Orwell's Utopia or a schizophrenia – whichever you prefer.
" The new reality " is more important, the web carefully weaved by the Kremlin has started to be incorporated into a network. " Uniform Russia " by puppeteers? What kind of elections can be allowed by the Ministry of Truth?
Also it is not necessary to deceive ourselves supposedly that there is no ideology behind them. It is – boundless authority and money. For the sake of this ideology they are ready to practically do anything and everything. From dead Yeltsin they will start to mold an icon that becomes both our Father and Mother.
So we are doomed. Are doomed to opposition, to a control system of people. Nobody will break off this web for us. The system of opposition, stuck the leaders to authority, itself has agreed to participate in performance under the name " Putin's Russia ", we no longer speak to the country about the parties in power or lured political "elite", of them but to observe terribly, how they have learned to halve consciousness so, that doctor Jekyll, it Mr. Hyde, would die of envy.
It seems to me, it is not necessary to try to prove something to them, the subject ill of schizophrenia requires treatment, and not proofs of their own lies. When you live in a context of double perception, a way back – to normal perception of a reality – is improbably difficult. In fact for this purpose it is necessary to show rationality as potential of the consciousness which will atrophy due to schizophrenia.
The statement is fair not only for participants of process, but also for moderators of an artificial picture of the world.
In the end they have agreed to descend to the level of lower primates. The crash of falsehoods is already predetermined, it is only a matter of time.