Jun 3, 2008

What's Old Is -- Yeah, It's New Again










The NYTimes has a mildly disturbing article on the Kremlin's new plan to mute public dissent: digitally erase political critics from television.

"Not only were his remarks cut — he was also digitally erased from the show, like a disgraced comrade airbrushed from an old Soviet photo."

7 comments:

Ern said...

I wonder what that little midget that got erased did...

Blair Sheridan said...

That little midget was Yezhov, who did a lot of very bad things, right up until the time when the same happened to him.

Ern said...

Very bad things as in starved a nation in the 1930s or very bad things as in didn't agree with Stalin on starving a nation in the 1930s?

Pirates&Diplomats said...

Seriously, everything you ever needed to know about business management...you can learn from Stalin.

If he were alive today, Stalin would be teaching at the Wharton School.

Ern said...

I also notice that while he had Yezhov airbrushed out, he had himself touched up a bit. Vanity.

Blair Sheridan said...

He agreed with pretty much any sadistic scheme Stalin dreamed up. He was Stalin's "go-to" guy for the Great Terror, after Yagoda had blotted his copybook and been excecuted (I think he was supposed to have been a spy - for which country, I can't remember and it hardly matters, as there is no chance that the allegation was true.)

Eventually, Yezhov, the utterly uneducated and sadistic midget, would also be accused of horrendous crimes "against the people" (true, in a way, but not in the way Stalin meant it) and taken on the one-way trip down the Lubyanka basement corridor. Serves him right, too, but it doesn't resurrect the thousands killed with his complicity.

Ern said...

Agreed on all counts, Blair. Thank you for the explanation.