Putin condemns ‘Charlie Hebdo’ attack but his ideological allies support it

Charlie Hebdo cartoon: "Chemical Weapons: Putin sends Depardieu to Ukraine"

Charlie Hebdo cartoon: "Chemical Weapons: Putin sends Depardieu to Ukraine" 

2015/01/09 • Russia

Vladimir Putin followed the path of other world leaders and dutifully condemned the Islamist attack on the French journal “Charlie Hebdo.” But in the minutes after the murderous outrage, Russian propagandists close to the Kremlin filled social networks with posts and tweets supporting the attackers, according to a Ukrainian blogger.

In reporting his findings – including snaps of posts by Russians containing lines like “I just found out about this and I am for those who shot them. There must be press censorship, and if you don’t feel the limits, then you pay with your life” — Newssky.com.ua suggests that the content was similar enough to raise the question as to whether they were acting on instructions (newssky.com.ua/v-moskve-raduyutsya-teraktam-al-qaeda-v-parizhe/#.VK5XtI0o5Ms).

That is probably unlikely – such Russians appear to have been expressing their own views — but as the news service pointed out, “there is nothing surprising in this: no hypocritical sympathy will be able to mask the fact that Putin by diplomacy, money and arms has helped the Syrian dictator Bashar Asad” and that “the Kremlin has not concealed its support of terrorist groups in the Middle East.”

Moreover, as Vladimir Varfolomeyev, an Ekho Moskvy journalist has pointed out, among his acquaintances, those who “are not condemning the attack on the [French] journal are almost the very same people with whom we always argue about Putin, Crimea, the Donbas and so on” (echo.msk.ru/blog/varfolomeev/1470028-echo/).

The failure of those who back Putin in Ukraine to condemn these attacks, the Moscow journalist says, show that “today there is simply a gulf” between those who do and those who don’t. On one side are those who support human rights and international order; on the other are those who don’t.

Yevgeny Ikhlov, a Moscow commentator, extends that argument. He says that it is critically important that people understand that “the difference between the terrorists … in Paris and Putin … is only a matter of quantity but not quality,” one that reflects the control the Kremlin already has over Russia compared to the lack of control Al Qaeda and the Islamic State do (kasparov.ru/material.php?id=54AD91A2AE76A).

That difference means that the Russian government today with its “’Orthodox chekism’ can use “comparatively vegetarian methods” of imposing its will, Ikhlov says, while Al Qaeda and the Islamic State must still act “like the Chekists of the 1930s and the Hitlerite storm troopers and Gestapo officers” who need to shed blood to advance their cause.

In reality, he continues, “the ideology of ‘the Russian world’ and the ideology of the ISIL from the point of view of civilizational processes are twin brothers. The Donbas ‘armies’ and Odessa ‘partisans’ are the ‘Al Qaeda’ of ‘the Russian world,’ the second front of the struggle with European civilization.”

Estonian parliamentarian Marko Mikhelson expands on this idea by pointing to an underlying commonality between the terrorist outrage in Paris and Moscow’s behavior in Ukraine: “The greatest challenges for Europe have become Islamic extremism… which denies all borders and revisionism” of borders “by Russia” (regnum.ru/news/polit/1882846.html).

Edited by: A. N.

  • Michel Cloarec

    Who cares if a state which support terrorism has any standpoint on terrorism !
    Don´t make a fool of yourself herr putin ! the World will hate you more ! blame yourself ! Shut up , find a hole somewhere and hide !
    Maybe it is your beloved newspapers which are next on the list !

    • Irrina Johnson

      what makes you thinking that Russia supports terrorism? Your own ignorance?

      • Michel Cloarec

        I did ask KIRIL in my last prayer. He does not lies, he is a priest !

      • Michel Cloarec

        TOLLPATSCHIG !

  • Ulana Zinych

    He is trying to “endear’ himself to the Free World. A little too late

    • Michel Cloarec

      It is so pathetic to see how a man leader of a nation like russia, can be so
      childish in his actions and standpoint ! He can always try but nobody but a few indoctrinated can share his ideas ! Futile attempts to be a man of this world !
      (few : can be million, but in comparison with the rest of the world billion )

  • Dirk Smith

    Meanwhile, muscovite troops and weaponry are increased into Ukraine since the world is momentarily diverted with Islamic cockroaches.

    • Michel Cloarec

      All this must please putin, it takes away the world concentration from Ukraine !

  • ct

    Indeed, Putin is a complete hypocrite, offering condolences to the French while he himself suppresses freedom of expression in Russia and slaughters journalists; terrorizes and murders innocent civilians in Ukraine, and plants bombs in Odessa and Kharkov to further destabilize a people yearning for democracy and the rule of law.

  • Michel Cloarec

    The french have to write putin= Poutine ! do you know why ?

    • Michel Cloarec

      You can always ask irrina johnson´s direct contacts with the trolls army

  • Michel Cloarec

    One very important point is that “I AM CHARLIE” is against terrorism !
    Terrorists can´t be democratical, so they don´thave any ideas about free press and freedom of speech. So if trolls company in russia order them to comment, they comment !
    What France is fighting against is the “islamic state ” This has been going for a long time ! Charlie hedbo magazine has been attacked before, One of the policeman dead was protecting the writers. The magazine is going out tomorrow wednesday as usual!
    The front page is as below photo !
    Point: Charlie Hedbo has been publishing in different forms for the last 40 years !