1. says

    There is nothing in the definition of the word Fascism that does not perfectly describe modern Russia. The rise of Putin bears some striking resemblances to the rise of Nazi Germany.

    * Persecuting minorities ?
    * Full support of dominant local religions ?
    * Corporate intimacy with government ?
    * Gangs of thugs working for Glorious Leader ?
    * Expansionism (Ukraine=Poland?)
    * Militarism

    We need one very good assassin.

  2. Onnyjay says

    Russians behaving like desperate, power-crazed thugs?? Drunk Nazis and Soviets with ED and stupid hats.

  3. jpeckjr says

    The International Olympic Committee made a terrible mistake choosing Sochi for these games. The corporate sponsors have contracts with the IOC — they’d be sponsors regardless of the location. It was a bad choice based on climate alone. Who could have predicted the historically authoritarian culture of Russia would assert itself . . . other than just about anyone?

  4. JackFknTwist says

    I totally agree…. anyone who reads history will have recognized the signs.
    Even the fact that the closeted gay fascist Putin came back for another term as President having served as Prime Minister show what a power hungry tool he is.

  5. Shawn Fassett says

    It’s all worth it just so some athletes get a few shiny objects and endorsements. Isn’t that the argument made?

  6. Just Sayin' says

    I love these articles about the crap that happens everywhere else.

    We have things going on here in the USA, right now, that are truly horrific, concealed, unreported, and nobody cares because, well, we’re “America” and “yay team USA”.

    Wake up, we have plenty of fascists here now getting away with far worse.

  7. MrRoboto says

    John, you apparently didn’t read the whole article as Bogen and Aune were only used as an example. There are more examples cited and linked in the paragraphs above. BTW, the Russian apology to the Norwegians was laughable. The thugs who harassed them were more likely promoted than punished.

  8. JJ says

    @JPECKJR: “The corporate sponsors have contracts with the IOC — they’d be sponsors regardless of the location.”

    To suggest that multi-billion-dollar corporations have no choice and no influence is absurd. Furthermore, even if somehow the sponsors can’t divest, they’re still accountable for the consequences of agreements they undertook voluntarily. To say otherwise would be like saying drunk drivers can’t be held responsible when they run people over because they had no control. They put themselves in that situation voluntarily, knowing the risks. Likewise, Olympic sponsors knew before committing themselves–from past games and current world affairs–that their money might go to advancing a fascist regime. They are responsible for every cent they spend propping up Vladimir Putin and his thugs.

  9. JJ says

    ^^^ Oops, forgot to say that the sponsors knew the risks before committing themselves AND if they didn’t impose terms that would protect them from having to fund corrupt regimes, then they got the bargain they wanted. I suspect that such terms DO exist but sponsors simply don’t want to exercise them and lose their profits. Presumably, they could challenge the IOC and assert that Russia has violated the agreed human rights terms of the Olympic charter and therefore the games aren’t entitled to the promised sponsorship.