Putin Silent on Washington Unrest as Russian Foreign Ministry Calls U.S. Electoral System Archaic

A rampaging mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol.EPA / TASS

President Vladimir Putin made no statement on the unprecedented chaos in the United States when he spoke briefly with journalists after attending an Orthodox Christmas service, while Russia’s Foreign Ministry said the U.S electoral process is archaic and prone to violations.

A rampaging mob of Trump supporters on Wednesday stormed a session of Congress being held to certify Joe Biden’s election win, triggering violence and accusations the president was attempting a coup.

“The events in Washington show that the U.S. electoral process is archaic, does not meet modern standards and is prone to violations,” the state-run RIA Novosti news agency quoted Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova as saying. 

“We wish that the friendly American people will survive this dramatic moment in their own history with dignity.”

Other world leaders expressed shock and outrage at the events, with French President Emmanuel Macron saying “What happened today in Washington is not American,” and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemning the “disgraceful scenes.”

Here are the reactions from other Russian public figures and politicians, and in the country’s media:

— The leader of Russia’s Communist Party Gennady Zyuganov said in a statement:

“The boomerang came back to them. It was them that launched color revolutions. In fifty years they carried out three dozen, if not more. They toppled the leaders in North Africa and Yugoslavia and ousted a normal government in Ukraine, they had a go at Belarus last year. Well, now they are paying for it.”

— Leading opposition figure Alexei Navalny tweeted:

“Putinists are jubilant at the chaos in the United States and are praising ‘Putin’s stability.’ Of course, there are problems there. Many. But in the USA, there is still an average monthly salary, of about 306,000 rubles. In the Russian Federation, according to official statistics, the average salary is about 40,000 – or, more likely — 30,000 rubles.”

—Pro-Kremlin political talk show host Vladimir Sovolyov’s YouTube channel in an hours-long live stream of the events dubbed them “Maidan in Washington,” in a reference to civil unrest in Ukraine in 2013-2014.

— The Kommersant business daily called the storming a “pogrom” on the US Capitol

— Two Russian senators, including Alexei Pushkov, the head of the committee for information policy, shared conspiracy theories voiced by Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz alleging the involvement of the far-left anti-fascist group known as “antifa” in the disturbances.

— Leonid Slutsky, chairman of the lower-house State Duma International Affairs Committee:

“The unrest on Capitol Hill that interrupted the official affirmation of electoral votes in Congress certainly casts a shadow on the entire process of the democratic transfer of power … As we can see, the boomerang of ‘color revolutions’ [in post-Soviet countries] is coming back to the U.S. All this threatens to turn into a crisis of the American system of power in the new century.”

— Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova simply shared former CNN Moscow bureau chief Jill Dougherty’s tweet arguing that the U.S. “will never again be able to tell the world that we are the paragon of democracy.”

— Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the upper-house Federation Council’s Committee on Foreign Affairs:

“American democracy is obviously limping on both legs… The holiday of democracy is over. This is sadly a new low, I say this without a shadow of malice. America is no longer plotting a course and has thus lost all rights to set one, let alone impose it on others.”

— Vladimir Zhirinovsky, far-right Liberal Democratic Party leader:

“Be strong, Donald, we’re with you, the outside world will help you.”

— Dmitry Polyansky, deputy UN envoy (retweeted by the official account of Russia’s mission to the UN):

“Why do you call storming by protestors of U.S. Capitol ‘domestic terrorism’ and similar and much more bloody events in Kiev in 2014 ‘revolution of dignity’?”

(C)MOSCOW TIMES 2021

7 comments

  • “The electoral system in the United States is archaic, it does not meet modern democratic standards … and the American media have become an instrument of political struggle,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told Russian news agencies.
    In Russia its stable,even in the Constitution stands Putin will be President till 2036.

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    • Americans don’t give a fig what Russia thinks about their politics. Until Vladolf has free elections they should just stfu. The same goes for Boris getting mixed in with the foreign commentary. What’s wrong with this list?
      Iran, China, Russia and Great Britain…

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      • I agree he should not have commented at all. But his words were correct. He’s probably trying to grease IRA Joe up for the forthcoming trade talks, which will be far more difficult than they would have been under a GOP administration.

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  • “Pro-Kremlin political talk show host Vladimir Sovolyov’s YouTube channel in an hours-long live stream of the events dubbed them “Maidan in Washington,” in a reference to civil unrest in Ukraine in 2013-2014.”

    No comparison whatsoever. Maidan was the removal of a pro Russian president, who exceeded his authority, was corrupt as hell, and responsible for 100 people being murdered, then disappeared to Russia for protection. If Muscovy need to compare anything with maidan, try Belarus, only this time, the corrupt pro Russian president had direct help from Putin to persecute innocent protestors.

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  • Mafia land’s pathetic gibberish about our election system is like having organized crime thugs question the merits of anti-organized crime laws.
    Just more Ruskie opinions for the garbage can.

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  • Of course he thinks it is “archaic.”
    According to him Western Democracy is a failure and his putinism is the way of the future.
    To the rest of the free world the turbulence of democracy is a normal part of a freesocity. Necessary even.
    Out of that turbulence comes a consensus that is mutually agreed upon.
    Not handed down by the elite at the point of a gun.

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