You are a bad person
Huh? What have I done.
You don’t let me buy up your country’s assets.
Advisor: Mr Soros stay to the script please.
Yeah sorry. I mean you are an autocrat. Yours is not an Open Society™
Hey hey. I just won an election, mind you.
Oh, but that doesn’t count.
What’s that supposed to mean. I don’t enjoy this, you know? I spent a helluva lot of money organizing this whole election thing, and I didn’t even rig it this time. No ballot stuffing, all clean. Damn, I even put cameras in every booth.
Still not fair.
Why not? Surkov told me that democracy is about people voting freely for their leaders. Well, we have that. What else do I have to do for you to shut up?
Oh, we will never shut up until you release my co-ethnic ex-mafia oligarch who you put in jail.
Mr Soros, the script!!!
Oh yes sorry. Russia is not a democracy because you control the media, and that’s not fair.
But somebody has to control the media. Before I cleaned it up it was a whole mess, with each billionaire owning a station and promoting their own shit. It subverts the power of the state. I can’t allow that.
We call that the Free Marketplace of Ideas. The media must be free of government interference.
But then somebody might buy the media and use it to promote its own interests.
With enough money you can manipulate the populace into believing
whatever piece of bullshit you come up with, and play the people against the government.
The media is a business like any other, ruled by supply and demand. The stations will broadcast whatever the people demand. And the people’s demand is supreme.
Yeah right, that’s why the American media promotes
mass immigration and fag lib while the people are consistently against it.
You will even demand that I open Russia’s media market to foreign capital, right?
But of course. Protectionism is bad for you.
So foreign billionaires can buy up Russian media and use it to promote their interests.
So after all this money and effort spent on election campaigns,
I’m an autocrat because my control of the media gives my candidacy an advantage over the others.
Yes. You see, it’s not fair. You get more coverage.
So what I’m supposed to do?
Oh well, it’s obvious. Abolish all media controls and let the market decide.
So let me get this straight. If I, the Russian government,
use the force of the state to control the media, I’m an autocrat.
If foreign financiers use their money to control the media, it’s real democracy.
Exactly! You’re a bright fellow.
Go to hell.
Soon enough sonny, soon enough.