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Clarissa's Blog

An academic's opinions on feminism, politics, literature, philosophy, teaching, academia, and a lot more.

A Scandal in Russia

Since I mentioned Russia anyway, there is a huge scandal going on there right now. So you know how Russian oligarchs (who very often, truth be told, are not ethnically Russian) ship in airplanes and boats full of prostitutes and go through them like Kleenex, right?

So in the past couple of days, one such prostitute made allegations that one of the most important oligarchs got together with one of the most powerful politicians and gang-raped her. After which, she says, they proceeded to discuss how they were going to meddle in the US elections with the help of Paul Manafort (this all happened while Manafort was managing the campaign.)

The funny part is that she’s got recordings of all this.

The scandalous part in Russia – ’cause it’s Russia, you know? – is not that an oligarch and a state official together decide the country’s policy without even trying to be discrete. And it’s definitely not that the US election was meddled with. The real outrage that people are experiencing is over a prostitute saying she was raped.

What is interesting to me is that it’s very clear that in the relationship between the oligarch and the state official, the latter is clearly the boss and the former is very eager to please and quite subservient.

What’s also interesting is that there should be such obvious and even desperate efforts to get the Mueller melodrama out of a ditch it’s currently in.

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