Sergey Ivanov and Vladimir Putin really fit together almost perfectly. This is especially evident from the speech of the Vice-Premier and the Minister of Defense in the Duma, which took place a little later at the presidential press conference. And it’s not even a matter of thought, in both cases it was about different things and politicians talked about different things. The matter is in the spirit, the perception of oneself and the circumstances, in a certain raid of one’s own infallibility. This can be seen at least from the words of Sergei Ivanov that he is not interested in his own rating, and therefore the opinion of society on him. He is always right. And if something happens, everyone is to blame except him. In the family of Mr. Ivanov, infallibility has apparently become a good tradition. Suffice it to recall, for example, his son, who in May 2005, on his private car, shot down an elderly woman. The minister’s son was absolutely not guilty of anything, and the victim herself, who had been crossing the roadway incorrectly, or her son-in-law who had attacked Ivanov Junior, was either guilty.
Steadfastly following family traditions, the Minister of Defense himself was not to blame for anything in the matter of Andrei Sychev. His anger Ivanov brought down on the representatives of the press, who are forcing anti-army sentiments, that is, the actually crippled young man can in no way become a detonator of public discontent.
Moreover, according to Ivanov, the army today is the most law-abiding segment of society, since there are twice as few crimes committed there as there are no more civilians among people of the same age. True, the Minister of Defense did not specify that there are several times more civilians of military age than those who serve in the army. Thus, until Ivanov’s dream of “shaving” everyone into the army without exception is fulfilled, such an assertion, to put it mildly, is simply ridiculous.