Absent from this coverage was any mention of the laws that effectively ban street protests in Russia or the jailing of prominent bloggers and dissidents. Then again, as the Russian-American writer Julia Ioffe explained in The New Republic last week, officials in Moscow have long relied on discussions of racial inequality in the United States to counter criticism of their own human rights abuses. “The now sacred Russian tactic of ‘whataboutism’ started with civil rights,” Ms. Ioffe wrote. ” -
“Russia, Iran and Egypt Heckle U.S. About Tactics in Ferguson” by Robert Mackey in the nytimes.

This entire article is “whataboutism” bit somehow it’s a sacred Russian tactic?