Posts Tagged ‘Pussy Riot’

  1. Russistan’s blasphemy law?

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    May 11, 2017 by AK

    Observer.com, formerly the New York Observer, reports from Russia: Thursday morning in a Moscow courtroom, YouTuber Ruslan Sokolovsky was sentenced to three and a half years probation for an August stunt in which he filmed himself playing Pokémon Go in church. In a Yekaterinburg courtroom, if I remember correctly. Sokolovsky’s YouTube channel had about 280,000 …
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  2. The Lord’s refuse

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    April 5, 2017 by AK

    Christopher Caldwell’s speech at Hillsdale College, How to Think About Vladimir Putin, suggests an angle and a point of view symptomatic of a certain strain of thought on the American right. I believe it rests on error. No matter what perspective the observer chooses, mistaking myths and half-truths for verifiable facts will distort his view …
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  3. Try a different pair of glasses

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    June 18, 2014 by AK

    NYC artist Molly Crabapple complains that American “dissidents” are being ignored by American supporters of dissidents worldwide. I suspect that the author has succumbed to an optical illusion. Molly Crabapple was a close and sympathetic observer of the Occupy movement and the trials and tribulations of its members must have acquired a cosmic and tragic …
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  4. Lessons from Net wars: letters from Mordovia

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    March 23, 2014 by AK

    Nadezhda Tolokonnikova’s prison letters documenting abuse and exploitation of her fellow inmates by the labor camp administration were met with vicious ridicule in the comments section. This is not what one would expect from the Guardian crowd. One can be cynical enough to believe Pussy Riot were deliberately seeking imprisonment as a self-promotion strategy, but …
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  5. Lessons from Net wars

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    March 23, 2014 by AK

    While debating the Meredith Kercher murder case on discussion boards and in comments sections, I came to believe that most pro-guilt, anti-Knox posters were arguing in bad faith. Rather, they are propagandists using a variety of tools: lies, half-truths, misconceptions, smears, innuendo, deflection, whataboutism, projection, bogus moral indignation, appeal to authority, and, of course, trolling. …
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  6. When in doubt, call them hooligans

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    October 27, 2013 by AK

    Russia has announced that it will be replacing the original piracy charges against the Greenpeace 30 with hooliganism and, for some, resistance to lawful authorities. Hooliganism is becoming a one size fits all charge – unexpectedly linking Pussy Riot and the Greenpeace 30.


  7. Member of Putin’s party invests profits from Russian slave labor in Florida

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    October 5, 2013 by AK

    “It’s the Prison Industrial Complex à la Russe,” I replied to someone in the comment section of the Guardian, which printed Nadezhda Tolokonnikova’s letter from the forced labor camp in Mordovia. Sean has more on this in “Russia’s Prisoners Labor for the Market.” I have never doubted that Russia’s prisoner-slaves are working for a purpose, …
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  8. Something’s happening thanks to Nadezhda’s “prison diary”

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    September 26, 2013 by AK

    The letter has worked, in a way: several member of the presidential human rights commission have visited the IK-14 penal colony where Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot is serving her two-year term. One of them, Ilya Shablinsky – a professor of constitutional law at the Higher School of Economics, perhaps Russia’s best university – says he …
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  9. Hell is a place on earth

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    September 23, 2013 by AK

    Nadezhda Tolokonnikova’s letter from a Gulag-like labor camp in Mordovia.


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