There’s no shortage of sources to follow the Russian protests. I should probably recommend two Telegram channels in this post, RussiaNexta and SOTA. You don’t have to know Russian – just look though the images and the videos. The story would tell itself.
Alexei Navalny said this during the absurd court hearing that sent him to prison yesterday:
Murder is the only way [Putin] knows how to fight. He’ll go down in history as nothing but a poisoner. We all remember Alexander the Liberator and Yaroslav the Wise. Well, now we’ll have Vladimir the Underpants Poisoner.
“The Underpants Poisoner” is a reference to the fact that Navalny’s attackers applied Novichok to his trunks. Alexander the Liberator is Alexander II, who abolished serfdom in 1861. Yaroslav the Wise was the grand prince of Kyiv/Kiev in 1019-1054.
“Murder is the only way he knows how to fight” sums up things pretty well, I feel. It’s one thing that doesn’t get emphasized often enough: the Russian dictator appears to be a habitual murderer. A chilling thought.
You’d say mass murderers are common enough, unfortunately. True, but “burn down this town with all its people” is different from “rid me of this turbulent” politician repeated a dozen times a year.