Tag Navalny

Burying Russia

This dispatch by Tom Parfitt from Moscow was published by the Times of London and was not intended as an imitation of a piece from the Onion or the National Lampoon. Take a look at the images and video in…

Russia’s true leader

Oleg Kashin in the New York Times today (“Aleksei Navalny Is Russia’s True Leader“): Now, after getting rid of all his opponents, real and imaginary, Mr. Putin finds himself alone. Like the queen in a Russian fairy tale, who every…

Added in translation II

It’s good to know that Edward Luttwak put things straight when the Italian new agency Adnkronos asked his view on President Biden’s “killer” interview: Biden spoke the truth: Putin is a murderer [assassino]… In Berlin, where Navalny was hospitalized, they…

“Despite a requirement to comply”

The Guardian reports from Moscow: The European court of human rights has told Russia to free Alexei Navalny… In a ruling published on Wednesday, the Strasbourg-based court granted Navalny a temporary release from jail because it said the government “could…

When no one has your back

Nothing projects self-confidence more convincingly than anonymous Kremlin sources saying “we’re not afraid of the protests.” On this, Mark Galeotti sounds like the voice of common sense: The more the Kremlin projects confidence that it can ride out any protests,…

Navalny’s return III

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…

Murder as addiction II

Bellingcat has published the results of yet another investigation into the Kremlin’s poison brigade. Three more deaths – previously regarded as suspicious – can now be assigned to the actions of that hit squad with a likelihood high enough for…

No such thing as boundless meekness

Kevin Rothrock tweeted this yesterday: 39 cops have reportedly been injured at rallies across Russia today. Expect that to be the headline news from the state media. Russian libertarians are about to get a taste of the “BLM is all…

Murder as addiction

For a long time I could not wrap my mind around the poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko. Later I had trouble believing that Sergei Skripal had been poisoned by the Kremlin, until the evidence became incontrovertible. I could not explain to…

Navalny’s return II

They sent provocateurs to the Vnukovo airport where Navalny supporters had gathered to meet and greet him back home. They diverted the plane to another airport, Sheremetyevo. They detained Navalny there – even before he had crossed the line from…

Navalny’s return

Alexei Navalny plans to return to Moscow tonight on a Pobeda flight. The Kremlin – the same bunch who ordered him killed in August 2020 – is likely to arrest him on whatever charges their lackeys are capable of trumping…