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Murder as self-actualization

Extracts from Alexei Navalny’s interview with Mediazona published on Wednesday: Although we know that the Kremlin is full of monstrous bloodsuckers, that they are so fixated on money and power that they have lost their minds… We didn’t expect them…

Putin puts up Such a Good Defense

A much-respected Russian scholar has compared the latest goings-on in Russian politics to a French folk tale. I believe it can be found in Henri Pourrat’s collection Le Trésor des contes. (I hope I understood the comparison correctly.) Its title…

Is necrosis contagious?

Alexander Lukashenko flew to Sochi yesterday to beg Vladimir Putin for help. He was promised a loan of $1.5 billion. Here are two clippings from Radio Liberty’s yesterday’s broadcast, in my translation from Russian. Anatoly Lebed’ko, a Belarusian politician: Lukashenko…

Navalny poisoned with Novichok

Here’s the latest – well, almost – from Germany: Toxicology test results from a German military hospital produced results showing “unequivocal evidence” that Navalny was poisoned with Novichok, a German government spokesperson said. In a more precise formulation, “unequivocal evidence…

Navalny poisoned

Alexei Navalny, the Russian opposition leader, has been poisoned and is in a coma. He is being treated in a hospital in Omsk, a major city in Western Siberia. Police officers and secret police agents have cut off all access…

A sign of dejection?

Greece is trying to stop Turkey (or, rather, Erdoğan) from turning Hagia Sophia into a mosque: The Greek government is preparing a diplomatic push for the European Union to sanction Turkey as a first response to its decision of converting…

Inconstitucionalissimamente

Support for Putin’s “amendments” among the general public, according to all non-Kremlin polls, has never came close to 50% in the past couple of months. More like 30%, actually, or even less. The official “referendum” tally suggests a turnout and…

Moscow windows

When the Kremlin releases its own “exit polls” from today’s, hmmm, “referendum,” they will reveal as much about the true results as these windows reveal about the inside of the house. (Check out a high-resulution photo for all the details.)…