The Unsurprising, Unjust Conviction of Russia’s Opposition Leader

Aleksei Navalny woke up this morning knowing that he’d be found guilty of the crime of embezzlement. What he wasn’t absolutely sure of, though probably heavily suspected, was that he’d be given a lengthy jail sentence – five years, as it turns out, which is just one fewer than the prosecutor had asked for, along with a $15,400 fine. In one the last email exchange I had with him, a little over a week ago, he’d written back: “Will it happen before the 18th?” in response to a note alerting him something forthcoming that I knew would be of interest to him. He was under no illusions as to how little time he had left.There are four other “charges” pending against the Russian opposition leader and anti-corruption campaigner, and possibly more to come. Navalny had said recently that he’d lost count of the number of indictments being handed down by Vladimir Putin’s legal Thermidor, which is overseen by the Investigative Committee’s Alexander Bastrykin. Bastrykin is man who once threatened to to behead a journalist in a forest; he ordered his investigators, who initially turned up nothing, to turn up something related to Navalny’s theft.

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The Russian people ..lost one of the most ..eloquent defenders of their rights.

BARACK OBAMA on Putin’s critic Nemtsov, the critic of the Kremlin’s war who was gunned down.  

In 2009 Obama met Boris Nemtsov

I’ve been tagged!

Rules: Tag 20 blogs you’d like to know better.
I was tagged by @naamah-beherit - thank you! :)

Nickname: jack_r
Zodiac sign: Taurus
Height: 165 cm
Last Thing You Googled: “Hardtalk Navalny” - *adjusts glasses* Navalny is a Russian opposition leader who’s - I’m sorry - absolutely doomed. Hardtalk’s Stephen Sackur is always a joy to watch and after googling it I’m happy to report that he does a pretty good job in this interview as well.
Favourite music artist: The Lumineers.
Song stuck in my head: Halsey’s Coming Down - it’s a part of my playlist for The Rising so I’m going to be listening to this one for some time yet.
Last Movie you watched: Jagten, because I love Mads Mikkelsen and making myself sad.
What are you wearing right now: Sweatpants and a shirt
What do you post: My work, witty text posts and Gays on Ice.
Why did you choose your URL: I loved the sound of the word.
Do you have any other blogs: bind-and break - lots of pretty pictures and poetry for reference and inspiration.
What Did Your Past Relationship Teach You: If you really want to break up, do it. Honesty’s important and you owe them as much.
Religious Or Spiritual: Neither.
Favorite Color: Ivory
Average Hours Of Sleep: 6 - 7,5
Lucky Number: Don’t have one.
Favorite character Roman emperor: Hadrian. I’ll have you know that this was probably the hardest decision I ever had to make.
How Many Blankets Do you Sleep With: One.
Dream Job: A history professor - people have to listen to you rambling about something you love and you get paid for it? Yes please. (I’m being a bit ironic here - of course the reality’s bit more difficult, but I do truly enjoy research, writing and teaching. Maybe I’ll get there someday.)

I’m tagging: I need to hear from my men @anna-knew @exile-wrath @roseofenglandstuff. I’m not tagging anyone else, but if you feel up for it, do feel free!

Is Aleksei Navalny a Liberal or a Nationalist?

Aleksei Navalny has been called the best hope for liberalization in Russia. And he has been called the most dangerous man in the country.

Navalny has risen quickly to become the de facto head of Russia’s anti-Kremlin opposition – a rise based almost entirely on his relentless exposure of high-level hypocrisy and corruption and his consistent demand for fair elections.

While those positions are broadly endorsed by Russia’s liberals, some have voiced alarm about Navalny’s association with ethnic Russian nationalists and about some of his statements that they say are dangerously inflammatory.

Now that he is the leading opposition candidate in the September 8 mayoral election in Moscow, his past positions are coming under increased scrutiny – including by some who have coordinated the opposition to President Vladimir Putin’s rule for more than a decade.

Controversially, Navalny has participated in the annual Russian March, a parade uniting Russian nationalist groups of all stripes. He has also endorsed a nationalist-led campaign called Stop Feeding the Caucasus that has called for ending federal subsidies to the “corrupt” and “ineffective” governments of Chechnya and other North Caucasus republics.

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“Why should Putin just get to stomp around like a giant while the rest of us try not to get smushed under his big feet? I’m just as cute as Putin, right? I’m just as smart as Putin, people totally like me just as much as they like Putin! And when did it become okay for one person to be the boss of everybody? Because that’s not what Russia is about! We should totally just STAB PUTIN!”

Russian politics.

I know that usually tumblr doesn’t bothered about Russian politics, but today my country become step closer to autocratic mode.
Navalny have been arrested in the court, he has no fault, just arrested because he is oppose to Putin.
Some people go to protest now, but I promise my Mum to not take part in this dangerous actions.
So I stayed home.
Feel guilty, because I imagine myself in front of my future children, explaining why I wasn’t on Manezhnaya that day.
I don’t want a revolution, but oh my God, I just want my country back to my hands.
And nothing else.
I want my country being my, being Eupopean, with normal laws, with no corruption.
I want my friend married her girlfriend, because they deserved it.
I don’t want to be afraid, that somebody accuse me for being bisexual.
I want a normal country.
I want my country back to my hands.
Nothing else.

Navalny promise me to bring my country to me.
Now he is in the jail.
He was the leader I can believe, he is the men I trust.
But what now?
I got no answer.

I will pray for the revolution today.
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soz for posting some political shit but it’s really important for me and my country. navalny is our hope, the dream leader of our country, the main activist of putin’s opposition. he’s smart and intelligent, he fights for democracy and human rights, he’s our inspiration and the reason why good and kind people haven’t left this country yet. we believe in him and in our future :)

The election has not been exemplary, to say the least
—  said French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe about Putin’s reelection. With more than 99% of the votes counted, Putin received 63.75% of the vote, easily avoiding a runoff in a field of five candidates. International observers blasted the Sunday election, saying the outcome was never in doubt. Some foreign governments pledged to work with the new leader despite concerns about electoral violations. Thousands of Putin supporters and opponents take part in rallies. Police arrested 250 people. Among them were opposition activists Ilya Yashin, Alexei Navalny and Sergey Udaltsov, the Moscow branch of the Russian Interior Ministry reported.