navalny

Corruption of the russian authorities and oppression of citizens are something a typical Russian has got used to since the reign of Vladimir Putin. However, there’re still a big mass of people who aren’t indifferent and aren’t going to surrender to all the injustices that are happening in Russia.

Yesterday on the 7th of October on the birthday of Putin they showed their faces throughout the whole Russia. The trigger to be up in arms again against the current government was the unjust arrest of the opposition leader Alexey Navalny, who is leading a presidential campaign and finds a lot of support in the whole Russia.

The main rallies were hold in Moscow and Saint Petersburg where thousands of people were marching on the central streets chanting “Free Navalny”, “Russia without Putin”, Happy birthday" (an irony to Putin’s jubilee).

It’s important to note that the police
were especially fierce and cruel: there were a few cases when people got serious injuries from the hands of police officers.

What distinguishes yesterday’s rallies from others is that it’s not ended. People hope that they can turn the rally into something bigger and more serious. Today in Moscow in Manezhnaya Square people are going to continue their demonstrations and are ready to stay for the night. The first demonstrators were already arrested. The organisators have started a campaign to collect food and warm clothes. The same kind of action is going to be held in Saint Petersburg.

The authorities are currently acting most fiercely and are not ashamed of violating the Russian Constitution and people’s liberty.

Seems like Pandora’s box was opened.. Well, let’s see what the future holds for  freedom-loving Russians.

Hi.
My name is Anja (Anastasia, actually, but i prefer to call myself this way).
I am so sorry for my english, it is foreign to me.
I know, that many users don’t like when non-english-speaker tries to write on english, but it is necessery now.
Well, I’m from Russia.
*Many people will skip this text without any attention because of attitude to my country, and I understand that, but if you are still reading - thank you. It is extremely important for me*
I have been living there for all my life (for about 20 years).
When I was a child, I really loved my country.
I knew, that it is so beautiful, that there is no words in my vocabulary to describe its beauty. Large wild forests, home for wonderful birds and animals, sparkly rivers, so cold and vivid, boundless sky, so bright at mornings and evenings, so brilliant at noon and so deeply-dark at night.
Big cities and small villages side by side, modern skyscrapers near by old wooden houses from before last century.
A pleiad of great scientists, writers, poets, composers, artists…
I used to love my country. But something had gone the very bad way.
I suppose, it is all started when I was in high school.
It was 2014, when all of these occasions in the Ukraine started.
I and all of my classmates were shocked, stunned. We didn’t understand, what is happening, why it is happening. We thought that it isn’t real, that it is just a bad long joke. We were confused when started all that things with Crimea, we wanted that to stop.
Our teacher said, that this is the way the history happens: one day it will be in the school books, but for us, for people, the whole world turned into something weird, complicate and dangerous.
From that moment, Russia started to do some mad things in the international area.
But also, a few years ago, it started to do some horrible things against it own citizens.
From 2011 to 2013, several mass protests took place in the country. They were due to results of legislative election in 2011 and president election in 2012. Our “new” president was again Vladimir Putin. Our President for 17 years.
After arests of protestants, in our country passed a law, that limited participation in rallies. This law was need to make the protestants fall silent.
Now, in 2017, this hysteria has reached the unthinkable scale. In the eve of the 2018 president election, the authorities “do their best” to strangle the opposition candidate Alexey Navalny and all the opposition generally.
They do not let us speak. They don’t want us to exist, to act, to fight lawfully. And they break our laws, our Constitution; they forget about our human and civil rights, about freedom of speech. They want us to be their silent slaves.
And today, at October 7th, I write this post in honor of USSR Constitution Day and to support the legal rallies all across the country.

I MAKE DEMANDS:

a) I demand political competition;

b) I demand admition of Navalny and any other candidate, who can collect the required 300,000 signatures, to 2018 president election.


We  speak that in the Internet. We speak that on the streets of our cities.
I will not be silence anymore.

Попытка ослепить того, кто возвращает зрение целой стране.

Только они забыли, что есть люди, которых никогда не получится погрузить в кромешную тьму. Можно отключить им глаза, можно голову и тело – свет вокруг них не погаснет. Всех не перестреляете, не посадите, не обесточите. Вам пора понять, что у врага вашего режима, доводящего страну до судорог и потери сознания, миллионы глаз и сердец. Этот враг дышит глубоко, свободно и бесстрашно. Смотрит прямо в ваши испуганные мутные глазки, которые уже одолевает нервный тик. И от этого взгляда не избавиться ни зеленкой, ни кислотой, ни пулями.

Фото: Евгений Фельдман

Fucking russian political circus

In March 2018 in Russia will be presidential elections. Putin and his vile government are already preparing for this event. After 17 years of Russian rule Putin expects to remain in power for another 6 years. And, most likely, it will happen.

There is no politics in my country, no political competition, no democracy. There are no serious opposition forces and parties which could influence the population of Russia, 70% of whom still get all information only from TV or newspapers - which are full of propaganda and controlled by the government. There is a very severe censorship: in mass media it is possible to speak only about what the state allows. Unfortunately, independent opposition media have really small audience.

However, even in this such difficult conditions, a person appears, with is supported by his loyal team, is ready to challenge all this criminal power which occupied Russia for 17 years. The name of this person is Alexey Navalny. Once beginning as a lawyer, he later focused on creating compromising videos which expose the fraudulent and criminal nature of the Putin regime. Videos about corruption and luxurious lifes of officials, ministers, close Putin’s friends (what a coincidence, what all his friends are amazingly rich!)

The most resonant video-investigation is about the head of the government of Russian Federation – about Dmitry Medvedev. About his cool sneakers, bright shirts, and of course about a duck’s house… Plus about his palaces, yachts, and vineyards in Tuscany… but it’s trivia. The government didn’t react to this video in any way. The media also didn’t say any word. This angered Navalny and he appealed to his audience and followers to go out to streets and ask the government to give any real comment about the video and reproofs. Almost 93000 people in whole Russia went out to streets with peaceful protest, almost 2000 people were arested. Mass media described these protests as the action of traitors to the homeland, the participants were called schoolkids, who were promised money if they come to the action and if they be arrested. Just lie and shame…

Finally in december 2016 Alexey Navalny declared what he will participate in presidential elections as a candidate. Were opened accounts for receiving donations. Thanks to like-minded people and followers, campaign headquarters were opened in many towns of Russia. Navalny visited to these headquarters, met with potential voters, met with ordinary people who don’t trust him and continue to believe Putin - he tried to give to them his thoughts, tried to open their eyes.

The headquarters were often attacked by Putin’s groups and also shut down by the police. But time goes… more people get know about Navalny, more and more people recognize the truth what Russia has serious problems and the current government needs to be changed. Putin and his thieving friends are afraid of this. A fake criminal case is being filed against him for, ostensibly, fraud when he was an entrepreneur. He is given a suspended sentence of two years’ imprisonment. European Court of Human Rightsthe calls this verdict illegal and demands to cancel it, but the Russian government does not worry about it – Navalny has a suspended sentence and cause of this he can’t participate in elections.

For create the illusion of democratic elections Putin and Co decided to expose “sort of an independent opposition candidate” – TV presenter, journalist, publicist Ksenia Sobchak. This woman, of course, is trying to convince everyone what this is her own decision, what she is determined to replace Navalny, what she acts as a candidate “against all”. But the facts of her biography turn all these her words into “blah-blah-blah”.

She is the daughter of Anatoly Sobchak, he was the mayor of St. Petersburg in the 90s, and Putin at that time was a minor assistant to Anatoly Sobchak, wore suitcases behind him. Putin always was next to Sobchak’s family at the time and Ksenia grew up in front of him, he was for her as God father.

She is known as a TV presenter of few dumb reality shows, as a bad actress, as a not bad interviewer, as a public figure whose opinion changes as quickly as the direction of the wind. And also known for having close ties with the Kremlin.

It is obvious what Putin and Co allows her to participate in elections to create the appearance of competition and rivalry. It is clear what she will pull on herself some of the opposition votes, which would be intended for Navalny. It is clear what just very few people will vote for her because she’s bored and not interesting to all: for lovers of Putin and for opposition. And it is obvious what this is being done to legitimize the elections. Soon there will be a couple or more “pet” candidates - just for quantity. And Putin in all this “fight” will win. Great scheme, bravo!

Now the whole more or less educated and intelligent population of Russia, who wants to live humanly, could try to move out this country, to make revolution or just to make mass suicide.

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Russians gathered in front of the Russian embassy in London to protest corruption and make Dmitry Medvedev respond.

Recently, it was discovered that Dmitry Medvedev has insane amounts of expensive luxury properties and he still hasn’t said a thing about that.

The Russian government tried it’s best to cover this mess up. Today we’re fighting them and trying to make them pay for stealing so much from us.

This is the reason why the salaries are so low, this is the reason why our healthcare is so shitty, this is the reason why old people aren’t paid enough to survive.

I WANT PEOPLE OUTSIDE OF THE RUSSIAN FEDERATION TO KNOW ABOUT THIS. I WANT THE WHOLE WORLD TO KNOW HOW SHITTY OUR GOVERNMENT IS.

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Guys, your tags in the last post regarding Russia are heart-melting… All your support and interest in what’s really going on here - it’s really important. Cause thanks to the government’ actions we feel isolated, the TV keeps saying we’re surrounded by foes and any protest will lead to blood, failure for the motherland and the triumph of the enemies… They keep silent about the real enemy within. 

Guess how many official channels talked about the nationwide protests the day they happened? About all the people who got beaten and arrested? Not. Any. One. I’m not kidding. The day after, press choicely started to mention ‘illegal protests in some towns, sponsored by provocators’.  

(What makes your demonstration ‘legal’ in Putin’s Russia: your meeting, its goals, slogans and placement must me officially approved by the  government agency beforehand. If you go to the street without their approval, you’re automatically counted as a perpetrator. Some activists were arrested in the cafe whilst just discussing the forthcoming meeting. The organizators are tracked by the social network chats and calls - when our only way of communication is the Internet, cause the opposition has no chance of being heard on TV or in the press. If you still dare to go to the demostration with a broadsheet and stay safe, there is a high chance of being fired at work or barred from the university. Those who bear anti-putin broadsheets are arrested in the first place).

Nevertheless, the government wants to make an illusion that there is no real opposition in Russia. And that the opposition leader who initiated the protests all-over the country, Alexei Navalny, is not trust-worthy and more is like a clown… 
A few days before the demonstrations, an unknown person splashed brilliant green dye in his face and ran away. Not talking about a damage for eyes it could cause, were they expecting he won’t show in public with a green face? 

Well, it only resulted in green becoming ‘the new black’ in the protests~ 

The government claims such ‘anti-patriots’ are dangerous and lead the country to the downfall and blood… It’s them, not us, who do this. 

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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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 will go to the protest 15 January but I promise my Mum to not take part in this dangerous actions.
But I will. 

I will 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. 
I want a normal country.
I want my country back to my hands.
Nothing else.
Navalny promise me to bring my country to me.
What if he will 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.
And I hate Pooteen

My hero. Alexey Navalny.