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    Russian Opposition Leader Alexei Navalny

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    Opposition leader Alexei Navalny has been doused in bright green liquid by an unknown assailant in the Siberian city of Barnaul.

    Navalny tweeted Monday: "I will be opening a headquarters in Barnaul as if I am from the film The Mask! Cool. Even my teeth are green!" He was referring to the Hollywood film that features a superhero who wears a green mask.

    The green liquid, a common Russian antiseptic that remains on skin for days, was reportedly sprayed in Navalny's face as he went to shake a man's hand.

    Navalny is currently traveling around Russia opening headquarters and campaigning to stand in the 2018 presidential elections. A criminal conviction for fraud officially bars him from running, but supporters say the charges are politically motivated.

    Russian Opposition Leader Navalny Doused in Green Liquid

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    Brave man.

    If he remotely looks like a threat, Vlad will have him killed or jailed.

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    Is this the Russians Green Party.

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    Kremlin: Russian Opposition Plans for Weekend Protest Illegal

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    The Kremlin on Friday said calls from prominent Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny to hold a protest rally in the center of Moscow on Sunday were an
    illegal provocation.

    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told a conference call with reporters that official permission had not been granted for the rally, which organizers say is to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

    Peskov also said Russian President Vladimir Putin, at a meeting in the Kremlin with French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, did not discuss financial aid for her campaign.

    Kremlin: Russian Opposition Plans for Weekend Protest Illegal

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hugh Cow View Post
    Or a subtle warning that next time it might be acid.

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    The assassination of Alexander Litvinenko: 20 things about his death we have learned this week - Telegraph
    "Evidence some of it too secret to be heard in public"

    "2. Mr Litvinenko, who received an allowance from fugitive British-based Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky, "

    Boris Berezovsky was killed in his bathroom because he was preparing to give Vladimir Putin evidence of a plot involving leading oligarchs to topple the strongman in a coup, it was claimed today.
    The exiled Russian tycoon was slain by Western secret services linked to the plan to overthrow the Kremlin leader.
    The theory comes from Berezovsky's former long-time head of security Sergei Sokolov, who disputed the version of British police that the ex-billionaire took his own life, aged 67, in Berkshire in March 2013.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    The assassination of Alexander Litvinenko: 20 things about his death we have learned this week - Telegraph
    "Evidence some of it too secret to be heard in public"

    "2. Mr Litvinenko, who received an allowance from fugitive British-based Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky, "

    Boris Berezovsky was killed in his bathroom because he was preparing to give Vladimir Putin evidence of a plot involving leading oligarchs to topple the strongman in a coup, it was claimed today.
    The exiled Russian tycoon was slain by Western secret services linked to the plan to overthrow the Kremlin leader.
    The theory comes from Berezovsky's former long-time head of security Sergei Sokolov, who disputed the version of British police that the ex-billionaire took his own life, aged 67, in Berkshire in March 2013.


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    About as believable as his imaginary "letter of apology" to Vlad.

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    Ruskies have been doing this type of stuff since year dot.

    It's not surprising.Just look at the way they drive....

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    Russian Police Arrest Opposition Leader Navalny at Moscow Protest



    MOSCOW —
    Russian protesters have demonstrated by the thousands in cities across the country in support of a call by Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny for accountability among Russian elite. Over a hundred people were detained around Moscow’s Pushkin square, including Navalny, for protesting without permission.

    “This is an important event! We came here to express our position as citizens,” said one protester who just gave her first name-Alina. “We came to remain citizens of our country.”

    “By my presence here, I stand against the corruption of the incumbent power,” said another protester who only gave his first name-Maxim. “The authorities do not feel like talking to their people, they communicate only through force-applying methods.”

    Navalny, a Kremlin critic, was detained as he arrived to join the Moscow rally. Reports from the scene say police put him in a truck that was surrounded by hundreds of protesters who tried to open its doors and halt the arrest.

    The protests appeared to be the largest coordinated outpouring of dissatisfaction since the massive 2011-2012 demonstrations following a fraud-tainted parliamentary election.

    Navalny called the demonstrations after publishing a detailed report earlier this month accusing Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of amassing a collection of mansions, yachts and vineyards through a shadowy network of non-profit organizations.

    The report has been viewed over 11 million times on YouTube. Medvedev has not reacted to it so far.

    Navalny said on his official website that 99 Russian cities planned to protest, but that in 72 of them local authorities did not give permission.

    There was scant coverage of the demonstrations on Russia's official media. A short report on Tass said a police officer was injured during an "unauthorized" rally in Moscow.

    Navalny, who has announced his intention to run for president in next year's election, has been rallying supporters in major Russian cities in recent weeks.

    Russian Police Arrest Opposition Leader Navalny at Moscow Protest

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    Is this the beginning of the end for Putin the Dictator?

    I thought Navalny was a brave man, but it will be interesting to see what Vlad the Dictator does now.

    It sounds as if any attempt at jailing or killing Navalny would be probably rebound on him.


    Aleksei Navalny, Top Putin Critic, Arrested as Protests Flare in Russia
    By ANDREW HIGGINSMARCH 26, 2017

    MOSCOW — The Russian police arrested hundreds of people in nationwide anti-corruption protests on Sunday, including the opposition leader Aleksei Navalny in Moscow, where thousands gathered for the biggest demonstration in five years against President Vladimir V. Putin.

    The protest in the capital took the form of a synchronized walk along a major shopping street to avoid a ban on unsanctioned stationary gatherings. It was one of 99 similar rallies in cities and towns across the country — from Vladivostok in the far east to Kaliningrad in the west — according to the organizer, Mr. Navalny’s anti-corruption foundation.

    All but 17 of these, the foundation said, had been declared illegal by the authorities.

    In Moscow, some protesters tried to block security vans with cars, and the authorities deployed the riot police and surveillance helicopters. But they mostly avoided the brutal measures used in neighboring Belarus on Saturday against protesters in the capital, Minsk, and other cities.

    The police in Belarus beat and arrested hundreds of people who tried to gather for the latest in demonstrations against President Alexander Lukashenko, who has been in power since 1994.

    But while less heavy-handed than in Belarus, whose Soviet-style president is often referred to as “Europe’s last dictator,” the police crackdown in Moscow could still complicate efforts by President Trump to deliver on pledges to “get along” with Mr. Putin.

    In a statement on Sunday that reflected widespread wariness of the Russian leader in Washington, Senator Ben Sasse, Republican of Nebraska, said: “Putin’s thugocracy is on full display. The United States government cannot be silent about Russia’s crackdown on peaceful protesters. Free speech is what we’re all about and Americans expect our leaders to call out thugs who trample the basic human rights of speech, press, assembly and protest.”

    Shortly after the senator’s statement, Mark Toner, the acting spokesman for the State Department in Washington, said the United States “strongly condemns the detention of hundreds of peaceful protesters throughout Russia on Sunday” and called for their immediate release. “Detaining peaceful protesters, human rights observers, and journalists is an affront to core democratic values,” he added.

    The protests in Russia on Sunday — nominally against corruption but also a rare show of public defiance against Mr. Putin, who has found a fierce and enduring critic in Mr. Navalny — were the largest coordinated display of public dissatisfaction since anti-Kremlin demonstrations in 2011 and 2012, after an election that was tainted by fraud.

    Protesters tried to prevent a police van from taking Mr. Navalny away and chanted: “This is our city. This is our city.” Others shouted, “Russia without Putin,” and held up pieces of paper denouncing the Russian president and his allies as thieves.

    In a Twitter post, Mr. Navalny urged his followers to continue with the demonstration after he was grabbed by police officers as he tried to join the crowds along Tverskaya Street in the center of Moscow.

    “Guys, I’m O.K.,” he wrote in a message in Russian. “No need to fight to get me out. Walk along Tverskaya. Our topic of the day is the fight against corruption.”

    The Moscow Police Department said on its website that “around 500” people had been arrested in the city for taking part in an “unapproved public event.” OVD-info, a group that monitors arrests, said the number of arrests in Moscow was at least 1,000.

    Instead of waving big banners with antigovernment slogans as in previous protests, most of those who joined Sunday’s walk on Tverskaya Street displayed their feelings discreetly. Some waved Russian flags, cloaking their opposition in the same patriotism that Mr. Putin has used so successfully to boost his popularity.

    Others carried easily hidden signs featuring pictures of ducks, a reference to a claim by Mr. Navalny that corrupt officials even build houses for their ducks. Among those arrested in Moscow were Russian and foreign journalists, the leader of a small opposition party, Nikolai Lyaskin — who said he was hit around the head by police officers and taken to a hospital — and a British student, Gregory Hill, 17.

    Demoralized and divided since the post-2011 election protests, which fizzled amid a wave of arrests, Russia’s opposition has struggled to make its voice heard over a din of pro-government sentiment on state-controlled television, which invariably presents opponents of Mr. Putin as traitors in cahoots with the West.

    But Mr. Navalny, a charismatic anti-corruption campaigner who helped lead the 2011-12 protests, has shown a knack for turning repressive action against him and his followers to his own advantage. When an assailant doused him in a green liquid in Siberia last week, he exulted that his face made him look like a superhero.

    Instead of directly attacking Mr. Putin, who is hugely popular outside more liberal-leaning cities like Moscow, Mr. Navalny has focused on rallying support by exposing corruption, an issue that alarms even many of Mr. Putin’s supporters.

    Mr. Putin, who is widely expected to seek another term as president in elections next year, has ruled Russia as president or prime minister since the former president, Boris N. Yeltsin, resigned on Dec. 31, 1999. He faces no credible opposition other than that mobilized by Mr. Navalny, the founder and leader of the Foundation for Fighting Corruption.

    The opposition leader has declared his intention to run in the 2018 presidential race, despite a criminal conviction in February on fraud charges that made him ineligible to compete but was widely viewed as a political ploy to keep him out of the race.

    Even if Mr. Navalny manages to compete for the presidency, he has little chance of winning. But his presence on the ballot would end what since 2000 have been a series of tightly choreographed presidential contests that resembled coronations.

    Dmitri Charishnikov, a 36-year-old web designer who answered Mr. Navalny’s call to walk up and down Tverskaya Street, said protests would change nothing as most Russians “believe what they see on television” and strongly support Mr. Putin. But he added that he still wanted to show that “another Russia still exists.”

    Nearby, a police officer shouted through a bullhorn that all those walking in the area were “participants in an unsanctioned gathering” and must immediately disperse or risk prosecution.

    State television, the main source of news for most Russians, responded to the protests by ignoring them.

    In a report published this month, Mr. Navalny detailed how Prime Minister Dmitri A. Medvedev, a close ally of Mr. Putin’s, had built a lavish empire of mansions, country estates, luxury yachts, an Italian vineyard and an 18th-century palace near St. Petersburg.

    Mr. Navalny called for the protests after Russia’s Parliament, which is dominated by United Russia — a political party loyal to Mr. Putin — ignored demands for an investigation into accusations of corruption by senior government officials.

    By dusk on Sunday, the protests in Moscow had wound down after sporadic scuffles between the police and protesters.

    Russian news media reported at least one police officer was taken to a hospital in Moscow with head injuries. A spokesman for the interior ministry in St. Petersburg denied reports one of its officers had died after being beaten by protesters.

    Correction: March 26, 2017
    An earlier version of this article, and the accompanying headline, misstated the number of places in Russia where organizers said protests took place. They were in 99 cities and towns, not 100.
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    Well thanks for the proof that the CIA are manipulating Russia's election outcome.

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    Russian Court Jails, Fines Opposition Leader Over Mass Protests

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    A court in Russia sentenced opposition leader and anti-corruption blogger Alexei Navalny on Monday to 15 days in jail for resisting police and fined him 20,000 roubles, about $350, for organizing what authorities said was an illegal, mass protest in Moscow.

    Navalny rejected official claims that the demonstration Sunday afternoon, part of the biggest unsanctioned anti-government protests in years, was illegal.

    "In accordance with a decision made by the Russian Constitutional Court, in the event of denial or if no alternative locations were proposed three days prior, we were supposed to go to the initial place. The legal requirements were observed 100 percent," the state news agency TASS quoted Navalny as telling the court.

    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on Monday said Moscow authorities offered two alternative sites to the organizers, according to the Interfax news agency. "Those sites were rejected. In actual fact, people were deliberately dragged to unauthorized locations. Of course, one cannot agree with that," he said.

    Peskov called the protesters provocateurs looking to incite violence and accused organizers of exploiting children, claiming many were paid to attend but citing no evidence.

    Navalny’s lawyer said they would appeal the sentence.

    Russian Court Jails, Fines Opposition Leader Over Mass Protests

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    Russian Prosecutors Move to Block Online Calls for Protests

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    Russian prosecutors moved Friday to block calls on social networks for more street protests in Moscow and other Russian cities following a wave of rallies that have cast a new challenge to the Kremlin.

    Tens of thousands of demonstrators turned out in Moscow and other cities Sunday to rally against official corruption in the largest outpouring of discontent in years.

    The Prosecutor General's office confirmed Friday it has requested the state communications watchdog to block pages on social networks calling for more protests this Sunday in Moscow and elsewhere in Russia.

    Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who organized Sunday's unsanctioned protest, is serving a 15-day sentence on charges of resisting police. More than 1,000 protesters have been arrested in Moscow, and many have been sentenced to brief jail terms and fines.

    The U.S. and the EU have criticized the crackdown and urged Russia to release all detainees, but President Vladimir Putin has rejected the criticism as meddling in Russia's internal affairs.

    Without naming Navalny, Putin, who faces re-election in March 2018, has denounced those protest organizers who try to use anti-corruption slogans in "narrow selfish political goals."

    Navalny has declared his intention to run for president and vowed to appeal a conviction that bars him from the race, which he denounced as politically driven.

    Faced with a tough challenge, the Kremlin is mulling a response.

    Putin on Thursday vowed to fight corruption, but also warned that the government wouldn't allow any breach of law. He drew parallels with the Arab Spring uprisings in Africa and the Middle East and protests in Ukraine that toppled a Russia-friendly president in 2014.

    "Everybody should act in political processes within the framework of the law. All those who go outside this law should bear punishment in accordance with Russian legislation," Putin said.

    The protests have shaken Russia's sleepy political scene and reinvigorated the opposition after years of relentless official crackdown, showing public readiness to brave draconian laws which make repeated participation in unsanctioned protests punishable with prison terms and hefty fines.

    In contrast with the past, when opposition demonstrations were mostly limited to Moscow and St. Petersburg, Sunday's rallies engulfed dozens of provincial cities and towns. In another new phenomenon, the rallies also saw large attendance by school and university students.

    Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, dodged a question about Putin's reaction to a statement from prominent film director Alexander Sokurov, who urged the Kremlin to listen to the protesters' demands and refrain from using force to avoid "political catastrophes."

    "They were grabbing teenage students by their legs and carrying them away in a very brutal, violent way," Sokurov said Tuesday while receiving a movie award. "The government makes a grave mistake when it treats students like that. You shouldn't start a civil war with schoolchildren and university students, you should listen to them!"

    Peskov, speaking Friday in a conference call with reporters, said only that Putin is ready to listen to arguments by Sokurov and other cultural figures, but doesn't always agree with their views.

    Russian Prosecutors Move to Block Online Calls for Protests

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    Russian Opposition Leader: Government Has Rescinded Passport Offer

    Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said early Thursday he had been granted a passport, but later posted on social media that government officials wouldn't let him use the documents to travel outside the country.

    Navalny said after denying him the travel document for five years, authorities unexpectedly issued him a passport so he could travel abroad to receive treatment for his eye.

    Navalny suffered a severe chemical burn on his face last week when an attacker dumped a green dye on him and, as a result, has lost 85 percent of the sight in his right eye. He was under the impression he could use his passport to travel abroad for treatment, but he said a prison official phoned his lawyer Thursday to inform him that Navalny would not be permitted to leave the country.

    Navalny had previously been denied the document over an embezzlement conviction many observers believe to be politically motivated.

    "So they gave me a foreign travel passport, but have banned me from traveling," Navalny said in a social media post. "Why did they give it to me then? To use it to wrap up fish?"

    Navalny has said he thinks he may be able to regain full use of the eye. In an earlier post on his blog, Navalny said his doctors suggested he go abroad for treatment, as he may need to receive a cornea transplant.

    On Wednesday, a Russian court denied Navalny's appeal of the embezzlement charges that were lodged against him over a timber deal he was involved with in 2009. The court's decision to uphold the charges could mean Navalny is ineligible to run for president in 2018.

    Navalny has said he believes he is eligible to run because he is not imprisoned. However, some Russian legal experts have questioned this.

    Russian Opposition Leader: Government Has Rescinded Passport Offer

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    Russian city officials won't allow an opposition rally because they think the CIA invented rubber duckies

    In a lawsuit brought by Alexey Navalny’s presidential campaign in Izhevsk, state officials have submitted evidence arguing that the yellow ducky — shorthand among Navalny’s supporters for corruption linked to Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev — is actually a symbol for an international protest movement.


    In response to the Navalny campaign’s claims that Izhevsk illegally refused to issue it a demonstration permit, city officials submitted a “study” written by Oksana Sazonova, published this March on the website News Front, titled, “The Opposition’s Unoriginal ‘Invention’: What Does the Yellow Ducky Mean in Protests in Russia and Beyond?” One of the article's sections is called “The Role of Waterfowl in World Globalism.”




    In her text, Sazonova explains that the yellow ducky has emerged as a protest symbol at mass demonstrations in Serbia and Brazil, and points out that Chinese Internet users spread a meme involving a yellow duck in 2013. The meme, if you missed it, is a parody of the famous “Tank Man” photograph from the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989, where the unknown protester faces off against a convoy of rubber ducks, instead of tanks.





    According to Sazonova, the yellow duck is a “symbol of revolution and the illegal overthrow of the state.” She says it was created by Western intelligence centers.


    In Russia, the rubber duck refers to Navalny’s 2016 investigation claiming that Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev frequents a luxurious summer mansion that includes a special building for the ducks that live in a pond on the property. Among Navalny’s supporters, rubber ducks have since become a symbol for corruption in the Russian government, as well as an inside joke among demonstrators.

    https://meduza.io/en/shapito/2017/09...rubber-duckies

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    Any fucking excuse eh?

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    Russia Charges Opposition Leader for Unsanctioned Protests

    Russian police released opposition leader and would-be presidential candidate Alexei Navalny on Friday after several hours in detention.


    Police charged Navalny with repeatedly organizing unauthorized rallies, an administrative offense punishable with a fine of up to a 300,000 rubles ($5,200) and compulsory work for up to 200 hours.


    "We were finally presented with a charge and released, and the trial will be on October 2 at the Simonovsky Court of Moscow at 15:00 Moscow time," Navalny's lawyer, Olga Mikhailova, told Interfax.


    Police had stopped Navalny early Friday as he was headed to a campaign rally in the city of Nizhny Novgorod, where at least one other rally leader was also detained — Navalny's campaign chief, Leonid Volkov.


    "I'm in a police station now and they're going to accuse me of repeated violation of the procedure for holding a mass event," Navalny told VOA's Russian service reporter Danila Galperovich earlier Friday. "It means almost for sure they will arrest me after the court will hear my case. I don't know when."




    Police in Nizhny Novgorod, about 260 miles (417 kilometers) east of Moscow, had cordoned off the campaign rally site hours before the event was to begin and removed a Navalny campaign tent.


    Despite the police actions, hundreds of Navalny's supporters rallied Friday in the provincial city in protest. Images from social media showed protesters walking on a central street while loud music from an officially sanctioned concert blared nearby.


    Call for reform


    Navalny's detention came as the Council of Europe's commissioner for human rights issued a memorandum saying Russian authorities should revise the country's freedom of assembly law, which, he says, has become more restrictive in recent years.


    "As a result, the authorities have rejected a high number of requests to hold public assemblies," said Commissioner Nils Muiznieks in the published memorandum. "Over the past year, there have been many arrests of people participating in protests, even if they did not behave unlawfully, as well as a growing intolerance toward 'unauthorized' events involving small numbers of participants and even of single-person demonstrations.


    "This runs counter to Russia's obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights and it weakens the guarantees contained in its own Constitution concerning the right to freedom of assembly," Muiznieks said.


    Russia is one of 47 member countries in the Council of Europe, the continent's leading human rights organization, but routinely dismisses its criticism


    'Trend toward deterioration'


    Navalny and his anti-corruption campaign team have been harassed and attacked numerous times by police and Kremlin supporters. In April, a man threw a chemical sanitizer in the Russian opposition leader's face, causing a chemical burn that required eye surgery and left him partially blind.


    Navalny supporter Nikolai Lyaskin was reportedly attacked in Moscow this month with an iron pipe.


    In an exclusive interview with VOA reporter Galperovich on September 26, Navalny expressed dismay at the repressive trend.


    "We currently see a trend toward deterioration: At first it was fines, then administrative arrests, and now it is fabrication of criminal charges [and] house arrest," he said.


    Navalny said the trend is reminiscent of how Soviet leader Josef Stalin's Great Purge began in 1937.


    "The capabilities of propaganda are mostly exhausted: You turn on the TV, which from morning until night is talking about beautiful North Korea, awful Ukraine, 'gay' Europe, et cetera. It is already impossible there [on TV] to fan the flames higher. Therefore, they are using repression to take people off the streets, to intimidate them," Navalny said.



    Challenging Putin


    Navalny plans to challenge Vladimir Putin in Russia's March presidential election, though Putin has made no official announcement to run in a bid to continue his 17 years as leader.


    The Russian opposition leader has been campaigning in cities across the country despite the central election commission declaring him ineligible because of a suspended prison sentence. Navalny's supporters and numerous independent analysts back up his view that the sentence was politically motivated.


    The Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers on September 21 demanded that Navalny be allowed to take part in the elections and that the fraud case against him and opposition politician Pyotr Ofitserov be re-examined.


    In the interview Tuesday with Galperovich, Navalny expressed doubt that Russian authorities would act on the European ministers' demand.


    "I do not think that international structures can affect that much; at least, we have not in recent years seen international structures somehow straightforwardly affecting the internal political situation in Russia," Navalny said.


    But he said the resolution was satisfying nonetheless. "It is probably the best of all possible rulings we could hope for," he said. "It quite clearly and distinctly shows that, first of all, the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights was not implemented and, secondly, that there is a demand there for my admission to the elections."


    The European Court of Human Rights had demanded Navalny's 2013 fraud case be retried because it violated the defendant's right to a fair trial. Russia's Supreme Court ordered a retrial in July that resulted in the same verdict and a suspended sentence.





    https://www.voanews.com/a/russia-cha...s/4050367.html

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    Vlad will try anything, won't he.

    Fortunately people aren't falling for it any more.

    Good job he's got all those people in place to stuff the ballots for him.

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    Navalny and his campaign manager are locked up for 20 days, as supporters call for nationwide protests on Saturday, Putin's birthday



    Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny and his campaign manager, Leonid Volkov, were both sentenced to 20 days in jail by two different courts in Moscow on Monday, October 2. The two men were convicted of repeatedly violating Russian laws on public demonstrations.


    Volkov was detained in Nizhny Novgorod, where local officials refused to permit Navalny's campaign rally on September 29. Police tore down a stage erected for the event, before it began. Volkov has declared a hunger strike while in jail. Navalny was detained in Moscow before he could reach the train station to travel to Nizhny Novgorod.


    This is the third time Navalny has been jailed for public disturbances since December 2016, when he announced his presidential bid. By the end of this current jail sentence, Navalny will have spent roughly one fifth of his campaign locked up on misdemeanor convictions.

    Supporter are planning to stage nationwide protests against Navalny’s incarceration on Saturday, October 7, which is also President Putin’s 65th birthday.





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    Navalny calls for nationwide protests this Saturday

    Opposition politician Alexey Navalny is formally calling for nationwide protests on Saturday, October 7. His team is planning pickets in the 80 cities he’s opened a campaign office.


    The main demonstration is supposed to take place without a permit at Marsovo Polye in St. Petersburg at 6 p.m. Protesters won’t have a permit in Moscow, either, where Navalny is calling supporters to Tverskaya Street at 2 p.m. Four hours earlier, Navalny is calling protesters in Moscow to Tverskaya Street, after the city refused to grant him a permit to gather at Pushkin Square without offering an alternative venue.


    The demonstrations will have two demands: “political competition” and allowing Navalny to compete in next year’s presidential race.




    https://meduza.io/en/news/2017/10/04...-this-saturday

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    How Russia's cops and oppositionists are preparing for Saturday's nationwide protests

    The Navalny campaign is planning nationwide protests on Saturday, October 7. The opposition politician’s supporters will demonstrate in 80 cities across the country, demanding “normal political competition” in Russia and that Navalny be allowed to run in next year's presidential race. Earlier in the week, Navalny was jailed for 20 days after being convicted of repeatedly violating Russia’s laws on public assemblies. Most of the protests scheduled for Saturday are unsanctioned. Meduza looks at how each side in this faceoff — police and oppositionists — are preparing for Saturday’s rallies.



    What are the cops doing to get ready?


    They're detaining protest leaders. Navalny and his campaign chief, Leonid Volkov, have both been jailed for 20 days. After Navalny responded to his arrest by calling for nationwide protests, police started detaining other opposition figures. In Sochi, for instance, law enforcement detained Navalny’s local campaign head, Konstantin Zykov. He was taken to court in handcuffs on October 5.


    The authorities released Volkov for about four hours, before arresting him again. There’s something strange going on when it comes to the handling of Volkov’s case. On October 2, he was sentenced to 20 days in jail, just like Navalny. On October 5, however, he was suddenly released. Then, a few hours later, the police picked him up again, this time for promoting the October 7 unsanctioned protests.


    Police are raiding various Navalny campaign offices, seizing campaign literature. In St. Petersburg, officers sent the materials for expert analysis. In Perm, meanwhile, police took the materials without any explanation. At the time of this writing, officers were also raiding Navalny’s campaign office in Moscow.


    Local officials in most cities where Navalny supporters plan to protest are refusing to issue demonstration permits, sometimes on highly questionable legal grounds. In some regions, however, officials are issuing permits. It’s unclear what determines when Navalny’s supporters will actually get permission, but so far it’s happened in Barnaul, Biysk, Bratsk, and Veliky Novgorod.


    State officials have been very open about the fact that the police intend to respond to unsanctioned demonstrations with overwhelming force. A law enforcement source in St. Petersburg, where Navalny’s central rally on Saturday is planned, issued a special warning, speaking to the news agency Interfax.


    Police are getting their hands on extra buses in cities where rallies are expected. According to the news agency Fontanka, police in St. Petersburg have obtained enough buses to transport 800 people, possibly meant for detained protesters.


    What are the protesters doing to get ready?


    Navalny’s team is trying to get city approval for pickets (where no sound amplification equipment is allowed), which requires just three days' advance notice. Applications for proper protests, on the other hand, must be submitted at least 10 days beforehand.


    Local community groups on the social network Vkontakte are calling people to Navalny’s rallies, whether or not local officials have issued demonstration permits.


    Navalny’s campaign is circulating templates for demonstration posters, which activists can print on their own and bring to rallies.




    “#ForNavalny I demand that Navalny be allowed to run in the election. Navalny 20!8. It's time to choose.”
    Navalny's campaign team



    Activists are also going offline and posting notices about the planned rallies around their cities. In St. Petersburg, for example, banners promoting the protest have appeared on advertising billboards.


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    What are the cops doing to get ready?


    They're detaining protest leaders.
    Who the fuck does Vlad think he is? Hun Sen?


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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Who the fuck does Vlad think he is? Hun Sen?

    Why he just does not await a Maidan revolution to get himself "democratically" removed like Yanukovich ?
    But for that it would need a bit more funds than the $5B...

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