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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Thought so, not an inkling of the facts just prejudice.

    I'm sure you gave Butterfly a hard on.
    OK I emailed Vlad and he said:

    "Dear comrade,

    Obviously, with so many people in my country hating me for being a corrupt dictator, it would be silly of me to admit that I have told my cronies to put this law in place to further crush any dissent. By keeping quiet, it ensures that complete morons like OhOh will continue to fumble around finding excuses for me while I continue to trouser the nations cash. Please tell the silly sod that I greatly appreciate his stupidity.

    Love and Kisses, Vladimir".

    He's since deleted the account, which is strange.

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    "I cannot in all good conscience sign a vaguely-worded law that suppresses free speech and allows me to arbitrarily arrest and punish any critic for saying bad things about me" said Vladimir Putin never.


    Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a set of laws Monday allowing the Kremlin to punish online media and individuals for spreading insulting information about government officials or other content deemed to be “fake news.”

    The controversial move by the censorship-friendly president allows him to punish anyone who spreads information that “exhibits blatant disrespect for the society, government, official government symbols, constitution or governmental bodies of Russia,” according to The Moscow Times, an English-language newspaper based in the Russian capital.

    The punishments include fines of up to 1.5 million rubles ― approximately $22,900 ― for news outlets that repeatedly spread “fake news,” and fines of up to 300,000 rubles ― about $4,700 ― and 15 days in jail for insulting state symbols or Russian authorities.


    Throughout the bills’ swift passage through Russian parliament, thousands of demonstrators protested against the legislation on Moscow’s streets, and the country’s Presidential Human Rights Council raised concern that the measures could be used to unfairly silence critics ― something critics have been on high alert over, as
    so many of Putin’s opponents have turned up poisoned or mysteriously dead in recent years.


    Though Putin
    firmly denies any connection to those attacks, the Kremlin has a longstanding policy of cracking down on critics. During nationwide protests against the government in 2017, police arrested hundreds of young critics en masse in what human rights groups called a major violation.


    The looming threats to the media from the Kremlin mirror the attitude of U.S. President Donald Trump, with whom Putin has
    maintained a close but secretive political relationship despite evidence of Russia meddling in the 2016 U.S. election. Throughout his campaign and presidency, Trump has railed against most mainstream media as “fake news,” particularly in any reports that criticize him.

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/putin...b0d50544fe84ce


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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    so many of Putin’s opponents have turned up poisoned or mysteriously dead in recent years.
    Obsession. Fairly, such a vague statement can be used against any other head of state.

    From a fear to be here deleted I am afraid to mention a link with names...
    And not to speak about some names connected with WMD in Iraq...

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    ^Ah yes, there was that wmd expert, while on route to his daughters violin recital, decided to stop off in a field to slash his wrists and the nsa whistle blower who for his own safety was forced to seek asylum in Russia not to mention the journalist trapped in the embassy for reporting US war crimes.

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    I bet Trump wishes he could get away with something like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo View Post
    I bet Trump wishes he could get away with something like that.
    Take a leaf out of the NZ playbook or just tweet, that's official,illegal, unexceptional, ameristani government in action.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cujo View Post
    I bet Trump wishes he could get away with something like that.
    He's already spoken about it, he wants to ride all over the first amendment.

    Even last week he said he wants the FCC and FEC to investigate SNL!


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