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January, 2021

 

Navalny ally vows to press for his freedom despite crackdown

Navalny ally vows to press for his freedom despite crackdown Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Lyubov Sobol, ally of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, speaks during her news conference via video conference in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. Allies of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny are calling for new protests next weekend to demand his release, following a wave of demonstrations across the country in a defiant challenge to President Vladimir Putin. The words on her tribune reading “Free Navalny”. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin) MOSCOW –Read More


New York Times: Something Special Just Happened in Russia

Crackdown and coercion are no longer enough to stop people protesting. By Alexey Kovalev Mr. Kovalev is the investigations editor at Meduza, an independent Russian news outlet. Protesters on Saturday in Moscow with banners reading “Freedom to Alexsei Navalny! Freedom to Russia!” in support of the jailed opposition leader. After years of relative calm, the country is restive.Credit…Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times MOSCOW — It’s hard to pin down the exact moment when it became clear the protests on Saturday in Russia — where tens of thousands ofRead More


WSJ: Navalny Protests Threaten to Snowball as Grievances Grow in Russia

 Navalny Protests Threaten to Snowball as Grievances Grow in Russia Weekend rallies across Russia were driven by anger over falling living standards and worsening repression Police blocked the way to Alexei Navalny’s supporters during a protest in St. Petersburg on Saturday against the jailing of the opposition leader. DMITRI LOVETSKY/ASSOCIATED PRESS   By Thomas Grove and Georgi Kantchev    Navalny Protests Threaten to Snowball as Grievances Grow in Russia   MOSCOW—Protests in Russia over the jailing of opposition leader Alexei Navalny are threatening to escalate into a larger movement againstRead More


EU foreign chief to fly to Moscow to condemn Navalny arrest

EU foreign chief to fly to Moscow to condemn Navalny arrest Josep Borrell says that while there are no concrete proposals as yet, bloc is ‘ready to react’ Alexei Navalny shortly before his flight to Moscow and ‘completely unacceptable’ arrest. Photograph: Mstyslav Chernov/AP Daniel Boffey in Brussels and Andrew Roth in Moscow and Luke Harding   The EU’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, will fly to Moscow to personally deliver the bloc’s condemnation of the “completely unacceptable” arrest of the opposition leader, Alexei Navalny. The heads of state and governmentRead More


FT: Alexei Navalny is a real threat to Vladimir Putin

Alexei Navalny is a real threat to Vladimir Putin The fragility of the Russian regime is becoming clear Gideon Rachman James Ferguson illustration of Gideon Rachman column ‘The fragility of the Russian regime is becoming clear’ © James Ferguson Two years ago, a Russian friend told me that he thought that Alexei Navalny posed a serious danger to Vladimir Putin. I was sceptical. Russia had weathered the international condemnation and economic sanctions imposed after its annexation of Crimea in 2014. The country had just staged a successful World Cup. PresidentRead More


NEW YORK TIMES: As Protests Shake Russia, Kremlin Drops Its ‘Navalny Who?’ Tack

As Protests Shake Russia, Kremlin Drops Its ‘Navalny Who?’ Tack A stark shift by the government shows its uncertainty as Aleksei A. Navalny’s dramatic return gives disgruntled Russians a clear leader to rally around. Tens of thousands of protesters across Russia demonstrated on Saturday in response to the jailing of the opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny.Credit…Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times By Anton Troianovski MOSCOW — For years, the Kremlin tried to ignore the opposition leader Aleksei A. Navalny, right down to avoiding the very mention of his name.Read More


ESQUIRE: Navalny Has Wrong-Footed Putin From Inside a Jail Cell

Alexei Navalny Has Wrong-Footed Putin From Inside a Jail Cell The Russian autocrat and his cronies don’t know what to do with him. By Charles P. Pierce Valya Egorshin The Russian government allegedly tried to kill him with poison and it didn’t work and now there are protests by all over Russia in support of Alexei Navalny, the opposition leader currently detained in a Moscow jail. These protests included a remarkable one in Siberia that took place on a day in which the temperature hit minus-50 centigrade. The crackdown hasRead More


ATLANTIC: Trump Could Still Start a Last-Ditch War With Iran

A final grand distraction before the president is forced to relinquish his office is a real danger that deserves serious attention. Tom Nichols Author of Our Own Worst Enemy Roslyn Ward / U.S. Air Force Donald Trump is intent on creating as much chaos as possible on his way out of the White House. Could that include saddling Joe Biden with another war in the Middle East? We already know that Trump is thinking about attacking Iran. In mid-November, after he lost the presidential election, Trump asked for military optionsRead More


MBS to Trump: Attack Iran and we’ll pay off your debts

MBS to Trump: Attack Iran and we’ll pay off your debts В Израиле готовятся к возможному удару США по Ирану, сообщает Fox News. Как отмечает телеканал, Дональд Трамп и Майк Помпео опровергали информацию о готовящихся ударах, однако США значительно повысили военную активность на Ближнем Востоке, отправив в регион бомбардировщики B-52. Кроме того, на Ближнем Востоке сейчас находится исполняющий обязанности министра обороны США Крис Миллер. Поступило новое сообщение, говорящее о том, что Израиль готовится к возможному удару США по Ирану. Согласно данным Axios, реальных доказательств наличия у Вашингтона планов атаки нет,Read More


TRUMP Plans to Attack IRAN

American attack in Iran is imminent.  American President Donald J. Trump is discussing with his inner circle a number of steps to frustrate the incoming Biden administration and Iran’s regime


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