Category Archives: Alexei Navalny

Putin is Weaponizing Popularity: Newsweek is not Amused.

“The mind, placed before any kind of difficulty, can find an ideal outlet in the absurd. Accommodation to the absurd readmits adults to the mysterious realm inhabited by children.”  – André Breton How appropriate, to say nothing of au courant,  … Continue reading

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On the Art of Noticing the Obvious, and Invisible People, Part II

As promised, we’re going to press on with the conclusion of Lyttenburgh’s piece. So far the first part has racked up 4,404 hits and attracted 996 comments; not bad at all. The premise that Russian liberals are fifth-columnists who are … Continue reading

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On the Art of Noticing the Obvious, and Invisible People

One  principal advantage this blog enjoys over many other Russia-focused blogs in English is the participation of some ethnic-Russian and extremely competent speakers of English, some of whom still live in Russia. We are therefore offered direct access to at … Continue reading

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Navalny Hearts Trouble

Longtime readers will recall that Yalensis has sort of a thing about Alexei Navalny, and worked harder than any real journalist I know of to get to the bottom of the KirovLes timber scandal for which he was found guilty … Continue reading

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Godfather Putin Among the Grapes of Wrath

There’s something awkwardly touching about Robert Coalson’s enduring faith. Like a child closing her eyes and reciting “I do believe in fairies” three times, he is imbued with the certainty that Russia’s collapse is just around the next corner. And … Continue reading

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Fade To Black; KirovLes, The Final Chapter

Oh, they like to get you in a compromising position They like to get you there and smile in your face Well, they think they’re so cute when they got you in that condition Well I think it’s a total … Continue reading

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The Astounding Stupidity of Optimism

“If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn’t. Such is the astounding stupidity of optimism“ I confess to a fondness for Oscar Wilde which extends far beyond his … Continue reading

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The Bolotnaya Politburo Lays An Egg

As readers are doubtless aware, this weekend marked the occasion of online “elections” in Russia which are supposed to fire up the opposition and elevate new leaders who will establish a “shadow parliament”. Quite often in this brave new world … Continue reading

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The KirovLes Case and the Navalny/Ofitserov Email Trail

Today, we have something a little different. After several attempts to coax him into the spotlight, shrinking violet Yalensis has finally agreed to do a guest post, and this one was an eye-opener for me. It could be argued that … Continue reading

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Vladimir Ryzhkov, Doomsday’s Outrider: I Wanted a NATO Intervention for Christmas

Bye-bye, 2011; Happy New Year, everyone! С Новым годом!! It’s funny, how you can go on reading the same newspaper day after day and, if it’s a foreign paper you mostly read only for the opinion columns, you never notice … Continue reading

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