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Moscow court orders Kremlin foe Navalny to prison

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By DARIA LITVINOVA and VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV

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He's basically Russia's version of Jake Angeli.

He's a conspiracy theorist who claims that Putin controls everything and he wants to topple the government by force.

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Permit me to distill that post down to its core...

"Putin controls everything [in Russia]."

On a side note, if Putin cannot control it, it goes to jail for one of the following reasons based on a roll of a four-sided die: 1. Tax Evasion 2. Tax Evasion 3. Embezzlement 4. Refusing to Shut Up

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.A Moscow court on Tuesday ordered Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny to prison for more than 2 1/2 years, finding that he violated the terms of his probation while recuperating in Germany from nerve-agent poisoning

A Moscow court- ie a kangaroo court

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He's a lot braver than I'd have been in his situation.

Jailing someone for parole violation for a 'crime' that you've already had to pay compensation to them for, while they were in hospital due to you poisoning them... that's a level of blatant scummy behavior that you rarely see.

He's basically Russia's version of Jake Angeli.

He's a conspiracy theorist who claims that Putin controls everything and he wants to topple the government by force.

Careful, some people might get the idea you're a Russian troll.

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The dock of the Moscow court has one exit that leads directly to jail without exception. The authorities never saw the need to send someone anywhere else...

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Russia . . . What Trump wanted America to become. Rotten to the core.

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Alexei Navalny may not be the exemplary Western-style democrat that so many in the West imagine him to be, but then this is Russia and exemplary Western-style democrats are pretty thin on the ground. What is undeniable is that Navalny went back to Russia knowing what was going to happen to him, and he did so because of his personal commitment to the cause of bringing down the autocratic rule of Vladimir Putin and the corrupt court that surrounds him, as quixotic and unrealistic as that cause may be.

Some have tried to accuse Navalny and his supporters as being on the same moral level as the mob that stormed the Capitol in Washington. Unlike Trump's mob, in the footage of the pro-Navalny protests I've seen no guns, no Fascist flags, no violence, except from the police. The right-wing flags support the Government, not the protesters.

For anyone to return to his country knowing he was going be jailed by a regime that has already tried to murder him is the act of someone deeply committed to his cause. Whatever else he may turn out to be - and I hope that's not dead in jail - Navalny is a brave man and, until proven otherwise, is worthy of respect and whatever possible assistance the international community can give him.

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At least he got a sentence. In a famous democracy called the UK, Mr Assange is rotting in a maximum security prison, complete with Covid19 and extremely dangerous individuals, in purgatory.

as a child I was brainwashed to hate Russia and China, but now???

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Putin. Like Trump, we have to rid our lives of these demons. Sorry, I meant losers.

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Putin is more popular domestically than the west is willing to recognize. The average 24 oz. Sergei and Olga have a vastly better standard of living than Russians has 20 years ago or 10 years ago. First the first time ever there is actually a chicken in every pot.

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Alexei Navalny may not be the exemplary Western-style democrat that so many in the West imagine him to be,

Yeah, that's apparent from that video he did, comparing Muslims to cockroaches and advocating shooting them.

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I find it cynical to say the least that he was convicted for failing to meet Russian authorities, while being in a coma in a hospital after being poisoned by the same authorities.

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Putin the poisoner.

When you’re an apologist for this thug, you’re on the wrong side.

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I understand Putin has asked Trump for any dirt he may have on Navalny's son....Trump put Rudy in charge so expect real fireworks...the Kraken is coming...

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If I were Putin I would create my own opposition. I would occasionally arrest the charismatic leader to lure genuine dissidents out onto the streets and online where they could be identified. The fake opposition would galvanise my own supporters by taking wildly unpopular positions on social issues like same-sex marriage, acting as a sort of bogeyman. If protests ever got out of control, I would release 'secret' recordings where my puppet admits to being funded by the CIA, owning a villa in Italy, or something equally demoralising. Of course, I'd pretend to assassinate him now and again to give him a veneer of credibility, but he'd always manage to survive against all odds and keep coming back from overseas to face more prison time. The Soviet Union perfected the art of controlled opposition back in the day.

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as a child I was brainwashed to hate Russia and China, but now???

Now you are an adult and you can see for yourself how they behave and condemn it?

As for myself, and I'd imagine a lot of people, recent issues with Russia and China aren't anything to do with childhood brainwashing. Sure, the whole cold war thing was the west against the USSR and China, but that ended years ago.

Russia and China both seemed to be changing and improving and increasing freedom and human rights.

But over the last 5-10 years both of them have had leaders that have clamped down mercilessly on any sign of opposition or dissent. Both have become more and more blatant in their actions, seemingly unconcerned with public opinion overseas.

I feel like I've spent the last 10 years in Japan defending China from people who appeared to instinctively dislike anything Chinese. But in the past few years that is just getting harder and harder. Every Chinese person I've met has been very nice, but when you have a government incarcerating millions in concentration camps, forcibly sterilizing them or subjecting them to sexual assault... it gets hard to do so. When the Russian government is assassinating or jailing anyone who might threaten their power, it get's harder to keep a charitable attitude to them.

Whatever problems the UK or US legal systems may have, it's disingenuous to compare them to Russia or China right now... they aren't even in the same galaxy.

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Su Putin poisoned this guy, refused him treatment and when he went abroad for treatment he gets punished for it.

Russian laws(that itself is an Oxymoron) are backward!!!

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GoodlucktoyouToday  09:24 am JST

At least he got a sentence. In a famous democracy called the UK, Mr Assange is rotting in a maximum security prison, complete with Covid19 and extremely dangerous individuals, in purgatory.

America is trying to extradite him for trial there don't you know......

He could've had his day in a UK court years ago but he chose to hide in an embassy.

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Russia . . . What Trump wanted America to become. Rotten to the core.

Has nothing to do with Trump or America.

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A Moscow court on Tuesday ordered Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny to prison for more than 2 1/2 years, finding that he violated the terms of his probation while recuperating in Germany from nerve-agent poisoning.

What is this term that he violated while he was abroad --half the time in a coma-- that merits 2-1/2 years in prison?

Not too many terms ya can violate while in a coma

Did the court make that clear yet?

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@ulysses

Putin poisoned this guy, refused him treatment and when he went abroad for treatment

The usual propaganda fodder. If Putin wanted Navalny dead this sleazeball would have been dead long ago. And Navalny got medical treatment immediately (he himself thanked the doctors in Siberia), then he was allowed, as an exception, to go to Gremany for further treatment while the borders were closed due to the coronavirus.

So, the prominent foreign agent, embezzler and political con artist (no steady job for years, only steady inflow of cash from abroad) goes to jail. Very good news. No fancy French vines, no lobsters. A cozy jail cell with simple healthy food is waiting!

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So, the prominent foreign agent, embezzler and political con artist (no steady job for years, only steady inflow of cash from abroad) goes to jail. Very good news. No fancy French vines, no lobsters. A cozy jail cell with simple healthy food is waiting.

Spoken like a true Russian Oligarch.

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Potato and Cabbage politics just don’t cut it. Going to Ginza for a steak dinner does!

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Very sad day when this nobody gets the MSM West propaganda treatment, meanwhile Assange.....

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@Slayer

Spoken like a true Russian Oligarch

No, spoken like anyone with objective view on things. In the US or UK anybody like Navalny would be in prison a decade ago, first of all for treason, then for instigating riots, then embezzlement, then tax evasion.

And the difference between the treatment in the West of Navalny and Assange is astonishing. Blatant hypocrisy.

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The courts in Russia are no longer independent, so it would be more accurate to simply state that Putin has imprisoned another political foe. Given the number of "enemies" Putin has kidnapped, tortured, and murdered, is anyone surprised?

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If you have a look with G.Earth , you can virtually walk around that prison. It’s more like a very big beautiful building with some side barracks and much green and the surrounding wall has a height even your children could jump over, no barbed wire , no spikes, no electroshock equipment or visible security... Anyway, on the other side I really don’t want to see or smell the inside of that facility, a prison or similar - that’s usually like a hell on Earth in Russia. Hopefully he can stand the conditions and make it there.

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Biden should take Navalny’s advice and squeeze Putin’s oligarch buddies. Ramp up the sanctions.

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