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Russia rejects Western criticism over Navalny's prison term

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By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV

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Police also have detained scores of journalists who covered the protests.

Russia currently ranks 149th on World Press Freedom list. Putin is reported (because Russia does not have a Norway-like free press, it's near impossible to know what all is true behind the fossil fuel curtains) to have control or 'partial' control over media.

https://rsf.org/en/ranking?#

Putin's authoritarian powers and his control over 'media' must make the globe's anti-democracy, pro-authoritarian supporters happy. Not me

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The KGB are masters of double agents and controlled opposition, they perfected that trick in the Soviet days.

Navalny is probably an FSB double agent whom the Kremlin uses to bring out potential trouble makers in protests so they can be identified and arrested.

He'll go to "prison" for 2.5 years but it'll be a hotel where he'll just get more training.

His poisoning was fake, it was a weak toxin.

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German doctors confirmed the poisoning by nerve agent.

The only fake is in the Kremlin.

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Navalny is probably an FSB double agent whom the Kremlin uses to bring out potential trouble makers in protests so they can be identified and arrested.

What a quaint fantasy world you have created this morning in a desperate attempt to ignore what is actually happening.

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German doctors confirmed the poisoning by nerve agent.

Not disputed, but only a tiny, trace amount.

Navalny is in excellent health now.

Russians who lived through the USSR know full well that the main "opposition" is just a Kremlin stooge.

Navalny spouts extreme far right vitriol on purpose, in order to discredit the opposition and portray them all as extreme racists.

He won't go to a harsh prison, he'll spend 2 years at a resort near the Baltic for more training on being a double agent.

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Your conspiracy theories are tired, bush.

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Navalny is probably an FSB double agent whom the Kremlin uses to bring out potential trouble makers in protests

Not credible even from just an evidence-free, speculative perspective ;(which is what you’re offering of course).

The FSB can do this without raising one person to this degree and galvanizing opposition.

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Not disputed, but only a tiny, trace amount.

Navalny is in excellent health now.

Russians who lived through the USSR know full well that the main "opposition" is just a Kremlin stooge.

Navalny spouts extreme far right vitriol on purpose, in order to discredit the opposition and portray them all as extreme racists.

He won't go to a harsh prison, he'll spend 2 years at a resort near the Baltic for more training on being a double agent.

Oh, I definitely agree with that. Lol

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The FSB definitely tried to kill him and if the pilot had not diverted and the Germans not pushed so hard, he’d be dead.

It’ll feel like a luxury prison right up until he gets shanked or mysteriously “falls” out of a window as numerous Russians critical of Putin have been known to do (Note to self: stay away from windows in Russia.).

Vlad is now so pathetic that he jails journalists for RETWEETING a joke about him. I kinda really want to hear said joke now.

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Navalny spouts extreme far right vitriol on purpose, in order to discredit the opposition and portray them all as extreme racists.

His actual rhetoric is not extreme at all. It is the Kremlin and its many stooges and apologists who attempt to portray it that way.

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A Moscow court on Tuesday ordered Navalny to prison for two years and eight months, finding that he violated the terms of his probation while recuperating in Germany from a nerve-agent poisoning.

They jailed him just for missing probation check while outside the country --half the time in a coma-- recuperating from a life-or-death medical emergency?!

That's lame (like that Myanmar military junta's reason for jailing Suu Kyi)

German doctors confirmed the poisoning by nerve agent.

Not disputed, but only a tiny, trace amount.

A tiny trace amount of a potent nerve agent can wreck huge havoc

In London 1978, mere 0.2 milligram** dose of the poison ricin from the tip of an umbrella was enough to kill Georgi Markov

(**Modern medicine and antidotes have advanced a lot since 1978, so it probably takes a bit higher nowadays)

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