Putin's arch-enemy? He should live so long!
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Putin's arch-enemy? He should live so long!
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Though, that's no guarrantee, of course. My ex-GF in Moscow, her mom was a lawyer, crossed some real bad people in the mob. She had a bulletproof car, and a bodyguard with a gun. They sent a professional hitman who waited for them to step out of the car at her home, killed the bodyguard, then killed her... I wrote about that here, couple years ago. Such a shame, she was an amazing woman
But, yeah, as I said, they will likely try to stop him from participating, any way they can. I hope all the best for guy...
More: Aleksei Navalny, Viable Putin Rival, Is Barred From a Presidential RunMOSCOW — A Russian court on Wednesday effectively derailed a presidential run by Aleksei A. Navalny — the only opposition candidate with a broad, enthusiastic popular following — by reviving a four-year-old criminal conviction.
The decision by the district court was widely viewed as a move by President Vladimir V. Putin to eliminate his only viable rival in an election scheduled for March 2018.
Although Mr. Putin has been coy about his decision to run for a fourth term, there is little question that he will. Some observers had speculated that the president would want a weighty opponent to lend legitimacy to his next victory.
The best chance for a competitive race came to a screeching halt on Wednesday, however, when a district court in the small city of Kirov, nearly 500 miles northeast of Moscow, pronounced Mr. Navalny guilty of defrauding a state company. Russian law bars anyone with a criminal conviction from seeking elected office.
Alexei Navalny: Russian opposition leader found guilty - BBC News
Alexei Navalny: Russian opposition leader vows to continue fight - BBC News
Pretty much as I expected. They won't let him run. C'est la vie...
He can "not give up" all he wants. I don't see what he can do, at this point...
EU Condemns 'Politically Motivated' Navalny TrialThe European Union has criticized the trial of opposition activist Alexei Navalny for being politically motivated.
Navalny was handed down a five-year suspended sentence on Wednesday after being found guilty of embezzlement.
The decision jeopardizes his hopes of running for the Russian presidency in 2018, when Vladimir Putin is likely to seek his fourth term in office.
“The verdict against Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny on charges of embezzlement attempts to silence yet another independent political voice in the Russian Federation,” the EU's external action branch said in an online statement.
“This latest decision, which effectively excludes Mr. Navalny from the political arena, further constrains political pluralism in Russia and raises serious questions as to the fairness of democratic processes in Russia.”
Stating the obvious, of course... But, I understand, they have to say SOMETHING, to such a travesty...
When I read the headline my first thought was, Hillary?!
The next opposition leader had better watch out, though; Putin might not be able to get away with killing every one, but every other one is a different matter.
Is Vladimir Kara-Murza dead yet, btw?
Last edited by tnbskts; 9th February 2017 at 11:21 PM.
"When the Know-Nothings get control [in the United States], it will read 'all men are created equal, except negroes, and foreigners, and Catholics.' When it comes to this I should prefer emigrating to some country where they make no pretense of loving liberty – to Russia, for instance, where despotism can be taken pure, and without the base alloy of hypocrisy."
- Abraham Lincoln, 1855
So, the "opposition" candidates will be same old, same old, predictable:
(L-R) Gennady Zyuganov, Sergei Mironov and Vladimir Zhirinovsky Kremlin Press Service / modified by MT
No Surprise Candidates in Russia's 2018 Presidential Elections - ReportsThe Kremlin has already decided who will represent the opposition in Russia’s 2018 presidential election, the RBK newspaper has reported.
Citing sources close to the presidential administration, RBK reports that the Kremlin has given up on the idea of looking for a “fresh face” to represent the opposition in the elections.
Instead, it will rely on members of the old guard: Gennady Zyuganov, Vladimir Zhirinovsky and Sergei Mironov, who are leaders of the parliamentary opposition.
Zyuganov, 72, has served as the head of Russia’s communist party since 1994. His first presidential election was in 1996, when he lost to Boris Yeltsin in the second round. The 2018 elections will be his fifth. He came second in each race.
Zhirinovsky, 70, is the leader of Liberal Democratic party. He first took part in presidential elections in 1991. This election will be his sixth. Mironov, 64, is the leader of Just Russia. This is going to be his third presidential election.
Kremlin political managers have been strategizing over the inclusion of new candidates in the upcoming elections to make campaigning more dramatic and to increase turnout on election day.
The turnout of previous elections suggest that Russians are disengaging from political campaigns. Recent parliamentary elections in September 2017 ended with the lowest turnout in Russia’s history.
According to RBK, the Kremlin is not considering adding additional candidates to the race. “It makes no sense to demand that parties nominate alternative candidates,” a source close to the Kremlin told the newspaper. Other than long time party leaders, there are simply no other recognizable faces on Russia’s political scene.
Alexei Navalny, Russia’s most prominent independent opposition figure, announced he will run for president in late December. However, last Wednesday Navalny was sentenced to five years probation for fraud. The court’s ruling will bar him from running in the upcoming elections.
It is widely expected that Vladimir Putin will run for his fourth presidential term, though he has not officially announced it yet.
The presidential election will take place in March, 2018.
Of course Russians are disengaging from politics. They are tired of watching a show by the same three old clowns pretending to "oppose" Putin in every election. Nobody cares anymore, people know it will be the same, like this, till they are all dead...
Meanwhile, authorities are threatening to close pretty much the last independent radio station in Moscow: Independent Russian Radio Station Ekho Moskvy Facing Government Closure
Putin will stay in 2018. Nobody will be allowed to interfere with this...