I made a screen shot back then but got to writing this post only now…
In total, around 20 representatives of the diplomatic mission in Russia attended the hearing. The support for this petty criminal in the West is overwhelming. In the Czech Republic, the Senate voted to condemn the trial of Alexey Navalny. The Parliament and the presidential office remained neutral, which is commendable. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not and engaged in shameful and unproductive virtue signaling by summoning the Russian ambassador.
Anywhere else in Europe and North America we have witnessed absolutely baseless attempts to condemn the Russian justice system for trying to do their job. And I wonder, do the Russian political attachés in Western countries also visit trials of local dissidents? The Russian diplomats are often not even allowed to attend trials of their own citizens.
One only wonders whether there would be any Russia at all?
In Ukraine, the local nationalist crowd seem to hate Alexey Navalny and think that he would be just like Putin. A video that has surfaced from recent protests in support of Navalny, which also took place in front of the Russian embassy in Kiev, which shows a confrontation between a Russian speaking individual, who says that “The sooner Putin is removed, the sooner Crimea will return back to Ukraine.” To which the nationalists say that Navalny is no different from Putin to put in decent terms…
The fist gentleman represents the globalist point of view on Russia. To them any Russia that acts independently of the West is a problem. And they prefer a manageable Russia, preferably carved up into small manageable pieces. Carve it up like Africa and create new nations in Cossackia, Siberia, Moskovia etc. with new mickey mouse identities a la Ukraine and Belarus, that will be too weak and prone to outside influence, where the West could control the regimes, and if need be support friendly regimes militarily to quell any resistance. NATO countries like my own have a lot of experience in chasing a variety of savages in exotic lands. The Czech troops are currently stationed in Afghanistan and Mali for instance. And I have met Czech soldiers in Jordan rather recently.
Maybe I am exaggerating but I think it was Brzezinski, who said something along these lines. And I hear from other sources invested in influencing countries in the Former Soviet Union that this belief may not be all that uncommon. The wish for an absolutely compliant regime in the Kremlin is definitely there. The idea that the Russians act wrongly and they need to be punished for their actions is certainly almost ubiquitous in Western political circles.
One of glaring transgressions of Putin against the West was the annexation of Crimea in Spring 2014. In 2014, following an unconstitutional overthrow of power in Kiev, the Kremlin found the guts to take a Russian majority peninsula that hitherto belonged to Ukraine under its protection thus saving the people from political repression and forcible Ukrainisation. And also saving Russia from the humiliation of having to vacate their naval base. And the question is, would president Navalny do the same?
If we look back to an interview Navalny did with Ksenia Sobchak, he made his point on Crimea clear. He said that the referendum in 2014 was faked and that it would need to be repeated. To which Ksenia answered that what is the point of even suggesting a referendum with international observers when the West will not accept in anyway? Navalny also called for sanctions against Russian officials on the pages of the New York Times. (hat tip Anatoly Karlin) Navalny is basically a puppet, who is completely afraid of saying anything that could anger his Western handlers, and even if we assume that he does not have Western handlers, which is hard to do with every Western politician coming out in his support, he is surrounded by people, who are definitely in the pockets of Western interests. But we can of course give him the benefit of a doubt and assume that he will become a Russian patriot upon becoming a president. How then will he be different from Putin? Does Russia need Navalny?
Apart from Ruslan Shavetdinnov, whose case has been widely reported by the likes of the Washington funded RFE/RL, the rest of the individuals I have covered are low level activists really. This time, I discovered the brother and husband of Lyubov Sobol, the Moscow resident activist, and close Navalny comrade.
The information is now relatively dated, it actually comes from 2016 but it has resurfaced recently, and it is worth reposing here because it adds to the series I was running.
It turns out, the brother of Lyubov Sobol, Grigory Musatov took active part in the Euromaidan.
My friend sent me the following screenshot. Looks like many Russian liberals openly embrace Stepan Bandera, and the regime in Ukraine. After Ruslan Shaveddinov and Ilya Novikov, here comes Kirill Naumov.
There is another, even more curios text on his photo, it says in Ukrainian: “Hands off from volunteers and soldiers.” It is likely one of those campaigns that seeks impunity for Ukrainian myrmidons that fought in the East of the country. You see, many of them have PTSD and other psychological problems, and they get caught for serious crimes like robberies and murder. There exists a group of people that thinks this constitute a campaign of persecution against patriotic defenders of the motherland.
I understand some Ukrainian villager from Lvov or Cherkasy may feel strongly about this but that a Russian would put this into his profile picture suggests mental illness.