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Rounding up the Unusual Suspects

Protests demanding the release of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny erupted in cities across Russia on Saturday, with a demonstration in Moscow extending into the evening.

At least 2,500 people, including a politician, have been detained, according to the OVD-Info protest monitor. Around 90 rallies took place in over 60 cities across the country.

Of those, at least 940 people were detained in the capital Moscow and over 350 in St Petersburg.


Earlier Today

President Vladimir Putin’s pseudo-democracy may have control of its opposition but, at least not at this hour, its opposition’s long-simmering constituency.

I’ve never seen snowballs thrown at police.

That’s got to be a come-down from bottles, Molotov cocktails, and rocks although plastic bottles appear to be in supply.


“Sorry for the poor quality. Very bad light in the paddy wagon”



“Putin’s palace. History of world’s largest bribe” – Navalny’s latest anti-corruption video (posted to YouTube Jan. 19, 2021).

In English: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Putin%27s_Palace

Putin Palace Sea View. CCA 3.0, Wikimedia.

Published in September 2015 – and still . . . all true!

Karen Dawisha (RIP) – Published by Simon & Schuster Books and posted to YouTube September 30, 2014.