Related in the news: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/24/russias-conviction-of-opposition-leader-alexei-navalny-arbitrary-european-court-says – 2/24/2016.
Related in the news: “Kremlin Critic Says Russian Premier, Dmitri Medvedev, Built Property Empire on Graft” – https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/world/europe/russia-dmitri-medvedev-aleksei-navalny.html – 3/2/2017.
Posted to YouTube by Alexie Navalny, with subtitles (turn on captions) – March 3, 2017.
This is not the first time BackChannels has featured work by Alexie Navalny.
Official Russia today has something greater today than a Navalny issue as regards whatever pretenses to moral clarity and virtue it may have sustained despite the barbarism displayed in Syria and poker-faced dishonesty exhibited throughout the ordeal it has imposed on Ukraine. The Russian State has been hammered for years by capital flight, reduced oil revenues, and reliance on rule-of-law western banking for what it has left of its diminishing cash reserves (and for the “oligarchs” pricey western real estate for parking wealth).
As the truth comes out (and perhaps gets passed around at light speed), the centralized control of information also may be lost to the greater efforts of the less greed ridden and more tenacious and virtuous of the world.
If you’re reading this post . . . that could be you.
However — wait just a minute — what happens where the wealthy, and by whatever means, control the whole of the state far at the expense of those not in the club?
At this time — and as the above video has been viewed more than seven million times — BackChannels may suggest the official response might be a giant narcissistic shrug on the part of the Powers of the State — a big . . . so what?
Lines, Andy. “Inside Vladimir Putin’s new Russia, where corrupt tycoons plunder billions while 19.2 million live in poverty.” The Mirror, March 6, 2017.