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Democracy A-la Russian

A Russian Linux developer, Dmitry Monakhov has been arrested in the middle of Moscow for protesting against the war in Ukraine, even though the single pickets ain’t prohibit by Russian laws and don’t require any permission. When he was being arrested, some people screamed out insults and abuses.

This time Dmitry has been sentenced to jail for 15 days. Last time when he was arrested, he was beaten by soldiers of riot squad without any reason. It ain’t first such case here- the demonstrants against Russian aggression toward Ukraine are often being arrested literally for nothin’, for they didn’t brake any laws.

As for me, luckily I hadn’t any problems with police yet, however I was in many conflict situations with people in the street. It’s quite a few inadequate people all around, who’d like to tear you apart if you’re disagree with official government politics and have enough courage to express it in any socially acceptable way. It’s just a miracle that I still keep a whole skin. That’s what Russian freedom of speech is, and this is the main reason why I’m afraid to stay in this place any longer.


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Dec. 9th, 2014 07:58 pm (UTC)
Well, Russia has always been a totalitarian state, nothing new is happening now. The sad thing is that Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union looked like it could actually become a democratic state and expressed that it intends to install the market capitalism and democratic institutions. Nowadays though it is pretty apparent that it all was for nothing and Russia once again becomes a dictatorship via being more and more suppressive police state.
Be safe yonder and keep your head low. Only a massive revolution can change things now.
Dec. 9th, 2014 10:23 pm (UTC)
Good observation, anon! What’s ’bout keepin’ one’s head low, I amn’t a hero, nor am I a coward. So I will protest in any reasonable way. I don’t have illusions it could ever change anythin’ here, but at least, like it was in Valkyrie movie, “We have to show the world that not all of us are like him.”
Dec. 9th, 2014 11:44 pm (UTC)
The world doesn't notice. What they see is the majority of Russian people that support mr. Putin's actions. And make their conclusions about state of affairs in Russia.
Peaceful protests to be perfectly honest don't have any significant impact on the governments in much of the western world either. Only when people take up the arms do they notice. I don't imply you should do this, btw. If a mere protest is risky, why do you bother?
Dec. 11th, 2014 01:21 am (UTC)
The entire world maybe won‘t, but what the world consists of but totality of single persons? I won‘t let ‘em consider me as a Russian aggressor or occupant. I wanna say, “I‘m not like those 80% of Russians” and not only to say, but prove it with my deeds. That‘s my principle and it‘s what I call a conscience.
Dec. 12th, 2014 02:15 pm (UTC)
>> but prove it with my deeds

Wow, incredible level of self-importance! Did you commit any deeds?

Or I didn't understand you right and you thinking that you, stupid horse, is brave enough to commit some deeds in future?

Edited at 2014-12-12 02:20 pm (UTC)
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