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Ditto on Limonov.  He is also unbelieveably funny, though I'm never sure if it's on purpose.  

Anyway, one thing I've never figured out is how he fits into the Western MediaTM's meme of Putin wanting to return to Stalinism, illustrated by the way he won't let Kasparaov & his ilk demonstrate.  What about how Putin won't let The National Bolsheviks demonstrate, or really exist at all?  I mean, is Putin an evil Commie, or isn't he?  One could easily go after Putin, and perhaps correctly so, for just being in it for himself, and this is why/how he subverts democracy (like George Bush), and not rely on a flimsily constructed argument that Putin represents a return to the bad old days.  

But than we wouldn't have that conveinient package of a war of ideologies, good v. bad, Democracy v. -ism du jour to wrap everything up in in order to cover up the holes in our arguments and pat ourselves and our audience on the backs for being on the right side...  

Someone just being a jerk doesn't sell papers I guess.

Anyway...

Angela recently sent me a WSJ article on the possible disbarment of the laywer representing Kohodorkovsky and Kasparov.  It was hoot.  Again, instead of just reporting the facts, they framed it as "This person is one of the world's leading champions for human rights, and that's why she has become the target of Putin."  

Meanwhile we sit in America & mew about how United States Attorneys "serve at the pleasure of the President" so there is now wrongdoing in the mass firings of those who wont do his bidding...

Sigh...    

"Pretending that you already know the answer when you don't is not actually very helpful." ~Migeru.

by poemless on Sat May 19th, 2007 at 11:14:45 AM EST
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I personally subscribe to the idea that he has voluntarily taken what appear to be really ugly ideas precisely to fight for the principle of freedom of expression - which should apply even if the ideas sound ugly.

And thus, apart from some support frome the literary world in France, he's been treated like an embarrassment to the West instead of defended - when he is just as worthy, if not more, than Kasparov.

In the long run, we're all dead. John Maynard Keynes

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sat May 19th, 2007 at 01:25:55 PM EST
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well Jérôme, if I crossed the border into Germany tomorrow and started a party called, let's say, the "Nationalist Socialist Party", I would be in prison very quickly.

I could say it was to defend democracy, but would you give me the benefit of the doubt - perhaps I am Adolf Hitler reincarnated.

by zoe on Sat May 19th, 2007 at 02:04:51 PM EST
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Just came across this.  Pretty much sums it up:

http://www.atlanticfreepress.com/content/view/340/81/

Excerpt:

My my how times change. Now again we see those evil, energy hogging Russkies for what they are. And suddenly, dissidents are right back in media fashion.

Today, UK's Labour Minister Peter Hain joined the chorus of Telegraph readers and declared that the `murky murder cast a shadow over Putin'. Moralising Peter Hain, by the way, just happens to be one of our Labour Ministers who refused to condemn Guantanamo Bay.

On second thoughts, maybe Litvinenko should get a Nobel Prize. He doesn't deserve one as much as a real dissident writer like Limonov. But Sasha's affair has exposed the hype and hypocrisy of the British media establishment like nothing else.




"Pretending that you already know the answer when you don't is not actually very helpful." ~Migeru.
by poemless on Sat May 19th, 2007 at 02:27:20 PM EST
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