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but he sure believes in the right to sprout it, and has gone to great lengths to fight for that right.

He writes in a pseudo broken English in the exile which only shows how well he masters the language and is able to play the semi-ignoramus to get some points across. All his texts suggest that his party cannot threaten anything - they just pretend to (cf the flag posted below - it's hard not to think that it's full of double entendres and deep irony) but are taken highly seriously because they are fighting for something more important - the right to irreverence and independent expression.

Note: a typo in my text above was that he spent a couple of years in jail, if that was not obvious.


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

by Jerome a Paris (etg@eurotrib.com) on Sat May 19th, 2007 at 01:23:23 PM EST
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Oh, like the guys over at Stalin lives?

By the way, Kasparov sure takes himself very seriously, so are you suggesting Limonov is taking both Putin and Kasparon for a ride, and that he got himself jailed for the entertainment value?

Bush is a symptom, not the disease.

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat May 19th, 2007 at 06:10:58 PM EST
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Limonov personally is also ego-centric. As for perceptions of NBP in Russia, the organization is not being viewed as extremist, primarily because of Limonov's background as writer.

In current form NBP is mostly anti-capitalist and anti-establishment where youth can roleplay as revolutionaries and street fighters with the police. Open question, though, for the authorities is always whether members of NBP take NBP press seriously or view it as an post-modern project.

Limonov was jailed for arms purchase and acquitted on charges of creation of illegal armed group and terrorism. Several NBP members were arrested for purchase of the AKs, and one of them told prosecution that Limonov was personally involved in the purchase.  Prosecution also tried to portray article in "Limonka"  (NBP party newspaper, "Limonka" itself is a nick name for the Soviet F1 grenade) calling for NBP members to organize armed insurrection among Russians in Kazakhstan as an actionable plan by the party leadership. The charges were questionable, given Limonov's record, and suspicion that unidentified  AK sellers were police agents, although provocation of this type is legal in Russia. He was freed after few months in jail after the sentence and seemed to choose not to appeal.

NBP was telling at the time that the process is political at the authorities of Kazakhstan and Latvia were concerned about NBP activities there (radical actions in the defense of Russian minority) and were pushing Russian government to take action. One of the consequences of the arrest was that Latvian courts took a harder line on NBP as organization and reclassified seizure of a building by NBP members in Latvia with wooden mockup of a grenade from hooliganism to terrorism and gave them a sentence of 15 years in jail.

NBP's #2, Linderman (Abel), from Latvia, who is now active in "Another Russia", is still wanted by Latvian authorities and Interpol on the charges of trafficking of the explosives; several kilograms of C-4 were allegedly found by the police in his Riga apartment. I think the latest is that Russian courts are refusing to extradite him on the suspicion of politically motivated prosecution.

by blackhawk on Sun May 20th, 2007 at 12:40:36 AM EST
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Jerome,

"the right to irreverence" included (this is the newest case being prosecuted currently) two members of NBP engaged in military training, planning to organize bombing of the regional headquarters of security service and of a major dam (disrupting electricity supplies to a major Siberian city and flooding a part of it in the process), and trying to persuade a female friend of theirs to become a suicide bomber.

Thanks, no thanks, but I believe that post-modern stops somewhere, and that peoples' lives are more important than narcissism of this "glamour fascist", even though human life is such an archaic concept.

I am eternally surprised by Westerners believing that some things which would never be tolerated in their societies are OK in Russia just because the instigators shout "Oust the Putin gang!", or "Long live democracy!" before that. I became disgusted with such approach almost a decade ago, and still don't understand why some intelligent and very sensible people have a compartment in their minds where Russian people (and myself, therefore) are lumped together with guinea pigs (but definitely inferior to pandas).

by Sargon on Sun May 20th, 2007 at 05:44:01 AM EST
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