THIS is what Aleksei Navalny wants for Russia. You see, he and his technocrat pals “deserve” to rule. My observation is such people tend to be the worst tyrants and despots. Putin would be nothing compared to Navalny. Navalny’s a Kerensky… don’t forget, Kerensky imprisoned the tsar and issued Order Number One… NOT the Reds. If it hadn’t been for the feckless pro-Western rebels who forced out the tsar in February, there’d be a constitutional monarchy in Russia today. In like manner, Navalny and his American paymasters would bring in a despotism that would make any previous one seem pallid and weak. Think on THAT…
Time magazine named blogger and opposition leader Aleksei Navalny as one of the world’s 100 most influential figures for this year. The 100 most influential people in the world include politicians, as well as businessmen, scientists, sport stars, and showmen. Among the world leaders on the list are US President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the supreme leader of Iran Ayatollah Khamenei. Time separately listed the leaders of so-called “rouge states”; amongst them are Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The only organisation on the list is the Anonymous hacker group, which rose to prominence by launching attacks on government and major corporate websites. According to news reports, Navalny was one of the most controversial figures during the internet-voting on the magazine’s official website. In all, 92,000 voted for his inclusion on the list, whilst 77,000 were against the move. Only the candidacy of Syrian President Assad triggered more negative votes.
On what criteria Aleksei Navalny was included on the top-100 list? Time said that by doing so, it decided to honour the service of a blogger in fighting against corruption and uniting Russians on social websites. On his website, Navalny posted documents that unmasked corruption by Russian officials. Moreover, he rose to prominence as one of the active participants of the opposition rallies staged late last year and early this year. The police arrested him several times for organising unauthorised rallies. In response to a question whether he’s truly an influential figure in Russia, the head of the Centre for Studying the Elite, Olga Kryshtanovskaya said, “According to an opinion poll conducted six months ago, only 0.5 percent of Russians knew his name. Many people live outside the Internet; Navalny’s an Internet figure, but he’s invisible on TV. At present, the number of people who recognise him grew, but this percentage is very low. If an opinion poll was conducted in Russia, he wouldn’t occupy a top place, and he wouldn’t be amongst the 100 most influential people even in Russia, not to mention the whole world”.
VOR asked Navalny for a comment, but according to his press secretary, Navalny commented on Time’s decision on his LiveJournal blog. He wrote, “Now, it’s possible to announce at meetings the following… ‘Honourable police officers! Your illegal actions distress one of the most influential people in the world. If you don’t stop, then, he’ll tell it all on Twitter’”. For some experts, Navalny’s success among Western journalists wasn’t a surprise. Political scientist Leonid Polyakov said, “This isn’t surprising because he’s quite a famous figure in the USA. He’s a darling of the political and journalistic élite in America. Many TV outlets throughout the world picture him as an uncompromising revolutionary. To speak plainly, Navalny’s influence is very small, even in the protest movement. There are many other people besides Navalny involved”.
In fact, Time’s editorial board demonstrated its “impartiality” more than once. Suffice it to remember how they chose their 2010 “Person of the Year”. The readers of the magazine voted for the founder of the scandalous WikiLeaks website Julian Assange; in all, 382,000 voted for him. However, unexpectedly, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg became the Person of the Year. In short, freedom of expression may be a good thing, but politics is “über alles”.
19 April 2012
Voice of Russia World Service
Here’s the REAL hero of the protests… Sergei Udaltsov (1977- ), the leader of the Left Front, a patriot, not a bum-kisser of the Americans… that’s why you can’t believe the lies of the Western media on Russia…
Navalny’s a member of the one of the more marginal political groups in Russia, the extremist pro-American Yabloko Party. However, it appeals to a small group of well-heeled pro-Western “professionals”… the same sorts who’re the backbone of the reactionary Right in the West. Yes, the Rightwing in the West appeals to troglodyte blue-collars as its “foot soldiers”, but one finds its ideological true believers and leaders in the New Class of “entrepreneurs”, “lawyers”, and “technical experts”, that is, people with technical training, but without a classical education… that’s to say, they’re trained illiterati, monkeys pecking at keyboards. Note well that Time didn’t honour the real heroic spark-plug behind the protests… Sergei Udaltsov, the leader of the Left Front (oh, dear! A RED!).
It’s easy to see why Navalny’s one of “McFaul’s Pals”… he wants a society just like the USA of Ronald Reagan and George W Bush… where the rich have the right to smash their heel into the faces of the working class with no consequence (at least, no immediate “legal” consequence… the 2007 Depression was the result of Reagan and Bush’s lunacies). Navalny’s nothing but Paul Ryan with a Russian accent… an enemy of everything that’s decent and true. His adulation by Americans says a good deal about our society and its values, doesn’t it? I fear that none of it’s good…