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Sunday, 21 July 2013

21 July 2013. Sergei Yolkin’s World. Russian Asylum for Snowden?

00 Sergei Yolkin. Russian Asylum for Snowden. 2013

Russian Asylum for Snowden?

Sergei Yolkin



The motif of this caricature comes from an old Russian folktale, Теремок (Teremok: The Mansion). Click here to read it. It’s as well-known in Russia as Goldilocks and Three Bears is in the Anglosphere. That is, any Russian would grasp the visual reference immediately. It’s been made into a multifilm on multiple occasions, the most famous and most-well-loved version came out in 1971 (click here for YouTube post). It was also released in different versions in 1937, 1945, and 1995 (click here for YouTube post). Yolkin seems to imply that Snowden’s more trouble than he’s worth… just as the Bear is in the folktale… just sayin’…

By the way, the word “Russian” in the title is Российское (Rossiskoye), which refers to the sovereign state of Russia, NOT the Russian nation (народ: narod).



Sergei Yolkin takes a wry look at Edward Snowden’s request to the Russian authorities to grant him temporary asylum.

15 July 2013

Sergei Yolkin





Saturday, 20 July 2013

New Shocking Revelations by Snowden to Go Public Soon



Glenn Greenwald, columnist for The Guardian and close associate of whistleblower and intelligence contractor Edward Snowden said that, in the near future, new details of top-secret American mass surveillance programmes would go public. He told German public broadcaster ARD in Rio de Janeiro on a Thursday night live broadcast, “I’m sure that the new revelations, which are to be made soon, will be even more shocking than the previous ones”. According to another German TV outlet, N-24, previously, Snowden handed about 9-10,000 top-secret documents to Greenwald and a Der Spiegel reporter. N-24 reported that Greenwald and Snowden keep in touch through encrypted web-based chats. Meanwhile, a source at American publishing imprint Metropolitan Books told the Guardian that Greenwald would publish a book about Snowden’s exposure of mass public surveillance by the US government. Editor Sara Bershtel said that the book includes “new revelations exposing the extraordinary co-operation of private industry and the far-reaching consequences of the government’s programme, both domestically and abroad”. She said that the book is due out in the USA in March 2014.

In spring 2013 Edward Snowden, a former technical contractor for the NSA, leaked secret information on American and British government mass surveillance programmes to the press, primarily to Glenn Greenwald, of London‘s The Guardian. These disclosures rank amongst the most significant security breaches in US history. The US government revoked Snowden’s passport; he’s been in the transit area of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport since 23 June. On 16 July, Snowden filed an application for temporary asylum in Russia.

19 July 2013

Voice of Russia World Service  


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