Russia jails top opposition leader; Putin denounced as dictator

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randburg100 wrote:

At least putin, doesn’t look quite so much of an idiot with this kangaroo court – in this instance he managed to ‘convict’ a live victim as opposed to a dead man!

The USSR charges head long into the Middle Ages – Stalin’s corpse is probably starting to grin….

Jul 18, 2013 2:50am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Whys333 wrote:

Russia, how many coups and revolutions will it take before you finally learn the value of democracy?

Jul 18, 2013 6:07am EDT  --  Report as abuse

So, can we officially classify Russia as a dictatorship now?

Jul 18, 2013 6:39am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Eric54 wrote:

I really see nothing different going on in Russia than what happens here in the good old USA. American citizens being killed without a trial, cop abuses rampant, the DOJ on witch hunts, Socialism becoming the norm, NSA spying on Americans, The IRS harassing political organizations.

Pfft, whatever, tyranny by any other name is still tyranny.

Jul 18, 2013 8:12am EDT  --  Report as abuse
dickgizinya wrote:

Anyone who invests in the stock market should check to see if the company they have stock in has a presence in Russia. ( One example is Kinross Gold KGC) If they are doing business in Russia you should sell your stock. I guarantee that whoever does business in Russia has to pay off Vladimir and his Russian Mafis cronies big time. An outfit named VTB advertises on Bloomberg News TV in the morning promoting business in Russia. What a joke. The ad conveys the impression to potential investors that your investment is safe in Russia and that the business climate is akin to Western economies. VTB meand Vladimir Takes Bribes

Jul 18, 2013 8:36am EDT  --  Report as abuse
DrewLunn wrote:

And it’s surprising that an ex KGB agent turned into a dictator how? What is actually surprising is that the US truly believes he considers us an ally.

Jul 18, 2013 8:46am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Falstocat wrote:

So… the article doesn’t really mention whether Navalny committed the crime or not. Is this just a smear article against Putin? The same kind of response occurs when people protest the government’s major decisions in America. I don’t understand the vitriol against Russia, here, unless this man is innocent, which isn’t really a case the article seems to be making.

Jul 18, 2013 8:57am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Neurochuck wrote:

After this, you can get your next Pussy Riot here:
http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/1884988/pussy-riot-release-controversial-new-video-watch

Jul 18, 2013 9:06am EDT  --  Report as abuse
randburg100 wrote:

@Eric54 ….as a Limey observer in the 51st State I see quite a bit of that on the news about the US….but SO FAR obamamamamamama hasn’t yet tried convicting dead people…the operative word being ‘yet’!

Oh…and yes..we have probably one of the worse police states here in the UK..and it’s getting worse – cctv cameras all over the place. Makes me wonder, sometimes, why WW2 was fought……

Jul 18, 2013 9:07am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Stickystones wrote:

Ed Snowden will get allot more than 5 years when he comes home and he likely would be held incommunicado (no tweeting). Political repression takes many forms, some subtle, other not so much.

Jul 18, 2013 9:08am EDT  --  Report as abuse
IEComnSens wrote:

I will not comment on the article. But I will comment on:
–”The United States and European Union expressed concern over the conviction, saying it raised questions about the rule of law in Russia and Putin’s treatment of opponents. Russian shares fell on concerns the ruling could provoke social unrest.”–
The US has no moral fortitude to indicate that it “expresses concern over the rule of law in Russia”.
Check the case Snowden and the almost criminal violations this country’s government has done and been doing in the last month, to place as an example.
The US has proven that it I the most corrupt criminal, immoral country in the world.
Check the history of Guantanamo! The human rights behavior of the US!

Jul 18, 2013 9:48am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ChronoTrav wrote:

It is interesting how any dissident, activist, journalist, and whistle-blower who challenges Putin, ends up either dead or in prison shortly thereafter; And this is the government that Snowden is going to for protection. Irony.

Jul 18, 2013 11:18am EDT  --  Report as abuse
ketch65 wrote:

Russia’s not a true dictatorship unless he, personally, rigs the next election, or has knowledge it’s rigged in his favor.

We have to wait to see if he’s a true dictator.

OR, if any of this news is actually true, and we have proof that he’s silenced actual opponents and peoples, that would have legally, taken his place as leader,

etc, etc, etc….

Jul 18, 2013 12:02pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Fromkin wrote:

Only 5 years. Snowden would get death penalty for “theft” of “intelligence” if he was unlucky enough to wake up one day in the US…

Jul 18, 2013 12:13pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Doc62 wrote:

Guess 5 yrs. in jail is better than a Putin “cocktail”(polonium, a product in their a-bomb). This despot found an evil way to dispose of it and get rid of his opposition. After Litvinenko, he had to lay low.

Jul 18, 2013 1:10pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
flolv007 wrote:

Better one Dictator than 532 like in USA

Jul 18, 2013 1:46pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
randburg100 wrote:

DrewLunn wrote:

And it’s surprising that an ex KGB agent turned into a dictator how? What is actually surprising is that the US truly believes he considers us an ally.

What do you mean ex KGB…I very much doubt ‘ex’ comes into it…

Jul 18, 2013 1:48pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
debesha wrote:

Only 5 years, really?
I don’t understand how russian judicial machine works. Navalny will get new sentence in 5 years, and then again. He won’t get out of jail while putin rules Russia.

Khodorkavsky’s first sentence has ended two years ago – but he’s still in jail

Jul 18, 2013 1:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
GreenerInCt wrote:

This is the country to which Snowden fled and is seeking asylum from the oppressive US regime. Did I miss something here?

Jul 18, 2013 2:02pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
dfgdg wrote:

US media so happy to write that Putin is a dictator, when we have a problem) but it is not true at all. What’s wrong with you? all your news about Russia have a lie.

Jul 18, 2013 2:25pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
UauS wrote:

That’s why Putin needed Snowden… How ironic!

Jul 18, 2013 2:26pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
dfgdg wrote:

The real dictator is US government

Jul 18, 2013 2:28pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SBM555 wrote:

“Russia, how many coups and revolutions will it take before you finally learn the value of democracy?”

I’m sorry – whaaaaat?

Jul 18, 2013 2:28pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AlkalineState wrote:

Snowden’s chosen free-speech haven.

Jul 18, 2013 3:11pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
UScitizentoo wrote:

Stalin Putin what’s the difference. The body count?

Jul 18, 2013 3:39pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
QuidProQuo wrote:

Humorous article. Love it when someone conspires to commit a crime of thievery at an amount close to a half a million dollars and somehow it’s Putin who set him up for his fall. 5 years for being a scum bag politician with greedy criminal intent was a fair sentence. Sorry people think that no punishments should ever happen to scummy politicians but it’s high time sentences were handed down like this more often. It’s funny how when someone gets caught and found guilty they actually are surprised that anyone would want to punish them for their guilt.

Jul 18, 2013 3:54pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
spartan65 wrote:

Centuries of centralized rule are hard to overcome. I expect tinpot rulers of the Putin class will continue for some time. In the long run, however, and that could be a real long long run, some sort of democratic government will take hold. Don’t expect it in my life time but we were surprised by the fall of Communism. It would be nice to have another surprise from the Russian people.

Jul 18, 2013 4:02pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
UScitizentoo wrote:

> @QuidProQuo
Prosecutor, single witness and judge all rubberstamp Putin’s directives. The only thing this man was guilty of was running against Putin, and writing about the freedom that doesn’t exist in Russia.

Jul 18, 2013 4:17pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
chyron wrote:

@ UScitizentoo

If one builds popularity by accusing government and parliament of corruption, he must be ready for all _his_ skeletons to be unearthed.

Jul 18, 2013 4:49pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
UauS wrote:

@QuidProQuo: Funny comment. Reveals someone who has no clue what he’s talking about.

Jul 18, 2013 5:02pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
React wrote:

This is the same Russian/Putin regime that prosecuted a dead accountant on trumped up charges, after allowing him to die in custody. This after said accountant was exposing the corrupt Russian elite.

And Snowden is a traitor, who is most likely giving up key state secrets. to Russian and Chinese officials, who of course he will get more than 5 years.

Jul 18, 2013 5:17pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
freddykruger wrote:

I am in the USA, but i know the feeling that the common Russians feels because in the USA the working poor are repressed by the Republicans and the Democrats threw the Obama administration. Edward Snowden is a Whistle blower not a traitor! Most of the working poor want to recall or impeach Obama and ousted all Republicans in local, state and federal political posted. They all tell mainly the same lies to the public. They are the 1% that put the cost of the economy and the unfunded wars that they engineered on the backs of the working poor! Most US citizen denounce our entire government as traitor to the “We the People! The Republicans and Democrats do everything under the sun to help the 1% while totally lying to the 99% working poor that must pay for these so called leaders to rob the working poor and spy on totally law bidding citizen in the name of BS terrorism. Most American know their leaders all need to be either recalled or impeached!

Jul 18, 2013 5:47pm EDT  --  Report as abuse

Makes perfect sense then that Snowden, fed up with the violation of privacy and liberties is seeking asylum in Russia

Jul 18, 2013 6:00pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
evergreen16 wrote:

Wasn’t it immediately obvious to everybody when Putin decided he would stay in power practically indefinitely? After the staged elections, he locked up all opposition parties. He used oil to threaten Europe and negotiate high price. He is still running KGB style gulags. This is not democracy, this is one man show. He runs the country like a mafia leader, he made himself untouchable inside Russia.

Jul 18, 2013 6:02pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Prasunger wrote:

Sad, but not surprising. Russia is the Sudan of Europe: same sort of governance, same sort of (in)justice. Well, the Sudanese at least can boast that they have a lil’bit better life expectancy than Russians: it’s 62 years to 59. So, Sudan has some hopes, Russia has not.

Jul 18, 2013 6:50pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
KNoose000 wrote:

Look at all you zombies responding to this with Anti west and USA responses. Pathetic.
Snowden was someone who joined the military only to release the information he knew he was working with. EVERY COUNTRY HAS SECRET INFO…get it??
How does jailing a pathetic traitor compare to a dictator that jails girls dancing in a church for years and men who oppose him?
This would of been normal democracy in the USA.
Any of you from the USA and complaining about it need to move to Russia, now.
Guantanamo is for terrorists….not citizens…derrrr….
Snowden is a idiot that deserves a very long sentence, as in any case of the same happening.
Again, every country has secret military information…everyone knows that so get over it and stop trying to compare a dictators actions to jailing of a traitor.

Jul 18, 2013 6:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ChupaChups88 wrote:

If a person calls himself the “opposition” this is not giving him immunity from prosecution. If he had not been convicted, this would be a “political decision.” Very well, what he was convicted, all are equal before the law. Unfortunately, in the West are ready to support any criminal if he is “against Putin.”

Jul 18, 2013 7:37pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
js2012 wrote:

@Grandpa_Tarkin:
Yes you can but Reuters will NOT :)

Jul 18, 2013 8:53pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Fleuret wrote:

“the article doesn’t really mention whether Navalny committed the crime or not”
There was a state-owned company occupied with cutting down and selling wood. There was a crisis (though Putin has told there was not) and they have half a million (more then $16.000) of wages to employees unpaid. There was a businessman Ofitzerov, father of 5 children (4 years of jail and a fine half a million – same as Navalny) who was invited among others businessmen to Kirov by Navalny (volunteer advisor at the time) and his chief – Belykh (Kirov area governor) to make a fair deals with a state companies.
His company has bought the wood at 14,000.000. Then sold to somebody else for 16,000.000. The manager of a wood company (again, more then $16.000 wages unpaid) gave myself a premium fee of $10,000 immediately after the transaction. As he told to the court – an absolutely fair commission to his work. He was under criminal investigation and was convicted. But officials found him at need to testify against Navalny. He and his daughter were the only persons (among other 35) who testified the harm of that selling.
The judge refused to hear the witnesses for the defense (but he took as evidences correspondence and wiretapping that were illegally seized by police.
Eventually, Ofitzerov has got his 16 million for cutted wood: 14 millions there was a pre-payment to the wood company. 2 millions (app. $65.000) of profit minus taxes (at least 18%), wages to the employees, office rent, transportation and other expenses – he did not earn that much. Nevertheless, the government decided that he stole 16 millions roubles from the State budget: Navalny invented the scheme, and he made it a reality.
Note the fact that an official auditor has said to the judge that all buying and selling committed through an intermediary are criminal in fact.
I think it was the fifth lawsuit against Navalny. All others were much more stupid and funny even. So do your findings. I have nothing more to say.

Jul 18, 2013 9:03pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Fleuret wrote:

“the article doesn’t really mention whether Navalny committed the crime or not”
There was a state-owned company occupied with cutting down and selling wood. There was a crisis (though Putin has told there was not) and they have half a million (more then $16.000) of wages to employees unpaid. There was a businessman Ofitzerov, father of 5 children (4 years of jail and a fine half a million – same as Navalny) who was invited among others businessmen to Kirov by Navalny (volunteer advisor at the time) and his chief – Belykh (Kirov area governor) to make a fair deals with a state companies.
His company has bought the wood at 14,000.000. Then sold to somebody else for 16,000.000. The manager of a wood company (again, more then $16.000 wages unpaid) gave myself a premium fee of $10,000 immediately after the transaction. As he told to the court – an absolutely fair commission to his work. He was under criminal investigation and was convicted. But officials found him at need to testify against Navalny. He and his daughter were the only persons (among other 35) who testified the harm of that selling.
The judge refused to hear the witnesses for the defense (but he took as evidences correspondence and wiretapping that were illegally seized by police.
Eventually, Ofitzerov has got his 16 million for cutted wood: 14 millions there was a pre-payment to the wood company. 2 millions (app. $65.000) of profit minus taxes (at least 18%), wages to the employees, office rent, transportation and other expenses – he did not earn that much. Nevertheless, the government decided that he stole 16 millions roubles from the State budget: Navalny invented the scheme, and he made it a reality.
Note the fact that an official auditor has said to the judge that all buying and selling committed through an intermediary are criminal in fact.
It was the fifth lawsuit against Navalny I suppose. All others were much more stupid and funny even. So think yourself now. Nothing more to say about Russia. That was a judgment for an entire country.

Jul 18, 2013 9:15pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
UauS wrote:

@freddykruger: you still need to learn English… online Chinese-English translators don’t work that well as yet.

Jul 18, 2013 9:19pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Alex44139 wrote:

Что за идиоты….

Jul 19, 2013 10:52am EDT  --  Report as abuse
carlloeber wrote:

Kremlin dictators are what they have always been .. but President Obama .. he doesn’t utter a peep to embarrass the dictators there .. that is despicable and astounding ..

Jul 19, 2013 6:07pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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