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Posted: Dec 9, 2022 - 5:49pm


Foreign Policy. 

A Russian Dissident Is Sentenced in Moscow

Ilya Yashin’s is the most significant political trial in Russia since Alexey Navalny’s imprisonment in 2021.

By , a global fellow with the Wilson Center in Washington and NPR’s former Moscow bureau chief.



By , a global fellow with the Wilson Center in Washington and NPR’s former Moscow bureau chief.
Russian opposition figure Ilya Yashin, charged with
Russian opposition figure Ilya Yashin, charged with "discrediting" the Russian army fighting in Ukraine, flashes a victory sign inside a defendant's box at the Meshansky district court in Moscow on Dec. 9. YURI KOCHETKOV/POOL/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES
DECEMBER 9, 2022, 5:22 PM

Ilya Yashin, a longtime ally of Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny, has been sentenced in Moscow to eight and a half years behind bars. The verdict concludes the most significant political trial in Russia since Navalny was imprisoned in 2021. The court on Friday found Yashin guilty of spreading “false information” about the Russian army when he spoke about atrocities against civilians in Bucha, Ukraine, on his YouTube channel. Yashin maintained his innocence.

Yashin’s evolution from minor protest leader to persecuted dissident mirrors the metamorphosis of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “managed democracy” into a totalitarian state. The severity of Yashin’s sentence starkly presents the existential dilemma for Russia’s hounded democratic opposition: Stay in Russia, resist Putin’s bloodletting in Ukraine, and go to prison—or choose exile, scatter around the world, and lose relevance at home. Yashin, one of the most principled Russian opposition leaders, has always said his place is in Russia.

After the verdict was handed down, Yashin, 39, smiled and made the “victory” sign with his handcuffed hands from the glass defendant’s box standard in Russian courtrooms. Afterward, he sent a message to supporters via social media: “We have no reason for sadness, because we have won this trial, friends. It was conceived as a show trial over an ‘enemy of the people,’ embodied by me, but instead turned into an anti-war platform.”

A few years ago, I asked Yashin if it was not crazy to oppose the Kremlin from inside the country. He acknowledged that may be the case but added that “somebody has to do it.” Yashin said: “The Putin regime is happy to get rid of its opponents and does everything it can so that we leave. That’s the reason I see my mission to do everything so that Putin’s critics stay in Russia. That’s why I haven’t left.”

I first met Yashin 11 years ago, when he was at the head of a wave of anti-government demonstrations that posed the biggest challenge to Putin in his two decades in power. The protests broke out following reports of widespread vote-rigging in a routine parliamentary election. Yashin and Navalny, then a little-known anti-corruption activist, were jailed for two weeks after calling on protesters to march on the Central Election Commission. After their release, the two men addressed a huge rally in central Moscow on Dec. 24, 2011.

While Navalny fired up the crowd by threatening to storm the Kremlin, Yashin deliberately lowered the temperature. “We’re honest, peaceful citizens,” he said. “We don’t want blood or revolution. All we want is honest elections.” Yashin told me that he was for roundtable talks with the Kremlin and amnesty for Putin as the only way to avoid bloodshed. They struck different tones, but Yashin and Navalny remained close political allies.

At 28 years old, Yashin was one of the youngest leaders of the protest movement—but also one of the most experienced. During the oil boom in Putin’s first two presidential terms, Yashin was a fixture at opposition protests, which typically attracted more riot police and journalists than demonstrators. He was the leader of the youth wing of the pro-Western Yabloko party, where he befriended Navalny. When Navalny was kicked out of Yabloko for his nationalistic views, Yashin was the only party leader who voted against the expulsion.

Yashin later led the liberal Solidarity movement alongside former chess champion Garry Kasparov, now in exile, and politician Boris Nemtsov, who was gunned down near the Kremlin in 2015. At the time of his assassination, Nemtsov was preparing a report on the Kremlin’s lies about Putin’s first invasion of Ukraine in 2014; Yashin helped publish it posthumously.

What is striking about Yashin is his consistency. Over the years, he has unwaveringly promoted a vision of Russia as a liberal democracy and—at least until now—nonviolent regime change. Yashin has spent his entire adult life actively resisting Putin’s rule. And unlike most opposition leaders in Russia, Yashin has held elected office.

Until last year, Yashin served in the unglamorous role of head of one of Moscow’s 125 district councils, charged with mundane neighborhood concerns such as the upkeep of parks and location of bus stops. Yashin’s election to the council in 2017 was the result of a concerted campaign by the democratic opposition to chip away at Putin’s political monopoly by first filling Moscow’s lowest elected offices. Yashin’s plan was to use his modest post as a launchpad to run for parliament, but he was barred from last year’s election because of his association with Navalny, whose political network had been designated “extremist.”

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Compared with other opposition leaders, Yashin was very approachable and always answered his phone. To me, he seemed more interested in the cause of a democratic Russia than stroking his own ego. His earnestness and ability to articulate criticism of the regime won him a dedicated following on social media, including more than 1.3 million subscribers to his YouTube channel. Adding insult to injury, Yashin’s sentence includes a four-year ban on using the internet after his release from prison.

During the YouTube livestream in April that led to his arrest, Yashin discussed the emerging evidence of mass atrocities against Ukrainian civilians following the withdrawal of Russian forces from the Kyiv suburb of Bucha. Yashin mocked the Kremlin’s denials and debunked government propaganda that claimed the killings had been staged. He also criticized a new law on discrediting the Russian military, saying its intention was to silence dissent and create the illusion that everybody in Russia supports Putin’s war. “Despite all the risks and threats, it’s very important that people remain in Russia who are ready to say loudly: ‘This war should not go on; it must stop. This war contradicts the interests of the Russian people,’” he said.

Yashin was taken into custody in June and later charged with knowingly spreading “false information” about the Russian army, motivated by “political hatred.” In July, a Moscow court found one of Yashin’s fellow district councilors, Alexei Gorinov, guilty on the same charge after he criticized the war at a council meeting. Gorinov, then 60, was sentenced to seven years in prison.

Today, there are very few opposition figures left in Russia who are not behind bars or under threat of criminal prosecution. Before his arrest, Yashin told the independent Russian news outlet Meduza that one of the main reasons he decided not to go abroad was because he could not betray the memory of Nemtsov, whose assassination still looms over Russia’s democratic opposition.

Even after he was jailed, Yashin said he had no regrets about staying in Russia. “My prison term will end one day, but my self-respect will remain,” he wrote to Meduza from his cell in Moscow’s notorious Butyrka Prison. “Taking a punch is psychologically easier than running from a fight.” If he has any regrets, Yashin said, it would be his own “naiveté” in believing that it was possible to achieve political change in Putin’s Russia using “civilized methods.”

Yashin stayed true to his principles to the end. During closing arguments this week, he politely addressed the judge, Oksana Goryunova, thanking her for making his trial publicly accessible and appealing to her humanity as someone who after work goes shopping in the same grocery store as his mother. “You know that I’m innocent, and I know that you’re under pressure from the system,” Yashin said. “Remember that your decision isn’t only about me and my personal fate—it’s also a verdict on the part of our society that wants to live in a peaceful and civilized way. That part of society might well include yourself.”

Yashin then used his day in court to attack Putin. “No one is greeting our army with flowers. We are called invaders and occupiers,” Yashin said. “Although my words might sound like a voice crying in the desert, I’m urging you, Vladimir Vladimirovich, to stop this madness immediately.”

Putin, who often pretends not to be aware of his harshest critics, made a point to show that Yashin’s message was not getting through. Asked during a press conference about the severity of Yashin’s sentence, Putin first professed never to have heard of Yashin and then hid behind the microscopic fig leaf of Russian judicial independence.

Yashin had no illusions that he would be acquitted. But in his message to supporters after the verdict, he said the authors of his sentence were “too optimistic” about the longevity of Putin’s regime. “I’m not afraid, and you don’t be afraid,” Yashin said. “Changes are just around the corner, and soon we’ll be faced with the big job of restoring justice and humanism in our country.”

Lucian Kim is a journalist who has covered Russia since 2003, most recently as NPR’s Moscow bureau chief. He is currently a global fellow with the Wilson Center in Washington. Twitter: @Lucian_Kim


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Must be the Norwegian-style sweater that makes Yashin so dangerous.

I hope he does not give up on non-violent political activism.

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Posted: Dec 1, 2022 - 10:22am

When the US Invaded Russia
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Posted: Dec 1, 2022 - 4:59am

remember when finland was going to attack/invade russia?



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Posted: Nov 25, 2022 - 5:21pm

 haresfur wrote:
Yeah, that wasn't a mistake. He knew he was just being a good soldier and was at best right on the edge of lying.

Lying is the mistake that begets more "mistakes".

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Posted: Nov 25, 2022 - 4:05pm

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You don't say.




Yeah, that wasn't a mistake. He knew he was just being a good soldier and was at best right on the edge of lying.

There are some interesting (to me anyway) parts of that narrative that go back to George Sr who intentionally and quite cleverly (ok the clever bit may have come from advisors) blurred the lines between nuclear weapons and biological weapons. Before the first gulf war they were worried about Iraq maybe using bio weapons so he basically said, "We will treat use of weapons of mass destruction the same so if you use bio weapons, we will nuke you." And it worked. But the follow-on was that George Jr. could use the opaqueness to justify the next war. He only paid attention to the dubious evidence that Iraq might still have a biological program or the ability to start it up again. Then with some smoke and mirrors made it seem like Iraq had a nuke program. Powell never cited anything out of Department of Energy who are the primary agency for nuclear intelligence. And the DOE people knew it was bullshit; there was no nuclear program at the time.
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Posted: Nov 25, 2022 - 3:07pm

 haresfur wrote:
People make mistakes. (...)

You don't say.


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Posted: Nov 25, 2022 - 1:47pm

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People make mistakes. Sometimes it is firing in the wrong direction and sometimes it is reporting the wrong source for the missile. That's why we have to sort through so many waffle words in the news
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Posted: Nov 25, 2022 - 11:24am

“I can’t imagine a U.S. intelligence official would be wrong on this.” Evah.
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Posted: Nov 24, 2022 - 10:31pm

Households must slash energy use to defeat Putin, says Hunt
The Chancellor urged households to “play your part” in reducing the UK's vulnerability to Russia and other despotic regimes. His plea will be part of a reported £25m public information campaign to help the public slash their bills.

It came as the electricity operator EDF delayed the reopening of three French nuclear power stations, triggering concerns that Britain could struggle to import energy from across the Channel on days when domestic supply runs short.

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Putin's crony Yevgeny Prigozhin about U.S. elections: "We have interfered, we're interfering and we will continue to interfere. Carefully, precisely, surgically and in our own way; we know how to do it."

Source



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Posted: Nov 7, 2022 - 5:03am

reposting some perspective...
(originally from jan 2022?)


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Posted: Nov 2, 2022 - 8:08pm

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Russia Rejoins Grain Deal but Warns It Could Pull Out Again

The agreement allows Ukraine, a major food producer, to export grain by sea, easing the threat of famine in other countries.



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Posted: Nov 2, 2022 - 11:54am

Sabotage of military helicopters deep inside Russia purportedly shown on video
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Posted: Nov 1, 2022 - 12:07pm

Electro-Shock Therapy For Slow Learners In The Electric War (Part III)
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Posted: Oct 25, 2022 - 10:27am

yikes! this thread is insane (if accurate)




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Posted: Oct 25, 2022 - 6:44am



Russian court rejects Brittney Griner's appeal of nine-year prison sentence for drug possession

The Moscow Regional Court ruled Tuesday to uphold the sentence. In the ruling the court stated, however, that the time Griner will have to serve in prison will be recalculated with her time in pre-trial detention taken into account. One day in pre-trial detention will be counted as 1.5 days in prison, so the basketball player will have to serve around eight years in prison.

Griner took part in the hearing via video call from a penal colony outside Moscow where she is imprisoned.





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Posted: Oct 24, 2022 - 10:38am

 miamizsun wrote:
watched the first two (of seven) videos
lot of material (short clips that are somewhat disjointed)
some show interesting shots of the time period, movements, protests and people in the country side struggling
impossible to not feel for the victims of communism and its variants
but overall too much runway (seven hours) for something that could have been done in ninety minutes
i mean if you've got the time sure


Yeah, Adam Curtis' works all are quite epic, drawing from the BBC's camera vaults recorded over decades and putting them together into a collage of his own making. They remain a human legacy of documenting societal and political changes during our life-times.

I've become sort of a fan, since his latter work, "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" (2021)...
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Posted: Oct 24, 2022 - 8:51am

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I was asking you a question to sustain my empathic thoughts. No more, no less hon...



watched the first two (of seven) videos
lot of material (short clips that are somewhat disjointed)
some show interesting shots of the time period, movements, protests and people in the country side struggling
impossible to not feel for the victims of communism and its variants
but overall too much runway (seven hours) for something that could have been done in ninety minutes
i mean if you've got the time sure





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