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  1. I was talking about the Anti-Corruption Fund. Not really in the mood to dedicate the time to do that, but would appreciate an insight if you would. Still actually bigger than them. Again, they don't have the political potential Navalny has. Agree. If I went into politics, I would do it to help the country. Period. And I don't think I'm alone this way.
  2. Far-fetched conspiracy theories IMO. I don't think I have seen anything that only could be leaked by someone very powerful in any of his Youtube investigations, he has a good team, and there is nothing supernatural in people giving him interviews. He is a very popular figure supported by many. Putin is afraid of killing him just like Nemtsov because Navalny is way too popular, especially amongst young people, and we are seeing now that he was right to be afraid. The regime is going to crumble pretty soon. The whole Novichok thing was needed because it doesn't kill you immediately so that the death could be seen as a consequence of bad health. It's also important to not purposefully look for hidden conspiracies when there is a simpler and more probable explanation. I really don't believe in any "rival Kremlin towers". Think again. Yes, Putin could've killed him early on, but Navalny was already a respected lawyer before he got into politics and Putin very well could have just underestimated the threat. Putin is not some evil genius (as many outside Russia think I suspect), which we can clearly see from the stupid actions of the government right now. The regime is bringing closer its own demise by inciting people against itself. EDIT: and yeah, Navalny is a much bigger figure than Nemtsov. Nemtsov was just an old critic of Putin's regime with no real political potential, and Navalny is a young, ferocious leader who in a lot of people's minds will "set everything right" if he becomes president.
  3. @Lyubov Man, these stage Green people with their fascist-paranoia...
  4. @Blackhawk Lol, are you joking? All he has is different kinds of police, and when they see how many are up against them, they will eventually stop helping our bunker resident. How his money is going to help him, what he is gonna do, buy an army? He wasted his stolen money on his stupid palace and vineyards. Trust me, in a few years we are going to see Putin behind the bars. Watch and see. Although also many bad things may happen during the next few years due to the upcoming war.
  5. @K Ghoul And both of my parents think that I'm fucking crazy and say "What's the point of protesting against one thief in favor of another?". The only way we could be "doomed" is if Russia was literally nuked. So you either join the movement of history, however slow and difficult it is, or not. Choose wisely.
  6. What I really don't understand is the purpose of saying things like: "Nothing is gonna change. No one cares and everyone is a frightened idiot anyway." I think any person who says such things joins the very group he is judging by doing that.
  7. Exactly. So what course of action do you propose?
  8. My thoughts are that they are sending their children (their daughter, more specifically) to the best university they can. Unfortunately, Russia doesn't posess the best universities in the world as of yet. I, too, wanted to leave. But now I get that don't have any moral right to leave all these millions behind. Besides, 47% is still a lot, and people are gonna get really angry after what happened today. Of course it would be better if change happened peacefully, through political means (there are going to be Duma elections in 2021). But it's clear now that the government is not going to play this way. EDIT: @Leo Gura My thoughts exactly.
  9. @Leo Gura Well, there will need to be an intermediate stage of course...
  10. I don't think so. It'll probably be quick and small-scale. Think the bunker grandpa is going to bomb his country? I wouldn't expect that even from him.
  11. Also, having a very popular charismatic leader (Navalny) I think is extremely important. Many Russian people don't support Putin, but would still vote for him because they don't see an alternative, and now it's there. Someone who is ready to be imprisoned for a long time or even tortured and killed (God forbid) for the cause.
  12. @Hulia Yeah, exactly, the vibes are different. Subtle, but important. I don't think people in Russia are going to tolerate what Putin is going to do in the same way as how people in Belarus are peacefully tolerating what Lukashenko is doing. That's why up until now Putin has been playing games, still trying to keep up the pretense of a democratic leader. But that's just what I feel. In the end it's going to be a war, of course.
  13. @Hulia Again, the culture is different. It's not that "If someone else rather than Stalin came to power everything would be alright". No. Stalin is a product of his time. Even if someone like Stalin comes to power he will be kicked out soon enough. Just like Putin. I think that people are not just disappointed with Putin, they are also disappointed with this kind of "tsarism" in general, and young people especially (of course). I've watched the stream on Rain TV. I think there's a civil war coming. And I'm kinda glad, because it must happen sooner or later, and sooner is better. EDIT: About "respect for the tsar". I specifically inserted "a kind of" there to indicate that it's not only stage Blue worship, but also stage Orange/Green's "Yeah, it sucks, but whatever, it's really not that bad". I thought that way too. Now that is no more.
  14. Well, yeah, and all these events stacked on top of each other: Navalny's poisoning and its investigation (and Navalny calling his own poisoner is really something!), Navalny's unlawful arrest and the movie. Regarding the movie: it's not that the fact of Putin stealing 100 billion rubles caused such a reaction. It's how he spent it. It's all about the image. The image of Putin that many people had in their mind - a kind of classical, strong Russian tsar, a patriot and honest proponent of traditional values, which elicited a kind of respect. Now that very image is destroyed and Putin is seen by the people like a shallow mafia boss: personal casino, a hookah room with a pole for elite strippers, an underground hockey field, multiple "wives" etc. People react much more strongly to such things than to abstract stuff like "abolishing democracy".
  15. Less analyzing, more protesting!
  16. Regarding Navalny, he said in an interview that the main things he wants to do with the country are: fight corruption, change the government system to a parliamentary republic, create independent courts with educated judges, simplify the conduct of business. He also has said that he basically wants to turn Russia into Canada.
  17. @Hulia It ain't gonna be 1917 again. What happened happened because the culture was at a lower level. People wanted dictatorship and they got it. Now people want the rule of law, justice, democracy and transparency. And yeah, they don't want the president stealing 1.4 billion dollars of budget money to build a stupid luxury palace.
  18. It's complete bullshit that there are no protests planned. Before they were blocked today, there where many VKontakte groups created for different cities that are going to participate. The last number of people who pressed the button "I'll come" that I've seen in the Moscow group is 12K. I've never heard anything about 13 years anywhere (even though I watch a lot of stuff about the situation).
  19. Sorry, but all this "impartial political thinking" is disgusting. He isn't some immortal all-powerful demon who can throw fireballs from his ass. And he is afraid. Which is clearly shown by the government's stupid actions like detentions, webpage blockages, threats of expulsion from schools and universities etc., which only make people angrier. I'm almost certain that Russian culture is ready (or a few years from ready) for serious political change. @neutralempty Well, kinda... Not really. They aren't really gonna put you in jail for such things if you are not famous. Btw, gladly no one in Russia has been killed or severely crippled at a protest yet AFAIK. Besides, there are much more important matters at stake now than anyone's individual petty existence.
  20. @Husseinisdoingfine Yes! Down with the tsar!!!
  21. @Abdelghafar Ban him :D. About the protests: I'm pretty sure that 100 000 people at least will come out. And I really hope for a million.
  22. @Naviy Yeah, the same kind of stuff my parents say. I'm completely baffled at the level of sheep-dom of all these people.
  23. @K Ghoul I think it's disgustingly luxurious and boring. @neutralempty Thank you!
  24. But I have to admit that no matter how many people come out it's still the safest option for the bunker grandpa to kill Navalny. Btw a few important people from his anti-corruption fund where detained today. But of course it won't have any influence on people's desire to protest. It may only spur them.
  25. @Leo Gura I hope and think what's happening is more of a transition from Red/Blue to healthy Orange (and much or even most of Russian people I think are at Orange) so things may work out well in the next few years. I'm going to go to the meeting on January 23 in my local town. What pisses me off though is that only 11K people pressed the button "I'll come" in the official Moscow group. That's a fucking shame (although more people than that will come of course).