Alexi writes a blog here which to us in the free press would seem mild and harmless. Garry [the chess player], announced his retirement from professional chess on 10 March 2005, so that he could devote his time to politics and writing. He formed the United Civil Front movement, and joined as a member of The Other Russia, a coalition opposing the administration and policies of Vladimir Putin.
Neither man has done anything that would land them in jail in the UK, Europe or the US but their voices in Russia are loud enough to disturb Putins sleep.
What are they trying to stop the Russian people being exposed to? Things like this by Vitaly Portnikov; [paraphrased after translation]
- My Grandmother used to tell me about the evacuation. Then, when I was little, I could not understand the tragedy. Now, when I talk with my friends or just read letters from unfamiliar Crimean people on social networks, I understand what it is – and I also know that this can happen at any time to me and my loved ones if the aggressor moves on.
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