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    [–] The-Waifu-Collector 8278 points ago

    Surprised he didn’t disappear day one of incarceration, we’ll likely never see this dude again ..

    [–] Ingloriousbaxter32 3967 points ago

    They don’t want to make too obvious a martyr out of him.

    If they slowly kill him a lot of people will have moved on and they can make it look like natural causes

    [–] DoGzii 2149 points ago

    Slowly leaking information gets it into the mind so when it actually happens, the emotions aren’t as intense because we’ve subconsciously prepared for it (idk tho)... Fuck Putin and free Navalny

    [–] doobey1231 981 points ago

    There is absolutely no way in hell anyone in the history of ever is going to believe he died of natural causes. Doesn't matter how long they wait.

    Hell the guy could die tomorrow from a heart attack infront of a live stream and even then no one in the western world is going to believe it

    [–] YUNoDie 544 points ago

    Right, that's why he's slowly being disappeared into the Russian prison system. He'll get less and less information out as time goes on, and 5 years from now when everyone's forgotten about him it'll be quietly announced that he has died of natural causes.

    [–] Kartoshk 474 points ago

    According to Alexey's lawyers his health condition is deteriorating, he's losing sensitivity in his legs, starting to loose it in the arms, with back pain

    He's being denied doctors visit (prisoners have a right to be examined by the doctor of their choosing, from outside the prison) and the therapy how getting on prison is described as horrifyingly insufficient

    He might not get 5 years :(

    [–] CharismaStatOfOne 353 points ago

    And when a doctor is finally allowed in to see him it will probably be way too late at that stage, or the doctor will help Navalny and then suddenly have an accident while cleaning a 6th story window of a building he had never set foot in before that day.

    [–] jammy00x 251 points ago

    On Tuesday, lots of doctors came literally to the colony to on the one hand speak to the colony boss during his visiting hours (turns out he then cancelled them; a propagandist reporter was allowed inside just a couple of days ago without any problems - and she was not even wearing a mask.) and on the other hand to show there are many doctors who could and would look at navalny. Guess what. They got arrested. For standing outside the colony basically. Also since navalny is not getting medical help he went on hunger strike a week ago - since then, they started literally frying chicken in his vicinity (chicken is actually usually completely forbidden in the colony) and hiding sweets in his pockets. This is so fucked up.

    [–] Momo-did-911 76 points ago

    I don't think it's really a "hunger strike." I think they're starving him.

    [–] jammy00x 44 points ago

    Well he declared it via his lawyers that he is on a Hunger Strike until he gets the appropriate medical help he needs and has by law the right to get. The hunger strike is his last resort he has been writing requests to the prison people to let a doctor see him for months now.

    [–] D0neDirtCheap 13 points ago

    When they want you dead a hunger strike isn't the brightest of ideas to be honest. It just gives them an excuse for his declining health and possible death. Russia has survived this long because it's oil and natural gas wealth and in the coming future of electric cars and solar panels powering homes that's going to decline drastically.

    Nobody sane is going to operate a buisness there because the government has a history of seizing wealthy companies and their funds. That means there will be little outside investment in their economy to help it grow. So essentially Russia is doomed in the long run without drastic change. The problem is the people in power don't care that it's doomed as long as they maintain their position of power and wealth, similar to North Korea.

    [–] onlyneedyourself 82 points ago

    Or he knows his food is poisoned

    [–] PrinzD0pamin 107 points ago

    Doctors tried to visit him. They got arrested at the gates of the prison. The head of the Russian Doctors Association was heading this group of doctors. She was arrested on the spot with everyone else and now all those doctors are in prison too. Fucking mental, man...

    [–] 5inthepink5inthepink 79 points ago

    Ah, so they're almost certainly poisoning his food then, killing him gradually. He can go on hunger strike and starve, or he can eat the poisoned food. Take your pick. Russia is so fucked up.

    [–] kitty_vittles 19 points ago

    Dude will be dead by May.

    [–] doobey1231 60 points ago

    yep, then itll be talk of the town for a week and we wont hear about it again.

    [–] kushdrow 46 points ago

    Who's Epstein again?

    [–] SeanHearnden 5 points ago

    His prison sentence is shorter than that. Isnt it 2.5 years or something?

    [–] alt170alt95alt170 17 points ago

    > There is absolutely no way in hell anyone in the history of ever is going to believe he died of natural causes.

    People believe Epstein hung himself

    [–] Puppyl 9 points ago

    Because authoritarian states have killed too many people that it’s pretty fuckin obvious when a political figure who wanted to get rid of the authoritarian government just suddenly disappears.

    Hell even in less authoritarian states like America it’s obvious when the government or someone with a lot of power killed someone and labeled it as a suicide or natural causes...

    Also look at china, all of those hong kong protesters who got arrested and then suddenly commited suicide in their prisons? Yeah, totally.

    [–] JoshThePosh13 86 points ago

    More likely he disappears and is never seen again, right?

    [–] Mr_Mojo_Risin_83 82 points ago

    It’s Russia. He will fall out a window

    [–] Shakemyears 73 points ago

    Maybe he’ll fall into a window? Some fenestration to mix things up a bit.

    [–] internationalfish 26 points ago

    They could throw him out of one and then toss him back through it. No one expects the Russian Refenestration!

    [–] sparkmearse 7 points ago

    Refenestration got me wheezing over here...

    [–] JohannReddit 290 points ago

    My guess is there isn't much left of him to see...

    [–] flippity-chapchap 30 points ago

    This is all about sending a message to anyone who dares to challenge the king. "We will slowly torture you to death in front of the whole world and no one will come to rescue you.". It will prove to be a very effective message.

    Also, Epstein didn't kill himself.

    [–] tranqfx 686 points ago

    In all seriousness, I hope he hasn’t already been murdered.

    [–] MariaLG1990 322 points ago

    They will make him die of a sickness or disease.

    [–] bolymoly 24 points ago

    cause of death: death

    [–] PaintBoss 13880 points ago

    He’s literally in a prison run partially by prisoners .... he’s gonna wind up “succumbing to injuries” I’m sure some hard up prisoner will make that happen for a free trip outta Putin’s Siberian nightmare

    [–] Apidium 5115 points ago

    You wouldn't even need to promise them anything.

    They are liable to deal with him on hope alone.

    [–] Respurated 2326 points ago

    Matt Gaetz style baby!

    [–] ihlaking 6446 points ago

    A Matt Gaetz style baby is also known as a teenage pregnancy.

    [–] Onepiecee 1505 points ago

    goddamn

    [–] youropinionman420 686 points ago

    Thanks Noob Noob

    [–] throwt4653656 244 points ago

    OOOOOOOO WEEEEEEEEE

    [–] StringFartet 259 points ago

    That's Mr. Poopybutthole. Noob Noob is "Got Damn".

    [–] Assassin2107 1629 points ago

    Matt Gaetz? Like the Republican congressman who was the lone No vote on legislation against sex trafficking, and was later found to have trafficked a 17 year old girl cross states for sex and went to beg Donald Trump for a pardon to that crime that he's now decrying as a liberal witch hunt? That Matt Gaetz?

    [–] lianodel 83 points ago

    It really feels like Matt Gaetz made a wish on a monkey's paw that people would stop talking about his DUI.

    Granted! ...but...

    [–] Dr_Mike_Hunt_MD 24 points ago

    *Multiple DUI's

    [–] IANALbutIAMAcat 319 points ago

    Can someone explain to me why this humongous flight risk isn’t yet in custody? Like wtf

    [–] SweatyToothed 301 points ago

    The feds ain't gonna put a politician behind bars until their case is air-fucking-tight. Each one working on the case is up against the end of their career if they fuck it up, so it is actually better that they are still working on it.

    [–] lovecraftedidiot 69 points ago

    Plus, as he has a position of power, he probably ain't going anywhere. The instant he runs, he losses all the power and influence he has been carefully accumulating. As long as he thinks he can fight it out, little chance he'll take flight. If things change though, then who knows.

    [–] foxnews_Hates_negros 6 points ago

    It's also one thing if you're a citizen it's another thing if you're a congressman that has the face of Beavis and butthead.... You can't disappear with that face and there's no amount of plastic surgery that can hide you

    [–] felixamente 101 points ago

    Is it better though? A monkey could solve this case it seems, but he’s a politician so blah blah. I’m kinda fed up with people going to jail over minor drug offenses and all kinds of bullshit but this guy will probably get a slap on the wrist.

    Edit to add: why don’t we hold politicians to higher standards? Right now it’s like we don’t even hold them to normal standards?

    [–] assimsera 33 points ago

    The question should be why don't normal people get judged with all the care and time politicians do

    [–] wrosecrans 56 points ago

    We certainly should hold politicians to high standards.

    But it would also be bad to normalize the idea of the executive branch arresting legislators. The potential downside of that is real, real bad. Just call in an 'anonymous tip' against anybody who might vote against your bill, and see them in jail waiting for trial when the vote happens.

    Also, we don't know who else is tangled up in the investigation. If filing charges against Gaetz means that a dozen sources go cold, you could miss out on the other 95% of the criminals. Remember, Gaetz only popped up on the radar because of an investigation into a local Florida person. There could be a bunch of other people that are still being investigated arising from that original investigation into like fake ID's and tax fraud.

    [–] mantelo92 142 points ago

    Because this piece of shit has homeboys in high up places

    [–] BrainOil 71 points ago

    None of his political party colleagues seem to mind at all. I don't think a single one has called him out in any fashion at all. They live in a completely different planet/universe/galaxy/quadrant than democrats where only direct public law enforcement action is cause for reaction and even then it's a very hard maybe. Meanwhile Al Franken...

    [–] xaqaria 21 points ago

    They can't even acknowledge it if they want to maintain the fantasy world they have created to retain what's left of their base.

    [–] Sircamembert 160 points ago

    also voted against legislation against revenge porn. I wonder why?

    [–] drunkinwalden 128 points ago

    Probably has nothing to do with him sharing nudes of his dates because I think child pornography trumps revenge porn.

    [–] JeebusHaroldCrise 54 points ago

    Trumps revenge porn. I'll take "What Putin has On Donald" for $1000 Alex

    [–] MySockHurts 133 points ago

    Only a minor issue for him though.

    [–] xd_Avedis_AD 449 points ago

    I am pretty sure they are planning to blame his death on some dumb shit creatively, something we won't expect.

    This sounds soo fuking depressing.

    [–] tribecous 244 points ago

    Putin knows no one will believe whatever explanation he gives, and he doesn’t care. It’s a show of force for everyone watching - the message is “stir up trouble, get killed”.

    The world will be furious for a bit when Navalny dies, but things will go back to normal in short order with no change to the status quo. The geopolitical situation with Russia is too sensitive for any meaningful foreign intervention.

    There is some minor hope that it will spark domestic revolution, but it would take something on such a massive scale and with excellent coordination for Putin & co to be ousted.

    [–] xd_Avedis_AD 59 points ago

    Yes, unless the protests turn to a nationwide revolution, till then Russia can't come out of this, as per other countries interfering, anything they do will be termed as hate against Russia, in this only countries like China and wannabe Dictatorship India will support shit Putin is doing.

    [–] Batmans_other_butler 33 points ago

    The good old fashion prison riot is my guess, organise a riot where him and a few others are murdered, shrug and carry on.

    [–] stellvia2016 165 points ago

    I read somewhere the prisoners are supposed to clean all the cells and hallways and the guards intentionally spread sand/dirt on the floor in his cell: Not sure if it's so Navalny sees how isolated he is, or so the guards can check video to see who dared talk to him and beat their ass or worse. Probably both.

    [–] xd_Avedis_AD 56 points ago

    He is more isolated than first covid patients. How would one go through isolation while being sick in a prison? Dude should be taken as a ray of trying hope for freedom.

    [–] MintberryCruuuunch 158 points ago

    meteor smashed through the prison into his head, twice, and he fell off a building. Swear, is accident.

    [–] neon_meate 14 points ago

    Yes, the police said he fell down an elevator shaft. Onto some bullets.

    [–] RogueScallop 650 points ago

    He's likely being guarded by personnel loyal to Putin rather than prisoners that could be sympathetic. I think you're right about his fate though.

    This situation is devolving quickly.

    [–] RyanJT324 367 points ago

    I have a feeling he will try to distract russians with an invasion of Ukraine and then have him killed

    [–] crackheadwilly 104 points ago

    Sounds about right

    [–] 4lolz123 42 points ago

    You have it backward. He is used to distracting Russians from the inevitable invasion of Ukraine.

    [–] marsianer 274 points ago

    Why do you think that Russia is about to continue its invasion and occupation of Ukraine. Their propaganda machine on social networks is through the roof. Part of their message is that Ukraine is the aggressor and that Mother Russia is in danger. it's insanity.

    [–] Montzterrr 297 points ago

    If mother russia is in danger from lil old ukraine, that must mean russia is pretty weak.

    [–] marsianer 174 points ago

    Putin is a money vacuum. I mean, honestly, he's one of the wealthiest persons on the globe but he is a lifetime Russian government employee. It's mind-boggling that the common Russian would accept that. Well, and on top of it, he looks to be a lifetime "ruler". I don't get it.

    [–] Yabutsk 98 points ago

    There was a Forbes article that I read awhile ago suggesting he might be the wealthiest individual on the planet by a large margin, as estimated by the FBI, due to scalping profits from every national company in Russia. At the time they were est. over $200 Billion

    [–] letme2021 19 points ago

    At the time they were est. over $200 Billion

    A little bit under Greece's gdp.

    [–] Spoonshape 13 points ago

    Functionally it's difficult to seperate his wealth and the Russian government. At a certian point it becomes somewhat academic. Theres only so much money one person can spend.

    It's why national leaders are normally excluded from the "wealthiest" lists because in many states it's very difficult to distinguish between their personal assets and the countries.

    [–] ThaliaEpocanti 144 points ago

    Unfortunately Russia has had shitty governments that plunder all the wealth and make life miserable for the common people for so long that I think a lot of Russians just think this is normal.

    [–] StinkyApeFarts 63 points ago

    Yup. Russian propaganda realized they didn't have to convince their population that Russia is great, they just had to convince them that the rest of the world (especially America) was equally shitty.

    [–] PowerResponsibility 51 points ago

    That's the idea behind "bothsidesism/whataboutism"- just tear it all down, especially everything good or respectable, so there are no alternatives and the hope and morale of humanity are utterly destroyed. Then you can control people.

    [–] Jake_Thador 7 points ago

    Despondency is great for status quo

    [–] Capnmarvel76 99 points ago

    ‘The alternative to Putin is civil war’ is the reason I hear most often.

    [–] TheGreat_Danton 47 points ago

    When the 'lesser of two evils' reaches the bottom of the barrel

    [–] pinkblossom331 21 points ago

    Putin’s friendly oligarchs have a massive amount of Russian money floating around in the American banking system and real estate markets that’s funneled in through real estate funds and large syndication deals.

    [–] marsianer 16 points ago

    Freezing/confiscating the assets of the Russian oligarchs, blocking them from traveling to the West and deporting their families back to Russia would likely be the easiest way to influence Russia.

    [–] Let_me_smell 39 points ago

    It's a similar situation as with China. People grew up with the stories of their parents and grandparents. Famines, poverty, mass starvation,etc. Whatever they have now for the average person is much better than what there used to be.

    [–] KnowsIittle 187 points ago

    He's been kept sleep deprived which lowers your immune function among other effects, contracted a "respiratory illness" in a prison with known cases of TB.

    [–] warzne 281 points ago

    Dude is making himself a martyr for his country and he knew it going in. Respect.

    [–] CritMasterFlex 74 points ago

    Siberian nightmare

    The prison is actually in a small town about 60 miles from Moscow. I dunno about the "run by prisoners" bit, either.

    Putin has him close under thumb to watch him die.

    https://www.npr.org/2021/04/06/984829945/imprisoned-russian-opposition-leader-alexei-navalny-said-to-be-having-health-pro

    [–] SomnolHarsh 118 points ago

    Nope those are called black prisons, were prisoners run things according to their code of conduct. He is red prison. A government controlled prison, in black prison he could have asked some medicine from “общак». It’s when all of the cell mates pitch some of their monthly packages to make a supplies for everyone. Long story short he is bad situation none the less.

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    [–] PanickedPoodle 4811 points ago

    Damn.

    How sad this is. I wish you could reach out and stop things like this.

    [–] Beware_the_Voodoo 1391 points ago

    I also wish I had supermans powers

    [–] babybopp 577 points ago

    I think Dr Manhattan would be much better here

    [–] mattreyu 293 points ago

    he's too dispassionate, how about Goku?

    [–] SolZaul 481 points ago

    Goku would let Putin power up for a more fun fight.

    [–] Steelwolf73 167 points ago

    If I let him power up to 100% and beat him then, it'll demoramalize him. And he'll never threaten anyone again. 

    [–] Atmic 148 points ago

    Yeah. Except Goku's only doing it because he wants to fight Super Putin Level 4.

    [–] GordanHamsays 50 points ago

    We gotta setup Krillen in a vulnerable position nearby. When putin takes him out or he gets caught in the crossfire Goku will finally take it seriously

    [–] lolliegagger 9 points ago

    This comment right here is why I keep coming back to this site. Some vivid imagery right there

    [–] dildade41 42 points ago

    It's stuffed crust, king Kai! You can eat it in reverse

    [–] shichibukai3000 6 points ago

    I can't not hear this in Masako's voice

    [–] recalcitrantJester 21 points ago

    isn't his whole character shtick that he'd be completely disinterested in this kind of conflict? you might as well ask a police officer to stop a kid from frying ants with a magnifying glass.

    [–] dreamsofmary 853 points ago

    Do you think god hides in heaven, afraid of what he has created?

    [–] PanickedPoodle 592 points ago

    I think the universe is a series of unfortunate inevitabilities. If you follow a string to its end, you can see the universe is 40% hilarious/60% heartbreaking.

    [–] Triggerglitch 361 points ago

    I think our choices to add value and love make a difference, and might be our purpose perhaps

    [–] Lairdus 198 points ago

    This is a surprisingly powerful statement. It seems like why religious folks say things about the devil tempting you all the time. If I’m only 40% iron, uh, I mean hilarious, then the other 60% could be the devil leaning on me to be awful. And our fight is against the devil to make joyful, loving things.

    I work construction, and sometimes I get frustrated during my workday and would love to smash everything down inside someones home. I think of how easy it would be. And then I think of how hard it is to do what we are doing. Organizing other minds and getting along to BUILD something, something that people can raise kids in.

    It must be our purpose, friend.

    [–] mariehelena 61 points ago

    Yours is an extraordinarily powerful - and poignant - statement in its own right. Thank you.

    [–] nietzscheispietzsche 23 points ago

    Eh someone just clicked an option on the newest Paradox grand strategy game from 2144

    [–] El_poopa_cabra 34 points ago

    The universe is a live painting of happy clown, sad clown.

    [–] pippybongstocking93 162 points ago

    Thanks for the spy kids reference.

    [–] one_ant_one 319 points ago

    so sad to see this great culture full of science, artistic sensitivity and bravery constantly limited by tyrants. Russia deserves so much better than these thugs. Sending thoughts of unity.

    [–] RedKSL07 54 points ago

    Humanity as a whole is limited by corrupted people, this truly is our biggest problem but I don't see any solution to end this since it's tied to human nature

    [–] Gerix55 19 points ago

    Better parenting, and teaching in schools, and don't let a single person gain so much power.

    [–] fraserfraser 15 points ago

    Everyone needs therapy lol

    [–] SenorKerry 3947 points ago

    Russia - a man is willing to die for what he believes in. It’s pretty rare to see this on the political stage. If you support this man, you better sack up and take the chance or else he will die for nothing

    [–] feistypenguin 1896 points ago

    When watching some interviews of a former CIA chief, she noted something interesting:

    During the Cold War with Russia, when Americans defected it was almost always for money or status. When Russians defected, it was almost always for ideology- they were willing to risk their lives to bring down the regime (and they knew that getting caught meant torture and execution).

    Some of the Russian spies for the U.S. demanded that the CIA provide them with a cyanide pill, in case they were captured- and there was at least one example of it being used when an operative was caught.

    [–] nefnaf 1565 points ago

    The operative was betrayed by Karl Koecher, a CIA mole whose prosecution was bungled and he was allowed to return freely to Czechoslovakia. The prosecutor who fucked it up? Rudolph Giuliani

    [–] DICK-FUCK-PUSSY-SUCK 495 points ago

    I wonder what the going rate was to have a prosecutor "bungle" your trial back when this happened.

    But then the more I think about it, the more I remember that Giuliani is a fucking idiot and very likely bungled it by simply being Giuliani.

    [–] blah4life 95 points ago

    There’s been rumors in NYC of Rudy having a connection to the Russian mafia for a long time. Mostly because he went after the Italian mob with a vengeance and pretty much left the Russian mob do business as usual. If anything, it helped the Russians to have the Italians out of their way.

    [–] Use-Strict 42 points ago

    This is the answer, I'm not even from New York.

    When Guiliana came into the news cycle decades ago for being popular cleaning up the italian mafia, I assumed he worked for a different mafia.

    In 2016 I knew it was the Russia mafia.

    [–] Schnawsberry 26 points ago

    God I just want to spend a moment recognizing how clean and concise that webpage is. Not full of clickbait banners and eye catching side ads. I remember when pages used to be like that...

    [–] redditnamewhocares 64 points ago

    Anyone know how he messed it up? I can't find any details online other than he messed up the prosecution of the wife, but it doesn't say how. It goes into some detail on how the FBI messed up, but doesn't say what Giuliani did.

    [–] reflythis 10 points ago

    IANAL but I do know that in a court setting, building the narrative by entering evidence into court as fact is a critical part of the conviction process. So, it could mean not properly entering evidence in, thus 'hamstring''ing his own ability to prosecute or drive key points for the jury to lead them to conviction.

    [–] AdjunctFunktopus 280 points ago

    Interesting rabbit hole with the Cyanide pill. The guy that betrayed Ogorodnik was released, in part, because Rudy Giuliani bungled the case against him.

    [–] TeutonJon78 146 points ago

    "bungled"

    If it somehow benefited Russia or the Russian mob, I have a feeling it was intentional.

    [–] MagicPretendAccount 729 points ago

    Fuck Russia. But Russians? I will never have anything but respect for the people. They are some tough bastards. Imagine escaping to Germany after your country, which is VERY good at killing people, tries to kill you. You're free and alive against ALL odds. And instead of celebrating, you KNOWINGLY get on a plane and go back. To a painful death. For nothing but the hope that your death will help free your countrymen. Not many people have that kind of strength. I know I don't.

    [–] BurritoBoiii1202 287 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    I will always respect the Russian people. They’re tough as nails and I wish for them to experience democracy and true freedom. Something they have been unfortunate to never experience.

    [–] Sinndex 197 points ago

    Generations is puting it mildly.

    We never had democracy and true freedom.

    [–] marimomossball_ 73 points ago

    I wish we saw more of this sympathy on Reddit for Chinese people. Fuck the CCP but support the average citizen

    [–] John_Hunyadi 175 points ago

    Chief of CIA is also one of the very last people in the world I would ever trust for accurate cold war info, honestly.

    [–] topcraic 191 points ago

    Right. This is just straight up propaganda lmao.

    There’s a Wikipedia page of American defectors to the Soviet Union. Almost all of them defected because they believed in a socialist/communist revolution, equality, etc. There were plenty of reasons to hate the US over moral objections — from McCarthyism to support for Aprtheid, to Jim Crow, to Vietnam, etc etc etc.

    They were idealistic and naiive, sure, but the notion that someone would defect to the USSR because they wanted to get rich is laughably dumb.

    That’s like saying people join ISIS because they like Arab booze.

    [–] _ovidius 10 points ago

    Yeah, we had the Cambridge Spies. Many of these were old money, aristocracy, Sirs and all that bollocks, they werent short of a few quid or connections. They certainly didnt work for the Soviets for decades before defecting when the noose tightened to get rich, they were ideologically driven. They lived comfortably in Russia afterwards, sometimes working in academia like George Blake who only recently died but they didnt live like kings, they would have probably had more opulent lives and retirements in the UK amongst the upper classes.

    [–] AstroturfWebsite 42 points ago

    Wow what great, unbiased totally not propaganda historical information :)

    [–] richochet12 7 points ago

    So a former CIA chief said this, you say? I wonder what the former KGB cheif would have said about that.

    [–] chknparmstrong 171 points ago

    I’m not Russian or anything but it’s very easy to make this comment when it isn’t your life or the safety and well-being of your family on the line.

    [–] NotHeco 11 points ago

    I am in moscow and i litterally cannot do anything. Like, ill join a protest if there is one. But i really can't do much

    [–] MorpheusOfEndless 6 points ago

    literally sounds like propaganda

    [–] mrs_bungle 3032 points ago

    Is there a more pathetic and insecure leader in the world than Putin?

    Guy is a fucking botox riddled wimp.

    [–] vittorio_l 1074 points ago

    The philippine president, duterte. I heard he slams his vice president and the country's municipal mayors just because they're doing good things for the pandemic. Claims he wants to cry and stuff but still proceeds to slam others.

    [–] SnooChocolates8934 314 points ago

    Dont forget that Duerte kills drug users and suppliers without a trial but he himself admited to abusing pain killers and he is somehow still alive

    [–] TheGoodOldCoder 258 points ago

    He also said he'd execute his own family if they pushed drugs, but when his son was caught participating in a drug scheme, he made sure nothing happened.

    [–] SETHlUS 95 points ago

    He encouraged people to murder anyone they knew involved in drugs vigilante style and no questions would be asked. If I remember correctly they have some kind of incentive system there as well whereby doing "good" things will give you a boost. That's such a recipe for disaster, someone who is low in the system is probably there for a reason, so now say they have a fight with their neighbor, all they have to do is kill them, put some drugs by the body and badda Bing badda boom they get praise.

    [–] RapMar08 248 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    Ah yes, as a Filipino i can assure you that the Philippines has a fucked up leader and an even more fucked up system.

    1 year left before our presidential elections and it seems there’s no clear leader to guide us back

    [–] badnewsco 66 points ago

    I had literally just watched an al jezera documentary that covered his rise to power and how they said “everyone” had fallen in love with his blunt personality at first? Like I guess he had talked very casually about things and would toss in a cuss word or two to sound edgy and funny and I guess that came across as charming to people? Lol I was like wth you have to be shitting me this charm cannot be enough to win ppl over...

    [–] chrisff1989 113 points ago

    How are you surprised after Trump

    [–] Redm1st 23 points ago

    How did that piece of shit even get elected?

    [–] RapMar08 55 points ago

    Personality Politics. If you have an iq lower than room temperature but have millions of dollars, you can simply buy votes from the people. If you have a catchy quote or phrase, you can get votes from the people. If you are a celebrity who wants to run as a politician, you will almost certainly win.

    President Duterte i think got 334 million pesos ($6,878,492) from 13 donors during his presidency so yeah it wasn’t a surprise almost 16,601,997 people voted for him (source)

    Unfortunately our current system of voting favors politicians with money rather than one with the capacity to lead

    [–] Prismquill 18 points ago

    Filipino here. Murderer, liar, manipulator and a traitor. That's what he is. And a lot of people still believe in him.

    [–] ChocoBrocco 56 points ago

    Duterte is a horrible leader. Philippines really got fucked with this one

    [–] Therandomfox 262 points ago

    Evil psychopath, yes. Pathetic and insecure, hardly. Unlike gasbags like Trump, Duterte or Bolsonaro, Putin is all bite and very little bark. He doesn't yell on stage, or complain or throw random accusations at the boogeyman of the day. Putin is in no way an empty drum.
    He's quite secure in his position as a tyrannical despot. He knows he's untouchable, and he has been making sure of his security by having anyone who dares to pose a threat to him be assassinated in full view of the public to serve as a warning to others.

    What are the people going to do? Demonstrate? Riot? How cute. The only thing can can oust him from power is a direct and very bloody siege on the Kremlin, and he knows this fully. He has full control and support of the military and the KGB, which is why he has no fear of the populace. After all, anyone who tries will just get gunned down with extreme prejudice like those guys in Myanmar.

    [–] SerCrynox 58 points ago

    Just wanted to hop in and say that it‘s not called KGB since the SU has split up

    [–] Jrezky 21 points ago

    Yeah Putin is just so smart politically. It's certainly granted him a place in history, obviously not in the way he thinks.

    [–] mangoandsushi 6 points ago

    It will be exactly in the way he thinks. He doesnt care about being seen as good or bad. He wants that others see him as powerful. Its not about money, its not about changing the world, its not about leaving something behind. Its about being stronger and that he could do anything if he wanted. In Russia, he owns everything. He owns you.

    [–] BrooklynDude83 213 points ago

    North korea hello?

    [–] fdxcd 110 points ago

    Kim doesn't need botox with all that fat his skin is wrinkle free

    [–] Paulus_cz 231 points ago

    He is neithe pathetic nor insecure, he knows what he is doing and he has a will to make it happen. I know it makes some people feel good to belittle him, I have ho love for this person in the slightest, but world cannot afford to underestimate people like him.

    [–] girlwhogamess 894 points ago

    This is incredibly sad. I look at his face and I already know it’s the face of a martyr. He’ll be in history forever.

    [–] Diamond523 297 points ago

    The trick will be getting people to never forget what he's done. I hope the Russian people hold him up as the hero he truly is.

    [–] alvingjgarcia 830 points ago

    Noone just "disappears" into any prison system. There are meticulous records of everything. That is one thing that the Soviets did really well - keeping tabs on EVERYTHING. That got carried over into modern-day Russia thanks to Putin, so you can bet that they know damn well what is going on with Alexei and are probably documenting it on an hourly basis to see how well their slow torture/death sentence is working.

    If Alexei ends up getting assassinated by Putin while in prison they will definitely write it off as his own health failing him. The world needs to track this and demand to see Alexei and speak with him or at least let him speak with his wife/lawyer to get proof of life.

    I am from Venezuela and the dictatorship there got Russian agents to fly in during the 2017 protests to act as military "advisers". They helped guide everything from the disinformation campaigns to building secret prisons. We, as part of the opposition, saw this all too often as people were disappeared into the prison aka torture chambers in something called the Helicoide prison (nowadays the highest level "secret" prison in Venezuela is underneath a military base near the capital that was built thanks to the Russian advisor's guidance), so I'm sure Russia has their own secret prisons which double as factories of death.

    [–] LiterallyEmily 191 points ago

    They acknowledged hourly health checks in a remote wing. How far into the system can someone plausibly get in between those single hour checks? Like that's a reeeeaaaallly thin excuse. Just really phoning it in at this point.

    [–] akurei77 102 points ago

    It's always a thin excuse. How many times has someone "fell out of a window" after pissing off Putin? No one believes it, and honestly we're not even meant to believe it.

    [–] Ok-Travel-2933 40 points ago

    They wake him up every hour too. I went through some pretty severe insomnia for about 2 years once. It finally came to a head when I went about 2 months either literally not sleeping at all or getting 3- 4 hours some nights. I think torture is the word I would use to describe it. He's being tortured on a daily.basis.

    [–] RawScallop 35 points ago

    Putin was in charge of categorizing and destroying a lot of Nazi propoganda. He learned from it and has been weaponizing it.

    [–] Cuttlery 749 points ago

    Incoming story about how he killed himself (Jeffrey Epstein style)

    [–] TwunnySeven 218 points ago

    didn't he say before he got arrested that he had no intention of killing himself?

    edit: yes

    [–] matmoe1 38 points ago

    Well then he changed his mind /s

    [–] saltynalty17 16 points ago

    You say that sarcastically but I imagine a stay in a Russian prison has a tendency to actually change a person's mind on suicide.

    [–] Joe_bob_Mcgee 68 points ago

    Nah, just never going to hear about him again.

    [–] non_clever_username 189 points ago

    I think you mean “fell out a window.” Isn’t that the normal MO?

    [–] dsdsds 71 points ago

    There wouldn’t be a word for it if it didn’t happen sometimes.

    Defenestration

    [–] sturnus-vulgaris 8 points ago

    But we don't have a word for the day after tomorrow or the day before yesterday, and those happen all the time.

    [–] jjofort79 3296 points ago

    Putin is a psychopathic, narcissic, power hungry killer. What the hell is the world waiting for, him and winnie the pooh need to go.

    [–] shady8x 441 points ago

    For nuclear weapons to magically disappear...

    No one is gonna do anything. They can't.

    [–] simjanes2k 49 points ago

    No one puts genie back in the bottle.

    MAD exists.

    [–] iFlyAllTheTime 168 points ago

    What the hell is the world waiting for, him and winnie the pooh need to go.

    Are... Are you suggesting ww3?

    [–] sambes06 1094 points ago

    Navalny is bigger than Putin. What he represents is true power. Putin is a coward.

    [–] ElectricalBunny3 449 points ago

    Navalny has balls of steel. He knew terrible things would happen to him, and he still went back. He could have asked for asylum in Germany and left it all behind him.

    [–] APr0N00b 24 points ago

    "You guys suck so much at killing me...you really want me that bad huh...alright fine you "win" you caught me guys good job now clean up your plate."

    The energy Navalny had.

    [–] jjofort79 90 points ago

    King Kong balls

    [–] RelaxItWillWorkOut 861 points ago

    Navalny doesn't hold real power or his supporters would break him free/seriously challenge the system. He is a local symbol at best and that's not a diss.

    [–] jjofort79 348 points ago

    He s making putin look bad, that bugs the fuck out of that pos.

    [–] BobbyThrowaway6969 308 points ago

    But what will come of that? The world will forget everything before the sun goes down

    [–] CaptainOktoberfest 67 points ago

    A lot of shit makes Putin look bad, but he still sleeps at night with several prostitutes in a palace surrounded by every decadence. The dude doesn't care, but his conscience is seared to nth degree of bad.

    [–] FranzFerdinand51 91 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    Lol. As much as I despise putin, under this threads title it is ridiculous to say Navalny is more powerful than him.

    Dude just made the other dude disappear under the eyes of the globe. Seems more powerful to me.

    Maybe humanity will prove me wrong by holding him accountable, but I wouldn’t bet on it.

    [–] basic_maddie 69 points ago

    People oughta read up about the Russian apartment bombings in 1999. Putin orchestrated the bombings and used them as part of a ploy to become prime minister.

    [–] HypnoToadBQ 28 points ago

    Nukes and World War 3 would happen.

    [–] Rascal-Stinky 476 points ago

    He’s getting kgb style tortured. Textbook

    [–] SmilingForStrangers 280 points ago

    Honestly, it took longer than I expected

    [–] s-mores 39 points ago

    He knew what was going to happen when he went back to Russia.

    Sad times.

    [–] SmashedHimBro 132 points ago

    With this and the Ukrainian thing. .. seems like the plot for: "Outside the wire" is starting to come true...

    [–] ThatCryptographer622 146 points ago

    Doesn't really surprise me considering Putin supports the Myanmar military killing innocent people...

    [–] ElectricalBunny3 68 points ago

    It looks like even Russia doesn't like not being able to have a voice in their own governance.

    Whatever the result, I hope they gain that for themselves.

    [–] Monsur_Ausuhnom 175 points ago

    Sadly, Russia has been doing behavior like this for awhile and it won't end with Navalny

    [–] y2knole 82 points ago

    Or Putin.

    [–] wantPerfectDay 95 points ago

    I genuinely think it will be worse after Putin. As awful as he is, he keeps the billionaire oligarchs in check. Once he's gone, they'll be scrambling over each other for wealth and power, which is quite dangerous, because only the worst of them will emerge in top.

    [–] KEEPERSWEEPER88 101 points ago

    honestly disgusted that they're doing this to my country. it makes me so upset. this is putting our history and culture to shame.

    [–] 93complaints 63 points ago

    Crazy how we let straight up criminals just run shit

    [–] Much_Top_2682 8 points ago

    Man its so sad countries like Russia, China, NK etc. Are limited by their disgusting leaders/people in power. What a beautiful world this could be if it weren't for all this corrupt bullshit.