Comments on: Navalny: Russia’s opposition hero cult http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/08/21/navalny-russias-opposition-hero-cult/ Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: TenetGG http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/08/21/navalny-russias-opposition-hero-cult/#comment-74938 Sun, 25 Aug 2013 09:25:55 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=23241#comment-74938 Ten Years ago: Opposition lacks a strong leader! They are doomed to forever squabble over 5%!

Five Years ago: Opposition lacks Charismatic Representation!

Leader emerges by actually DOING STUFF (RosPil, RosYama, etc).

Now: Cult Hero! Panic! Don’t put all your eggs in one basket!

Everyone involved knows that the Party of Crooks and thieves will crush Navalny, the question is at what price.

Sobyanin dropped to 55% of the vote (from 75% weeks earlier!) when Navalny broke 20%. If Sobyanin drops another 15% by Sep 8, the 2nd round of elections will be possible.
The Kremlin will cheat to prevent that, because 2nd round means no more aura of invincibility, and their entire house of cards can collapse. Cheat, and get caught.

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By: barenski http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/08/21/navalny-russias-opposition-hero-cult/#comment-74872 Sat, 24 Aug 2013 15:56:46 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=23241#comment-74872 hmm, that was harsh, I also wanted to tell you that all of 20 yr olds working for the guy are paid, I know because I worked for Russian elections myself, everyone who collects signatures of support or hands out fliers, all of them are paid ‘volunteers’. go ahead and ask, im assuming you’re in Moscow now

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By: barenski http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/08/21/navalny-russias-opposition-hero-cult/#comment-74871 Sat, 24 Aug 2013 15:42:23 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=23241#comment-74871 im getting tired of all these human rights and democratic non sense, a ruler of a country or city has to be a very good administrator, capable of multitasking and reaching complex decisions, who gives a damn about his opinion about gay rights or w/e it is you worried about, let legislative assembly think about that. Putin has proven job record and corresponding approval rating, if you don’t like it, I don’t think he cares. this new guy probably appeals to pot smoking youth, like mr Obama, so author’s support isn’t much of a surprise.

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By: UauS http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/08/21/navalny-russias-opposition-hero-cult/#comment-74846 Sat, 24 Aug 2013 04:35:14 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=23241#comment-74846 @OUTPOST2012.NET
” I agree that for the phase of the global crisis and the hardships our people are going through (as everywhere in the world) Putin is better suited.” – who do you agree with? :)
Your – Putin’s propaganda folks – plain cynicism would be laughable if it wasn’t so disgusting.

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By: OUTPOST2012.NET http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/08/21/navalny-russias-opposition-hero-cult/#comment-74821 Fri, 23 Aug 2013 06:32:09 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=23241#comment-74821 @UauS

It’s a usual MSM position: to consider the oligarchy and the state as “mafia.” This is a very misleading and simplified view.
The state was strengthened by Putin and Medvedev. In the 1990s, the state virtually existed to serve the interests of the oligarchy.

In today’s situation, everything is much more interesting. The fight is silent. The state vs. the oligarchy. Unlike the U.S., where the oligarchy and the state(s) became undistinguishable, here in Russia, this question is not solved.
And what’s wrong with Medvedev? I voted for him. I supported him. However, I agree that for the phase of the global crisis and the hardships our people are going through (as everywhere in the world) Putin is better suited.

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By: UauS http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/08/21/navalny-russias-opposition-hero-cult/#comment-74815 Thu, 22 Aug 2013 19:43:17 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=23241#comment-74815 @OUTPOST2012.NET “My analysis shows that the political struggle in Russia is between the oligarchy and the state.”
Are you being really that naive?.. In Russia oligarchy is the state, or to be more precise, the top notch oligarchy + former KGB apparatus is the state. Today’s Russia is a “Mafia State”, as Luke Harding put it, with pretty peculiar and distinct attributes of it… Unless, of course, you want me to believe that Mr. Medvedev was democratically elected president of Russia, or a president at all for that matter?

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By: OUTPOST2012.NET http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/08/21/navalny-russias-opposition-hero-cult/#comment-74807 Thu, 22 Aug 2013 09:39:59 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/?p=23241#comment-74807 I’d say it is a big stretch to say that my country Russia doesn’t have institutions. It is just not true. Another thing that the representative system (commonly called “democracy”) can’t get rooted and shaped within 20 years.
However, it is evolving. At all levels.
The most difficult issue is parliamentarism and the party system. That’s why the law was amended, and more than 50 parties became nationally registered and free to take part in elections at the Federal level.
As a supporter of President Putin’s policies, I can be subjective to Mr. Navalny. So I’d better not speak out in this matter.
The article is quite good. However. My analysis shows that the political struggle in Russia is between the oligarchy and the state. Mr. Navalny is a pawn of the oligarchy. But I will not make you bored. I talk enough about this on our international forum.

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