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In Putin's Russia, the Arrests are Spreading Quickly and Widely

"Mr. Kolker, the physicist, entered the hospital in the Siberian city of Novosibirsk last week for treatment for late-stage cancer, so weak that he was unable to eat. The next day, agents for the Federal Security Service, or F.S.B., the successor agency to the K.G.B., arrived and, accusing him of treason, flew him to a Moscow jail. Over the weekend, he died in custody."

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4 hours ago, tadmjones said:

Stephen

Do you find it worrying that in all the above linked stories is a contemporary American counterpart?

Do you mean a literally corresponding counterpart or do you mean something akin to the actions of those governments that leans in the same direction?

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Not a one to one correspondence, but enough akin-ness for there to be some there , there.

One example , the first I thought of while looking through the linked articles , was Roger Stone's arrest by the FBI . And yes the difference maybe that Putin wields more power in a person , but that the actions of the 'Federal" govt of the US toward political opponents/dissidents is strikingly similar. Stone, in this case, didn't die in custody , but the overt and highly publicized nature of his arrest serves the same/similar effect for the respective regimes. Or should 'we' be happier and stay contented in that it was more showy and less seemingly brutal?

Popular unrest in connection to 'rigged' elections, efforts to curtail opposition positions in the 'national' media , things like these and similar 'flavors' of things , are they examples of what the state always has to challenge from the public eg 'qua' state or are these 'challenges' similar in that they seem to emanate from 'populist' or 'reactionary' resentment of authoritarianism ?

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Tad, I think a tremendous advantage we have in the US is the very long tradition of democratic process under rule of a constitution concerning law-making and law-enforcing. I mean really, the fact that these ways here are so widely accepted by the citizens as wise. It's harder for prosecutions to happen here without due process of law under our constitution, at least in recent times. At times, vigilanteism has been a problem. German Americans were terribly persecuted during the WWI era. An uncle of my stepmother was tarred and feathered by a gang in that era (he could not speak English). Steinbeck writes about it, as adolescent persecutors, in his own family history within East of Eden. I have been able to dig into old newspapers online of violence against American Black people in the '20's and '30's in the South and in the "Little Dixie" area of my birth state of Oklahoma. It seemed as if no allegation that a White woman had been unwillingly touched or had been raped, but what a Black man would be accused pretty quick out of thin air. I saw one case in OK in which an accused Black man in custody in such a case was gotten out of the custody of the law and lynched. The law was not always in collusion, thank goodness. At least in that case, a couple of the men who took the law into their own hands were tried and executed.

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