Have you circulated the story about “communists laying wreaths to the monument of NKVD executioners”? Congratulations, you have likely assisted Putin’s administration in neutralizing Navalny’s Smart Voting. Here is how it works: >>>
The story appeared on polit.ru, a website formerly associated with Kremlin spin doctor Modest Kolerov. It attributes the initiative to a generic “communist party”, not to KPRF - Russia’s second largest party.
You will not find any mention of this initiative on KPRF’s own website. Why? Because it is KPRF, which this product of black political technology is striving to discredit in the eyes of liberal pro-Navalny voters.
Navalny’s Smart Voting is a strategy of voting for anyone who has the greatest chance of derailing Putin’s United Russia in a situation when genuine opposition is barred from taking part in elections. It is a way for non-systemic opposition to show it is a force to reckon with.
This is why Team Navalny is inclined to support KPRF in the party list part of the upcoming Duma election. A recent hike in the number of people favouring KPRF, combined with further decline of United Russia, in the latest FOM poll can be safely attributed to that.
A number of prominent liberal Russian commentators, have fallen for this Kremlin trick and so did the Russia-bashing blob in the West. Just an example of how easy it is to fool people in the game of emotional politics and history wars. Confirmation bias at work!
Notable among those who have jumped on this fake is the anonymous satirists network - a presumably Ukrainian and pro-Poroshenko infowar op that works against president Zelensky in Ukraine and sides with the Kremlin in undermining Navalny’s Smart Voting in Russia.

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12 Sep
Putin has inaugurated a monument to Prince Aleksandr Nevsky “and his army” on the bank of Chudskoye (Peipsi) Lake, facing NATO member Estonia. Related to a 13th century battle with German knights, it’s meant as a symbol of Russia’s defiance in the face of Western aggression.
Kremlin media report that the monument is a brainchild of Putin’s spiritual guru, bishop Tikhon Shevkunov, a man behind an attempt to redraw Russian history with a strongly anti-Western, anti-communist and anti-revolutionary tilt.
Anyone who went to a Russian or Soviet school associates Prince Aleksandr Nevsky with the phrase that came to become a foreign policy motto: “Who will come to us with the sword, will die by the sword”.

The phrase happens to be an invention of film director Sergey Eisenstein.
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10 Sep
What political system do Russians prefer?

- Western-styled democracy 16% (rising since post-Crimea low)
- Current system 18% (lowest since 2000)
- Soviet system 49% (highest since 1996).

This Levada poll shows Putin fatigue more than anything else.
Don’t get fooled by their preference for “Soviet system”. We are talking here about the highly idealized Golden Age - a key part of backward-looking nationalist paradigm that dominates Eastern Europe. People only truly remember the late Soviet vegetarian period.
But yes it also shows the extent to which the idea of “Westernization” has been discredited despite Russia being de-facto more westernized than ever at the lifestyle level. There is a clear demand for social justice and left-wing politics.
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28 Aug
2016: Azov’s Sergey Filimonov leads far right thugs disrupting the commemoration of lawyer Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anastasia Baburova, killed by Russian nazis.

2021: Filimonov, a fellow at the Ukrainian School of Political Studies funded by the Council of Europe.>>> ImageImage
A miraculous transformation? Unlikely. Filimonov (who was accompanied by open Russian neo-nazis Roman Zheleznov and Denis Vikhorev in the 2016 incident) now leads an ultra-nationalist movement of his own, called Honor, after splitting from Azov movement.
In a ridiculously softball interview, he points to Azov movement top figure Sergey Korotkikh’s secret service links in Belarus and Russia. It remains unclear what prompted him to cooperate with Azov’s Russians from Korotkikh’s milieu all those years. nv.ua/ukr/art/nosori…
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11 Aug
Story of a tablet left by a Wagner soldier on the battlefield in Libya. Great collaboration between Ibrahim Nader and ⁦@barabanch⁩. bbc.co.uk/news/extra/8ia…
Two features stand out on the photo of the Wagner combatant linked to that tablet. First is the logo of an Operational Support Service unit based in Grozny Chechnya. Russian media describe the service as an elite crack unit of the FSB.
Here is a 2006 publication in Stavropol Pravda which describes Operational Support Service as the most secretive unit of the FSB which deals with hostage situations, arrests spies and fights in conflict zones. stapravda.ru/20060906/Kruch…
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10 Aug
Last night, Azov movement was expecting SBU to storm their main base at the Atek plant in Kiev today. The statement by National Corps (Azov’s political wing) hints at the possibility of armed resistance. So much happening in the wake of Vitaly Shishov’s presumed assassination.
Azov captured Atek in 2014 with the help of Ukraine former justice minister Roman Zvarych - a Ukrainian American who repatriated OUN(b) to Ukraine after independence. But later Korotkikh & Co fell out with Zvarych family and ditched them as business partners.
Among other things, Atek housed Azov’s own sergeant school, named after OUN founder Yevhen Konovalets. The school functioned outside Ukraine’s system of military education - one of many reasons to suspect that Azov was highly autonomous and never truly integrated in armed forces.
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7 Aug
THREAD on Azov movement personalities arrested in the latest SBU sweep in Kharkiv. Not among them, but worth mentioning first, is Artem Moshensky, who was shot in the neck on June 30 and transported in a private plane to a hospital in Israel.
Moshensky was one of the leaders of the East Corps, an Azov movement outfit in Kharkiv. The main leader was Oleh Shiryayev, who later split from Azov movement and formed the paramilitary force of Viktor Medvedchuk’s pro-Russian party OPZZh.
Azov movement leader Andriy Biletsky blamed Shiryayev for the assassination attempt. Shiryayev blamed Biletsky. Shiryayev got arrested on July 6. On Aug 2, SBU clamped down on his pro-Russian paramilitary force.
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