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A leader of the Russian opposition, reformer. Ex-political prisoner (2003–2013). Follow for insights on current events in Russia and beyond
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May 17 12 tweets 2 min read
Putin is making gains in Ukraine.

Arming Kyiv is important, but it's not enough.

To truly hinder Putin's war effort, we need to get smart about sanctions and take real steps to undermine his regime.

1/12 🧵 Here are some concrete suggestions on how to do it right One important step would be to grant refugee passports to Russians whose passports have expired. This will allow them to act freely, safe from the need to return and subject themselves to repression

May 16 17 tweets 3 min read
The West is losing the war: current efforts are insufficient to prevent the fall of key Ukrainian regions to Putin in the next 2 years.

1/16 🧵The facts you need to know

(Follow for a second part on good and bad sanctions) Putin spends about $120bn a year on the war – 5.4% of Russia’s $2.2 trillion GDP – with the most commonly used Russian shell costing about $500

May 15 15 tweets 4 min read
From the grave, Prigozhin gets his revenge.

Here's what we know about Putin's new defense minister and what it means for the war in Ukraine.

🧵1/14 A year after Prigozhin's mysterious death, his critiques of Russia's military leadership seem to have resonated with Putin, leading to the replacement of Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. 2/14
May 13 4 tweets 1 min read
Our sources confirm a surge in activity by Russian special service sabotage units across Western Europe. 1/4

on.ft.com/4bbgbTw Their methods have evolved to include recruiting local criminals and radicals via platforms like Telegram. 2/4
May 9 20 tweets 6 min read
Unsettling reality behind the pomp of Victory Day parade in Moscow:

Among those honored next to Putin were soldiers from units accused of war crimes in Ukraine.

🧵This event, meant to celebrate victory over fascism, now serves to justify Putin’s own fascistic invasion Image The parade featured soldiers who fought in Ukraine, some from units accused of war crimes by Ukrainian authorities, identified @agents_media
May 1 11 tweets 3 min read
Imagine facing 10 years in prison because someone complained about you on social media.

This 67 years old pediatrician from Moscow faces a draconian sentence over ‘spreading fake news about the Russian army’

🧵Here's why this is both important and terrifying Dr Nadezhda Buyanova will be held in a detention center until June 25 after the widow of a Russian soldier posted to a pro-Kremlin Telegram channel that the doctor had allegedly told a child that his father – another soldier killed in the war – was a ‘legitimate target’ Image
May 1 11 tweets 2 min read
From the war room to a cell: Putin's deputy defense minister arrested

Insiders say it's a direct threat from Putin to Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.

🧵Here's what we know Image In what has been called Russia’s biggest corruption scandal in more than a decade, Ivanov and his friend, businessman Sergey Borodin, are accused of taking a $10,800 bribe to approve a construction firm’s bid for a state contract
Apr 25 10 tweets 2 min read
The European Parliament's refusal to recognize Putin's presidency is a turning point.

Here’s why it matters 🧵👇 Image MEPs today voted overwhelmingly to pass a resolution denouncing last month’s sham election and rejecting its falsified results. Of the 522 members, 493 voted in favor of the motion
Apr 24 14 tweets 3 min read
President Biden has finally signed the next tranche of aid to Ukraine.

Too little, too late for victory.

🧵What does this $60 billion decision mean for Ukraine, for the world, and for the United States? Image In reality, it's not $60 billion, but only $40 billion ($20 billion to replenish the already spent stocks of the US army). And of the $40 billion, only $20 billion is for weapons.
Apr 11 9 tweets 2 min read
An innocent man locked up for speaking the truth.

Today marks the second anniversary of @vkaramurza's unjust imprisonment.

🧵Here's the truth behind the charges of "Discrediting the armed forces": Image What exactly did he do to deserve imprisonment? He gave a televised interview for CNN, during which he criticized Putin’s illegal war in Ukraine. He called it what it is. And for that, he received a 25-year sentence
Apr 9 15 tweets 4 min read
This is the picturesque Norwegian village of Moen. Nearby are fjords, waterfalls, a ski resort, and a NATO military base.

So it’s a little concerning that Kremlin officials own much of it, as @dossier_center has revealed 🧵 Image This is Igor Morar, the mayor of the Russian city of Murmansk, an ally of Putin and vocal supporter of the illegal war in Ukraine. He also owns a beautiful cottage in Moen, a stone’s throw from Bardufoss airbase, where Nato troops train Image
Apr 5 14 tweets 3 min read
Putin's Message: Torture Now 'Acceptable'

The suspects in last month's Moscow terror attack appeared in court beaten and unconscious. This public display marks a shift, where the Kremlin brazenly reveals its brutality.

Here's what it tells us about the regime's state ⬇️

Firstly, let me say this: it seems that these people are indeed the perpetrators of the attack against civilians, and I have no sympathy for them. Here, I am not defending them personally. Rather, I am defending a type of legal system that is capable of carrying out justice.
Mar 28 20 tweets 5 min read
Belarusian dictator refutes claims that Ukraine was behind the Moscow attack

Lukashenko embarrasses Putin and the heads of Russia's Security Council & FSB by alleging terrorists were headed to Belarus, not Ukraine.

🧵Here's why this matters:thehill.com/policy/interna… Lukashenko claimed the four terrorists had originally wanted to escape to Belarus, but changed direction to Ukraine because Belarus closed its border and put its forces on high alert
Mar 24 7 tweets 2 min read
The deadly terrorist attack in Moscow could have been prevented. Facts point to the authorities' utter incompetence—if not deliberate sabotage.

Let's examine how this could happen 🧵

(Read on and follow @khodorkovsky_en to keep up with developments)
Russia's security services were well aware of the threat posed by the Afghan "Vilayat Khorasan" group, linked to IS. This gang had already attempted massacres in Europe & Central Asia, but were thwarted there.
Mar 23 7 tweets 2 min read
20 hours of silence: where was Putin as Russia experienced the deadliest terror attack in over a decade?

🧵 Here's what we can learn from it First of all, I'd like to say that my heart goes out to all those who lost loved ones in this senseless act of terror. There can be no justification for the deliberate murder of innocent men, women, and children.
Mar 19 10 tweets 2 min read
Putin wants us to believe he legitimately won 87% of the vote in a free and fair election.

Let’s see whether he’s managed to fool the democratic world: 🧵 Image 🇩🇪 “The pseudo-election in Russia is neither free nor fair, the result will surprise nobody. Putin's rule is authoritarian, he relies on censorship, repression and violence. The 'election' in the occupied territories of Ukraine is null and void and another breach of international law” – German Foreign Ministry
Mar 18 11 tweets 2 min read
Putin's tactics: police forcefully drags a voter out of a voting booth, suspecting he spoiled his own ballot

🧵Don't believe the numbers here's what really happened in polling stations across the country (real people messaging me): 2/ Moscow, Precinct 2637: Completely open voting booths with a commission member standing right next to them. 😠
Mar 17 12 tweets 3 min read
Today, Russians made their voices heard in a powerful way.

But it wasn't through traditional methods.

🧵 Here's how they showed the world that Putin does not speak for them. Read on & RT to amplify this important message!

2/ On March 17 at noon local time, Russians worldwide lined up at polling stations — not so much to vote, as to protest sham elections and lack of actual choice.
Mar 16 11 tweets 3 min read

How Russians are using spoiled ballots to fight back against Putin's facade of democracy 🧵 Image The Kremlin may try to paint a picture of near-unanimous support for Putin, but these spoiled ballots tell a different story: reveal the true sentiments of the Russian people & expose the illegitimacy of this electoral charade
Mar 15 6 tweets 2 min read
Putin craves international legitimacy and markets himself as a global player to Russians & to the elites as someone who represents their interests to the West. The so-called elections are a sham that Western democracies must not recognize.

Here're 3 reasons why🧵 Image First, Putin is now a wanted man. The International Court of Justice has issued a warrant for his arrest over the criminal abduction of Ukrainian children. How can the world recognize as legitimate a president who is an accused war criminal?
Mar 6 8 tweets 2 min read
🚨 Assassination attempt. Zelensky's convoy attacked during Odessa meeting with Greek PM.

This brazen strike, part of a pattern of Putin targeting foreign leaders, is a dangerous escalation.

Follow @khodorkovsky_en for analysis of this incident & the path forward. 🧵 1/8Image According to Greek sources, Russian rockets struck just 150 meters from the location where President Zelensky and PM Mitsotakis were meeting. The attack could have had catastrophic consequences, but thankfully the delegations were unharmed. 2/8