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A Russian ex-spy poisoned on the quiet street of his adopted British hometown. Two alleged murderers, Russian agents, identified by the British government. And then, their almost ludicrous response on Russian TV: Yes, they were in Salisbury, but only to tour its famous cathedral. Our Anne Applebaum, an expert in dictators’ propaganda, makes sense of this, explaining the “usefulness of the blatant lie.”

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Leftists slam ‘Three Bullets for Lenin’ memorial coin as terrorist propaganda


A Russian leftist party has officially addressed the Federal Investigative Committee with a request to stop the production and sale of memorial coins minted in honor of the woman who almost managed to kill Vladimir Lenin in 1918.

The Communists of Russia party addressed the federal law enforcement agency for dealing with especially serious crime, the Investigative Committee, with an open letter in which they asked to stop the production and sale of a memorial coin minted in honor of the 100th anniversary of the failed attempt on Vladimir Lenin’s life made by anarchist Fanny Kaplan.

According to the letter, the coin is listed in catalogues as “Three Bullets for Lenin.”

In their letter, the leftists slammed the coin as terrorist propaganda, defiling the memory of the founder of the Soviet state, to which the Russian Federation is the heir.

They also asked investigators to take measures so that the sale and future minting of the coin are prevented and the people behind the stunt are found and brought to justice.

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Kremlin suffers defeats in regional elections

Russia’s ruling party, United Russia, suffered a number of defeats in recent regional elections. The electoral upsets come amidst widespread popular opposition to the passage of a bill raising the official retirement age by five years for both men and women.

In voting held in early September to elect representatives to local assemblies, United Russia won less than 50 percent of the ballots cast in eleven of the sixteen races. In three regions—Irkutsk, an area in Siberia that borders Lake Baikal and is home to nearly 2.5 million people, Ulyanovsk, which is southeast of Moscow and has a population of almost 1.3 million, and Khakassia, a Russian republic with around a half million residents located north of the country’s border with Mongolia, China, and Kazakhstan—United Russia lost altogether to the Communist Party by between two and six percent.

In addition, four of the Kremlin-backed candidates for regional governorships failed to win a majority. This resulted in run-off elections in three places and the invalidation of the election in another, amidst claims of voter fraud.

In Primorsky Krai, a region in Russia’s far east and home to the port city Vladivostok, officials were compelled to throw out a narrow win by United Russia incumbent candidate Andrei Tarasenko. His opponent, the Communist Party’s Andrei Ishchenko, was in the lead in ballot counting until the very last minute when, suddenly, he lost by 7,000 votes. Allegations of voting irregularities affecting precincts that accounted for at least 24,000 votes, more than enough to have changed the outcome of the election, prompted protests. New elections are now scheduled to take place in December, and Putin has ordered Tarasenko be replaced by an interim leader, a United Russia representative who previously governed Sakhalin.

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Olga Lautman @olgaNYC1211


Senior Russian corruption investigator Colonel Yevgenia Shishkina was shot dead yesterday as she was leaving her apartment.

She was in charge of investigating economic crimes and corruption cases


Laurence TribeVerified account @tribelaw 3h3 hours ago


Laurence Tribe Retweeted Olga Lautman


Another notch on Putin’s belt?

I’m old enough to remember how Trump kissed up to that butcher in Helsinki.


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