Russia Arrests Putin Foe Opposition Leader [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports:

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was wrestled to the ground and forced into a police vehicle Sunday as he headed to a Moscow protest that was part of a day of nationwide demonstrations. Navalny, the most prominent foe of President Vladimir Putin, organized the protests to urge a boycott of Russia’s March 18 presidential election, in which Putin is sure to win a fourth term.

The anti-corruption campaigner was denied permission to be a presidential candidate because of an embezzlement conviction in a case widely seen as politically motivated. A crowd that police estimated at 1,000 people assembled in central Moscow’s Pushkin Square, brandishing placards reading “They’ve stolen the election from us” and “Elections without Navalny are fake.”

Navalny was arrested as he walked down a main thoroughfare to the demonstration. Video on his YouTube channel showed Navalny struggling with police before they pushed him to the ground and then into a bus.

  • safari
  • bkmn

    Coming soon, to a country near you!

  • TexasBoy

    Trump is taking notes on how to arrest people that don’t agree with you.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Rise up !

    • GayOldLady

      I’m there!

    • JT
      • Jefe5084

        Always good. Let’s put DOTUS in a shark tank. Some good LOLs to be had there.

        • Reality.Bites

          Mark Cuban would eat him alive

      • j.martindale

        GOOD bird!

      • safari

        Quite literally it thought he was going after its pussy. Or whatever they have.

        • ChrisMorley

          Most male and female birds have a multi-purpose cloaca

          With a few exceptions (such as ostriches, ducks, and geese), male land fowl have no external sex organs. Instead of using a penis to fertilize a female’s eggs during mating, they eject sperm out of their cloaca—an orifice also used to excrete urine and feces—directly into the cloaca of a female (the maneuver is known by the touchingly romantic name
          “cloacal kiss”).

          • Reality.Bites

            To imagine a cloaca without googling it, think of Trump’s mouth

          • ChrisMorley

            I was trying to avoid people throwing up.

  • GayOldLady

    This is what Trump will do to the U.S. if we don’t have the courage to get into the streets. Mueller needs to get Trump out of our Government ASAP. People are tiring of watching him overstep his authority and openly attempting to destroy our Democracy. Our patience is wearing thin.

    • Rambie

      The entire authoritative strain of the GOP needs to be stripped out

  • HZ81

    Oh, here’s the freedom Wikileaks, Assange, Greenwald and co. have been fighting for. Yay?

  • Karl Dubhe 2

    Yay, they’ve gone from a ‘Communist’ dictatorship to a ‘Putin’ dictatorship, with a brief bit of drunken nonsense in between.

    It’s almost like they want to be oppressed, or be the oppressor.

    • BobSF_94117

      Let’s not absolve ourselves of our roll in that transformation.

      • Karl Dubhe 2

        But the Koch brothers are certain that such a system will work well in North America. How can the very rich be so wrong? They’re rich aren’t they?

        /we’re so fucked.

      • Gerry Fisher

        I know that there was considerable effort being put forth to help them during the Clinton administration. I have no idea what happened–but I can guess–once W took the reins in 2000.

        • BobSF_94117

          Meh. No doubt some of it was sincere assistance. But a lot of it was an attempt to turn them into a capitalist country ASAP, lest they figure out some way to make a partially Socialist democracy work. We couldn’t have that, now, could we…

          • David L. Caster

            Now the result is a kleptocracy.

    • narutomania

      It’s what they know. Russians have been ruled by czars and by dictators since 1547 when the first Czardom was officially created. It’s hard to shake that off and just slip into democracy.

      They are a largely uneducated people, too. Very superstitious / religious and very much creatures of ritual. So, change is not easy.

      • Karl Dubhe 2

        Earlier than that, don’t forget that they were also conquered by the Mongols in the 1200s (?), who ruled with a particular despotism.

        It was once true that they were an uneducated people, but that’s not the case anymore. Of course, the lessons they learned are rather fucked up. But they aren’t the ignorant peasants that they were under the Czars anymore. They can, at the very least, read.

        • prixator

          Поддельные новости! Поддельные новости!

          • Karl Dubhe 2


          • prixator

            [Fake News en russki]

      • John30013

        I had a roommate in college whose family had emigrated from Russia. He said exactly this.

    • GanymedeRenard

      It’s like Ivan the Terrible and Josef Stalin had a baby, well, a lesser creature.

  • Bluto

    I’m guessing we’ll hear about Navalny’s “unfortunate accident” next week.

    • William

      Or a fall from a third floor window, twice.

    • Frostbite

      It was the tea!

    • GanymedeRenard

      I suppose polonium would be on the menu that day.

  • Jefe5084

    Putin is to DOTUS, as Alexei Navalny is to HRC. DOTUS and Rethugs were on the same track—-the phony HER E-MAILS. LOCK HER UP! Freaky.

  • DaddyRay

    Not only do we need Trump removed from office, an example needs to be set of him so no future President or Presidential Candidate pulls this – This should not be happening now and cannot happen in our future.

    • Christopher
    • Natty Enquirer

      Preemptive punishment is not justice. Trump has plenty of crimes to answer for.

      • DaddyRay

        Oh we need justice but also we need to put processes in place that will help prevent this from happening again.

      • DaddyRay

        My worry is that Trump sets precedent for others

      • MonochromeMouse

        Fuck justice, trump is clearly guilty, and has been guilty his entire adult life, of an unending list of crimes and should be given the absolute harshest punishment the law allows, with no trial, in order to scare any future potential despots.

        • Todd20036

          At least you didn’t say , “Fuck Trump”

    • JT

      Maybe a mandatory firing squad for high treason in a case like this.

      • DaddyRay

        Strengthening of Emoluments law, controls on social media usage, requirement of releasing tax returns to get on the ballot – the list could go on an on

        • Amanda B. Rekendwith

          -Certified doctor’s report.
          -Weigh scale that goes above 239.

      • Reality.Bites

        Death is coming soon enough for Trump.

        I want him to live every miserable day he has coming to him. And I want everything he owns seized.

        Besides, the “any last words” would have the firing squad die of old age first.

    • Michael R

      Sometimes I wonder what would have happened if someone tried this that wasn’t ….
      a fucking moron .
      Maybe you have to be a fucking moron to try it .

      • jimbo65

        Not only a moron, but have people surrounding him that are as equally stupid. Look no further than the cabinet choices. Pence shouldn’t get a pass on this either. A lot of this has his handiwork all over it. But that’s a different story.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      I really think jail time is needed to really dissuade anybody from following in his footsteps. If not for him, at least a good number of his administration like Pence and some of the family like Don Jr., Jared and Ivanka would have to wear orange. A good chunk of his crap behavior was because people enabled him and the enabling/complicity also has to be discouraged.

  • Scout

    This seems juicy. I have to leave now, but took a quick look at the chef’s twitter acount and he is very supportive of Puerto Rico.

    • SoCalGal20

      Wow, not surprised but I won’t be going to any of Franco Nuschesse’s restaurants. Ppor Ivanka feeling “uncomfortable” being around an actual hero and humanitarian.

      Also, Jose Guajardo, was previously Mexican Ambassador to China, according to his Twitter bio. Worth reading the twitter comments. He responds with more details.

    • MaryJOGrady

      Chef Andres went to Puerto Rico and organized feeding stations for the hungry in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. To me, that makes him a hero.

  • Michael R

    I want to repost this so people know Mueller knows
    the importance of not being part of Trump’s Fascist nonsense …

    “We send every one of our agents to the Holocaust Museum before they’re agents to know and understand what happens when an agency goes rogue,” ex-FBI director Robert Mueller explained recently

    Agents take a private, guided tour of the museum. Then there’s a specialized class that highlights how everyday law enforcement played a key role in Germany’s descent into authoritarianism. It wasn’t only elite military units, like the infamous Schutzstaffel, or SS.

    • Friday

      Yeah. (The SD, more specifically, for those interested in reading up.)

      • DoctorDJ

        I’ve got the eerie feeling that it’ll take just a minor tweak or two before ICE mutates in our SD.

        • Friday

          Or an Einsatzgruppen. The Drumph administration seems to be packing that agency with supporters and trying to purge others.

    • leastyebejudged

      The FOIA files tell a very different story !

  • jimbo65

    I remember during the election there were conspiracy theories of Obama suspending the election. Funny how now that would be totally plausible with this current administration.

    • AmeriCanadian

      What are you saying? It would be totally SUPPORTED by the rethuglicans.

    • MaryJOGrady

      There were the same rumors about Clinton before the 2000 election. I heard them in Central Texas. The US is afflicted with many, many low-information voters.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      It’s always about projection.

  • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

    OT. I’ve jointed Twitter. Heaven help me. Oh, and fuck Ivanka

    • jimbo65

      After the real truth is known about 45, I just want his brand to crash and burn. Leaving poor Ivanka a pariah. Bitch.

    • jimbo65

      Give em hell. Glad there are warriors out there that have the stomach for it.

      • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

        Thx I have a lot of opinions about twitter but I wil spare u lol

    • Reality.Bites

      Please let me know when you join Instagram. 😉

    • bzrd

      following a thread there, Jarwanka is called by some
      “princess incest” or “Princesst”

    • jerry

      I’ve retweeted.

  • Tomcat

    Same power trump wants for himself.

    • Makoto

      .. same power Don wonders why he didn’t get already, along with dictating any policy he tweets out as real law…

  • Clive Johnson

    This was from last fall, but still:

    Poll: Republicans’ confidence in Russia’s Putin on the rise

    • Tomcat

      Republicans are like little kids, they like what they like and refuse what they don’t like. And they have hissy fits if challenged on anything.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      IIRC, the tiki torch carriers were yelling that Putin was their friend at Charlottesville.

  • William

    A new Russian revolution is coming. It will be Putin’s turn to be taken down to a cellar….

    • leastyebejudged

      It’ll be just as awesome as all their past revolutions !

  • j.martindale

    The Russian equivalent of “Lock her up!”

  • gaycuckhubby

    At least this would never happen here

    “Lock her up! Lock her up!”

  • Tomcat

    A number of new laws need passed that are aimed at stopping congress and presidents trying to circumvent laws of our constitution. This would also go for SCOTUS if they run roughshod on our constitution.

  • geoffalnutt

    I’m afraid he’s as good as dead.

  • safari

    O/T: I used to browse through Freeperville. When the pink and red equality sign was used as a sign of support for overturning same-sex marriage bans, the site commenters were aghast, calling it the new swastika and clutching their pearls about being oppressed.

    The truth is there are actual Nazis in this world, and they are after us.

  • jimbo65

    Ha! Joy made a reference to Earth 2 referring to Faux news. It’s exactly how I feel.

  • pj

    by the country that want to sew chaos into our democracy and for the past year has succeeded.

  • JWC

    Donny has probably watched this for pointers

  • Whoever winds up running against Trump in 2020 (assuming he’d not in prison) should take this to heart.

  • bandanajack

    and trump is dying of envy that he can’t do the same, and has to sic his pet congress critters on the offenders

  • MaryJOGrady

    Alexey Navalny is a very brave man. I hope by some miracle he runs against Putin and wins.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    I respect anybody willing to publicly oppose Putin while being utterly terrified for their future.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
    • leastyebejudged

      Obviously an idiot that knows nothing of Russian history.

      Russia will happily murder it’s own children, it’s done it before.

  • M Jackson

    We need to assure this is not DuPont Circle 2020.

  • GanymedeRenard

    Talking about “shithole” countries… Rump could do the exact same thing in the U.S. if he it could.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    Coming soon to America!

    • Ann Kah

      You got room for one more north of the border?

  • Gianni

    It’s Putin’s Russia, same as the old, old Russia. What else is new? Presenting yourself as a candidate running against the Moscow Monster is really putting your life in danger. Putin and cronies will direct the police and courts to fabricate any crime they can, arrest the other candidate (s), charge them/find them guilty, and they’re automatically invalidated from running in an election. That way, Putin can crow about how he always gets 99% of the vote. Like Donnie, he just never acknowledges the glaringly obvious absurdity of the setup and the “results”.

  • Chris Bartlett

    He’s dead.

  • JCF
  • Trump is still trying to have Hillary investigated, arrested and imprisoned on Trumped-Up Charges.