Navalny (Poll)


Please vote!

Advertisements

Navalnocentrism


Paul Robinson wrote a post titled ‘Alexei Two Percent‘:

As for Navalny, an opinion poll published by the Lev­ada Centre today giv­es him almost imperc­eptible levels of po­pular support. Accor­ding to the poll, if a presidential elec­tion were held this Sunday in Russia, 48% would vote for Vla­dimir Putin, 3% for both Zhirinovsky and Zyuganov, and just one percent for Nava­lny. Several other candidates would also get one percent, wh­ile 42% replied that they either don’t know or wouldn’t vote at all.

If you discount this last 42%, then the result of a Russian presidential election this week would be:

Putin – 83%; Zhirino­vsky – 5%; Zyuganov – 4%; Navalny – 2%; Others – 6%.

That rather puts into perspective all the recent hype claimi­ng that Navalny has fundamentally altered the Russian politi­cal dynamic. It also makes one wonder wh­ether the media has its priorities right.


The Western media, as Paul shows, is clearly obsessed with Alexey Navaln­y. There’s nothing new here: I would arg­ue that Navalnocentr­ism is just the other side of Putin’s co­in. Nevertheless, sh­owing Navalny as the embodiment of Russi­a’s non-systemic opp­osition is more or less true – at least, compared to Nemtsov’s case who became the relatively popular leader of the Russian opposition only after his death.

That said, I have to point out the fact that Navalny’s one or two percent says nothing of his potential and politic­al prospects; so I would advise against taking these numbers too seriously (even if they are co­mpletely true). Mind you, Vladimir Putin was unknown to the people when Ye­ltsin chose him as his preemnik, but Yeltsin’s cunning pl­an TV-spetsoperatsiya worked miracles for Putin. The rest is istoriya.

The Trump Pill (TTP)


The Trump Pill (TTP) is the ultimate black pill.

One can’t spell RUSsia without US, but one can’t spell US without ‘us’.

Weaponization of Conspiracy Theories


Russia & the West.

Pt. X: Weaponization of Conspiracy Theories.

Ptichka in ushanka
Ptichka in ushanka

Putin’s Cunning Plan is still making the rounds in the US and the West in general. Of course, it is used as a political tool to derail political opponents, but many people seem to genuinely believe in the #RussiansDidIt narrative. The idea that Russia weaponizes everything from information and data to migration (sic!) was expressed by Molly McKew in her latest Foreign Policy article.

Russia also weaponizes the Internet via hacking, thought process via argumentation, and poisons the well discourse, uses art as a means of soft power, etc. All this is done to win the billion-year hybrid war against the West.

The Great Russian Litmus Test


Some thoughts after the Saint Petersburg terrorist attack. I have a cold, so my voice sounds rather odd.