periodic jailing to prevent him from attending public marches/protests
attacks by proxies w/ antiseptic green dye that nearly blinded him
imprisoning his brother on fabricated charges to pressure him to stop
attacks on staff 4
Nemtsov once said Putin has 47 different ways to keep us off an election ballot. 5/
Putin has his main propagandists (Kiselyov & Solovyov) attack him viciously (like they have attacked me on twitter prior to blocking me) in their weekly Russian TV shows. 8/
90% of Russians get their news from watching Russian TV. 9/
It has only DECORATIVE INSTITUTIONS. Putin is an AUTOCRAT - 1 man controls the system. 10/
Best solution for Putin is his "NO PERSON, NO PROBLEM" solution.
But Navalny refuses to leave Russia, often stating "THIS IS MY COUNTRY & WE MUST FIGHT FOR IT.” 14/
It's roots are very deep and there is KOMPROMAT on officials at all levels of the system. Thus they have vested interests in keeping the current system even beyond Putin.
Otherwise their heads will roll. 17/
And it is characterized by a single question Russians ask :"DO YOU REMEMBER?" (i.e. what you stole?)
18/ for now, that’s all.
The fact that after @Navalny was barred from running in next year's presidential election, the Kremlin felt the need to warn him not to agitate for a boycott speaks volumes. 19/
Which puts the Kremlin in a bit of a quandary. 22/
It's roots are very deep and there is KOMPROMAT on officials at all levels of the system.
Very important for many reasons, but one I will mention that is not often discussed 27/
Otherwise their heads will roll.
KOMPROMAT is a KIND OF GLUE holding the system together. 28/
(i.e. what you stole?) 29/
Kompromat in Russia is a two-way door. What does this mean?
Putin doesn’t just have Kompromat on many. Many have Kompromat on Putin. 30/
We have seen visibly many of this through public reports of individuals that are no longer here. As Clint Watts @selectedwisdom famously said, follow the trail of dead Russians 31/
Did Russian intrusion change the vote count in any mechanical, counting of ballots sense, where there was attempted Russian efforts to do so in multiple states? Remains an unanswered question. 43/
What do we see when we closely analyze Russian intrusion into the U.S. 2016 presidential election? 46/
Do we see this with the Republicans? No.
Comments by the Autocrat to the NYT today further show this. 50/
Finally, before leaving Ukraine Manafort even managed to set up a pro-Putin “Opposition Bloc” of more than 40 MPs today in Ukraine's post-Yanukovych parliament.
Putin hasn't yet given up on Ukraine. He needs to show Russians a failed democratic state. 56/