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Samizdata quote of the day

Are they really such idiots to poison you in a place where suspicions point only at them? It’s a good question. For now I can say one thing with certainty: the people in power in Russia are really quite stupid guys. It seems to you that in their actions you need to look for secret meaning or a rational purpose. But in fact they are just stupid, malicious and obsessed with money.

Alexei Navalny

13 comments to Samizdata quote of the day

  • bob sykes

    Actually, the clues point directly at Britain’s chemical warfare facility t Porton Down and MI 5/6.

  • Alisa

    What is the point of poisoning a regime opponent without making it clear that it is the regime’s doing?
    Regardless, I don’t trust a word Navalny says anyway.

  • ” For now I can say one thing with certainty: the people in power in Russia are really quite stupid guys. It seems to you that in their actions you need to look for secret meaning or a rational purpose. But in fact they are just stupid, malicious and obsessed with money.”

    My response: A lot like American leftists then. 😛

  • Eric

    Idiots? What concrete price did the Russian government pay for the Litvinenko assassination? Who are the real idiots in this story?

  • Bob Sykes thinks the British intelligence services poisoned a Russian political prisoner whilst he was in a Russian jail. Never change, Bob 😆

  • pst314

    Perry: Well, Lyndon LaRouche tells us that the British Royal Family is running drugs… 😀

  • Alsadius

    Why exactly would Russia want it kept secret? If you can’t dissuade other people from becoming dissidents, why bother? It’s not like any opposition leader will ever be allowed to win an election anyway – keeping people to afraid to speak out is the whole point.

  • Rob

    It’s as much about sending a message as the act itself.

  • Jacob

    “But in fact they are just stupid, malicious and obsessed with money.”

    I can believe that (despite being said by Navalny).

    In fact Russia’s leaders are quite normal blokes.

  • llamas

    PST314 wrote:

    ‘Perry: Well, Lyndon LaRouche tells us that the British Royal Family is running drugs…’

    By planchette, presumably, since Larouche is presently pushing up daisies.

    To the wider point – I forget the name of the book right at this instant – I’m in Nebraska, and the sight of all that corn dulls the faculties – but there’s an excellent description of the SSD of the old GDR, the ‘Stasi’, whose galumphing tactics, Kafka-esque pratfalls and apparently-irrational manoeuvres made a mockery of their supposed role as the ‘secret’ police – to outside observers. The point was well-made that a totalitarian police state is actually quite-well-served by agencies whose actions are irrational, capricious, petty, vindictive, malicious and (most-of-all) entirely-unpredictable. To the people inside the country, their antics were not amusing, but terrifying – the desired goal.

    Who recalls the opening scenes of ‘The Comedians’, where Alec Guinness’s character is taken in by the secret police, and his gradual realization that reality is actually 180° reversed from what he thinks it is. That’s the effect operators like this want, and blazing, operatic displays of unchecked and irrational criminality that attract no consequences whatever are not a mistake, but a deliberate policy. Because it works.

    llater,

    llamas

  • pst314

    llamas: “since Larouche is presently pushing up daisies”
    Yes, I was careless with the tense. I first encountered the LaRouche lunatics and their “the Queen is a drug pusher” fantasy in the 1970’s.

    Rob: “It’s as much about sending a message as the act itself.”

    Indeed. In order for terror to be effective, people must have a pretty good idea of who they must fear.

  • What is the point of poisoning a regime opponent without making it clear that it is the regime’s doing? (Alisa, July 29, 2019 at 11:22 pm)

    Spot on. What is the point of making regime opponents poor insurance risks if it’s a deep dark secret that only the insurance company knows. Hannah Arendt’s point – that totalitarians operate like secret societies but do so in broad daylight – applies here as elsewhere.

  • Paul Marks

    It baffles me that some people in the West see Mr Putin as an ally – five minutes watching his “RT” shows that all the old Social Justice attack lines against the West of the days of the Soviet Union are still being used.

    Mr Putin has been in power for decades – this leftist propaganda would not still be being pumped out unless he approved it.

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