EDITORIAL: Yashin 1, Nashi 0


Yashin 1, Nashi 0

It’s a mark of how odious and vile the Putin personality cult known as “Nashi” really is that not even Russian courts can stomach it.

Last week, a Moscow court ruled that Nashi’s outrageous lawsuit against opposition leader Ilya Yashin was frivolous, and tossed Nashi out of court on its ear.

The Moscow Times reports:

The Tverskoi District Court ruled that Yashin, a leader of the Solidarity opposition group, did not need to retract the accusations he made in a March 18 interview with the Vremya Novostei newspaper, Yashin wrote on his blog Friday.

In March, clips suggesting that Yashin, independent political analyst Dmitry Oreshkin and Russian Newsweek editor-in-chief Mikhail Fishman had given bribes to traffic police were posted on Nashi’s web site. Fishman and Yashin said the videos were doctored footage and denied they had paid the bribes. In Vremya Novostei, Yashin accused “people close to Nashi” of being involved in the production of the videos.

Then in late April, footage showing satirist and radio host Viktor Shenderovich; writer and Other Russia opposition movement leader Eduard Limonov; and Alexander Potkin, leader of the nationalist Movement Against Illegal Migrants, apparently having sex with the same woman made the rounds on the web.

Later that month, Yashin asked the Prosecutor General’s Office, the Investigative Committee and the Interior Ministry to check whether Vladislav Surkov, first deputy head of the presidential administration, or Vasily Yakemenko, chief of the Federal Agency for Youth Affairs, were behind the March and April videos.

Surkov is widely believed to have created Nashi, while Yakemenko was its first leader and remains a patron of the group through his government post.

Yakemenko and his brother, Boris, leader of Nashi’s Orthodox wing, have filed a similar defamation lawsuit against Yashin, Interfax reported. The lawsuit is being considered by Moscow’s Perovsky District Court.

This is neo-Soviet barbarism, pure and simple, and even a Russian court cannot accept it.  A mercenary army of young zealots has been bought and paid for by the Moscow Kremlin, and it is attempting to use law-enforcement mechanisms to choke off criticism and intimidate rivals.

And let’s be clear:  Even though one clear-thinking judge technically rebuffed Nashi’s efforts this time, a clear message has been sent throughout the country the Nashi can and will invoke Russia’s shamefully dishonest “justice system” to achieve its malignant ends (and that, of course, it will use lots of other, even nastier, means to do so as well).  Russians like Yashin, who will stand up for their rights of free expression even at great personal cost are painfully few and far between.  And indeed, as the above makes clear, Nashi is far from finished persecuting Yashin on this issue.  In a civilized country, a ruling like this would give rise to serious reconsideration of policy and practice.

But Russia, of course, is not a civilized country.

16 responses to “EDITORIAL: Yashin 1, Nashi 0

  1. @Nashi’s Orthodox wing

    Some guys cosplaying as monks instead as Soviet soldiers?

    • Why not the KGB had plenty of priests ;)

    • > Some guys cosplaying as monks instead as Soviet soldiers?
      There was a whole Red Orthodox Church prior to unification of White and Red Orthodox Churches under one wing. And large amount of it’s members supported communists to more or lesser extent.

      Surprisingly support was largest during Stalin rule — there were real othodox ikons portraying Stalin as a saint:
      http: //www.ic-xc-nika.ru/texts/2008/may/ikona_stalinab.jpg

      and savior of Russia from Nazis:
      http: //image.tsn.ua/media/images///550xX/Dec2008//d7c9bda967_99216.jpg

      Patriarch Alexis hailed Stalin as a “Great Chief” of Russian people and openly endorsed his actions and soviet power during his speech on 9th march, 1953 on Stalin’s death. Patriarch described Stalin and his soviet power as a great, social and moral force which will help Russian people to overcome all their trials.

      It’s unknown to me if he was drunk at the time or simply pretended to say such things in hopes for communists to loosen their grip on Church. Also, many of nowadays Russian “priests” are retired former Red Army soldiers. All of this speaks volumes of where Orthodox church is guiding it’s parishioners. I won’t be surprised if that (F)Nashi movement also has connections with Orthodox Church. By the way, unofficial Putin ikon also exists.

      • “real othodox ikons portraying Stalin as a saint”

        Is, of course, a perfect gift of a fantasy of one sick mind to his kin.

        The nymbus on icons (and they are used in all Christian confessions, not only in Orthodox), which any encyclopedia tells about (http://www.britannica.com/bps/edit/topic?topicId=252953&topicTitle=halo, if you’d only check it before posting), is actually a sign of being a saint.

        Stalin was not, is, and will not ever be a saint. This is just a heretical picture, a fruit of a very wicked mind, and every normal Christian, including any Church authority, will condemn it.

        • Could Josef Stalin be made a saint?
          The Communist party in St Petersburg has petitioned the Orthodox Church to canonise Josef Stalin if he wins a television poll to nominate the greatest Russian in history.

          By Adrian Blomfield in Moscow
          Published: 6:03PM BST 22 Jul 2008

          The Soviet dictator, who was responsible for the deaths of around 15 million people during his 31-year reign of terror, is in second place in online voting for the Name of Russia competition.
          Stalin last week surrendered a narrow lead to Nicholas II in the contest, which is based on the BBC’s Great Britons series.

          But with a result not expected until the end of the year, the country’s Communists are convinced that Stalin will still emerge the victor.
          While the poll, conducted by the state run Rossiya channel, has been criticised for allowing multiple voting, there is little doubt that Stalin has undergone a remarkable renaissance in recent years.
          Opinion polls regularly name him Russia’s greatest post-revolution leader after Vladimir Putin, the prime minister.
          The wartime leader’s resurgence owes much to the Kremlin, which under Mr Putin’s presidency appeared to support a campaign to rehabilitate Stalin, with television documentaries, films and books released in recent years eulogising him.
          A newly published history text book, approved by the Kremlin for use in all schools, glossed over the more unappealing parts of Stalin’s rule and ultimately concluded that he was the Soviet Union’s most successful leader.
          “Stalin is the most popular name in Russia,” said Sergei Malinkovich, the Communist party leader who is driving the Stalin canonisation campaign.
          “The people have forgiven him for the repressions, the collectivization, the elimination of cadres of the Red Army and other inevitable errors and tragedies of those cruel military and revolutionary times.
          “Stalin has become the true national leader of Russia. He turned a backward country into an industrial giant.”
          Yet the idea of tuning Uncle Joe into Saint Joe has so far won little official backing from the Orthodox Church, which was one of Stalin’s chief victims.
          Seeking to establish atheism as the Soviet Union’s official creed, Stalin destroyed thousands of churches and sent tens of thousands of priests to the gulags and their deaths.
          Despite the church’s reluctance, St Petersburg’s Communists are convinced their vision will come to pass. They have already commissioned religious icons depicting Stalin with a halo round his head that have reportedly sold very well around the city.
          “By the end of the 21st century, icons of St Josef Stalin will be in every Orthodox Church,” Mr Malinkovich said.


        • Actually Dtard, the older Icon does give Stalin a halo (not a nymbus you moron).

          Besides, the Russian Church is no longer Orthodox, it is KGB.

  2. Stalin icon appears in Strelnya church

    An icon depicting Soviet leader Joseph Stalin has appeared in a church of Leningrad district’s city of Strelnya, Novaya Gazeta reported Wednesday.

    The church’s Beneficiary Evstafy Zhakov said the legend has it that Stalin would often hold discourse with Blessed Matrona of Moscow. And that is the scene depicted on the icon. However, church visitors didn’t think it was a good idea and the icon was placed in the church’s remote corner.

    Beneficiary Zhakov explained that he sees Stalin as one of the nation’s fathers, no matter how bad he was. He does not believe Stalin was an atheist.

    The recent events are far not surprising though, some suggest even canonizing Stalin. Stalin is believed to be responsible for 20 million deaths.


    • Once again, reread the whole article. Don’t be a moron, I suppose you’re an orthodox christian too, and no lost wars should make your butthurt so much to insult another orthodox church.

      • 1. He is not insulting another church nor he is intended so — it is clear from his comment which is a plain quote actually. It is you who try to distort the meaning of his comment to make it look like an “insult”.

        2. It is your mind which is sick due to both corrupted culture and constant aggression you display (which you describe here as “fun” and “irony”).

        3. In Russian orthodox Church a halo is actually an attribute of sainthood. Not a nimb which is more common attribute in Catholic Church. It says that you had barely seen Orthodox ikons at all. Britannica article doesn’t make sense here at all. Here’s a quote from Wikipedia: “A halo is a ring of light that surrounds a person in art. They have been used in the iconography of many religions to indicate holy or sacred figures”.

        4. It was said in my comment that there were ikons depicting Stalin as saint, not Church authority hailing him as saint. You didn’t read my comment carefully and just jumped with your arrogance on me being glad you’ve found a way to expose yourself as an ape again.

        5. Modern Russian Orthodox Church™ is a government supported organization which fools it’s people. It was very easy for KGB to buy Orthodox communist priests just giving them land and restoring some buildings. It was enough to make priests shut up and didn’t say a word on actual destruction of Russian culture and thugs ruling a state. But it seems destruction and thug support is an integral part of both Russian culture and Church.

        6. We should probably start a petition here at LR to ban you.

  3. Russia Today on Sharapova’s defeat;

    Former World No. 1 Maria Sharapova of Russia will always be the “queen” of tennis whether she wins or not, the head coach of the Russian national tennis team said on Wednesday.

    Earlier this week, Sharapova failed to reach the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York after she suffered a straight sets defeat against Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki 3-6, 4-6.


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