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Limonov Files June 1, 2007
History Of An Opposition Movement
By Edward Limonov Browse author
Page 2 of 2

By the middle April citizens of three most populated cities were witnesses to the acts of terror and cruelty of Putin's police. Rumors, stories of violence are flowing from now on cities of Moscow, St. Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod.

Kremlin, like in epileptic fit, reacted violently. Too violently, because after marches of April whole world is involved in watching struggle between "Other Russia" and Kremlin. Russian television's silence on subject become irrelevant, as personal experience, local newspapers, widespread rumors could not be stopped.

Kremlin got the lessons of April. "March of Dissenters" in Samara on May 18 was authorized by cities' authority. However, FSB, all sorts of police were acting in the same way as on previous occasions. They violently worked on the preventing of the march, arresting hundreds, detaining, beating and beating again. On the morning of May 18, 27 people booked on flight N813 heading to Samara were stopped from boarding plane on the pretext of having "suspect, possibly false" plant tickets. Foreign journalists, activists of the "Other Russia" and, worst of all, leaders of "Other Russia." Gary Kasparov and Edward Limonov were held at airport Sheremetevo-1 for five hours, until the last plane of the day heading to Samara have had left. Stupidity of that police operation is obvious because that detention of Kasparov and Limonov became world news number one of the day.

What is the next step? Marches at St. Petersburg on June 9, and in Moscow on June 11 will no doubt accelerate political life in Russia even further. No matter how Kremlin will behave itself. Their violence will spark feeling of rage, of disgust and that of rebellion. If Kremlin (I don't believe this personally) will decide to not prevent citizens from participation in June marches, it will help marchers to show their real forces. In both cases Kremlin will be defeated. By its own violence or by the show of new opposition's strength.

Second conference of "Other Russia" will be held on July 11 and 12. It will add to process of acceleration. In autumn, finally, public opinion will be massively and strongly gathered on the side of "Other Russia." The number of disagrees and those enraged by the Kremlin's violence will achieve a critical point.

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