Maybe we’ll finally find out

Interesting timing for a British volte-face on a public hearing into the death of Alexander Litvinenko.

For the record, in the eight years since allegedly murdering Litvinenko in London, Andrei Lugovoi has had time to become a state deputy in Zhirinovsky’s ultra-nationalist LDPR party and introduce several laws limiting freedom of speech and movement in Russia.

Most notably, the ‘Lugovoi law’ from February 2014, enforced in March when Russia was in the process of annexing Crimea, blocks any websites that can be called ‘extremist’. (The definition of ‘extremist’ is so vague it can cover a statement that might possibly be construed as implying that the assassins of Tsar Alexander II in 1881 might have had a point. Never mind any suggestion that the annexation of Crimea may have been less than legal.)

The second ‘Lugovoi law’ from June 2014 requires all Russians with dual nationality to declare it to the authorities. Since Russia annexed Crimea and claims that all Crimeans have ‘automatically’ become Russian citizens, that means a million or so people are required to declare their Ukrainian passports and face whatever penalties Lugovoi and his ilk may dream up in future for such ‘fifth columnists’.

I can’t imagine what it must be like to live in such fear, that you have to propose laws to stop anyone saying anything that might be construed as a threat to the system you perpetuate; to make sure you can keep tabs on anyone who has the possibility to travel when you have not and might therefore not be a hundred percent loyal to the country you and your paranoid imaginings have made.

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