Duplicity of the West: demanding the release of Navalny, Assange is ready to jail for 175 years


On January 17, 2021, while passing through passport control at Sheremetyevo airport, the famous blogger Alexei Navalny was detained. He has been on the wanted list since December 29 "for multiple violations of the probationary period", to which he was sentenced in the case of "Yves Rocher Vostok" in 2014, the FSIN reported. The service also explained that he will remain in custody until the court determines a preventive measure for violations of the conditions of the probationary period.


And on the same evening, the heads of EU institutions promptly expressed their concern over the arrest of Alexei Navalny, who was on the wanted list, and called for his immediate release. The corresponding statements were spread on Twitter within half an hour after the arrest, the head of the European Council Charles Michel, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and policy security Josep Borrell, European Parliament President David Sassoli.

And the head of the European Council said that "the detention of Alexei Navalny is unacceptable" and called on the Russian authorities to immediately release him.

Similar statements were made by the Foreign Ministers of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. And Joe Biden's national security advisor, Jake Sullivan, believes that Navalny should be "immediately released" and "those responsible for the outrageous attempt on his life should be brought to justice."

In response to these calls from the "collective West", Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova called on Western politicians to respect international law, not to encroach on national legislation and "deal with problems in their own country."

Now let's take a closer look at the attitude of this “collective West” to another blogger, already in their space. And we will talk about the founder of WikiLeaks Julian Assange. Yes, yes, about the same Assange, who was initially for 7 years in voluntary imprisonment at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, and since 2019 has been in an English prison. And we do not see any angry statements from the EU leadership or the Baltic and American diplomats in the international media. Here again we see double standards.

On June 19, 2012, Assange, who was under recognizance not to leave (roughly like Alexei Navalny), fearing extradition to the United States, took refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London and asked the leadership of the Latin American country for political asylum. The police considered this a violation of the terms of house arrest and announced that he would be arrested upon leaving the embassy.

After the new President of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno, stripped Assange of political asylum, the British police detained the online journalist on April 11, 2019. Then many were struck by the sight of the founder of WikiLeaks, more like a decrepit old man. 7 years in a confined space is hard to endure! No wonder he compared his stay at the embassy with life on a space station.

As a result, a London court sentenced Assange to 50 weeks in prison for violating the terms of bail.

While Assange sits in English dungeons, a former lawyer, common-law wife of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, spoke about the bullying he was subjected to in a British prison. On Twitter, Stella Maurice reported that Assange was woken up at five in the morning, handcuffed, stripped naked and X-rayed.

Meanwhile, in the United States, a federal grand jury (the panel of jurors that determines the validity and appropriateness of formal charges against anyone) issued a second indictment, accusing Julian Assange of crimes related to his alleged role in one of the largest thefts of classified information in history of the United States.

Note that although Julian Assange is not even a US citizen, he faces up to 175 years in prison in this country. He is accused of illegally obtaining and publishing classified data (17 points, up to 10 years in prison for each), as well as conspiracy to hack into a computer (up to 5 years in prison). The charges relate to the publication of classified documents of American intelligence and military forces. These papers dealt with the fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq, including the killings of civilians and the torture of prisoners by the US military. In addition, extensive diplomatic correspondence was in the public domain.

If you believe the documents of WikiLeaks, a significant part of the dead civilians were killed by the US military (in particular, there are new references to cases of shooting civilians from helicopters). At the same time, it was not known about 15 thousand dead before the publication of new documents by WikiLeaks. And according to the materials of the "Afghan dossier", the number of civilian casualties during the six years of the war in Afghanistan amounted to 20 thousand people, that is, three times less than in Iraq.

Judging by recent news, English justice, namely the Central Criminal Court of England and Wales, refused to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the US authorities. According to Judge Vanessa Baraitzer, US law enforcement agencies did not provide sufficient convincing guarantees that Assange would not be able to commit suicide after extradition.

In response, the American side will appeal against the court's decision to refuse to extradite the founder of Wikileaks to the United States. At the same time, Washington said that if Assange is transferred to the United States, he will not be sentenced to death, but he will be guaranteed a 175-year term.

Assange's supporters, gathered around the courthouse, greeted the news of the refusal of extradition with applause. At the same time, Reporters Without Borders continues to insist that the online journalist is being persecuted for his professional activities, and demands that the authorities recognize this.

We have cited two cases from the life of bloggers in Russia and in the West. What they have in common, and what are the differences, is up to you, dear reader, to judge. We will recall the well-known question in Russia since the "zero" years - "What is the strength, brother?"
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  1. Fourth Horseman Offline Fourth Horseman
    Fourth Horseman (Fourth Horseman) 19 January 2021 08: 23
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    The morning began on the collective farm.
    How is Aloshenka? Did you poop? Did you eat?
  2. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 19 January 2021 08: 51
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    Wah! Right. Article after article on the unnamed ...
  3. Alexzn Offline Alexzn
    Alexzn (Alexander) 19 January 2021 09: 22
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    Assange and Snowden have released state secrets related to security issues. In particular, the names of those who worked for the allies in Afghanistan. In Russia, they are also imprisoned for this and no one is outraged. There is a difference between free speech and betrayal. And Navalny did not disclose anything about missiles, nuclear weapons, etc. Exclusively about palaces, contracts and other "legally acquired" property.
    1. Afinogen Offline Afinogen
      Afinogen (Afinogen) 19 January 2021 09: 43
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      That's right, BUT he is thrown in front of him not for freedom of speech, but for his past dark deeds. In the past, as I understand it, he was not a "saint".
      1. Alexzn Offline Alexzn
        Alexzn (Alexander) 19 January 2021 09: 59
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        1. The charges are dubious.
        2. The accusations were carried out without the injured party and as a retroactive demonstrative punishment, when judged for one thing and punished for another.
        3. If desired, in Russia, you can put EVERYONE who went into business.
        1. Afinogen Offline Afinogen
          Afinogen (Afinogen) 19 January 2021 10: 13
          +1
          Quote: AlexZN
          1. The charges are dubious.

          Well what is there to guess? Leha's just a squadron of lawyers will figure out whether it's dubious or not. And yet, I used to be neutral towards Navalny. As it was sung in the song "I generally did not like the Jester, I adored his tunes" But after the poisoning, when he miraculously resurrected and began to screech more sanctions from Russia (that is, you and me), I despise him for his hypocrisy. and on my own behalf, let him sit down, not a bit sorry ...
          1. Burmistrov Offline Burmistrov
            Burmistrov (Alexander ) 19 January 2021 11: 57
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            For the wonderful resurrection, I must say thanks exclusively to the captain of the plane and the Omsk doctors, who intervened not according to the script.
            And there is no need to lie about the sanctions against Russia. He talked about sanctions against oligarchs whose accounts are abroad.
            1. Afinogen Offline Afinogen
              Afinogen (Afinogen) 19 January 2021 12: 08
              +2
              Quote: Burmistrov
              For the wonderful resurrection, I must say thanks exclusively to the captain of the plane and the Omsk doctors,

              Well, as far as I know, Omsk doctors said there was no poisoning. And the wonderful doctors in Germany, who recognized the poisoning by "Novichok", did not present any evidence, but just said take our word for it.
            2. vetchinckin.iur Offline vetchinckin.iur
              vetchinckin.iur (yura vetchinkin) 26 January 2021 10: 49
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              And these oligarchs have enterprises where ordinary hard workers work, that is, against ordinary people, they require sanctions.
    2. Dear sofa expert. 19 January 2021 14: 29
      +2
      Assange and Snowden have released state secrets related to security issues.

      Assange released materials on spy scandals, corruption in the highest echelons of power, war crimes and the secrets of great power diplomacy.

      If these are state secrets, then they are, first of all, secrets from their own people.

      Otherwise, who, in your opinion, if not a journalist, should have done it?
      1. Miffer Offline Miffer
        Miffer (Sam Miffers) 21 January 2021 14: 02
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        Journalist Dmitry Kholodov did it in 1994.
        He tried to reveal the secrets hidden "from his own people."
        I can count what year of investigation there is already going on.
    3. Volga073 Online Volga073
      Volga073 (MIKLE) 29 January 2021 03: 15
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      Killing civilians is of course the Pentagon's big secret //
  4. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 19 January 2021 09: 44
    -4
    Why don't our authorities intercede for Assange? Lavrov, would indicate the place where those asking for Navalny should be. Is silent. Journalist Bulanov figured out with whom to compare, and Lavrov thinks? The team of thinkers is serious. Bulk enemy. EBN pointed out privileges, and this one pointed to corruption. Navalny is the new EBN, there is nothing to stand on ceremony with him!
  5. Alexzn Offline Alexzn
    Alexzn (Alexander) 19 January 2021 10: 21
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    Quote: Athenogen
    Quote: AlexZN
    1. The charges are dubious.

    Well what is there to guess? Leha's just a squadron of lawyers will figure out whether it's dubious or not. And yet, I used to be neutral towards Navalny. As it was sung in the song "I generally did not like the Jester, I adored his tunes" But after the poisoning, when he miraculously resurrected and began to screech more sanctions from Russia (that is, you and me), I despise him for his hypocrisy. and on my own behalf, let him sit down, not a bit sorry ...

    If there is something for which it is not scary - let them plant.
  6. Denis radish Offline Denis radish
    Denis radish (Denis Moroz) 19 January 2021 13: 09
    +1
    Has anyone counted how many selfies of Navalny? Have you seen his face? what do you think? even about a dog by its look can be judged - smart, or so, just bullshit.
    just for this alone, you can enroll this "figure" in clowns)
  7. Igor Berg Offline Igor Berg
    Igor Berg (Igor Berg) 20 January 2021 08: 27
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    Quote: Athenogen
    That's right, BUT he is thrown in front of him not for freedom of speech, but for his past dark deeds. In the past, as I understand it, he was not a "saint".

    Well, you have compared n1. treason and the issuance of state secrets with n2. theft and financial fraud, if any. In our country, almost everyone in power is engaged in this (see n2). So what?
  8. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 20 January 2021 17: 21
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    Slap Navalny for 175 years and replace him with Assange!