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So a couple of days ago, a group of seven Russian antifa were sentenced to jail terms ranging from 6-18 years. They are accused of having set up a terrorist cell called the Network (Set') and having planned to commit terrorist attacks to disrupt the World Cup and Presidential elections in 2018. In the event,... Read More
There are millions of Gastarbeiters from Central Asia and the Caucasus in Russia. But contra /pol/ wignats and Ukrainian svidomy, it really doesn't seem like the Kremlin intends for them to stay. At least that's the general gist of this Bloomberg article by Henry Meyer and Ilya Khrennikov: Putin Sticks to ‘Russia First’ Even as... Read More
Russian citizen Oleg Tishchenko to face charges in US for buying fighter jet manuals to use in a flight simulation game DCS World after extradition from Georgia. It appears that Eagle Dynamics has kicked their employee to the dogs, claiming that Tishchenko was acting in a "purely private context and for his own personal interests."... Read More
Guardian: Ukraine president offers Russians citizenship in snub to Putin I take back everything bad I ever wrote about Zelensky - not when it emerges that he is my faithful reader! I strongly approve of the Ukraine giving out passports to Russians. No oppressed Russian should be denied the opportunity to participate in Ukraine's vibrant... Read More
The judge in question was an Obama-era minority appointee. This may have played a role in her imposing the maximum sentence of 18 months requested by the prosecution, despite the ridiculousness of the case. reiner Tor comments:
This translates to nine months plus the nine months already served, which is the full length of time that the prosecution asked for (probation office asked for 12 months). Here is how this stacks up against old FARA prosecutions: 18 months is very fair and proportionate. /s As I noted at that time: "Consequently, if... Read More
Despite the imbecility of the law in question, and the thuggish attitudes of one of its sponsors ("Do you support terrorism and extremism?" he brusquely demanded to know of one of his critics), I nonetheless came away rather impressed with this institution, and rather hopeful about wider political trends. 1. They invite a wide array... Read More
Russia detains U.S. founder of Baring Vostok private equity group: *** EDIT: Consensus of more informed people seems to be that this is narrowly related to a commercial dispute. He is also apparently far more prominent in finance and US-Russia business relations than I gave him credit for. I am not involved in either of... Read More
I wrote about upcoming changes to Russian immigration policy a few days ago. Its main point boiled down to creating simplified naturalization procedures for people facing political persecution, with a clear eye to the Ukraine, as well as for highly qualified foreigners. I had two criticisms. First, simplified naturalization for "humanitarian reasons" doesn't do anything... Read More
Kommersant report on rumored upcoming changes to Russian legislation on immigration policy: "Russia should be open not only to ethnic Russians and Russian speakers, but all those who are loyal to it and are prepared to integrate. The President will get the right to specify certain groups of foreigners and allow them to undergo a... Read More
So EU citizens can no longer insult the Prophet Mohammed: Obviously that isn't going to be applied to insulting Christian figures anytime soon. To the contrary, those few European countries that still have blasphemy on the books are fast doing away with it. Here is how Talha says things might look like in a (real)... Read More
Government erred in claiming accused Russian spy Maria Butina offered to trade sex for political access The entire case is one big error, as I pointed out mere hours after Butina's arrest. Ironically, the Americans are prosecuting a Russian citizen who has helped spread American values in - or in the current rhetoric, exerted "foreign... Read More
In a recent post scriptum to one of his articles, Israel Shamir mentioned the trial of a Holocaust denier in Russia, a professor at Perm University called Roman Yushkov. Yushkov's "crime" was to approvingly repost a 2005 article by Anton Blagin, which is pretty much what it says on the tin: "Jews! Return Germans their... Read More
I have noted that one of the reasons that one of many reasons Putin can't be considered to be a nationalist is that... well, he locks up so many of them under Article 282. See my article Country 282: Avoiding Russia's Hate Speech Laws Since conviction rates are virtually 100%, getting charged with Article 282,... Read More
I am pretty bad with these puns. But this one might just be SSC-worthy. One of my goals for the rest of Anti-Bolshevik Month is to write a comprehensive alternate history in which the Russian Republic survives WW1. Randall Parker's question on Twitter: "Imagine a time traveler goes back to 1913 and kill Hitler, Stalin,... Read More
The American Interest's Karina Orlova writes: (Original). His protestations of his "innocence" in the police van went unheeded. Predictably, this video evokes a gushing flood of Schadenfreude amongst anti-Putinists, while pro-Putinists experience a jittery "there but for the grace of God go I" feeling. But from a neutral perspective, how exactly does this reflect badly... Read More
To be sure, supporting sharia law doesn't necessarily make you a radical Islamist who hates modern civilization. It is, after all, a cultural as well as a legal tradition. There are four distinct schools of sharia jurisprudence, with a long history of internal debate between them. Although some schools are hardline, some are surprisingly liberal.... Read More
I have no idea what possessed Putin. Did he think that it would spare him Western criticism in the run-up to Sochi? Of course not. Khodorkovsky was on the back-burner. LGBT rights are West's stick du jour to beat up on Russia. Did he think it would improve the legal and investment climate? I sure... Read More
Here is the discussion at this on The Russia Debate. My friend and DR commentator Alexander Mercouris correctly predicted this outcome - that Serdyukov would be charged, but that it is a complex case that will take a long time and likely avoid more the more serious allegations in favor of those that can be... Read More
Here is the list of US citizens publicly barred from Russia in response to the US Magnitsky List. Are you familiar with any of them? Individuals alleged to be involved in the use and legalization of torture and indefinite confinement of prisoners - the "Guantanamo list": 1. David Spears Addington - Chief of Staff of... Read More
No matter how you look at it, he is a traitor. He violated the UCMJ. Although he is free to make ethical arguments as to why he leaked Collateral Murder and the US Embassy cables, the US is fully within its rights to prosecute him. I'm quite consistent about this: Treason is a punishable offense,... Read More
According to the press release (PDF) regarding the recent judgment, the issues considered by the ECHR as regarding complaints about the 2003 Russian Duma elections were the (1) the opposition's access to an "effective remedy" to complain about media bias in favor of United Russia; and (2) that the media's aforementioned bias prejudged the fairness... Read More
Anatoly Karlin
About Anatoly Karlin

I am a blogger, thinker, and businessman in the SF Bay Area. I’m originally from Russia, spent many years in Britain, and studied at U.C. Berkeley.

One of my tenets is that ideologies tend to suck. As such, I hesitate about attaching labels to myself. That said, if it’s really necessary, I suppose “liberal-conservative neoreactionary” would be close enough.

Though I consider myself part of the Orthodox Church, my philosophy and spiritual views are more influenced by digital physics, Gnosticism, and Russian cosmism than anything specifically Judeo-Christian.