Tuesday, September 26, 2006

NewsFlash - Bolsheviks Invade Finance Building; No One Was Killed

The story that really wasn't quite a story.

This unregistered, unplanned invasion/demonstration in the Russian Finance Ministry in Moscow by a group that considers itself the "National Bolshevik Party" met with little resistance and perhaps even less interest. Approximately 12 people invaded the building. RIA Novosti has a photo journal of the happenings, showing the members chained together to prevent their removal and using flags and flares to attract attention.

Thankfully, no one was seriously hurt. A security guard was reportedly injured during the event.

You can believe if this happened at some government building in Washington D.C., some Marine guard would have unloaded a few rounds into one of these kids. Even more true considering this group calls itself "Bolsheviks" and uses a mixed pseudo-nazi/communist flag.

This National Bolshevik Party is protesting lost individual bank monies - monies lost by Russian citizens in the 1990s. They believe that the government should make reparation payments to Russian citizens before repaying foreign debts. Given the number of years and change in the economy since that time, I doubt this is a message that finds many interested listeners in Russia.

Also from the photo album:
Earlier, a Moscow court handed down a guilty verdict to a group of National Bolshevik Party members, led by the controversial writer Eduard Limonov, charged with attempting to seize power and organize a mass disturbance. Thirty-nine NBP activists were arrested December 14, 2004 when they broke into the presidential staff's visitors' room to protest President Vladimir Putin's political reforms. In June 2005, a Moscow court banned the organization, saying it violated the law on political parties by calling itself a "party" without being officially registered. The Supreme Court's appeals chamber overturned the ruling in August. But the Prosecutor General challenged the decision with the Supreme Court Presidium, and a panel of Supreme Court justices then ordered a retrial.
These kids were arrested for their trespass of a government building, of course. So despite everything you might have heard, the rule of law does still prevail in Russia and protestors are not being oppressed everywhere.

At least not more oppressed than they are here in the good ole' US of A.

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