An open letter to RT Television
Russia Today Television began their evening news broadcast with the announcement that Moscow Police had “protected a construction site from damage during an unauthorized protest.”
1- It’s not a construction site. Your construction site is only a fence around a popular square, designed to refuse access to anti-Kremlin rallies.
Do you really think Muscovites will swallow the idea of this “construction site” existing for the purpose of building an underground parking garage? You know, the one the Moscow City planning commission shelved over two years ago because it was deemed unnecessary. The one that has no plans, no general contractor, no funding, and no contract to build. The same site that had no fence until recently.
2- When you speak of “unauthorized” protest gatherings, do you understand that the whole idea of an opposition rally is not to go through official and accepted channels, although the “31” organizers have faithfully followed the letter of the law each month only to be refused again and again?
The real definition of the term, to be the opposition is in and of itself “unauthorized” in a dictatorship.
3- Then there’s the arrest of Boris Nemtsov. How soon you turn. Just a few years ago this former Prime Minister was one of your hero’s. Until he joined the growing ranks of the opposition against the current government, that is.
He must be a mighty big threat to have OMOH troops perform his arrest, instead of regular Moscow police.
4- Only a hundred or so protesters showed up? The multitude of citizen journalist cameras sure seem to have captured more than a hundred protesters in attendance. The arrest figure was over a hundred.
Could you find it in your heart of hearts to also be the mouthpiece of honest and decent people like Lyudmila Alekseyeva, Eduard Limonov, Konstantin Kosyakin and Sergey Udaltsov, too? Maybe just a few days out of the year would be a nice start — like the last day of all months ending in 31.Some journalists come…
Some journalists leave…