Wednesday, July 3, 2013

A reaction to reactions on my last blog commentary on dissidents and whistleblowers

My dear readers, first let me thank you for stopping by and reading my blog; big thanks to everyone at filbuster.net for all your comments--and most of all, big thanks to Сережка Йорк for translating (!) and posting my last commentary, Unwise "dissidents" of today's Russia, and other whistleblowers, on his filbuster site. (Do check out their site--it has a huge fiction library.) I have learnt a lot from your discussions, and I hope maybe you learnt something about my country and culture as well. I don't know how you guys put up with all the Russia-bashing. The worst Singaporeans have to defend themselves against is the bad press about the chewing-gum ban... and maybe about our "soft dictator".

There are probably things that got lost in translation, such as the credible/critical RT video (Я не считаю канал РТ по-настоящему независимым (на самом деле, это вроде российских Fox News), но пока что он представляет собой единственный источник правдоподобной информации о Навальном на английском языке, который мне удалось найти:), and maybe even the title (Низкое качество новых российских диссидентов и прочих стукачей) where the word стукачи (I suppose it is closer to "snitch"?) might carry a more negative connotation than "whistleblower". 

I continue to be frustrated at the Western-dominated international media who has lionised these "dissidents" and "whistleblowers" such as Berezovsky, Pussy Riot, and Navalny, whom, as one of my readers pointed out, "the most self-serving people in all of Russia, if not the entire world". (She too has a great blog, and also recently wrote about the Russia-phobic Western press.)

Surely, there must be great dissidents and critics worthy of international press coverage. But there are not in the mainstream press. 

So meanwhile, dear Russian readers, you'll have to point them out to me.

Who are some of the great contemporary dissidents of Russia? Please write in the comments here! (I've enabled anonymous posting, but I will just need to approve your posts before they go up to keep the spam bots at bay.) I will too check in now and then on the filibuster post, so you can comment there too.

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