Russian Nationalist Igor Girkin Arrested in Moscow for Criticizing Putin

Igor Girkin

It has become the norm for anyone who criticizes Putin publicly to either end up falling off a window, swallowing poison, or getting arrested.

The latest victim of Moscow’s lawlessness is the pro-war propagandist, blogger and war criminal Igor Girkin who certainly got the guts to criticize the Russian Army for its mishaps in Ukraine.

Following Wagner’s attempted mutiny last month, Kremlin has increased its efforts to crack down on dissenters.

Igor Girkin is a known war criminal who is already wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague for downing Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) in 2014, killing 298 people.

The former KGB officer is also accused or helping Russia to annex Crimea in 2014.

Igor’s wife posted on her husband’s account stating that he had been taken by security agents from his home in Moscow on Friday and charged with extremist activities.

Girkin, AKA Strelkov, is one of the staunch supporters of the war campaign, but has recently grown impatient with the failures of the Russian Army in Ukraine.

Russia’s milbloggers are increasingly becoming critical of the country’s operations in Ukraine.

As the Ukrainian counteroffensive is slowly picking pace and Russian offensives are stalling, even the most common war criminals have realized the blander of the Armed Forces of Russia.

It is not long ago since Wagner leader Yevgeny Prigozhin went into exile in Belarus after criticizing the Ministry of Defense leadership. Like anyone who finds fault in Putin’s government, Prigozhin faced harsh consequences, and so is Igor Girkin now.

Girgin had told Reuters that Russia was facing significant internal conflicts politically. He formed the Angry Patriots Club last spring to push his own political agenda as he anticipates “political changes of a catastrophic character” in Russia.

In a chilling telegram post, Girkin also called Putin a “lowlife” and a “cowardly bum.” Thinking about it now, I think those words really match Putin; but to come out the way Girkin did is like inviting trouble.

“For 23 years, the country was led by a lowlife who managed to ‘blow dust in the eyes’ of a significant part of the population. Now he is the last island of legitimacy and stability of the state,” the post read. “But the country will not be able to withstand another six years of this cowardly bum in power.”

Six years from now will be 2029. We will see whether Putin will still be in power at the time, or whether the state will go into demise as prophesied by the war criminal Strelkov himself.

As we wait to see what will actually happen to the state, our immediate concern is the whereabouts of Girkin.

State news agency Ria Novosti later reported that Girkin had been charged with inciting extremist activity, citing the Meshchansky Court of Moscow.

“Strelkov is charged with Part 2 of Article 280 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (public calls for extremist activity),” the court said.

The punishment for Girkin if found guilty will most likely be 5 years, but Russia is not really guided by law, so 5 years could be 99 years, or even 99 months, or none at all. He might even disappear and never to be heard, or get released today and he falls off from a window in Moscow and dies.

Girkin’s associates are whining, saying that Russia’s freedom of speech is being compromised; but has ever really been anything like freedom of speech in Russia?

If you ask me, Girkin would have been safer and more comfortable in The Hague cells than in a Russian prison.

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