Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Putin goes after "involuntary" family member of political opponent

Russia’s Vladimir Putin has reached back past even Soviet era tactics to that of feudal Medieval kings, and imprisoned the younger brother Oleg of a political opponent, Alexei Nalvany, who was actually freed after an apparent trumped-up charge for stealing from a state-owned business. Qyartz has a story by Tim Fernholz here. News Every Day has a similar story by Steven Hogg here.  The idea of using a family member hostage – especially other than your own child, but that you are supposed to be responsible for despite the fact someone else “created” the person – is especially offensive.  

Yet people have tried to pull that thing on me before, even with my parents.

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