Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Friday, March 16, 2018

In Russia, where all governors and mayors are either Kremlin nominees or hail from Kremlin-friendly parties, Yevgeny Roizman cuts an odd figure. The mayor of Yekaterinburg, Russia's fourth-largest city with 1.4 million people, is the only top regional official to openly criticize President Vladimir Putin. He has also called for a boycott of Sunday's presidential vote, a move advocated by Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is banned from running. Yet Mr. Roizman still epitomizes the helplessness of Russia's opposition in the face of Mr. Putin's well-oiled government machine.imir Putin's power consolidation has undercut the mayor's ability to govern.

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But making public statements is the only thing Roizman is free to do. In the president's "power vertical," as Putin once named it, if those who oppose him are not already sidelined or jailed, they simply have no executive powers or budgets to take on the Kremlin.

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He's gonna be poisoned.

#1 | Posted by Tor at 2018-03-16 07:53 PM | Reply

The more I read about Russia the more I am convinced that the Russian people are cowards willing to be ruled by a dictator because they are afraid to stand up to him. They deserve to live the way they do. Apparently, it's in their character because they have always lived under the heel of dictatorship. Putin is just the latest name to follow the very long list, he's no different as the imprisonment of his opponents proves.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2018-03-17 09:19 AM | Reply

He's probably Putin's "beard"... they have a political marriage of sorts.... its a win win for both men... for Pooton it looks like he has some "opposition" to defeat...for Roizman it makes him look tough... afterwards they reserve tee times for a threesome with one of Castro's sons at a Trump Golf Course.

#3 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2018-03-18 07:33 AM | Reply

#3 | POSTED BY RIGHTISTRITE

Correct. We have been doing this kind of thing for years.

If you silence all your citics, it shows how much of a dictator you are, but if you put your on critic in place, you can control what he criticises, but more importantly, what he doesn't.

This kind of thing is WAY WAY too complicated for the average American (or Russian) to understand.

#4 | Posted by kudzu at 2018-03-18 09:06 AM | Reply

Dead man walking.

#5 | Posted by bogey1355 at 2018-03-18 11:44 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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