"Deliberate neglect and torture." An independent medical report implicates Moscow prison authorities in the death of a Russian lawyer who accused the police of corruption.
Justice for Sergei - English tv-version from ICU Documentaries. This is a huge, rapidly unfolding story with implications for the future of the Russian state, and particularly in relation to the rest of the world, it is definitely worth checking out; this short documentary, and see and explication of the extensive corruption occurring today.
On the 5th of March, 1953, an event took place which shattered Russia – the death of Stalin. I found it almost impossible to imagine him dead, so much had he been an indispensable part of life.
A sort of general paralysis came over the country. Trained to believe that Stalin was taking care of everyone, people were lost and bewildered without him. The whole of Russia wept. So did I. We wept sincerely with grief and perhaps also with fear for the future.
At a writers’ meeting, poets read out there poems in Stalin’s honour, their voices broken by sobs, Tvardovsky, a big and powerful man, recited in a trembling voice.
We were caught between the walls of houses on one side and a row of army trucks on the other.
‘Get the trucks out of the way!’ people howled. ‘Get them away!’
‘I can’t. I’ve got no instructions,’ a very young, fair, bewildered police officer shouted back from one of the trucks, almost crying with desperations. And people were being hurtled against the trucks by the crowd, and their heads smashed. The sides of the trucks were running with blood. All at once I felt a savage hatred for everything that had given birth to that ‘No instructions; shouted at a moment when people were dying of someone’s stupidity. For the first time in my life I thought with hatred of the man we were burying. He could not be innocent of the disaster. It was the ‘No instructions’ that had caused the chaos and bloodshed at his funeral. Now I saw once and for all that it’s no good waiting for instructions if human lives are at stake you must act. I don’t know how did it, but working energetically with my elbows and fists, I found myself thrusting people aside and shouting:
‘Form chains! Form Chains!’
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