Magazine October 16, 2017, Issue

The Grave Hunter, Hunted

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev during a ceremony marking the anniversary of the Nazi German invasion in 1941, in Moscow, Russia, June 22, 2017 (Sergei Karpukhin/Reuters)
Russia’s Yuri Dmitriev on trial

At an Oslo Freedom Forum in September, Vladimir Kara-Murza made a point. He is the Russian democracy leader, twice poisoned, twice surviving. When the Russian government wants to lock up its critics, he said, it usually takes care to trump up charges. You don’t go to prison for opposing Putin. Well, you do, but the government’s charge may be embezzlement, terrorism, or murder.

For confirmation, we could ask such political prisoners as Oleg Sentsov, Alexei Pichugin, and Oleg Navalny.

Probably the dirtiest card in the Kremlin’s hand is child pornography, or any other kind of child abuse. Everyone recoils from it, everyone

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Books, Arts & Manners




Give Me Your Poesy I very much enjoyed Kevin D. Williamson’s essay on Emma Lazarus (“Wretched Refuse, Indeed,” August 28) and the way in which her famous poem, which had several ...
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