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The Weekly paper of the New Communist Party of Britain

Where angels fear to tread

THIS WEEK the British government joined in the imperialist chorus of support for their chief Russian stooge Alexey Navalny, who was allegedly poisoned in the Siberian city of Omsk last week. The bourgeois media calls him the leader of the Russian opposition but he’s nothing if the kind.

The Duma, the Russian parliament, is dominated by Vladimir Putin’s United Russia bloc and its allies. The Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF) with its 43 MPs are the official opposition. The Duma has 450 MPs. Navalny is not one of them. In fact every party Navalny’s led has failed to win a single seat in the Russian parliament.

Russian doctors found no traces of poison when they examined Navalny. German doctors, who are now treating Navalny in Berlin, say he probably was poisoned. Well, we’ll see. It is, nevertheless, curious to note how well the Navalny saga fits into the new anti-Russian media hate campaign drummed up to justify imperialist intervention in Belarus.