Vladimir Kara-Murza was just sentenced to 25 years in prison for criticizing his country. This is his courageous, final speech.
What a brave man and how lucky it is that I was born in this imperfect, beautiful, free country.
You have a TREMENDOUS amount of courage, sir.
And you have reminded me once again how very, very fortunate I am to live in the United States.
This is incredibly moving- his words are like something out of Dostoyevsky. But it is today, not 200 years ago, and is foreshadowing of the path the U.S. is going down. Chilling in every way.
Thank you for publishing Kara-Murza's remarks.
They were indeed courageous.
His accusation and his lament about the totalitarian regime in Russia under Putin ring sadly true to most Americans not named Bernie Sanders, and I would add one thing: Except for a brief decade or so in the ‘nineties before Putin seized power, Russian society after the Tsars has been relentlessly, grimly, murderously totalitarian for more than 100 years. Putin is only the modern incarnation of Russia’s brutal leadership. It’s the inevitable way of Communism. Woke college students, take note.
There’s nothing can be revealed about the misery and brutishness of Putin’s regime that could possibly move the freshly minted American fanatics of the new isolationism and Putin apologists. The only thing that they have to say is that “things are just the same” in the US. We all know things are not heading in the right direction, to say the least, but we don’t see the “Bruces” and “Lillias” that haunt the comments put in a cage by the intelligence services. No respect for true suffering, no sense of proportion, no idea that two wrongs don’t make a right.
These zealots remind me of the American communists who gladly attended and applauded the show trials put up by Stalin in the ‘30s, claiming that America is where the misery and suffering is. At least they got what they deserved when Stalin killed them a few years later, as unreliable foreigners. Today’s US needs to somehow get away from zealots on both sides - they feed each other and will bring this country down together.
This is terrible! Just like here in the U.S. where I have to engage in "self-censorship," which is just as bad. Kara-Muza and I are living identical lives.
I'm fully expecting to be raided by one of those 80,000 armed IRS agents any moment now.
I disagree with his optimism that Russia will ever improve. It has been ruled by despots for over a thousand years. It's in their culture.
Look at the Middle Eastern countries. That area has been ruled by bloody, harsh and cruel dictators for over two thousand years and is ruled that way today.
There is no sunshine and rainbows in their futures.
It took a thousand years of blood and struggle to shape our present system of Anglo Saxon laws and democracy. It didn't happen over night and this system of governance we have is in our culture.
That I would have such courage! Unfortunately I doubt I would rise to such eloquence or clarity of purpose. Truly admirable! Bravo!
This is why I subscribe to The Free Press. Do not disappoint me. Earn my trust every day by being trustworthy. The measure of trustworthiness is what you are willing to sacrifice to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. 25 years in a Russian prison is the measure of his trustworthiness. May we have more people like him in our world.
Where oh where is OUR Kara-Murzy? A fearless patriot who speaks the truth. We have idiots and con artists like Trump and Biden. We have freedom but waste it on mediocrities or worse.
That’s a type of courage that you don’t really see in America, at least not in recent times. I hope he doesn’t spend the next 25 years in a Russian prison.
Incredible, his statement in court could not have been more succinct or compelling. Thank you for sharing it with us.
I look forward to the day that the Russian people can speak without fear.
I look forward to the day that the American press will once again speak the truth and leave out the bias.
I look forward to the day that there are real Presidential press conferences.
Until then, I will continue to read the Free Press.
Amazing courage. And I hope that the United States never gets to that point. Because we are heading that way...
Wow! What courage and a reminder that we are not engaged in conflict with the Russian people but with a brutal dictatorship. Kara-Murza reminds us that violent repression cannot kill the human spirit.