Synopsis: Everywhere, the oligarchs and large companies are controlling what we say and what we think. The old communist world, itself no focus of freedom but at least a counterweight to rampant capitalism, now seems wholly captured by the wealthy. Our freedoms are being eroded. As we drift towards petty nationalism in ever smaller nations, so too do we drift towards fascism. How do we stop the drift?
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina and Ekaterina Samutsevich protested publicly against Putin’s third term presidential candidacy and specifically against the open support of the Russian Orthodox Patriarch for Putin. They were arrested in March 2012 and today, after a laughable trial, were found guilty of “hooliganism”. They have been sentenced to two years imprisonment. Freedom of protest matters.