Magazine article Russian Life

Oba-Na, Snowden!

Magazine article Russian Life

Oba-Na, Snowden!

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THE APTLY-NAMED Edward Snowden fell on Russia [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (like snow on our head, i.e. unexpectedly).

President Putin was preparing for his September G-20 meeting in St. Petersburg and a bilateral Moscow summit with his US counterpart. but instead of [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]! ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] is a Russian [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], an interjection, used to express dismay or surprise).

[TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (short for Edward) the [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], (whistleblower) hunkered down at the Sheremetyevo airport transit zone after flights to Cuba and Ecuador fell through, turning a quick plane change into a prolonged diplomatic [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (slang for [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], hemorrhoid) for the Kremlin.

Should we agree to [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (turn over) Snowden to America after he begged Russia for help? I doubt even the drunken Tsar Boris would have gone that far. If one is to be guided by [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (universal human values), then [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] is not a [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (traitor), not even a [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (defector), but [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (human rights activist) who dared to share the [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (open secret) that the US is spying on its own citizens and allies.

Indeed, you would think other human rights activists would bc hailing Snowden as a [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (true patriot). Yet Lyudmila Alexeyeva, head of the Moscow Helsinki Group, initially said Snowden should be returned and tried in the US if he is guilty of the crimes he is accused of Alexeyeva, by the way, still holds a US passport, unlike Snowden, who had his OTO3BaH (revoked).

So it is that Russia has become a [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (safe haven) for Snowden. The Kremlin, forced to choose between resuscitating the nepe3arpy3ka (reset) and losing face ([TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] AMU0), [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (chose the lesser of two evils). Snowden was granted He no [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], a [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] (not political, but temporary asylum). …

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