Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A Damning Trend in Putin’s Russia: Number Convicted of Crimes Against the State Up 2800 Percent During His Term

Paul Goble

            Staunton, July 19 – In 2003, shortly after the beginning of the Putin era, 28 Russians were convicted of crimes against the state such as treason, espionage, or extremism; but by 2016, the number had risen to 588, according to data released by officials of the Russian Supreme Court (

            Unless one accepts the counter-intuitive notion that Russia has faced a dramatic increase in the number of actions that deserve to be classified in this way, one can only agree with the New Chronicle of Current Events that “the number of political prisoners in Russia is growing rapidly.” 

            And these figures which are given for each year show not only that those charged with such state crimes have increased in number since Putin’s third term began but are rising with each passing year since that time, a trend that suggests there will be even more such “crimes” discovered in the future. 

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