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 Former political prisoner Vladimir Akimenkov and anti-war activist Elena
Zaharova argue that the harsh verdict in the Network trial in Penza should
be seen not as exceptional but as consistent with the brutal treatment
meted out by the Putin regime to other "terrorists" and "extremists" in
Russia, including Chechens, Crimean Tatars, Jehovah's Witnesses, the Khimki
Forest defenders, and Hizb ut-Tahrir, and such "incorrect" political
prisoners as the Primorsky Partisans, the NBP, and Boris Stomakhin. Like
the Kremlin's war against Syrians, the vast majority of Russians either
have ignored these other recent or ongoing crackdowns or really know
nothing about them, just as, until literally the other day, they showed no
concern about the tortured antifascists in the Network Case, a case that
began in October 2017.

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