It has been a nasty couple of weeks for pro-Bitcoin / anti-Putin activists in Russia. First, on August 20, opposition chief Alexei Navalny was poisoned, after which on August 31, a outstanding blogger Yegor Zhukov was overwhelmed close to his residence by unknown assailants.
Not solely are they two of the nation’s most ardent critics of president Putin, however they have also accepted Bitcoin (BTC) donations previously — although their assist of cryptocurrency might be not the inciting issue behind these assaults. Extra probably, they’re being silenced as a result of they’re political activists who oppose the Russian authorities, and fears over having their donations seized have led to their acceptance of cryptocurrency as a facet impact. If true, this is able to not be dissimilar to WikiLeaks, which chose to accept Bitcoin after the U.S. government coerced PayPal into suspending its accounts.
Navalny has been perceived as the largest (and maybe solely) challenger to Putin for over a decade. He has been subjected to quite a few bodily assaults and authorized incriminations over time.
Zhukov is simply 22 and a religious libertarian; he first acquired public recognition in 2019 for his YouTube movies supporting political protests in Moscow. Quickly after, he was arrested for taking part in unauthorized protests. Subsequently, he was sentenced to 3 years’ probation, which was perceived as a victory by the opposition.
Many imagine that the Kremlin conspired to hold out this current wave of assaults on political dissidents. The state of affairs may have been agitated by the state of affairs in neighboring Belarus, the place tens of 1000’s have been protesting towards what they understand to be rigged presidential elections. Belarus’ president Alexander Lukashenko could also be in actual hazard of dropping his energy for the primary time since coming to energy 26 years in the past.
Although each males might have develop into Bitcoin supporters out of necessity, it simply goes for instance the highly effective, viable various to authoritarianism which decentralization supplies.