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Hunting for "provocateurs"

June 15 2009

It is noticed that the most spectacular Russian opposition is acting solely in a harsh confrontation with the authorities. But as soon as the police, for whatever reasons, are losing interest in the "revolutionaries", the latter lost all available in the arsenal of enthusiasm. And because the opposition leaders either deliberately provoke the authorities, or due to lack of opportunity to search for external stimuli, the search begins domestic enemies.

Candidates for the role of "agents provocateurs" are usually the ones who decided that democracy - it is an opportunity to openly express their opinions. Alas, the democratic opposition movement freedom of speech is allowed only in the format agreed with the governing majority.

A few days ago in Learn-Community Solidarity movement has inflamed debate over the relationship opposition to the gay movement . Some believed that homosexuals in Russia are discriminated by sex class, which means "solidarity" should support their struggle for their civil rights and liberties. Others, including part of the movement's leadership was convinced that the place of homosexuals around ... In general, the "Solidarity" is not to gay unconcerned. Discussions resulted in a split Moscow's "Solidarity" in two camps and, as a consequence, the emergence of a new LJ community , free gay dissenters. However, it was only the beginning. Several days later, the defenders of homosexuals began this online hunting.

"We thought long and even longer waiting before revealing this information. She was not quite normal - in the opposition decided to publish information on informers and provocateurs, introduced to us, not some private sins or those of other activists. In this case, This man - not a provocateur, but his work does great damage to opposition, expressed not only in money but in the loss of mutual trust and create a bad image, "- begin their narrative Sergei Lark, Alexei Kassian and Anna Chernobyl. It is about Ivan Simochkine, Moscow member of the "Defense" and "solidarity" within two years of cheating on opposition supporters.

"The technique is simple fraud. Simochkin acquainted with people in online discussions on the opposition websites, expresses its full support and creative assents. A short time later to be asking for help. Simochkin potential lenders said that he had" an entrepreneur, now has difficulty with firm, it "threw" a dishonest partner, desperately needs money to unwind, he will give the first profits, etc. The money, usually it takes a month, but did not give and several years later. When lenders are beginning to aggressively interested in the fate of the money disappears from Simochkin connection "- write whistleblowers.

It turns out that "all these years Simochkin does not work anywhere," and the received "loans" playing "forex", where, of course, loses. In doing so he not only deceives innocent people, but also their relatives: "Simochkin laid, and then in 2008 sold a 3-room Moscow apartment where he lived apart from his wife and children," - said in a statement. Lenders from which Simochkinu can not hide, he explains, "that things had just gone to the mountain, and as an honest man and the irreconcilable opposition, he is about to pay the debt." Sometimes even playing the entire theater, promising to commit suicide, after pointing to the lender, as the perpetrator of the incident.

general, one can only wonder why this information was made public only after Ivan Simochkin came into conflict with people who have some administrative functions in the organization.

However, he is not alone. Earlier in the ranks of the "plotters" and agents of the FSB were enrolled Korchevnaya Tatiana from Nakhodka and Suren Edigarov . Known as the episode with the exception of the FMG "dissent" from the leader of the St. Petersburg branch of the organization Olga Kurnosova, whom the accused "destructive" nature of the systemic effects on the opposition . There are other instances detection of "provocateurs", supposedly, specially abandoned in the rear of the Kremlin and the opposition in the prior disclosure erroneously labeled a hope and support of the opposition movement .

Such practices "witch hunt" on the one hand allows for some time to create the illusion of significant opposition (and similar processes can be observed not only in a liberal environment, but the Left and nationalists). On the other hand, such a spy translates into mass hysteria, when any error or lack of any activity at all blamed on the machinations of internal and external enemies. To justify the authoritarian tendencies in the opposition movement at the expense of such uncomplicated technique can be. That's only real political activity it has absolutely no relation.

Arina Semenova

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