While I am no fan of Britain’s libel laws and the way they are used to silence websites, at least Britain is better in this regard than Russia, where a man was recently murdered by the police for running a website critical of the government:
A vocal critic of the Kremlin’s policies in the Caucasus died Sunday from a bullet wound to the head while in police custody. Magomed Yevloyev founded and ran the website ingushetiya.ru, a major source of information in the region, and was a prominent opponent of the pro-Kremlin president of Ingushetia, Murat Zyazikov.
Prosecutors have opened a preliminary manslaughter investigation after Yevloyev was shot in a police car in Narzan, the capital of volatile Ingushetia, a mostly Muslim region that borders Chechnya, Russian media reported.
“Magomed Yevloyev was arrested today in Ingushetia and was killed”, said a report posted on www.ingushetiya.ru. The website is among the most visited for news on Ingushetia and had openly criticised the Ingush president who had often threatened to shut it down.
Russia is an evil empire which invades its neighbours and is a threat to everyone near it. That’s why we need to stand up to these bastards — Europe needs to be strongly defended, Finland and Sweden should join NATO, the EU needs to have a common defence policy and a cohesive foreign policy, countries such as Germany that aren’t pulling their weight need to increase military spending to 2% of GDP, we should be less dependent on Russian gas and oil (preferably not buying any from Russia), and we should aim to spread separatist sentiment in parts of Russia that might want to become independent (e.g. Chechnya).
Oh and if MI5 think they’ve got a chance of poisoning Putin with polonium, they should give it a go.