My online comment in response to the above linked-to article follows:
>The Navalny brothers were accused of defrauding French cosmetics company Yves Rocher of nearly 27 million rubles (more than half a million dollars at the exchange rate at the time), although the firm has said that it suffered no damages.<
AJ: You've reported. Have you investigated? If you have, Do you know whether or not there is evidence of fraud? (Were you trying to distract us from that question by tossing out the irrelevant detail that Yves Roche says it suffered no damages? Did it suffer fraud is what we want to know.) That's what we readers need to know.
I don't, and no one should, automatically assume that the brothers are guilty, which is the critical issue, although the timing here is interesting. And I certainly have no reason to expect that the Russian political system is corruption-free. Of course, We'd all like to know if Russia has some people's champions who stand a chance of gaining power there. (Putin is a criminal, notwithstanding the more criminal nature of NATO with whom his government is in a critical, dangerous struggle with at the moment.) Unfortunately, Reformers within criminal organizations is… dangerous for the reformers and not something we should regard as positive. Corporatocracy, and the mafia capitalism that it embraces, needs to go. Period.
There’s an ongoing war on journalism happening – everywhere. It’s hot in the US, led by fascist Obama. Why should we think it’s not hot in places like Qatar? The state of Qatar is Al Jazeera’s financial supporter. (I do not know how the wider Al Jazeera business shapes up in that respect.) Every important institution and organization on the planet has been captured, or is in danger of being captured, by powerful special interests in the class war in which the people are outgunned and losing, big time. And so, I think that keeping Al Jazeera’s feet to the fire is appropriate.
One look at Al Jazeera’s history: “Al Jazeera: The most-feared news network” by Shibley Telhami
The last time I looked, The Left (I’m thinking of the left of the Left, but it’s probably true for the entire Left), has little that’s negative to say about Al Jazeera. Still, The few startling things I’ve come across about the news organization are, in my view, big and telling.
“Obama’s assault on journalism and whistleblowers” by Amy Goodman