Happy belated birthday but no, it’s not a “just”. Anybody can accuse anybody of anything as long as they don’t break libel or slander law. But an federal indictment is specific: “To determine probable cause, grand jury members must determine through the evidence and facts presented whether “a federal crime has probably been committed by the person accused,” according to the Handbook for Federal Grand Jurors.” It’s far cry from “just an accusation”. It’s not a final judgement of course.

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Academics have been calling for a “replacement NATO” ever since Glasnost. https://www.jstor.org/stable/1149018?seq=1… What’s Glasnost? Not something you hear about anymore “perestroika”? New phone, who dis? A commentator on a Q&A site from Moscow said this in 2008: “I was born in 1987 and i don’t know the principles of Glasnost. Nobody remembers that thing anymore. As for the freedom of word – we have the Internet without any “Great wall” firewall. Last couple of years, portals for city services started, so you can address an issue through the net, and it’s really working. As for transparency of the government machine – many of us are not interested in that. Constant ruling of one party and one man killed an interest in inner politics in us.” and that was 2008. Political atrophy. That’s why we’re so intriguing.

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