Shockingly, Poisoned Putin Critic Was, Indeed, Poisoned.

Andrew Donaldson

Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire and his writing website Yonder and Home.

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  1. Chip Daniels

    On Instagram, I follow artists from around the world, many of whom are in Russia and China. What is odd, and disconcerting, is how normal their lives are.

    They live in repressive authoritarian regimes, yet their feed shows pictures of people going about their daily life- plein air painting sessions in the park, exhibitions at galleries, pictures of domestic life and family gatherings.

    Which reminds me of how easy it is to normalize life under authoritarianism. They live in a world where elections never change anything, where political dissident just disappear of fall out of windows or mysteriously poisoned, yet they go about their daily lives like nothing is happening, like the adults in Steven King’s It.

    Here in America, the popular image of authoritarianism is that it arrives with a thunderbolt in obvious and visible ways. But that’s a bit like assuming that evil behavior will always arrive in the guise of a devil with horns.

    Life under authoritarianism is actually very pleasant, for a certain class of people. Keep your head down, get with the program, and things can seem very normal.Report

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