9. Number of Political Prisoners in Russia Doubled over Last Year, Memorial Says. The Memorial human rights organization which is increasingly being hamstrung by Russian officials says that the number of political prisoners in Russia has doubled over the course of the last year to more than a hundred.
“If you support leftist views,” Henin says, today’s Russians “will play on your anti-Americanism. If you are a businessman, they will seduce you with promise of major contracts. If you are in the military, they will tell you that ‘in the contemporary world, we are the only country which knows how to make use of force.’” And “if you are a Christian, [the Russians] will say, ‘we share your desire to struggle against the spread of secularism.’”
Soviet operatives could never be that flexible and dexterous or that generous in the use of funds.