‘You don’t have to worry’: Amnesty reveals it snubs inconvenient media and rights points in prank name with ‘Navalny ally’

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Running injury management on the ‘prisoner of conscience’ row, Amnesty officers assured a prankster impersonating Alexey Navalny’s ally that they totally supported the jailed blogger and didn’t truly care about media freedom.

During a zoom name, Amnesty International’s Secretary General Julie Verhaar, Eastern Europe and Central Asia director Marie Struthers and her deputy Denis Krivosheev bent over backwards to guarantee ‘Leonid Volkov’ that the group was nonetheless backing Navalny, though it revoked his “prisoner of conscience” standing over earlier remarks that certified as hate speech.

Treating the row as a public relations downside, Amnesty International officers advised ‘Volkov’ they couldn’t return on the choice as a result of that may make them look unhealthy, however assured him they might launch a large social media marketing campaign in help of Navalny and never raise a finger to assist Russian journalists persecuted in Latvia. 

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There was only one tiny downside: Volkov by no means spoke with them. They have been truly speaking to the infamous duo of Russian pranksters referred to as ‘Vovan and Lexus’.

The trio of Amnesty officers had no concept, nevertheless, and went as far as to agree with the precise Volkov’s indignant tweets when Vovan introduced them up, telling him he had each proper to be indignant in regards to the group’s choice.

Amnesty’s choice to backtrack on Navalny’s standing brought on some backlash, however the blogger’s allies shortly shifted the blame to RT and different “Russian media” for allegedly waging a smear marketing campaign in opposition to him. 

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Krivosheev assured ‘Volkov’ that they “don’t speak to RT,” or give interviews and even reply to interview requests, and apologized {that a} staffer did so, exposing Amnesty’s “internal discussions.” However, the unique e mail revealing the Navalny choice was despatched to Grayzone’s Aaron Mate, not RT.

Struthers supplied a “short, powerful, clear social media campaign” in favor of Navalny to “steer the conversation away” from the entire prisoner of conscience affair, and requested ‘Volkov’ to assist get others on board.

Krivosheev echoed that pondering saying that Amnesty needed to “move media attention” away from its inner choices and again onto Navalny.

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The blogger has been anointed by Western media and politicians as “Russian opposition leader,” regardless of polling in single digits. He just lately accused Moscow of attempting to poison him with “novichok” nerve agent hidden in his underwear, requiring a prolonged hospital keep in Germany. Upon returning to Russia, Navalny was present in violation of his 2014 parole in an embezzlement case and despatched to jail. He insists the conviction is political.

When ‘Volkov’ urged Amnesty to not assist the Russian journalists arrested in Latvia as “propagandists,” Krivosheev assured him they have been watching the difficulty however “have no intention to respond, at least for now.”

“You don’t need to worry that we will say something on that,” he mentioned, repeating that Amnesty is ignoring RT and Sputnik totally.

Latvia, one of many three Baltic republics of the previous Soviet Union, has just lately moved to ban a number of Russian-language channels and punish residents who watch them with fines.

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‘Vovan and Lexus’ is a venture by pranksters Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexey Stolyarov, who’ve been collaborating for no less than a decade. The duo has a protracted and proud historical past of prank calls each in Russia and overseas. Last 12 months, they posed as Swedish local weather activist Greta Thunberg in a name with American actor Joaquin Phoenix

Among their different marks have been US Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-California), then-UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson (now prime minister), President of France Emmanuel Macron, and former Soviet chief Mikhail Gorbachev.

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