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tv   Inside Story 2019 Ep 217  Al Jazeera  August 5, 2019 8:32pm-9:01pm +03

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i clamping down seavey yearly by taking this somewhat unnecessary actions these opposition including radical opposition figures and activists have gained more name recognition their reputation. among certain are layers of the population in moscow certain segments of the population there they are brand name and their own name their condition has increased and their bipolarity has increased ok so these actions by by the moscow authorities are certainly counterproductive from whatever vantage point you look at the. public the clum done back to the point where we can say safely now that the opposition is no on the path to build up more momentum for its own political agenda. that's not clear at all in 2012 such
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a very severe clampdown actually stopped the opposition movement then after the duma who actions the state duma elections that was a rather more massive than today so then it's worked much like with artie's believe it can work now too but then again that depends on other issues it's not just about moscow though this right now is a moscow city issue it's moscow elections it's happening in moscow there's very much resonance to the entire a contrie side of russia. but right there their thirties have they're afraid and they have a reason to be afraid because this politico basically political opposition movement in moscow may begin to spread out and join forces with the social economic discontent that's really massive in russia because russia is in the konami
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though drums for over 6 years household incomes have been declining they're sick anomic frustration it it's right now not public and it's not connection connected to the actions and through the moscow council but if a jew they join forces the affluent more politicised moscow public with the disk and a social discontent in the russian provinces then the russian authorities could be in real serious trouble you said that you don't think that the opposition candidates. have any chance to win the city elections even if they were given permission to take part in the elections however don't you think that with the growing discontent nationwide about the track record of putting on his government this could tilt the balance in their own favor in the favor of the opposition. well most of them could not win in
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a free and fair election to the to the moscow city duma right now sound them several of them could possibly have one in fact some of those that have not been registered i would they remind you that there was in the last week between these protests one of the opposition candidates from yabloko should be made to work in has been registered the decision not to register has him has been overturned and so even. in a free and fair election the radical opposition. would simply not be able to get a majority there not that bipolar and they would not even be able to get a significant portion of the seats in the moscow state duma i would also look at similar or somewhat similar examples of long term protest movements in various countries and how is they go or what their results are usually the best way to base if i along. more or less wide ranging brought this movement is to compromise
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we have already seen some elements of this in the registration of said game in talking from yabloko also i would point to a comment some comments by the vice beacon of the russian duma this is the federal duma not the this is the russian parliament that it's on the look of from the from the united russia party who had suggested that the in the next duma the next russian parliament elections that are coming up in 2021 it is quite possible that the liberal one of the liberal parties will be able to get the get to it so and not get get seats which has not happened for for a number of years you know russia so what if the eve of these protests keep up if the if they become more long term more wide widespread then they can of course affect the russian political landscape us you have seen similar effects in other countries. joining the discussion now from london dimeter. an
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expert on russian affairs and lecturer in security and development in the department of war studies at king's college london. there are 2 key opposition figures who seem to be no instrumental in the protest movement volley. ball do you see them able to build up the momentum for the earth for the opposition and shaping the narrative for the future i think what is very interesting about this movement is that it is it follows some leaders but at the same time there are many many new figures that are coming up is not just one or 2 but there are a lot of young figures who wanted to become to promote their candidacy for the local elections of the city council in moscow so there are a lot of new faces there that are also sort of pushing this movement and also there
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are many people that are just complaining and protesting the situation and repressions so i think that there is a bit of a life of its own it's becoming partly a sort of leaderless movement but of course his figures are important and you were for war is an important figure she has been very powerful in her message is she's on a 21 day hunger strike people are following are the same with a yashin that many important figures are becoming symbolic of these changes so i think that there is a combination of both novel. is by far the most prominent opposition figures see him as a potential candidate to unify the opposition against putin in the in the future. well that sounds very much possible because of course he's not taking part in this thing but he's behind it to
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a large extent. mr yashin and. so beauvais are actually working for him there from the embassy because they're going as a ship so he's backing them up and he's pretty presenting actually an alternative to the present regime to the russian public that's his idea it's not about this particular election it's about in general be course of russia and he's offering an alternative for the future and that can be important basically the authorities are doing everything by the textbook they have they're trying to split the opposition and they have detained almost all of the leaders they are busting the organization of now by name and they are kind of using heavy handed police tactics to. against the people in the street the kind of get them out of the street victor that should work but i will think can it work or not in
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a situation when there's so much social unrest and social tension and russia i see your point victor you have an economy which is in tatters sanctions imposed by the international community discontent widespread discontent over the track record of president putting his government whether their position does not seem to be able to build bridges with the mainstream russians why is it that. well the level of support for the russian president which in and for the government is actually not not that low of course it. it was it has become ill or than it was before because of the pension they form because of some other economic issues. the economy is not in the best of states however it is still not in in tatters as as you said and so there is still some political capital by some political capital that the that the president and the government enjoys at the same time mistakes such as the one
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with not letting. position candidates register with the moscow state duma they will also serve as a pretext for opposition rallies for him to increase up as rishon popularity and and of course we can expect more of this than that all that is why it is important for the government to to a basic by the situation quickly and not by brute force but by compromise. you haven't what do you think the opposition should do to change things do they need to rebrand themselves. i don't think they need to change something i think they're being quite powerful i am of the view that this movement is this is maybe going to change things it might take a lot of time but i sense that the authorities are a bit at a loss as to how to handle it because on the one hand if they open up
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a bit the room for political participation there is a risk that that could lead to further involvement by opposition parties and at the same time when they conduct repressions they can perpetrate themselves in power for a while but they also plant the seeds of their own sort of undoing so they're in a very difficult situation now in a new you know way that with an economy which is not growing very fast where there is a sense of stagnation and i agree i mean for putin remains popular but not as for piller as before and there is this whole debate as to what will happen in 2024 so my view is that the opposition is increasingly govern ised and they're repressions only help to bring people behind you know opposition leaders and the whole question of corruption is also something which ok is driving very much these these movements so i think that things are slightly changing as opposed to
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a few years ago pavol with the approval ratings of president. putin declining and was this going to approach all the streets could this give us any indication about putin future particularly post 2024. well the entire russian political system since the year 2000 has been both around putin he's an essential part of it he is the arbiter general he busy balances different groups different interests he does an enormous amount of actual personal work in running russia if something happens to bush and he's not a very young man he's 66 approaching a neck tobar 67 and he is will not be able to run away his role in the political system the political system is going to melt down it can't function without and that's a very serious problem for the future of russia the law hinges on the workability
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on the intellectual and physical conditions of one person actually the host ability of the whole country and i think our fortune is going to is there at the helm i think he's going to prevail but he can't stay there forever do mattel or the path to democratic transition in russia which has been debated for is this something that could still take place in the future do you see it as a wishful thinking where the political establishment the way it is and putting the helm of the establishment. i mean i don't really dodge i think that there is there is always our desire in russia to by many people what i would call live under the rule of law to have on a system that that represents their interests and that there is progress and that there is political participation of some sort and i think that you know i can't predict if this will happen or not it's impossible but i think it cannot be ruled
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out and it should not be ruled out. and i think that the system that was set up as was mentioned by poverty is very much than there are with a figure and when he's not around it's not clear what will happen there's going to be a lot of infighting it's already happening and i think that there is a possibility for the public to sort of capitalize on that and i think that they're realities of russia today are very different to the times when putin was very very popular i think there is a new generation of russians who has only seen 14 as a media who connects very much with the outside world who hasn't experienced either communism or the 1990 s. so they're not afraid of participating interacting and gaining on their new challenges that russia faces so i think that things can change and i think that we should not think that to this is stanley's thank you wayne and remain forever thanks to. all of us. and pub the slogan.
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traffic earlier the city was brought to a virtual standstill via the strike train services were disrupted and at least $100.00 flights were canceled many want the territory's leader kerry lamb to resign but she's accusing the protest is of trying to destroy hong kong. the indian government is scrapping parts of a constitutional provision that gives special status to indian administered kashmir is the most significant change yet for the people of the region in more than 70 years the region is said to be split into parts and it's special protections are being removed. to are explains was a sudden and momentous decision was india's government says it's revoking special privileges granted to indian administered kashmir the opposition is furious. it's a change in the constitution with far reaching consequences. inserted using the powers
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vested under the 3rd section of article $370.00 following the recommendation of parliament the president announces that starting the day the president of india will sign the declaration and the day when it will be published in the government is that all the sections of article 370 will cease to hold good except for section one of the article article 370 the section of the constitution that gives significant autonomy to kashmir is at the heart of why the region joined india in 1947 it allows the regional government to make its own laws except in finance defense foreign affairs and communications that means the residents of the state live under different laws from the rest of the country in matters such as property ownership and citizenship now the central government plans to split up the region into 2 parts. and one and the uk which will be directly governed by new delhi the government has put parts of indian and ministered kashmir under security
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lockdown and has deployed tens of thousands of additional troops internet is blocked and phone lines are down. 3 prominent kashmir politicians 2 fem former chief ministers are under house arrest revoking indian administered kashmir special status is expected to garner strong reaction this is a straightforward pandering to the hindu majority electorate in india. b j p the hindu nationalist party came to power in elections in may this year with enhanced majority based on promises that it would remove these special provisions which they say bandar to the muslims of india so there is a clear political polarization here with the ruling party trying to pander to its hindu votebank. they have already been protests as the spread on sunday about the
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government's plan to hurt article $35.00 in article $370.00 is our basic constitutional right we have made an agreement with india the basis of his articles and now they are trying to derail vocals articles this is an injustice to us. are not going to tolerate we should just. disputed kashmir is one of the most militarized areas in the world both india and pakistan claim it as their own for now the region is on the edge as it prepares for what's to come priyanka gupta 0. yemen's if the rebels say they have launched a series of drone attacks against saudi arabia the reported targets were another draw on airports and the king holiday base in the southwest of the country saudi the saudi government has not confirmed these attacks. libyan media is reporting at least 41 people have been killed in as strikes launched by forces loyal to the
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world after the attack reportedly targeted a wedding party in the town of mosul in the southwest of the country dozens more were injured those are the headlines coming up next it is battlefield washington. the bowl. ah donald trump do solemnly swear donald trump do solemnly swear that i will faithfully execute i will faithfully execute the office of president of the united states alters the president of the united states the day trump the sworn in the 2016 election that secured his victory is already under investigation
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did russia help them get the presidency. so they got the breath of life. as he walks on pennsylvania avenue from where he took the oath of office towards the white house he steps onto a political battlefield. pennsylvania avenue is the heart of washington that connects major political players congress the f.b.i. the department of justice. the press. the white house. this is the story set at one of the most powerful capitals in the world
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a political and judicial conflict. a battle that has pitted tromp against those who believe he was an accomplice and russia's interference in. a battle for the truth. about the president of the united states and for the principles of american democracy. according to top u.s. intelligence chiefs the russians interfered in the 2016 presidential election putin they say developed a clear preference for trump over clinton so russia's intelligence services stole and leaked thousands of clinton's e-mails to discredit her. 2 weeks before his inauguration they briefed trump. trump rejects their conclusions he does not want his victory to be questioned. the intelligence
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agencies maintain their findings and partially release them to the public they say putin ordered an influence campaign to help trump win the election. putin's role is immediately raised in congress which calls the chiefs of the intelligence community to testify. in. their question by democratic party senator michael scotto wine in. any of your careers have you ever seen this level of russian interference in our political process and start with draconian just going on the lord no. i have known. you know .
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i think very few documents that i can remember would have had the political weight and the political influence of this particular document. the purpose of making that report was to make sure the american people were aware of some of the dynamics going on behind the scenes this was the 1st time that a major covert action major clandestine action against the united states at the very heart of our democratic process had been tempted because of the sophistication of the attempts and then the pervasiveness of those attempts to have a widespread impact it was broader than anything that had been seen in prior actions classified briefing to the u.s. intelligence community you know fish which is blaming russian president vladimir
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putin to win again and again. russia tried everything possible to get to the november election only i pod intelligence and there are. only 3 days after the intelligence report a new classified document makes the headlines i want to be very precise here multiple u.s. officials with direct knowledge of the briefings tell c.n.n. that classified documents included allegations that russian operatives claimed to have compromising personal and financial information about mr trump this is a confidential report written by an ex british spy christopher steele on secret links between trump his businesses and the russians. it claims moscow has been helping trump all along with the regular flow of intelligence and that the russians have compromising material on.
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the main point of the steel dossier that there was an ongoing attempt by the russians to get close to the trump campaign is undisputed at this point he doesn't like the fact that the press said it but it is out there is no mr president like present it as if you were trying to say shit and you're with the still dossier made public news trucks battle with the press intensifies rice are going to play this rosena like i had used a caterpillar getting question the president like can you give us are going to be reuniting us can you give us are going to be good night after dinner to during his 1st weeks at the white house trump is on the defensive the man he just appointed national security adviser general michael flynn is caught in the eye of the storm. he lied about his contacts with moscow and the russian embassy and washington.
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the press reveals it and trump has to retreat mike flynn is a fine person and i asked for his resignation he respectfully gave it flynn is the 1st victim of the battle of washington but firing flint is not enough the question remains what are the relations between trump and moscow did she knowingly cooperate with a hostile foreign power to take over the leadership of the united states. for many months to come finding the truth will test the pillars of the american political system the independence of justice of the freedom of the press and the rule of long. under pressure from the press and from the democrats congress gets involved. and congress before the 2018 midterm elections the republicans trump's party are the majority and the
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democrats are the opposition but on some crucial issues it's a tradition for the 2 parties to work together this is the spirit of bipartisan.

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