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'Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past' - George Orwell
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A a 37-year-old man from the Siberian city of Perm, was prosecuted, convicted, and fined 200,000 rubles for reposting an article on social media.

Garry Kasparov shared on Facebook:

'Vladimir Luzgin, a 37-year-old man from the Siberian city of Perm, was prosecuted, convicted, and fined 200,000 rubles ($3,100) for reposting an article on social media containing the well-known historical fact that the Soviet Union in collaboration with Nazi Germany invaded and partitioned Poland in 1939.

This latest Orwellian turn of Putin's Russia deserves coverage as a new milestone. It is also, never forget, the life of a real human being, not just a symbol or metaphor. Rewriting and distorting history is a key element of repression and propaganda. Truth is the greatest enemy of dictatorship and so the truth must be tortured, twisted, and killed like any other enemy of the regime. Justifying current crimes and repression requires justifying the crimes and repression of the past.

As Putin's Russia becomes more similar to the totalitarian USSR every day, the crimes of the USSR must be recast, even Stalin's infamous division of Poland with Hitler. Eventually, as in Orwell's 1984, the regime holds up four fingers and demands you say there are five.'

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