Alexei Navalny will hopefully live. And even more hopefully not have permanent damage to his body. But who know what rabid poison they flushed into him.
I may not have always seen eye-to-eye with some of Navalny’s ideas, but you can’t argue the courage of a guy who’s gone face-to-face with one of the world’s most dangerous men for years.
Let’s face it, Putin is untouchable. Vlad could stroll into a senior citizen’s bingo hall wearing a $10K custom made three piece suit, dual-wielding a pair of Yugoslavian machine pistols, shoot everybody in the room, and still get away with it.
So if you’re the doctors in Omsk, how awkward is this for you? Do you save the guy’s life? Of course. Do you now have to look over your shoulder for as long as you or Vlad lives? You bet.
On a separate note, execution methodology says a lot about how cultures work in today’s modern society. For example:
Russia – poison in public without trial
North Korea – antiaircraft gun in public with show trial
China – needle or gunshot in secret with or without trial
Saudi Arabia – beheading in public with trial
USA – needle with trial, seconds after Supreme Court refuses to intervene
Iran – hanging in secret, with or without trail
“Welcome my friend, welcome, please sit. Some tea?”
“Uh no, no Vlad, I’m good. Ah, thanks though, bro. Appreciate the offer.”
[Vlad smirks, knows you’re drinking the tea one way or another]