It’s been a tough couple of weeks for pro-bitcoin / anti-Putin activists in Russia. First, on August 20, the opposition leader Alexei Navalny got poisoned, and then a prominent blogger on August 31, Yegor Zhukov, He was beaten by unknown assailants near his home.
Not only are you two of the most ardent critics of President Putin in the nation, but they are too They have also accepted Bitcoin (BTC) donations in the pastAlthough their support for cryptocurrencies is unlikely to be the triggering factor for these attacks. Most likely, they will be silenced for being political activists opposing the Russian government, and fears that their donations will be confiscated has led them to accept payments as a side effect.. If so, it would be no different than WikiLeaks, which decided to accept Bitcoin after the US government forced PayPal to suspend its accounts.
Navalny has been seen as Putin’s greatest (and perhaps only) challenger for more than a decade. It has been the target of numerous physical attacks and legal charges over the years.
Zhukov is only 22 years old and a devoted libertarian;; In 2019 he received public recognition for the first time for his YouTube videos in support of the political protests in Moscow. Shortly thereafter, was arrested for participating in unauthorized protests. He was then sentenced to three years probation, which was considered a victory by the opposition.
Many believe the Kremlin conspired to carry out this latest wave of attacks against political dissidents.. The situation may also have been shaken by the situation in neighboring Belarus, where tens of thousands have protested what they see as rigged presidential elections. The President of Belarus, Alexander LukashenkoHe may be in danger of losing power for the first time since he came to power 26 years ago.
While both men may have become Bitcoin supporters out of necessity, this only serves to illustrate the powerful and viable alternative to authoritarianism that decentralization offers.