Shades Of Stalin-Into The Psychiatric Ward!

During the dictatorial regime of Joseph Stalin a favorite tactic was to send opponents for a stay in the nearest psychiatric ward since, by definition, anyone who opposed the Communist party must be mentally ill. President Putin apparently hasn’t forgotten his training in the KGB because Roman Nikoiachik, a lawyer and member of the Other Russia opposition party, has been locked up in a psychatric hospital in the Tver region. A woman who answered the phone at Litvinov Psychiatric hospital No.1 in the Tve region town of Busharevo said he was in an isolation ward.

Nikolichik was questioned about his supposed involvement in a murder and when police ended the process, a convenient doctor became avaialble who delcared the activist obviously mentally ill. Prosecutors claimed they never talked to the man and had no knowledge of how he got into the hosptial. So far, it has not been possible to talk with his wife about the situation, but the imprisonment is not a good sign regarding the mental health of Russian leaders when they have to lock up people for daring to challenge Putin’s rule.

  • journeyer58

    In Amerikka, we will have the very same thing. House Resolution 1955, will give the government the very same powers that the KGB used during the Cold War to the police and courts, very soon you will see the United States penal colony of Iraq and Iran. Afghanistan will also become a place where the courts will send dissenters and artists who stand against the policies of whatever current administration is in power. Make no mistake this bill passed the House of Representatives by a margin of 404-6 and there where no speeches against it except by a courageous few including Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D) Ohio. I, am appalled that many if not all of the people who would normally vote against this type of governmental intrusion into the thoughts and minds of the people, would vote for such an obscene and obvious bill that will effectively end freedom of speech and dissent in this country. Please if you have any, qualms against the government intruding into travel and dissent, rights that are enshrined in the Constitution of the US, contact your representative and explicitly voice your major concern over their vote to quash your liberties and destroy this country as we now know it.

  • Fred Stopsky

    You talk about a future which you postulate will allow the courts of this nation to send dissenters to Afghanistan or Iraq. Which of the nine members of the current Supreme Court do you believe would support the constitutionality of such actions?

  • Fred Stopsky

    Oh, one more comment, the most conservative justice on the Supreme Court — Justice Scalia believes laws banning the burning of the American flag are unconstitutional. And, you believe someone who supports the right to burn American flags would support sending dissenters to Afghanistan?