The above image is from a Russian opposition website called Diktatu Net! As explained on Moscow Grafitti, it’s an alteration of a Putin campaign sticker declaring “VICTORY!” (the Russian word is “победа” — the grafittist has crossed out the first two letters of the world and transformed it into “беда” meaning “suffering.” MG also points out another clever wordplay by Diktatu Net which means “say no to dictatorship” — they’ve taken the address diktatu.net on the internet. So long as clever people like this are willing to use their wits and risk their lives to put out material like this, there’s always a chance for Russia. Groups like DN which struggle to establish alternative voices in Russia deserve all the support we can give them. It’s really a shame, for instance, that more of these websites are not translated into English, and LR encourages all readers with such facilities to contact the sites and offer their services. English not only makes the sites accessible to native English speakers but also to millions of others who use English as a link language. LR is always interested in receiving such materials for publication on this blog. Many such organizations are listed in our sidebar and we are always interested in hearing about others.