Evgeniya Chirikova: "In Russia, any topic, including Pokemon Go, is political."

posted 22 May 2017, 10:01 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 22 May 2017, 10:03 ]
"It’s crazy that in Russia a politician only has the right to speak out if he’s pro-regime. If he’s an oppositionist, he can keep his trap shut. An opposition politician is like a leper who can be killed, crippled, and imprisoned with impunity. But as for letting him speak at a demonstration—oh no! What if he taints our topic! 
If you think that by not letting politicians speak you’re avoiding politicization—that is a huge mistake. In Russia, any topic, including Pokemon Go, is political." 

Evgeniya Chirikova, 'They will reckon with you only if they sense in you a threat to their power,' Facebook, 13 May 2017 [translation by Rights in Russia]