International Issue

We are familiar with the Russian invasion of the Ukraine, as it has been reported upon heavily within the international news cycle. And while the invasion and current ceasefire is big news on the international front, other less than wholesome actions of the Russian government that are a bit more subversive are not being reported in the forefront.
  Take the case of the Anti-Putin activist Nikolai Koblyakov, described by The Moscow times as “A prominent opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin”. Koblyakov participated in many anti-regime protests and had moved to France when his business was forced to close because of encroachment by government-backed competitors.
  In the midst of traveling to many European countries, he was detained in Bulgaria on an Interpol Red Notice (that was issued for the Russian government for crimes supposedly committed in France, which the French courts rejected). All of the countries that Koblyakov traveled to, except Bulgaria, ignored the Red Notice, seeing it as the attempt to imprison a political dissident by a government.
  Why would the Bulgarian government, which has had it’s fair share of protests by the Bulgarian people in the last few years, detain Koblyakov? Bulgaria is the poorest nation in the European Union and the energy infrastructure in Bulgaria relives heavily, if not entirely, on energy supplied by Russia. This gives Russia an overwhelming amount of power and influence with the Bulgarian government, and allows Russia to exert it’s will upon the Bulgarian people.
  These tactics are not unfamiliar in Eastern Europe, as they were used in the satellite countries of the USSR to aid in the creation of the Eastern Bloc.
Sources:
http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/anti-putin-activist-koblyakov-requests-political-asylum-in-bulgaria/506362.html
http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/peteroborne/100285754/how-bulgaria-and-interpol-are-helping-vladimir-putin-imprison-european-citizens/
http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/08/03/russian-french-opposition-activist-koblyakov-arrested-in-bulgaria/

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