Hell on Earth, nothing new.

Alexei Sorokin
2 min readFeb 24, 2024

Let’s admit — tragic though Navalny’s death is, much of human history is filled with political murders and executions. We don’t even have to go back to the times of the guillotine. Remember the journalist who was chopped into pieces inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul by Saudi assassins, reportedly at the direct order of the prince?

You probably do recall now that I’ve mentioned it but the outcry has long waned. There are bigger things at stake for the US-Saudi relationship.

So what makes us feel that we, collectively, irrespective of which country we are in, live in a world, that’s much more civilized and less violent than our ancestors experienced?

Is it just an illusion? After all, only eighty years separate us from the biggest massacre and genocide this planet had ever seen.

Let’s look at the latest installment in the horror show named Russia.

Navalny’s mother travels to the Arctic prison and spends days trying to get to her son’s body so that she can arrange a funeral.

This report by CNN covers the story:

Here’s the interview in Russian on Telegram:

The end of her video: “I’m recording this video because they started to threaten me. Looking me in the eyes, they are saying that if I don’t agree to a secret funeral, they will do something to the body of my son. The investigating officer Varapaev told me openly: “The time is on your side. The corpse is decomposing.”

Fuck.

An elderly woman, who has just lost her son, travels to the Arctic Circle and navigates through smoke-infested buildings and rooms filled with corrupt…

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Alexei Sorokin

A Russian immigrant in America, father of 4, Cambridge and Harvard Business School alum. I run and write every day. https://runningwritingliving.substack.com/