January 18, 2021

The Family Panties


The Family Panties
Airing the dirty laundry. / Настоящее Время. Настоящее Время, Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFoUB27mdIY

Quarantine might have gotten many of us used to hanging around in our underwear, but Russian film director Vitaliy Mansky has taken his to the streets of Moscow.

Last month, Mansky stood outside the office of the FSB in a one-man protest in support of Alexei Navalny, who plans to return to Russia on January 17 after an alleged assassination attempt.

Mansky was holding a pair of light blue boxer shorts.

When two police officers who arrived at the scene approached the director to ask why he was holding the boxers, Mansky reportedly answered that they stood for his civic position – “I think that everything should be clean – clean conscience, clean underwear.”

The day before Mansky stood in protest, Navalny published a recording where he claims to have duped an FSB operative who was involved in his poisoning with the nerve agent Novichok. The officer admitted, on the phone, that the chemical was applied to Navalny’s underpants.

Russian officials have rejected the claims. In top form, Press Secretary Dmitriy Peskov has stated that Navalny suffers not only from mania, but also a fixation on “the codpiece zone.”

The Russian prison service has announced orders to detain Navalny upon his arrival in Moscow. Officials have justified his arrest with assertions that Navalny missed parole hearings for a 2014 conviction for embezzlement and money laundering.

It seems that at least a few Russian officials might have to deal with more dirty laundry than they bargained for.

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