Now in exile in Georgia, an experience he talks about in his latest vlog post.
Yes, he is still around and now after a time in various places including The Netherlands he appears to be back in Russia. What he does is dangerous. Hence one of my most visited posts recently: Has anything happened to Daniil?
Daniil’s vlogging assistant being questioned by police in Moscow earlier this year.
Thirty years ago one of the great speeches in Australian political history happened in Redfern.
As that thirtieth anniversary comes around , all the more reason to embrace the Uluru Statement from the Heart, constitutional recognition, and the Voice to Parliament.
The gist is all in this great speech of 30 yeara ago!
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The next several posts will be photoposts about the weekend 6-7 December 2014. And a good one it was. Sunday I took the 7.45am express to Sydney, getting off at Redfern.
I hadn’t been to Redfern in quite a while. The immediate purpose of the trip was lunch with M at The Shakespeare Hotel in Surry Hills, but I decided, it being Sunday, to go early enough to attend South Sydney Uniting Church. I hadn’t been there for quite a while; I suspect this was the last time: South Sydney Uniting Church last Sunday. It proved a bit of a bonus because along with some old friends there were quite a few Indigenous Australian young people from Arnhem Land and Darwin down for some conference or other.
A few of my posts in recent months have referred to such as W H Auden and E M Forster. Those posts are a personal rebellion against politicising everything, in defence of the human level, the unfashionably individual and personal, a resistance to ideology. So anti-Marxist of a hopelessly but enthusiastically “woke” person like me. See for examples: We must love one another or die… (September); Only connect (November).
Defenseless under the night Our world in stupor lies; Yet, dotted everywhere, Ironic points of light Flash out wherever the Just Exchange their messages: May I, composed like them Of Eros and of dust, Beleaguered by the same Negation and despair, Show an affirming flame.
A small example from my YouTube and Facebook explorations yesterday — young Nik (Nikita) from the Moscow region, 20 years old and determined to transcend what Russis confronts him with these days, but also aware of the danger he could face for simply posting what he really thinks, though he leaves little doubt about that, spelling it out quite clearly in his introduction to this post:
Nik is just beginning. He is not yet followed by over a million people like Roman the Russian. He has a little over 800 subscribers and that video has only had 87 views so far. I was entertained and moved by his video and chose to let him know, apart from sharing on Facebook — which he would not be able to access as my feed is restricted to friends, not to mention that Meta is a proscribed “terrorist organisation” in Russia! YouTube offers a means of encouragement.
He turned 21 since then and my admiration for him just grows and grows, but much of his activity now is on Telegram, to which I do not subscribe. But there is a great interview with him by a US vlogger just published.
Zack the Russian is a YouTuber who supports Ukraine and has protested the Russian government’s invasion of Ukraine. In March he left Russia and is currently living in Tbilisi, Georgia. He posts content and livestreams about the war and is fighting for change in his home country.
OUTLINE: 0:00 – Welcome 0:43 – Zack’s Background 6:35 – Where were you living in February? 8:05 – What was protesting in Moscow like? 17:24 – You were almost arrested in Russia? 18:54 – When and why did you decide to leave Russia? 22:20 – Why did you go to Georgia? 27:50 – What does your family think of you now? 38:00 – Do you have any friends in the Russian military? 39:34 – Why did Russian propaganda fail on you? 44:19 – Did you have to learn English in school? 49:15 – What would need to happen before you return to Russia? 51:40 – Do you think Putin can be overthrown? 59:15 – Can you explain your Russia Tomorrow media idea? 1:02:05 – Final thoughts from Zack
#Strongwomen. "I write about the power of trying, because I want to be okay with failing. I write about generosity because I battle selfishness. I write about joy because I know sorrow. I write about faith because I almost lost mine, and I know what it is to be broken and in need of redemption. I write about gratitude because I am thankful - for all of it." Kristin Armstrong