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An 85-Year-Old Pensioner Is Russia's Most Unlikely Dissident

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The agents from Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) wanted to know who put 85-year-old Nikolai Suvorov up to it. After all, pensioners in the provinces of southern Russia don't decide all by themselves to file lawsuits naming President Vladimir Putin an "enemy of the people" and calling for his removal from office.
 
Or do they?
 
"They thought the Communist Party made me write the complaint," Suvorov told RFE/RL's Russia Service by telephone from his home in the town of Balakovo in Saratov Oblast. "The Communist Party doesn't have anything to do with this. I always voted Communist. The Communist Party is the only party for the people, while the rest are for the rich. But I wrote my complaint myself by hand, and the lawyers then typed it up."
 
"They don't type my things up anymore -- they are all afraid," Suvorov added.
 
Suvorov made headlines earlier this month when he filed his suit against Putin. Saratov appellate court Judge Tatyana Leskina caused an even bigger scandal by accepting the case and setting a date for a preliminary hearing.
 

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