Today, an RT.com article discusses the U.S. 1917 Espionage Act:
"The government cracked down on domestic dissent by introducing the Espionage Act (June 1917), Sedition Act (May 1918) and Alien Act (October 1918)." [RT.com is mad about the U.S. striking Syria, an up-till-now ally, and likens it to the U.S. entry into World War I]
This Act was famously used against Jehovah's Witnesses, sending leaders to prison. Today, Russia's own Extremism Law threatens to do the same.
Okay, I know it's naive, and the following is tongue-in-cheek, but could this play out?
Putin: "Yesterday, it is St. Petersburg! Now it is Syria! What a screwy world! What do I care if the Jehovahs want to preach? Get this case out of my hair! I've got things to do! Tell the House Church to go to hell!"
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