Why Does Alexei Navalny Get To Be The Good Guy And Julian Assange, The Bad Guy?

Adebayo Adeniran
3 min readFeb 21, 2024

Just asking….

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It was Mathis in the James Bond film, Quantum of Solace, who said that if you live long enough, you start to have great difficulty in working out who the good and the bad guys are.

And this point was made with good reason too.

In the previous film, Casino Royale, we were led to believe for a minute that it was Mathis who betrayed the British secret agent to Le Chiffre and it was much later in the movie that we discovered that it was Vesper Lynd, who did the dirty deed and for this, she paid a very high price.

For lots of us in life, we have been forced to come to terms with this insight in the most brutal way imaginable.

Angelina Jolie, only recently, came out to speak forcefully against the American military-industrial complex and the immense damage which it has done around the globe.

John Cusack, the star of many films, has been quite vocal in his denunciation of his government and its many misdeeds around the world.

So why have I raised this?

Alexei Navalny and Julian Assange.

One is an anti-Semitic and extreme chauvinist and the other is an activist, committed to saving democracy in the west.



Adebayo Adeniran

A lifelong bibliophile, who seeks to unleash his energy on as many subjects as possible