The ANC has taken some flak for sending a delegation to Moscow for a conference over the weekend, but after Bheki Cele announced on Friday that South Africans are being murdered ( at a rate of roughly 84 per day, I suppose it made sense: unless you’re getting drafted to Ukraine or criticising Vladimir Putin, you’re much safer in Moscow than back home.

I can’t tell you if the “Forum of Supporters of the Struggle Against Modern Practices of Neocolonialism — For the Freedom of Nations” achieved all its political goals. When I looked out of my window this morning the West was still there, and quite a lot of nations remained very much not free, including Russia...

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