I don’t believe in anybody’s god and I certainly don’t believe in prayer.
I first learned about him via a New Yorker story by Julia Ioffe, and then through Rachel Maddow. I was so knocked out I wrote about him, thanks to these two sources, in 2011.
I’ve been following his persistent challenge to Putin ever since.
I have had very few heroes in my life. He is one and I’m helpless to do anything for him.