The Growing Threat in
Vladimir Putin's Russia
Russian President Vladimir Putin actions indicate a growing disregard for the most basic tenets of a true democracy - rule of law, freedom of speech, freedom of religion and a right to privacy. Putin continues on his authoritarian path, openly rejecting the warnings received from his allies in the West, including the United States, and using old KGB tactics to keep a tight rein on Russia's young democracy. Most recently, these strong-arm tactics have been used to silence the voice of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, former CEO of Yukos, and proponent of democracy and corporate transparency.
Recently, President Putin opined that "...the breakup of the Soviet Union is a national tragedy on an enormous scale. Read more news.
Is this trend dangerous for the democratized world? Read what others are saying.
Warning Signs within Russia:
February 24, 2004
"...Without freedom this country has no future. I am surprised and outraged by the heavy-handed arrest of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former head of the oil group Yukos now in jail, and alarmed by the results of the parliamentary elections in which the pro-Kremlin United Russia party won a majority while no liberal democratic party got in." - Mikhail Gorbachevmore. more
February 13, 2004
The Associated Press reported that Vladimir Putin made his strongest expression of sadness at the demise of the Soviet Union during a campaign speech on Thursday. "The breakup of the Soviet Union is a national tragedy on an enormous scale," Putin said. Putin has praised aspects of the Soviet Union in the past, but never so robustly nor in such an important political setting. more
February 4, 2003
Georgie Anne Geyer of the Universal Press Syndicate writes about the all-too-familiar return to Soviet-style authoritarianism. "...When [Khordokovsky] was arrested last October by the ominous masked men-in-the-night (which are becoming the symbol of Vladimir Putin's "managed democracy"), Khodorkovsky controlled up to $8 billion and an oil company, Yukos, that was on the cusp of becoming the fourth largest in the world." more