disturbing "de-democratizing" patterns inside the country
have profound consequences for the durability of the U.S. partnership
with Russia. In the United States, our democratic society is built
upon the rule of law and a set of core beliefs which are derived
from our Bill of Rights. Among these are the freedom of religion,
protection from unreasonable search and seizure of personal property,
and freedom of speech.
is troubling is that there are dark forces at work inside the Kremlin,
many of which come from the FSB, the former KGB, who want to roll
back freedoms within Russia, and in doing so, undo much of the democratic
progress made since the fall of Communism.
actions represent a dangerous turn of events, and many believe that
these issues indicate that Russia is at a turning point -- one that
can follow the path to a real democracy or return to a police state.
At risk are no less than fundamental human rights in the country,
the viability of Russia as an economic partner to the U.S. and the
national security interests of the United States.
Signs within Russia: