Archive for the ‘Putinism’ Category

Russia must join with West, says Nato chief

July 24, 2007

By David Blair, Diplomatic Correspondent
The Telegraph (UK)

Russia should abandon its “confrontational” rhetoric and join the Western allies to combat the common threats of terrorism and failed states, the secretary-general of Nato said yesterday.

Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, the former Dutch foreign minister who has led the organisation since 2004, told The Daily Telegraph that “nobody wants a new Cold War, neither the Russians nor Nato, nobody”.

Yet the actions and rhetoric of President Vladimir Putin’s regime have consciously revived echoes of Cold War confrontation. Last week, Russia “suspended”…

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Russia’s ‘Land Seizures:’ Trickle-Down Lawlessness

July 24, 2007

By Anne Applebaum
The Washington Post
July 24, 2007

Moscow, Russia — My friends, their children and their acquaintances [here] all seemed to have recently suffered freak accidents, tangles with Kafkaesque bureaucracy or major swindles. One had watched as trees were surreptitiously axed in a nearby park. As for me, my wallet was stolen from my hotel room in the middle of the night, clearly an inside job.

Putinism isn’t just a foreign policy problem. The Russian president’s penchant for breaking weapons treaties, threatening small neighbors, disposing of his enemies and spouting Cold War rhetoric creates dilemmas for the West. Yet the lawlessness that pervades his country creates much worse dilemmas for ordinary Russians.

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