The Christian Science Monitor urges Obama to stand up to Putin´s tyrannical Russia:
The Khodorkovsky conviction will also hurt Putin protégé Dmitry Medvedev, who became president in 2008. His call for rule of law in Russia now rings hollow. (He referred to the new charges against Khodorkovsky as “odd.”) And his attempts to entice high-tech investments will likely fail, further preventing Russia from moving beyond its oil-dependent economy.
Strangely, the best barometer of political freedom and rule of law in Russia has now become the length of time that Khodorkovsky will stay in prison. If Medvedev or Obama ever want to stand up to Putin’s tyrannical type of Russia, they best speak up this week – before the Putin-friendly court announces its sentence on Khodorkovsky.