Thursday, 27 February 2014

A reminder: "Putin is a dictator"

What Masha Gessen wrote in the New York Times in 2012 is worth remembering:

Yes, I really mean to say that Putin is a dictator. The only reason this is still questioned after all that we have seen in Russia is that Western leaders and Western media refuse to call him one — while being perfectly content, for example, to brand Belorussia’s Alexandr G. Lukashenko this way. For this I see no good explanation.


sykes.1 said...

Yet, Yanukovych and his party were elected freely and democratically and then overthrown violently with the connivance of the EU and the US. So, in the Ukraine Putin is on the side of democracy and the EU and US are on the side of what exactly? Revanchist Ukrainian nazis?

And today some armed groups has seized control of some government buildings in the Crimea and raised the Russian flag. Are these good guys or bad guys. How do they differ from the mob in Kiev?

NNoN said...

You may think what you want about the Ukraine, but the fact remains:
Putin is a corrupt dictator.