Russian President Vladimir Putin continues to squash freedom, yearning for those good old communist days. This time it is the press and he gives them his template. Portray the United States as an enemy.
MOSCOW, April 21 At their first meeting with journalists since taking over Russia’s largest independent radio news network, the managers had startling news of their own: from now on, they said, at least 50 percent of the reports about Russia must be positive.
In addition, opposition leaders could not be mentioned on the air and the United States was to be portrayed as an enemy, journalists employed by the network, Russian News Service, say they were told by the new managers, who are allies of the Kremlin.
Or has he always been that way?Â Freedom seems to be a concept that is givingÂ Russian President Vladimir Putin some heartburn lately.Â He is beginning to look to me like another Gorbachev.Â That is, as a president who missed an opportunity to lead his country to a freedom inspired and people inspiredÂ sort of government.Â Â He lost his election to the will the people who preferred Boris Yeltsin.
MOSCOW (AP) – Riot police beat and detained protesters as thousands defied an official ban and attempted to stage a rally Saturday against President Vladimir Putin’s government, which opponents accuse of rolling back freedoms Russians have enjoyed since the end of Soviet communism.
Will Vladimir Putin likewise miss a similar opportunity?Â Â Yes, he will follow Gorby’s footsteps and begin to reign in whatever freedomsÂ the Russians have.Â Which would be a huge mistake with bad consequences for the world.
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