Putin appears to attack “democratic ideology”

Thursday, 26th April 2007 at 13:06 UTC Leave a comment

Just a brief note in the middle of much of life’s chaos, as I just spotted that Putin has used his annual national address to speak plainly against those who he sees as putting democracy before economic stability: “Not everyone likes the stable, gradual rise of our country,” he said. “There are some who are using the democratic ideology to interfere in our internal affairs.” (Quoted on BBC News).

Does anyone else hear the potent mix of double speak and an attack on what it truly means to be a democracy?  The rise of exactly what?  Organised crime and corruption? It appears he feels threatened by those seeking wider democracy within the country.  I guess its rare we see the power-crazed speaking so candidly.

Entry filed under: democracy, Politics, Russia.

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