Saturday, January 3, 2009

Lipman op-ed predicts that Russia can get dangerous


Masha Lipman offers a grim editorial on p A13 of the January 3, 2008 Washington Post, “For Russia, a Dark Horizon”, link here. Falling oil prices have hit Russia with outright depression, and despite the superficial political changes of the last election, Putin is entrenching himself with an even more “vertical” authoritarian rule. We’re all familiar with the story of Garry Kasparov. I’d give the link to Kasparov’s “Other Russia” but McCaffe Site Advisor says it has links to red sites.

Russian “nationalism” was sometimes mentioned in the 1990s as the new threat following communism, and the concerns about it receded only because of the much greater concerns over radical Islam.

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