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Monday, April 23, 2007

Putin on Yeltsin

The FT reports
Vladimir Putin, Russian president, on Monday night hailed Boris Yeltsin as the father of a democratic Russia. “A man has died thanks to whom a whole new era began. A new democratic Russia was born: a free state open to the world, and a state in which power really does belong to the people,” Mr Putin said.
Well, what can he say. But why does he praise the democracy he is trying to defeat by his state capitalism? Why does he praise the freedom he does try to limit with his nationalist revolution?

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