Is Putin Inching Closer to Stalinist Behavior?
Posted by Joshua Price on October 11, 2007
There is a fascinating story in The Washington Times today regarding Russian President Vladimir Putin.
As we all know, Russia, under Putin, has essentially taken several steps back from some of the post-Cold War democratic reforms it had undertaken. It seems like Putin is not done.
As you may recall, earlier this year he announced that he was open to the idea of becoming Prime Minister of Russia. Many Russians see this as another sign of potentially more revocation of liberties in Russia.
Perhaps history is repeating itself, just with different players. Remember the relationship between the former Soviet Union and communist Cuba during the Cold War. Now, we have an increasingly communist Russia developing a cozy relationship with the dictator of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez.
I don’t trust any ex-KGB official, especially Putin. I don’t care if Bush looked into his soul and saw a good man. And with Putin adamantly opposed to our desire to place missile defense systems in Poland and the Czech Republic, I am even more distrustful of him.
This is something that needs to be monitored and we will stay on top of it.