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To: svni
That gassing was the stupidest thing I have ever seen. It was not handled properly and you have every right to feel as you do.

Putin's government has made many mistakes, too numerous to count. I do not view him as good for Russia and under a democratic system you can and you must do better.

But, having said that, I can not believe that Putin staged any act that took innocent lives. It just would not make sense, although he surely might benefit from such a act.

As of this time, I have seen no proof of this, and your claim is not new. I am sure you believe it, but I just don't see how Putin could have done this.

But, I will try to keep a open mind and I promise to look back into it to see if I missed anything that might sway my opinion.

Currently, in America, Bush is being blamed for events like hurricanes, storms, voter intimidation, many deaths and of course a war for oil.

All of it is said to be provable and true by all kinds of people. But we know this all to be false and we are expecting even more of it before the election.

I do not know Putin personally but I must be skeptical of claims like this.

I would begin planning for the next election and find some good an honest candidates that can receive national support, and you should continue to be what we call the loyal opposition as you continue to criticize the Putin government. But I do not think you will ever make these charges stick. I would find a better way to say "we need some changes at the top"!

Good luck to you! My grandfather came from someplace in Russia, and my grandmother was from Yugoslavia. I am always interested in the news from your part of the world.

25 posted on 10/23/2004 2:08:10 PM PDT by Cold Heat (
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To: Cold Heat
Well, I am glad that you do not subscribe to stereotypes!

It is interesting, that so many in Europe and US like a "Bush is a fool" stereotype, but have no problem with a "Putin did everything right" stereotype. Well, to be serious, I'm also against these stereotypes. I don't think that you'll take my side in my struggle with Russia. I am trying to break a stereotype. Additionally, now I am in the US and write in my letters home about my impressions, many say that it helps them break their stereotype ;-)

That Putin will not do as Lukashchenko in Belorussia remains to be seen. Many believe that he will claim the right of a third term, because the constitution has been altered during his first term. Also it could be a referendum to allow third and fourth terms, which of course will have 90% election support. They have no electoral college, so large cities like Peterburg and Moscow rule the entire nation.

26 posted on 10/23/2004 2:39:00 PM PDT by svni
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