Skip to comments.Powell Concerned by Putin Political Changes
Posted on 09/14/2004 1:20:40 PM PDT by SamFisher
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Secretary of State Colin Powell (news - web sites) said on Tuesday he had concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin (news - web sites)'s sweeping political changes.
"In effect this is pulling back (on) some of the democratic reforms, as seen by the international community, that have occurred in the past," Powell told Reuters in an interview.
Putin ordered sweeping changes to Russia's political system on Monday to help combat terrorism but drew quick accusations of exploiting this month's bloody school siege in Beslan to increase his power.
The Kremlin leader told top Russian officials he wanted a new election law to limit the number of political parties and to have full control over nominating regional leaders.
"We understand the need to fight against terrorism ... but in an attempt to go after terrorists I think one has to strike a proper balance to make sure that you don't move in a direction that takes you away from the democratic reforms or the democratic process," Powell said, adding Washington would raise the issue with Moscow "in the days ahead."
Yeah...not good news.
Kinda makes you wonder how many other members of the Bush Administration are concerned about this.
It sounds to me like Putin wants to consolidate his personal power and return the Russian Federation to the status of the former USSR.
It also appears to me that there is real hostility expressed toward the US and NATO.
I have NO trust for Putin.
I read on another forum that as the school terrorist situation unfolded, some of Putin's trusted advisors initially suspected CIA involvement. That is sick.
Ask yourself...who has benefited the most from Beslan?
Thanks for the article.
I can't remember the exact quote, but during his speech after the Beslan attack he spoke about Russia's current weaknesses and said that terrorist attacks did not occur in Russia before the fall of the Soviet Union because of the strength of the "Soviet empire".
I think Colin Powell's concern is valid and I hope that we are keeping a close eye on what is going on in Russia.
Yea, the good ole days of the USSR, when one stood in line for hours in the snow, to get their ration of government issued toilet paper. Those were the days.
Once a KGB slime, always a KGB slime.
"Once a KGB slime, always a KGB slime."
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