Skip to comments.Vaclav Havel: Russia is ruled by KGB spies and mobsters
Posted on 03/19/2008 9:03:12 AM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
Prague - Russia in the era of outgoing President Vladimir Putin is a new-style dictatorship ruled by KGB spies and mobsters, former Czech president Vaclav Havel said in a Wednesday interview with Lidove Noviny daily. "The era of president Putin brought a new type of dictatorship, dangerous in its inconspicuous fashion," said the Soviet-era dissident playwright turned Czech Republic's long-time post-communist president.
The Putin rule has been a combination of "the worse from both communism and capitalism," Havel said. "A grouping, simply said, of KGBs and mafiosi has ascended to power."
He said that Russia seems to have a difficulty to grasp that once lost territories are no longer under her control and now acts as if not knowing "where it begins and where it ends."
"Why are Russians so opposed to that radar dome in Brdy?" Havel said referring to a controversial US plan to place a radar site for its missile defence system in the Brdy military zone in the central Czech Republic.
"Of course they do not mind the dome. But they mind that it should be here, thus in a space whose security should be decided by them," he said.
The United States is in talks with the Czech Republic and Poland on placing missile-shield facilities on their soil, a plan that has infuriated Russia which sees the US system as a threat. Washington has so far failed to ease Moscow's concerns.
I liked what McCain said about Putin. “When I look into his eyes, I see the KGB”.
Another reason to admire the great Vaclav. I hope this gives Putin heartburn when he read’s these remarks.
Yeah I still don’t know what the hell Bush was talking about.
I like the McCain remark. I agree with him.
This is news?
IIRC, Bush said something along the line of looking into Putins eyes and trusting him??? Someone refresh my memory please....
Jorge probably thought Vlad was a fellow frat boy.
Bush was quite the schmoozer during his first campaign and first year in office. He was schmoozing Putin and I seem to remember that he was a \\\”uniter, not a divider\\\” and was going to \\\”reach across the isle\\\” to the RATs to get things done. Well, all he did was piss off the Conservatives and get his hand bitten off by the RATs. That is why I just laugh when Obamalamadingdong gives us the same uniter/divider rhetoric and his supporters are falling for it hook, line, and sinker.
Russia in the era of outgoing President Vladimir Putin is a new-style dictatorship ruled by KGB spies and mobsters, former Czech president Vaclav Havel said in a Wednesday interview with Lidove Noviny daily. ==
Oh God Putin will be very dissapointed by Havel remark?:)) Russian proveb says: “Dogs bark but the train keep going”.