Washington Post: Putin Must Not Succeed

by Laurence on 3/23/2005

The Washington Post throws down the gauntlet to Russia in today’s editorial, calling upon America to aid Kyrgyzstan’s “post-Soviet revolt.”

Russia, which has its own military base in the country — is aggressively betting on a strengthened autocracy. Moscow’s observers cynically proclaimed the elections free and fair, and official Russian propaganda is portraying the opposition as quasi-terrorists seeking to stage a coup. Russian President Vladimir Putin would convert Kyrgyzstan into a Kremlin colony that fully embraces his authoritarian model. He should not be allowed to succeed.


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