July 16th, 2012


Putin's fears

Everything is going according to plan. Putin's ruling party United Russia is passing new interesting bills just in time, and the "right" bills, at that. By "right" bills I mean ones that would allow Kremlin to turn them into weapon for curbing civil rights and freedoms even further than their current dismal condition. And just in time, because the regime is preparing for a new wave of protests, come fall.


So what is all this about? In short: the new measures will limit the freedom of assembly. The old regulations on libel are also to be reinstated; new levels of censorship on the Internet will be legitimized; a select group of NGOs will be labeled as "foreign agents", therefore enemies of the state. Etc, etc.


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