Vladimir Putin, the tyrant’s turn


In contrast to the American magazine Foreign Affairs, the British broadcaster BBC is being accused of “pusillanimity” by The Economist.

The case involves the death by polonium poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko, a case British authorities believe to be tied to Ahmed Zakayev, an actor whom British authorities have asked Russia to extradite. Litvinenko, on his death bed, saw the long hand of Russia’s increasingly autocratic government in his poisoning.

External Link: Russia Blog.

2 Responses to Vladimir Putin, the tyrant’s turn

  1. Putin is striving for respect and, as part of this, is now rearming Russia. Its petro-gas income, which shows no sign of abating, is increasingly directed to military expenditure even though the nation’s infrastructure is crumbling and the health system is imploding. Moreover, there are plenty of dollars coming in; with oil now at nearly $75 per barrel it is little wonder they have surplus to speak of, not to mention huge currency reserves.

    In addition, with this comes attitude and boldness – good old fashioned sabre rattling. Russia has Bush back pedalling over missile interceptors in Poland, it’s flying Tu95 “bear” bombers further south than usual (in the spirit of the Cold War it had the RAF scrambling recently), and it recently launched a missile from one of its subs in the White Sea that hit its mark precisely some 4,000 miles way in Russia’s far east. Consider too that in 2001, it had a defense budget of fewer than 150 billion roubles, now it has increased six fold to over 850 billion. So what is to come?

    We can speculate endlessly, but with Putin outwardly pointing Russia on an increasingly nationalist course coupled with significant military spending we can only be suspicious.

  2. Ivan says:

    “””….polonium poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko, a case British authorities believe to be tied to Ahmed Zakayev, an actor whom British authorities have asked Russia to extradite.””””
    Why don’t you study the case better?
    It is THE OTHER WAY AROUND. The British gave Ahmed Zakayev the political asylum while Russia demanded they extradite the thug and the murderer of innocent people, including two Russian priests.
    You, guys, scream about the Muslims extremism if it happens on your soil. But if it is Russia they quickly become the “freedom fighters”. Disgusting!

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