Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Vaclav Havel : “It’s time to stop treating Russia as a ‘handicapped person,’”

Posted by Info on 11/11/2009

” The Kremlin Can’t Have It Both Ways” . Former Czech President Vaclav Havel said recently, responding to suggestions that Russia cannot be expected to reach democracy anytime soon. He urged that Russia be treated as a “partner country like any other,” applying the same standards to Russia as we do “to Burma, Brazil, the Czech Republic or any other country.”

One of the greatest barriers to establishing a safe environment for journalists is the collective shrug with which the Russian public has responded to the murders. Most Russians get their news from state-sanctioned media and are simply unaware of the problem. The Kremlin virtually controls the top television channels. Only Internet outlets and a handful of brave but low-circulation publications carry a range of opinions.

But the evil is getting too big not to see, and too loud not to hear. Russia is now the third deadliest country in the world for journalists. more here

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