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Archive for January 30th, 2011

Are There Lessons to Be Learned for Russia From Tunisia?

Posted by Info on 30/01/2011

In Tunisia President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, in power for 23 years, fled from the first popular uprising in an Arab country. They have also sparked debate and speculation in Russia on whether there could be lessons from Tunisia for Russia’s ruling tandem and the Russian opposition. Is the level of social and political discontent in Russia so high as to provoke an uprising?

Most observers in Moscow have focused on the factors that fueled the upheaval in Tunisia, which could be found in today’s Russia: widespread popular revulsion at the regime’s corruption; resentment at restrictions on political freedoms – media censorship and manipulated elections; large disparities in income levels; the narrowing of the ruling elite’s social foundations and widening fissures in the elite; the incompetence and brutality of the police, as well as the government’s mistakes, such as focusing too much on perceived but false threats (Islamic extremists in Tunisia, the radical liberals in Russia).

It is also interesting that the upheaval in distant Tunisia has been seized upon by members of president Medvedev’s inner circle to intensify their campaign against Putin’s return to the presidency in 2012.….

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Russian Leaders Use International Summits To Proclaim Common Interest In Fighting Terrorism But At Home Drum Up Anti-Western Propaganda

Posted by Info on 30/01/2011

Effectively a police state where business and politics are concerned, Russia has increasingly fallen victim to terrorist attacks by militant Muslims from the country’s secessionist provinces in the southern region of Caucasus. Moscow in particular has been subjected to at least one deadly terrorist act a year in recent years.

Even Russian President Dmitry Medvedev admitted security lapses at the Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, where 35 people were killed and more than 100 were injured, which is the nation’s busiest and its most notoriously disorganized. Medvedev said that the security at the airport was in a state of anarchy.

Much has been written about the corrupt nature of the Putin-Medvedev regime, which is good at suppressing dissent but fails miserably at providing security to its largely docile population.

What’s seldom mentioned is that the Kremlin has used the public outcry in the aftermaths of such terrorist acts to scapegoat its favorite adversaries — the United States and its Western allies — which the Kremlin blames for Russia’s poverty.

The Kremlin ideologues then use the poverty argument to explain the country’s systemic corruption that allows terrorists to move around, plan, and implement their attacks, often with impunity….

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