Vigorous fight needed to match mounting power

By Freedom Newspapers The worst of it was that the murder was so blatant. Anna Politkovskaya, 48, a special correspondent for the Novaya Gazeta newspaper, has ruffled the feathers of Russian authorities for a decade, particularly with her unrelenting reporting of Russia’s “dirty war” in Chechnya. The government has been cracking down on independent journalism […]

Terrorist incident used by Putin to grab power

Freedom Newspapers Russian President Vladimir Putin has used the outrageous terrorist killings of school children in Beslan to reach for more power for himself. Unfortunately, it is all too typical for government leaders to use the fear engendered by attacks to reach for even more power. Putin’s power grab is shocking for being more blatant […]

Russian textbooks should provide historical facts

Freedon Newspapers Living with the big lie was a way of life for citizens of the Soviet Union and its satellite empire. And it was the unraveling of just one of those lies — the truth about who murdered thousands of Poles in what became known as the Katyn forest massacre — that’s pinpointed as […]

Russia’s election practices preclude name ‘democracy’

Freedom Newspapers White House officials viewed election results in Russia with mild alarm, murmuring without attribution of a “retreat from democracy.” What the election results demonstrated, however, was that democracy is not enough. Democracy is simply a way of choosing rulers. For people to have a fighting chance of living in a decent society, it […]

Arrest of Russia’s richest man could be election ploy

Freedom Newspapers The arrest of the richest man in Russia, Mikhail B. Khodorkovsky, on charges of embezzlement, fraud and tax evasion, could be a signal of a titanic political struggle over the future course of the country. Khodorkovsky, who was chairman of Yukos Oil, reputed to be Russia’s richest company, has in the past used […]