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Old 10-30-2011, 04:45 PM
dieter dieter is offline
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Default I'm not convinced that Russia is not democratic

Nothing Alexey Sidorenko related in this diavlog strikes me as slam dunk evidence that Russia is not a democratic state.

Let's go through the list:

Established parties using procedural and other means to stiffle the formation of new parties? Seen that before.

An establishment media that ignores certain points of views and issues? Sounds familiar.

Entanglement between big business, big media and the political establishment? Oh, the humanity! I'm shocked, shocked I say.

A complacent public that looks the other way wrt. corruption, as long as their personal economic situation keeps improving? Say it ain't so!

The notion that the US tramples all over the world like an elephant in a porcelain shop to impose it's will? There is no government propaganda necessariy to convey that impression.

Unresolved assassinations in the context of poor police work and the presence of organized crime is certainly the most disturbing of the accussations at hand. But we nevertheless accept Italy and Turkey to be democratic nevertheless.

Now it might be that the cumulative intensity of all of these ills in the Russian case are strong enough to make it undemocratic in total. But then again, all dissident ex-pats claim that their own country of origin is outstandingly deplorable.
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