Thursday, December 13, 2007
Georgia: Doing Things the Putin Way?
"Since the announcement of early elections, the ruling party has introduced a number of social initiatives, including increased pensions, increased salaries for teachers, and one-time vouchers for socially vulnerable groups. These new initiatives were not foreseen in either 2007 budget or 2008 draft budget. ...
"Intimidation has been a significant problem in the regions. Citizens have reported that public officials are announcing that voting will not be confidential and that there will be cameras placed inside voting booths. Citizens have also said that ruling party officials are collecting copies of IDs without offering any explanation for their use. Opposition parties have reported difficulties in opening regional headquarters and public servants that support opposition parties have been threatened with dismissal if they publicly support the opposition."
Sounds pretty similar to the United Russia playbook. And as we can see from the Duma results, it works!
This isn't Nik's quotes, its Transparency International making these conclusions. Complain to them.
And your line about how fair the media is sounds like Nick Petro's flacking about how Russian opposition gets so much tv time prior to elections and lost because they are incompetent.
you can see all news clips and you can see not only how pluralistic und how every political party can articulate its views, but how high is niveau of journalistic. Condi Rice compared russian television with soviet of the end of 1970s. and it is true. Now about Gvosdev, He and Dmitri Simes have very clear political line: Russia may be not democratic, but we must cooperate with it at the cost of the Ukraina, Georgia and other former Soviet Republics. They design situation, where in the world there are very bad guys: Iran, Taliban, Al-Quida usw. So like the cooperation in world war 2 with uncle Joe, its time to cooperate with less worse bad guy Putin. And this cooperation includes that washington let Russia to swallow Georgia, Ukraina and others. Georgia is not democracy, it's not worth to defense, let it fall. He, Simes and Lieven compares Georgia with Russia, Pakistan and others. I can only laugh about it. The good news is nobody listen to them. There is nobody in congress or administation who takes their advice seriosly. And will not be if democrats come to power. Saakashvili and whoever can not undermine pluralistic and democratic spirit in Georgia.
--"You're not naive enough to think we're living in a democracy, are you sport?" Gordon Gecko to Bud Fox, Wall Street