September 1, 2012

U.S. Needs to Talk to Russia

Rojansky & Gvosdev, New York Times

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The three jailed female members of the punk group Pussy Riot have not only captured the world’s attention, but have also drawn a spotlight on the Russian government’s broader crackdown on political dissent. Over the past year, it has become significantly more difficult and even downright dangerous for Russians to organize or participate in any political activity not sanctioned by the authorities. This is a turn for the worse that surely deserves attention.

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TAGGED: Vladimir Putin, United States, Russia


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