December 9, 2013

If Putin Wins in Ukraine, Russia Loses

Andrew Wood, The American Interest

The Associated Press

The protesters in Kiev are therefore not fighting just for Ukraine, but for Russia too. If Ukrainians are not allowed to run their own affairs, and to hold their President to account, then chances are much lower that Russians will one day follow suit. Liberty is disruptive, and hard to achieve. But without it, no society can prosper. If the Kremlin can force Kiev into “friendship”, it will reinforce its current authoritarian mindset, but it will not serve Russia’s real national interests.

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TAGGED: Ukraine, Russia, Europe, European Union, Vladimir Putin

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