December 16, 2013

Russia vs. Europe

Bill Keller, New York Times

The Associated Press

The world needs Nelson Mandelas. Instead, it gets Vladimir Putins. As the South African hero was being sung to his grave last week, the Russian president was bullying neighboring Ukraine into a new customs union that is starting to look a bit like Soviet Union Lite, and consolidating his control of state-run media by creating a new Kremlin news agency under a nationalistic and homophobic hard-liner.

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TAGGED: Ukraine, Europe, Russia

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