March 25, 2014

Comparing Putin to Hitler Gets You Fired

Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

The Associated Press

Russian President Vladimir Putin's mention of "traitors to the nation" in a momentous speech announcing Crimea's absorption into Russia is beginning to bear fruit. A professor who likened the annexation of the Ukrainian peninsula to Adolf Hitler's 1938 Anschluss of Austria has been fired from one of Moscow's most prestigious universities. He is unlikely to be the last casualty of the Kremlin's new anti-Western, proudly intolerant policy.

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TAGGED: Vladimir Putin, Russia, Censorship, Adolf Hitler


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