April 22, 2014

While We Praise Restraint, Russia Builds Empire

Adam Michnik, The New Republic

The Associated Press

Today the world is watching Ukraine and Russia. And the two countries are going in opposite directions: Ukraine has chosen the European Union, democracy, human rights, and the market economy in a state governed by the rule of law. Putin’s Kremlin is pushing Russia toward the re-creation of an aggressive empire where democracy is a Potemkin village and where violence and lies rule. This is why Putin wants to destroy Ukrainian democracy and the Ukrainian state—so he can rule Ukraine as part of his post-Soviet empire. This is why he seeks to destabilize the country and block the presidential elections in May. The Ukrainian government is reacting to the provocations of Putin’s secret services with admirable composure—a strategy of resistance without violence that demands...

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