Medvedev, Hillary and “media bias”

AntiWar.Com
by Justin Raimondo

03/05/08

It is supposedly a sign of creeping totalitarianism that Putin is staying on in the office of the prime minister while his successor officially takes the reins — although we all know who’s really holding them. How is this really all that different from the prospect of having Bill Clinton’s designated heir in the White House, with Bill effectively sharing power with his wife? At least the dynastic element is — so far — entirely missing from Russian politics, while in America, the land of the free, we practically have royal families. We are bombarded on an almost daily basis with anti-Russian, anti-Putin propaganda in the mainstream media, falsely claiming that the ‘independent’ media is being curtailed by the Kremlin...

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A chance to mend relations with Russia

Boston Globe
by Jeffrey Mankoff

03/04/08

The charade of Russia’s presidential elections is now past, and to no one’s surprise, Sunday’s plebiscite ratified the Kremlin’s choice of Dmitry Medvedev to succeed Vladimir Putin. Medvedev’s victory provides an opportunity to turn the page on a difficult chapter in relations between Russia and the United States, and the Bush administration needs to reach out to Medvedev in the early stages of his presidency if it wants to reverse the dangerous downturn in relations with Moscow. After a period of great optimism following Russia’s decision to aid the United States in the war on terror, US-Russian relations have gone into an apparent free fall during Putin’s second term as president. The principal reason for this downturn has to do with the increasingly aggressive tone of Russian diplomacy. Flush with cash from its oil and gas, the Kremlin has increasingly rejected Western leadership and sought to assert itself internationally in ways that have often been damaging to American and Western interests...

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