Fear and loathing

An article in The Economist argues that the Kremlin is using the law for political ends. The danger in using the law to solve short-term political problems is that it risks creating a precedent. Legal sanctions, even when subjectively applied, can take on a momentum of their own. In the State Duma, members of United Russia worry that their vote to expel Mr Gudkov might lead to a broader purge of Duma representatives who have commercial interests.

Friday, September 21, 2012