Vladimir Putin's goal is to destroy Russian civil society

The Guardian publishes an opinion editorial by Lyudmila Alexeeva, chairwoman of the Moscow Helsinki Group, writing that the Kremlin has decided to destroy Russia’s civil society for daring to raise its head in protest against government repression and to demand fair elections and respect for the constitution. The article contends that it is precisely to destroy civil society – and primarily the human rights groups that form its backbone – that a series of repressive laws were adopted in 2012 by Russia's State Duma, elected fraudulently and obedient to President Vladimir Putin. It is absolutely clear that Mr Putin's goal, as he begins his third term in office, is to destroy all independent civic activity. It is clear he fears that otherwise he will not succeed in retaining his office, let alone strengthening his authoritarian regime.

Friday, May 24, 2013