Is Putin the Bully Leading Russia Into Fascism?
By Michael Binyon
There is a nasty smell of Weimar in Russia nowadays. All the talk is of Russia's need to reassert itself and show the world it is still a great power. On the streets, skinheads and racists beat up foreigners and attack dark-skinned Caucasians. Gays are attacked, liberals jeered and opposition protests forcibly disbanded. At home there is growing intolerance of anything except the government line, while abroad President Putin picks quarrels with his neighbours and threatens his erstwhile Western allies. (London Times)
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