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US Senator McCain Attacks Putin in Russian Website Op-ed

US Senator John McCain (file photo).
US Senator John McCain (file photo).
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U.S. Senator John McCain on Thursday accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of allying himself with tyrants and ruling through violence and repression, in a scathing retort to a New York Times editorial by Putin earlier this month.
 
In an editorial published on news website Pravda.ru, McCain criticized the Russian leader's policies at home and in Syria, where Putin has repeatedly protected President Bashar al-Assad.
 
“[Putin] is not enhancing Russia's global reputation. He is destroying it. He has made her a friend to tyrants and an enemy to the oppressed, and untrusted by nations that seek to build a safer, more peaceful and prosperous world,” wrote the senior senator from Arizona, who is also a leading Republican voice on military affairs.
 
Pravda.ru considers itself a successor to the Soviet-era Communist Party newspaper but is not connected to it. Like the newspaper, which still exists, it has a limited readership.
 
U.S.-Russia ties are at one of their lowest points since the Cold War as tensions over human rights and the fate of fugitive ex-U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, to whom Russia awarded asylum, have added to tensions over the Syrian conflict.
 
Putin's op-ed article took issue with U.S. President Barack Obama's claims of “American exceptionalism” and said a military strike against Assad could escalate the conflict that has already killed more than 100,000 people.
 
Russia has blocked three consecutive U.N. resolutions aimed at pressuring Assad to end violence and has held talks on a plan enabling the Syrian leader to give up his chemical weapons to avoid possible U.S. military strikes.
 
McCain, who is known in Russia as one of the Kremlin's harshest critics, warned Putin in 2011 that “the Arab Spring is coming to a neighborhood near you” when fraud allegations triggered mass street protests after a parliamentary election.
 
The senator has been critical of Putin's domestic policies, including Moscow's response to the protest movement that has all but died out after Russia's parliament passed laws that critics say are intended to clamp down on dissent.
 
“President Putin and his associates... don't respect your dignity or accept your authority over them. They punish dissent and imprison opponents. They rig your elections. They control your media,” McCain wrote.
 
After Russia gave asylum to Snowden, who is wanted by U.S. authorities, McCain said Washington should complete missile-defense programs in Europe and expand NATO to include Russian neighbor Georgia - both endeavors that are anathema to Moscow.
 
McCain also made reference to dead whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky, who died in pre-trial detention after accusing officials of a $230-million fraud and suggested his support for Pussy Riot, a protest punk band, two members of which are currently behind bars for a protest against Putin in a Moscow cathedral.

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by: Gennady from: Russia, Volga Region
September 19, 2013 12:34 PM
Personally, I liked and agreed the opinion that US Senator McCain gave in response to Mr.Putin’s editorial in The New York Times newspaper for it showed that McCain’s has been well informed on what was going on in Russia ruled by Mr.Putin. Strictly speaking, McCain doesn’t directly answer to Putin’s attacks of the US’s way of applying international law. He chose by multiple examples to llustrate that Mr. Putin should START FROM HIMSELF first if he wanted to teach the world to follow the law with NO credibility and MORAL RIGHT to give a sermon. A) When and where did the KGB with Mr.Putin in its ranks observe laws in all its history stretching all over XX century? KGB’s successor, the FSB, follows the tradition. B) Where can anybody see laws practiced in lawless contemporary Russia with courts of law passing 99% guilty verdicts and serving as tools to silence anybody speaking their mind? What kind of international law is observed in Russia’s Chechnya?

C) What kind of law is observed in Russia where its President has got his unprecedented third term in office (against the Constitution) after rigged and disputed election, where the Parliament of Russia is elected in widely rigged election? D) What kind of law is observed in Russia where dozens of articles of the Constitution are indefinitely suspended and basic human rights aren’t observed? E) What kind of law is observed in Russia with multibillion $ corruption out of control? F) What kind of law is observed in Russia with dozens upon dozens unsolved murders of outspoken journalists?

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