'Intolerable' Putin

First published in Letters

CARMEL Townsend seemingly wants us to believe that the Russian state machine is, since the demise of communism, the vanguard of the free world and the freedom of the media, and that which we in the West seem to lack.

Politicians from all systems East and West tell lies, and under communism, provided they followed the party line, the state machine ensured any dissension was dealt with, often with death.

It seems that following the murder of Alexander Litvinenko, the Russian political machine is just as intolerant of dissent as their former Soviet counterparts.

I cannot remember the last time that a dissident voice opposing the West was murdered, although I am sure that the US would like to get hold of Edward Snowden and put him on trial for treason.

Propaganda from either side of the divide is rife, but at least In the West the truth is easier to establish, given the freedom of the press, but Putin was once a senior member of the KGB, an infamous Soviet murdering machine and leopards cannot change their spots.

A Bond, Tramway Close, Cwmbran

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5:15pm Wed 6 Aug 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

"CARMEL Townsend seemingly wants us to believe that the Russian state machine is, since the demise of communism, the vanguard of the free world and the freedom of the media, and that which we in the West seem to lack."

Considering the anti-LGBTQ laws that the Putin regime has in place and the state-sponsored encouragement of persecution and attacks upon LGBTQ people today's Russia certainly isn't a free country. As regards freedom of expression, Carmel might do well to remember how punk band **** Riot were imprisoned by Putin for their critique of the government and the sexist Orthodox Church that are behind it. Putin's terror state has a track record of imprisoning or even murdering anyone who disagrees with its beliefs or is even seen as not fitting in with its idea of 'decency'. Make no mistake, under Putin and the Russian Orthodox Church, Russia in 2014 is a vicious oppressive patriarchist, sexist, mysognistic, homophobic and transphobic place to be - despite the illusion that it may feel fine if you happen to be a heterosexist and gender normative cisgender female or male whom the regime has no intention of bothering providing they're not of the type that think for themselves.
"CARMEL Townsend seemingly wants us to believe that the Russian state machine is, since the demise of communism, the vanguard of the free world and the freedom of the media, and that which we in the West seem to lack." Considering the anti-LGBTQ laws that the Putin regime has in place and the state-sponsored encouragement of persecution and attacks upon LGBTQ people today's Russia certainly isn't a free country. As regards freedom of expression, Carmel might do well to remember how punk band **** Riot were imprisoned by Putin for their critique of the government and the sexist Orthodox Church that are behind it. Putin's terror state has a track record of imprisoning or even murdering anyone who disagrees with its beliefs or is even seen as not fitting in with its idea of 'decency'. Make no mistake, under Putin and the Russian Orthodox Church, Russia in 2014 is a vicious oppressive patriarchist, sexist, mysognistic, homophobic and transphobic place to be - despite the illusion that it may feel fine if you happen to be a heterosexist and gender normative cisgender female or male whom the regime has no intention of bothering providing they're not of the type that think for themselves. Katie Re-Registered
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