MOSCOW, November 27 (RIA Novosti)
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Russia’s prime minister, Vladimir Putin, has warned Western powers against meddling in Russia’s forthcoming elections after agreeing to stand for president in March 2012.
Addressing a glitzy congress of the ruling United Russia party on Sunday, Putin said any attempts by “foreign states” to influence Russia’s political process would be "futile."
Russia will hold a crucial parliamentary vote next week, followed by presidential elections in March next year.
“Representatives of some foreign states” were paying politically-active NGOs in Russia to “influence the course of the election campaign in our country,” Putin said to a roar of approval and applause.
Such defiant rhetoric has come to dominate Russian political discourse since liberal revolutions in neighboring Ukraine and Georgia in the early 2000s forced pro-Kremlin leaders from power there.
“It would be better if they used this money to pay off their national debt and stop conducting an ineffective and costly foreign policy,” he said in a clear reference to the debt-ridden United States.
"It's a wasted effort, like throwing money to the wind," he added.
Lilia Shibanova, the head of Russia’s main independent observer group Golos, said Putin’s stinging warning reveals his “total misunderstanding” of the current climate in Russia.
“They have cornered themselves by creating the only governing party, by impeding normal political competition and turning the political process into a monopoly,” Shibanova said. “This has nothing to do with monitoring.”
“What they’ll get is even fiercer protests of the liberal opposition,” she added.
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- p2o2rianGolos' mumbo-jumbo22:55, 27/11/2011> Lilia Shibanova, the head of Russia’s main independent observer group Golos, said Putin’s stinging warning reveals his “total misunderstanding” of the current climate in Russia.
1. I wonder who pays Ma'am Lilia Shibanova's salary?
2. How former secret service agent having all the necessary information on his desk can be “total misunderstanding”?
> “What they’ll get is even fiercer protests of the liberal opposition,” she added.
1. Should we common folks read the statement as - "as a result the more money will be flowing to the NGOs from their Western masters financing 'liberal opposition'"?
2. What "liberal opposition" means in Russia? Do they want the times of Yeltsin's "liberal economy" to be back? Or the times the American and Jewish banksters (it's rather synonym) were plundering Russia with impunity and transferring abroad milliards of dollars?
So much for "the main independent observer group Golos".
- rochefortfrancoisLilia Shibanova is another west puppet23:44, 27/11/2011Lilia Shibanova has a better understanding of Russia than Mr. Putin...lol Dear Lilia Shibanova, if there was world polls, Mr Putin would be the first man in history to win them! He is a growing world Icon.
- severnayazemlyaProhibit NGOs. Deport them.03:49, 28/11/2011I agree that all of these tax exempt NGOs should be prohibited. Deport them. Example: Heritage Foundation.
- mrgenieHUH?12:22, 28/11/2011Since when is Mr. Putin not beloved in Russia? Growing opposition? Who?
I Think Ms. Lilia Shibanova has no understanding of Russia and the Russians!
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