MOSCOW, September 19 (RIA Novosti) – US Senator John McCain, well-known for his vociferous criticism of the Russian leadership, has slammed Russian President Vladimir Putin and his regime for corruption, repression and bigotry in an op-ed published on a Russian news website, Pravda.ru, in response to Putin’s piece in a US newspaper last week.
In an article titled “Russians deserve better than Putin,” McCain, who says he is not anti-Russian but “more pro-Russian than the regime that misrules you today,” criticizes Putin and his associates for disrespecting human dignity, punishing dissent, rigging elections, controlling media and perpetuating their power by fostering rampant corruption.
He condemns Putin for the death of whistle-blower Sergei Magnitsky and for destroying Russia’s economy and global reputation by allying it with “some of the world's most offensive and threatening tyrannies,” and supporting a Syrian regime “that is murdering tens of thousands of its own people to remain in power and by blocking the United Nations from even condemning its atrocities.”
President Putin rules “by corruption, repression and violence. He rules for himself, not you,” McCain wrote in his piece submitted to Pravda.ru following an invitation prompted by his interview with CNN last Thursday in which the senior Republican senator slammed Putin’s op-ed in The New York Times criticizing Washington’s push for military action in Syria.
McCain, who had earlier called Putin’s piece “an insult to the intelligence of every American,” joked “I would love to have a commentary in Pravda.” The original Pravda was the official newspaper of the Soviet Union, but closed down after the breakup of that state. Both Pravda.ru and a new print publication called Pravda claim to be the legitimate heirs to the original publication.
“We have to remember who Putin is. He's a KGB colonel apparatchik, who has never abandoned the Russian ambitions for an empire and influence in the world," McCain said on Jake Tapper’s show on CNN, "The Lead."
Putin has not yet read McCain’s piece, which was published in both Russian and English, but he definitely will, presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, adding, however, that he is unlikely to respond.
“McCain is well-known for not being a fan of Putin,” Peskov said in an interview with Russkaya Sluzhba Novostei radio. “Entering into polemics is unlikely: It’s the opinion of a person who lives across the ocean.”
“As for what the Russians deserve, they are able to answer that question themselves, and they do just that when they go to the polls. I don’t think the opinion of anyone across the ocean will play a role in the Russian people expressing their political preferences,” Peskov said.
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- gunshipdemocracyChickenHawk McCain in Vietnam was killing civilians and using agent orange16:00, 19/09/2013he dreams that US is Über empire and he is Übermensch. If you accuse Putin maybe first tell how many civilians did you kill with napalm and chemical weapons in Vietnam?
- moistWhat did Putin said about...16:02, 19/09/2013...McCain again? "he spent the Vietnam war as a POW kept in a pit, anyone would go nuts after that"...
Vladimir Putin is more popular beyond the 1% in the USA than Barrack Obombah. Go figure...
- Mikhail1228A Retard!16:08, 19/09/2013I am an American and I think McCain is an imbecile and a retard!
- vladirusTime to retire McCain17:56, 19/09/2013I've been thinking better about 'Pravda',to give a spot for 'USA aged politburo member'? Obama could be ф better choice. It looks like Pravda couldn't get rid of its old 'commie traditions', but the older is not always means the wiser. Sorry, too much fast food and GMO! McCain wasn't able to count his houses when he run for president, but it was 6 years ago.
McCain, don't wait until you'll reach 80,it's time. We don't need 'Brezhnev' or another Mubarak here- don't forget to take with you other 'aged politburo members' like Carl Levin and etc, fallow the Joe the 'Lieberman'
Good Russian saying: Собака лает, Караван идет!
Доброго Пути Россия,ВВП Удачи!
- bielecLook in the mirror, Yankee!18:23, 19/09/2013Literally, every single accusation put forward by McCain in his op-ed can be applied to the United States of America and its government. He is applying this old, familiar tactic of all totalitarian regimes: - deny every accusation by reversing the picture.
McCain being "pro-Russian" is a joke. He is pro-Russian-color-revolution an he hates Putin because Putin is not going to sell Russia to Western banks and investors. So, who is really pro-Russian?
Let's look at some of the other "accusations":
1. Disrespecting human dignity - how about official policy of torture, kidnapping, indefinite imprisonment, political assassinations? How about Abu Gharib and Guantanamo Bay? How about supporting Israel's criminal, apartheid policies in Occupied Palestinian Territories?
2. Rigging elections and controlling media - Maybe in the US the government does not rigg elections and control the media, but they are being rigged and controlled by powerful interest groups who do not represent the best interest of average Americans, who control finances and economy of the country, and who own most of American politicians. There is no democracy in the USA - it is a plutocracy.
3. Perpetuating their power by fostering rampant corruption - just think of government de-regulation, of Wall Street, of privately owned "Federal" reserve bank, the corruption, the speculation, the transfer of public sectors and public funds to private pockets, the outrageous monopolization and price gouging, the pauperisation of the entire society that is being robbed of the fruits of their hard labor everyday. There is no other country in the world that cares less about its own citizens than the United States of America. There is no other country in the world with more politicians who are elected and paid by the public but support and implement policies that are exploiting the public and enriching the elites. There is no other state in the world where Senators support the best interest of a criminal state of Israel more than the best interest of their own country. There is no other country in the world with more imperial agenda than the USA.
4. The death of whistle-blower Sergei Magnitsky - oh c'mon, you cannot be serious. The world remembers CIA death squads in Vietnam and in several South American countries. The world knows about the use of terrorists to circumvent international law, destabilize sovereign countries, achieve regime change, and justify criminal wars of conquest that have nothing to do with democracy and human rights, and everything to do with crude oil, natural gas, and pipelines. If you think that people are stupid, then you are stupid!
5. Destroying Russia’s economy and global reputation by allying it with some of the world's most offensive and threatening tyrannies [and] supporting a Syrian regime that is murdering tens of thousands of its own people to remain in power - Why don't you say something about the tyrannies of your anti-democratic friends in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Qatar? Why don't you tell the Russian people about your creation and friend, Augusto Pinochet, and others like him, their crimes against humanity, and their tyrannies? Or, when it serves American interests, then the worst tyrannies are acceptable for you?
6. Putin rules for himself, not you - this is more complicated. In the US, the President and the politicians do not really rule. They exist to create an impression of democracy. The elites rule, and they rule for themselves, not for the people. McCain did not protest, when American manufacturing and service jobs were off-shored to maximize the profits of the investors. And the President was looking the other way, too. Many people lost their jobs, houses, pensions. Where is the "American Dream" today, McCain? It happened on your watch.
7. Blocking the United Nations from even condemning the alleged atrocities committed by the government of Syria - Again, the record is clear here. Since 1970s, the US and its politicians have been consistently criticizing and blocking any UN resolution condemning crimes against peace, war crimes, crimes against humanity, violations of international law and violations of UN Resolutions committed by its beloved friend and sponsor, the state of Israel.
8. Putin is a KGB colonel apparatchik, who has never abandoned the Russian ambitions for an empire and influence in the world - This is really funny. Every person, who has at least one healthy brain cell left in their scull, can clearly see which country, today, engages in wars and claims to play the role of the world's policeman, in order to achieve domination, implement ambitions for an empire, and maximize influence in the world.
In conclusion, McCain, in his limited and primitive piece, is trying to turn Russian public opinion against the democratically elected government of Russia, instead of debating the situation in Syria, which was a topic of Putin's op-ed in New York Times. He uses old and outdated cliches, and blinded by his hatred, he walks into a trap. All his accusations fit the US more than they fit Russia.
- ValSI agree with you; right on18:45, 19/09/2013You are so right on with what you wrote about the US Politicos. Seems everywhere the US Gov't has gone with their "fight for freedoms" has turned into a big mess. Everywhere the US goes there is a big mess left behind with more shooting with chemical bullets (depleted uranium comes to mind); bombings, maiming and killing of innocent civilians; many of them women and children!
- goldbladderMcCain does not see Russia21:30, 19/09/2013He sees the Soviet Union. His mind is still stuck in the Cold War era.
He should talk to his buddy Rumsfeld about chemical weapons delivered to Saddam Hussain by the USA in 1980s in order to be unleashed in the war against Iranian revolution.
- ValSCrazy McCain18:36, 19/09/2013McCain has got some serious mental issues. Plus he is a hypocrite. He has no business going in and trying to cause discord among the people in another country over their leader. If I were to go in and say things derogatory and negative about another country's leader to the people of that country I could be charged with trying to incite riots! I am an American but am so disgusted with the politicians here going there and everywhere with their finger pointing to alleged problems". Total hypocrisy! The US Politicos need to stay home and take care of the problems in the US; they do not need to be going around making problems elsewhere.
And speak about "“by corruption, repression and violence"..well, check out how many crimes are committed against the juveniles in detention facilities and jails in the US? Rape, sodomy, forced sterilization that has taken place against those deemed, mentally unfit, forced psychiatric drugs without proper tests and without consent...the lists of violations of human rights is too long to mention in the United States! Again, the US Gov't needs to stay in the US to clean up their problems. Not likely to happen unfortunately but; one can wish.
- ValSUS Hypocrites18:50, 19/09/2013Seems everywhere the US Gov't has gone with their "fight for freedoms" there is a big mess left behind with; shooting with chemical bullets (depleted uranium comes to mind), bombings, maiming and killing of innocent civilians; many of them women and children!
So McCain; how many children has he killed and how many does he still condone the killing of?
He needs serious mental help!
- email@example.comRecap from an American in exile08:40, 20/09/2013I live a happy life except for my government. Thanks to Putin for putting it straight--no thanks to MCCain for his insults.
Take heart Russia! Maybe you've helped us out of a mess.
Another developing situation is Iran and whether our turncoat president with his American 'exceptionalism' can stomach talking as equals with its new president, even given the huge benefits at stake for the world. We'll just have to wait to see on that!
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