Sunday, July 16, 2006

A signal of approval to dictators the world

Western governments are endorsing a death of political freedoms under President Vladimir Putin and sending a signal of approval to dictators the world over by accepting Russia as the leader of the Group of Eight this year, said former presidential adviser Andrei Illarionov, a self-declared fan of libertarian writer Ayn Rand.

"Russia is a member of a totally different club compared to the G7 countries," Illarionov said. By attending the G8 summit this July in St. Petersburg, Western leaders will be giving a strong stamp of approval to policies that include "the nationalization of private property, destruction of the rule of law, violation of human rights and liquidation of democracy," he said.

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