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John McCain Tells Russians Putin Doesn't Respect Them

US Senator John McCain has accused Russia's president of corruption, repression and self-serving rule in an opinion piece for a Russian website.

Mr McCain's column for Pravda.ru answers Vladimir Putin's broadside last weekin The New York Times.

In an opinion piece headlined "Russians Deserve Better Than Putin", Mr McCain accuses Mr Putin and his associates of punishing dissent.

"They don't respect your dignity or accept your authority over them," he said.

"They punish dissent and imprison opponents. They rig your elections. They control your media. They harass, threaten and banish organisations that defend your right to self-governance."

Source: Sky News. Read full article. (link)

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  • Jon Lester||

    Let's see how many hearts and minds he wins over with that one.

  • Jeff||

    He's right. As an American I just can't imagine what it's like to have a president who has nothing but contempt for me.

    Oh, wait.

  • ||

    Pretty soon you develop taste for Vodka. Then you not care when they watch. You not care about anything. Vodka good for that.

    Sadly, Russians are quite used to a contemptuous government that cares not a wit about them. Time to dig out my Russian history books so I can develop the right attitude.