Putin’s Regime, from Despotic to Kafkaesque FA
Rahvusvahelised uudised 17 Aug 2011  EWR
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Vladimir Kara Murza

When Vladimir Putin’s government set out to mute public criticism, its censorship primarily targeted large television networks: NTV, TV-6, TVS were successively shut down or seized by the state. The squeezing of influential newspapers soon followed. Today, it seems, even talking to people on the streets or in their homes has become a censored activity.

Earlier this week, Russia’s opposition leader and former deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov was arrested twice by St. Petersburg police on charges of “illegal agitation,” which consisted of campaigning against the incumbent St. Petersburg governor, Valentina Matviyenko, in Sunday’s municipal election....

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