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  • DDD
    Trying to be the same kind of church it was under the Tsar. They ve got a problem with that???? These activists, though they appear to be attacking Putin
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      "Trying to be the same kind of church it was under the Tsar." They've got a problem with that????

      These "activists, though they appear to be attacking Putin (and I am not defending him), are also the same kind of people, no doubt, who had a problem with the last Tsar-Martyr and will fight against another Orthodox Tsar', in the name of "democracy." You watch what they do, if a Tsar appears on the scene.

      --Dimitra


      Subject: Activists cite poor record on rights

      The Washington Times
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      Activists cite poor record on rights
      By Stephanie Dornschneider
      THE WASHINGTON TIMES
      Published June 9, 2004

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      Russian activists are warning of a deterioration in human rights
      under President Vladimir Putin, who arrived in the United States
      yesterday for the Group of Eight summit in Sea Island, Ga.
      Despite recent democratic reforms, there remained strong efforts
      by the government to destroy isolated islands of democracy in Russia,
      the activists told the Helsinki Commission, a U.S. agency composed of
      members of Congress and the executive branch.
      "We do not see any active liberal political parties in Russia,"
      Arseni Roginsky, chairman of the International Memorial Society, said
      Monday. "The government was created by presidential forces and has
      become even more conservative."
      Mr. Roginsky added that fundamental human rights such as freedom
      of speech are limited by Russian authorities, that the Russian
      parliament was fully under the control of the ruling elite, and that
      independent businesses are attacked as soon as they tried to develop
      a social position of their own.
      Alexei Simonov, the head of the Glasnost Defense Foundation,
      criticized Russian media. He said that the number of reformist
      Russian outlets is very small.
      "We have glasnost, but its field is growing smaller and smaller,"
      he said, in a reference to the Russian word for "openness" and, more
      specifically, to political reforms instituted under former Soviet
      leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
      The reformist press in Russia consists of just 50 newspapers, all
      with circulations of no more than 5,000, and four magazines with
      circulations of up to 1,500.
      Mara Polyakova, the director of the Independent Council for Legal
      Expertise, said that new democratic laws are being passed in Russia,
      but that there are no mechanisms to implement them.
      Russian judges, for example, are supposed to be independent, but
      remain subject to appointment by the executive branch, she said.
      Ludmilla Alexeeva, the president of the International Helsinki
      Federation for Human Rights, said various religious groups in Russia
      are under pressure.
      "The Russian Orthodox Church seems to be trying to be the same
      kind of church it used to be under the czars," she said.
      The Russian Orthodox Church claims to represent 85 percent to 99
      percent of the population.
      But, Mrs. Alexeeva said, only 2 percent of the population
      actively practices the religion.
      The four advocates said they would continue seeking solutions and
      publicly speaking about their concerns.
      Mr. Roginsky said there is a "double approach" by the United
      States toward Russia at a time of threats by terrorists: First,
      Russia is a "loyal partner in the struggle against terrorism," and
      only secondarily, there is "something that isn't quite right with
      democracy" there.



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