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As Obama Stands Silent, Putin Crushes Freedom Online

Moscow zeroes in on another lonely voice of opposition.

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May 13, 2011 - 12:00 am
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When Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya was killed in October 2006, the U.S. was led by a man, George W. Bush, who “looked in Putin’s eye, got a sense of his soul” and pronounced him “trustworthy.”

Today, Obama meets with Putin’s hand-picked puppet “president” Dmitri Medvedev, munches burgers, and offers the unilateral withdrawal of U.S. ballistic missile defense systems from Eastern Europe — as well as a nuclear arms treaty that calls upon only the U.S. to cut ICBMs.

When America sends the message that it will look the other way when Putin strikes, Putin does not waste time in doing so. During the Bush administration there was a whole host of murders of Putin’s political foes. Not once was a killer brought to justice.

If Obama does not speak up soon, the world may well see Navalny’s name added to that list — and an iron curtain descending once again across the continent of Europe.

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