Putin’s ‘Ceausescu moment’? Maybe not, but …… – NED

National Endowment for Democracy LogoDemocracy Digest from the National Endowment for Democracy (NED): Russian premier Vladimir Putin today disparaged his critics as pawns of the United States in his first public reaction to the growing protest movement, but the resignation of two leading Kremlin officials suggests that the regime has been rattled by the recent upsurge in protests. Putin hinted at token reforms to address corruption – even hinting that he may release former Yukos executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky – but took a largely uncompromising and notably nationalist tone during a marathon phone-in TV program

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