Liberal International, 19.02.2015
Ahead of opposition rallies organised by Russia’s liberals, Yabloko, to protest President Putin’s meddling in Ukraine, party’s Political Committee has charged Russia’s present regime with “national-imperial neo-Bolshevism.”
President Putin is absorbed by an “absurd mythologized view of the past and unrealistic vision of the future”, said Yabloko co-founder and LI Prize for Freedom laureate, Dr. Grigory Yavlinsky
in a statement
condemning Putin’s foreign policy ambitions.In one his most critical commentaries since the crisis in Crimea began, Dr. Yavlinksy, a trained economist, continued: “The annexation of Crimea and brutal (armed) intervention into the affairs of Ukraine are the roots of the deepening economic crisis and sharp deterioration in the well-being of Russian citizens. Aggressive foreign policies, deepening economic crises and rising pseudo-patriotic hysteria in domestic policies lead to the transfer of the present regime of peripheral authoritarianism to the national-imperial neo-Bolshevism.”
Expressing cautious optimism about the implications of the recently concluded Minsk II peace agreement, the party’s Political Committee suggested that the agreement will only be sustained in the long-term if Russia’s foreign policies are fundamentally changed.
LI Vice-President on the Bureau, Baroness Kishwer Falkner, recently addressed the House of Lords in the Parliament of the United Kingdom calling for a wider internationalist approach should peace talks between Russia and Ukraine fail.
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