The election of Dimitry Medvedev last year raised hopes that a man whose background was in law rather than in the KGB might usher in a new era of respect for law and order. Instead, he has given lip service to the institution of democratic procedures and allow the Putin approach to authoritarian democracy to continue as the mode of government in Russia. Medvedev told human rights campaigners he was receptive to the idea of setting aside a small area in central Moscow that might serve as a Russian model of the famous British Hyde Park. “It looks cool,” he said of a proposed Speakers’ Corner. ” I need to speak with Russian authorities and build our very own Hyde Park.”
I hate to tell President Medvedev this minor point, but he IS Russian authority. Just look in the mirror and say OK.