Russia’s Allies Should Not Help Vladimir Putin
Allowing the regime of Vladimir Putin to fall would help not only the Russian people but also the world’s poisoned economic climate, writes Garry Kasparov, chairman of the opposition group United Civil Front and co-leader of the pro-democracy coalition The Other Russia, in an op-ed piece in BusinessWeek. The myth of a strong economy under Putin has crumbled. The charade is over.
By rejecting Putin’s agenda, the world can send a clear signal to Russia’s elites not to bet on the old regime. That would improve the chances for a peaceful transition. “We must rely on the moral values that have ensured the progress of our civilization,” Putin said in Davos. I could not agree more. The downfall of a regime that has trampled on those values for a decade is an excellent place to begin.