Putin against Totalitarianism and Despotism

On Friday, Putin warned against the dangers of totalitarianism and despotism:

We should not allow the “Ukraine-ization” of political life in Russia but we should on no account slide in the other direction, towards totalitarianism and despotism.

Putin also called for cautious reform of the Russian political system:

We need to bring in necessary amendments but we need to act extremely carefully. Any effective political system needs a healthy level of conservatism. A political system should not wobble like liquid jelly every time it’s touched.

Putin harshly rejected a call for officials to examine complaints on the Internet about vote rigging in the recent regional elections:

On the Internet, 50 percent is porn material. Why should we refer to the Internet?

Putin was speaking at a major meeting chaired by President Dmitry Medvedev and attended by Russia’s political elite. Putin’s stern comments contrasted with a speech by Medvedev, who called for a shake-up of the country’s political system to promote opposition parties, criticising “non-existent” competition in local government. The more tech-savvy Medvedev is also a keen user of the Internet and has a video blog.

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Source AFP.

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