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Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Secretary of State Colin Powell today expressed concern that Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin may be using a recent escalation of terrorism in his country as an excuse for rolling back Democratic reforms in the former Soviet Union. Following on the heels of the devastating Beslan school siege and simultaneous air disasters, Putin pushed yesterday to concentrate regional power in the Kremlin. Fellow blogger Dave Pell ponders, "It is worth asking if Putin is simply using this moment of uncertainty, fear and anger to push an agenda that has really always been part of his longterm plan?"

Hmmm, using a national tragedy to further one's own political agenda, who would ever do that?

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