Thursday, November 8, 2007

Dissent and satire still alive in Russia

MOSCOW: In glossy packaging, sly observations

While the biggest puzzle over Russia's parliamentary elections in December may be simply the size of President Vladimir Putin's majority, dissent is by no means dead.

Even in Putin's Russia, glossy magazines, Moscow clubs, scattered television programs and the radio station Ekho Moskvy provide sometimes surprising outlets for contrary opinion, well-targeted satire and plain speaking of truth.

What's the surprise here? As long as somebody's in power, they will be ridiculed. There is no such thing as a perfect politician.

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