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  •  The NGO thing is crazy, (2+ / 0-)
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    and it's been a major tool for stifling dissent.  e.g. currently Russia has no (as in, zero) independent organizations for monitoring elections.  One local NGO got an international grant to start up a local monitoring group, and its chair was locked up and her materials confiscated on the grounds of her being a foreign agent.  

    I can understand why a country locked so long into a KGB worldview would be extra suspicious of anything coming in from the outside, but this is paranoia on steroids.

    Or probably not paranoia: it's deliberate.

    Saint, n. A dead sinner revised and edited. - Ambrose Bierce

    by pico on Tue Aug 13, 2013 at 12:02:16 PM PDT

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    •  It's another manifestation of the belief that (1+ / 0-)
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      everything from the world outside Russia, specifically the West, is suspect and degenerate. It's also a convenient and practical tool to keep out Western influence.  Russia carries a sense of having been victimized by losing the Cold War.  The 2008 global economic meltdown is a confirmation of the malevolence of the US and an opportunity for Schadenfreude, too.  The elderly woman who appeared at the end of the video, Lyudmila Alexeyeva, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize this year and there's a question about whether she can receive the $1 million award without an accusation of being a foreign agent.  

       

      There is no existence without doubt.

      by Mark Lippman on Wed Aug 14, 2013 at 12:11:36 AM PDT

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