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Brzezinski Calls Putin's Rule 'Anachronism'

Zbigniew Brzezinski is a former national security adviser to U.S. President Jimmy Carter.Zbigniew Brzezinski is a former national security adviser to U.S. President Jimmy Carter.
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Zbigniew Brzezinski is a former national security adviser to U.S. President Jimmy Carter.
Zbigniew Brzezinski is a former national security adviser to U.S. President Jimmy Carter.

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By RFE/RL
WASHINGTON -- Zbigniew Brzezinski, a former U.S. national security adviser and longtime advocate of human rights in Eastern Europe, says Russian President Vladimir Putin's rule "may in fact already be a form of anachronism."

Speaking on May 23 at Washington's Woodrow Wilson Center, the Polish-born Brzezinski suggested Putinism marked "an idea and style of leadership associated with the past, not particularly relevant either to global conditions or to the specifics of Russia's own condition."

He said the emergence of an empowered middle class in Russia meant that "Putin's influence on the future course of Russia will perhaps not be quite as great as it would appear today."

"For the first time in Russian political history, the element of individual fear is gone," Brzezinski said of the civic and political organization that has reverberated through Russia since highly criticized State Duma elections in December.

Putin was inaugurated to a third term as Russian president earlier this month, following an election in March, amid widespread public protest against his domination of national politics.
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by: Anonymous
May 24, 2012 10:18
I'm not sure whether Brzezinski, someone who both inspired and supported the Mujaheddin logistically and ideologically (radical islamism and fundamentalism, included) - well, against the Soviet Union, of course not against NATO - is the perfect adviser to talk about anachronism...
yet, no doubt, in Russia, "Putinism" is undoubtedly controversial...a contentious dimension...
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by: Anonymous from: USA
May 24, 2012 22:11
Yeah, the US supported lots of bad people---during the Cold War---all in the name of stopping the spread of Communism. That was long time ago, in the 20th century. Let's not forget that the Soviets invaded Afghanistan because they wanted a warm-water port on the Indian Ocean and another vassal state to abuse---nothing to do with the world's worst terrorist attack.

by: Dan from: USA
May 25, 2012 01:32
Interest comment from one the leading imperialist idealagous of the US empire.. The only reason there is a middle class in Russia is because if Putin's policies after the failed Yelstin years and yet those are the people Zbig thinks can be mainuplated to turn against Putin.

by: Batanage
May 26, 2012 01:50

Look who is Talking now, Brezenski the hypocrite.

The guy who spread fundemetelists around the globe with the help of the intelligence not caring about the right of people or christians in the middle east. Because of him and people like him most arab christians are either deported or abused and killed. And they are playing the same dirty game in syria with the help fo the gulf countries again not caring about civilians and christians there.

Brezenski mind your own business and you should be presecuted. If you want the oil why dont you occupy the gulf region stop fundemtalists around the world that you and the british embrased and trained and leave russia and their resources to its own people and not the corrupt lobby and companies that you work for

Dont play the innocent here , you are worse than the devil himself.

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