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July 20, 2012


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Alexander Mercouris

Dear Patrick,

Just two comments:

1. The opposition should welcome the new NGO law. One of the most effective charges levelled at the opposition is that it is unpatriotic and serves foreign interests. Here is its opportunity to prove the opposite. The same is also true of Russia's NGO community. What have they done instead? They have fiercely criticised the law in a way that can only draw attention to the fact that they are in fact foreign funded and do serve foreign interests. If these people want to lose and want to keep Putin in power indefinitely then they are going about it the right way.

2. I am sure that your guess about the reason for Politkovskaya's murder is correct. As for the Wikipedia entry it obviously has not been updated since 2009, which when you think about it and about the way Wikipedia is supposed to work is actually remarkable. I suspect that the Politkovskaya trial is going to end up becoming a source of major embarrassment for certain people who were in far too much of a hurry to pin their colours to the mast when she was killed.

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