The American Bear


Russia’s official entry into the 2011 Grand Tour of Police States and Autocracies

1. Blame It on Foreigners. Projecting the crisis onto a stranger is a good way to drum up nationalistic feelings and cover up real divisions at home…
The Police State Playbook: An Introduction | Jim Scuitto

True to form: 

Putin says US encouraged Russia protesters

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has accused the United States of encouraging protests over Russia’s parliamentary election and said hundreds of millions of dollars in foreign funds were used to influence the vote.

In his first public remarks about demonstrations by protesters alleging Sunday’s vote was fraudulent and unfair, Putin said US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton “gave a signal” to Kremlin opponents.

“She set the tone for some opposition activists, gave them a signal, they heard this signal and started active work,” Putin said on Thursday.

Putin’s United Russia party won the elections but lost a significant share of its seats in the polls.

Thousands have taken to the streets since Monday and authorities say about 900 people have been arrested. via Al jazeera