Moscow steams about Washington funding for democracy groups
April 4th, 2012
02:00 AM ET

Moscow steams about Washington funding for democracy groups

By Jill Dougherty

Moscow warned that the Obama administration's support for democracy-building organizations in Russia is complicating relations between the two countries.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov, in an interview with Interfax News Agency, said "This activity is reaching a scale that is turning into a problem in our relations."

"We really are concerned that Washington is funding certain groups and movements in Russia," Ryabkov said in the interview published Tuesday.

In December, as thousands of Russians marched in protest against election fraud, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin accused Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of giving a signal to the demonstrators to come into the streets.

The issue has picked up steam since March, and Putin's victory in the Russian presidential election.

The Obama administration is lobbying Congress to free $50 million to support nongovernmental organizations in Russia.

In an interview April 1 with CNN, Clinton defended the initiative. "We in the United States believe that every country would be better off if there were greater freedom of expression, freedom of religion, freedom of assembly," she told Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jill Dougherty, "because I think we represent that."

"I want the United States always to represent these values and to live them. And therefore, we're going to continue to promote them around the world."

At Tuesday's State Department briefing, spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the fund is "designed to support a vibrant civil society in Russia and to allow us to work with those Russian NGOs who want to work with us, to develop their skills and their voice and their ability to represent the aspirations of Russians to increasingly deepen and strengthen their democracy."

But Moscow sees U.S. funding of democracy support groups as a continuation of so-called "color revolutions" that upended Moscow-friendly governments in Georgia in 2003 and Ukraine in 2004. Efforts to support the street protests in Moscow at the end of last year and in early 2012, some Russian officials charge, are an attempt to undermine the Russian government.

The heated comments come as the new U.S. ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, has run into a hornet's nest over the issue of human rights. McFaul, a former professor and author of books on the democracy movement in Russia, was recently featured in reports on a government-friendly television network vehemently defending his meeting with a well-known human rights activist as the reporter peppered him with questions.

The ambassador also accused the network of possibly hacking his e-mails and phone calls.

In the interview with CNN, Clinton brushed off Putin's personal criticism of her, saying she "was a little perplexed that I would be imputed such power that a mere signal, a mere word, would cause thousands of people to turn out."

"In fact," she said, "I think the demonstrators in the street got it right. They laughed at that. I mean, they knew why there were there. They want democracy, they want freedom, they want a voice in their affairs."

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  5. Michael

    Not one nation has a sovereign bank, al are German and Austrian and those nations are ruled by a foreign Viceroy, and only Albania recieves any revenue from the Trans Serbian Pipelines that througg their lands. The US Steals a piece of land For Camp Bondsteel. When leaders meet in todays global econoy it is not the peoples well being but to each their own piece of worlds.

    April 5, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Reply
  6. Michael

    Threads dead ? All nations peoples have a right to self determination but what while the US may toute lofty goals of democracy beind that veil economic interest are the primary motives not to raise the masses social consiousness. NATO did not move into the Balkans, Afghanistan and Libya out of altruistic concerns and the US did not fund acts of terrorism by first one side and then the other out of love for Serbias people, but as a means first and foremost as a long range plan to aid European energy by bypassing their dependence upon Russian,Ukraine oil and natural gas supply lines and to achieve it how many of the old Yugoslav Republic peoples died? Soros the US Librals darling madd hundreds of millions by plying FOREX on the devaluation of one currency and the rise of another and the fact that he also was acting as a conduit for funds to elements in those targeteted nations. There is only one Nation in the Balkans today except Alabania*the name of the joint US/EURO OPS was Greater Albania* has their

    April 5, 2012 at 8:21 pm | Reply
  7. AlexShch

    A remarkably artistic and beautiful photograph, by the way.

    For those who been in the place and noted, Red Square is bulging a little bit. It is not flat. This photo captures it: the first one-and-half floors of Basilica visually sank, and so does the Mausoleum.

    April 5, 2012 at 2:13 am | Reply
  8. Feltch

    Russia has every right to tell the rest of the world to mind their own fucking business.

    Especially the self-righteous, sanctimonious, hypocritical, war-mongering US.

    April 5, 2012 at 12:14 am | Reply
    • RxCello

      Amen! Амин!

      April 5, 2012 at 1:26 am | Reply
  9. Michael

    Wheo Madeline Albright was asked about the estimated 500KIraqui babys deaths due to US embargo she replied Someone had to pay. Albright is a very influential member of Inst. For Dem and being paid with tax bucks. Just where all these ex Cabinet members hang out when not in office? Your gov says they cannot afford to hand over money for our natiomal needs yes such as healthcare and yet pays out Hundreds of millions trying to disrupt even Democraticly Elected leaders of other nations purely upon economic needs not only for US based but International corps such as BP for instance. How deep do those unelected state dept go and how pervasive they are, in every thing from college to destroying jobs. when the AFL/CIO is being used as a conduit for funds to overthrow an elected offical as they shunted money to private oil firms run unions and news papers to overthrow Chavez in Venezuela all by gov eunded NGOs. All these programs

    April 4, 2012 at 11:09 pm | Reply
  10. Michael

    Every news outlet in country qeportae that Commie rebels mim it. Give CNN credit for qeporting the parthal truth first but only after indepent journalist dug out the truth. Naomi Klines works and the I WAS AN ECONMIC HITMAN are piddling tales LIC means sending in SF to destabilize a contry by suporting any group no matter if bloody bast*ards or not. Create chaos and use US complicht media outlets and State Dept to hype reasons to send in troop The State Funds any and all groups in whatever target contry and they use such groupr as National Endowment for Democracy or Nat Institute for and any and all so calleg Non Government Organizations to once again cause chaos 90 percent of tke reasons are economic, And of course just tn show they can. STATE IS democracy in action and she is one Bloody Bitc*

    April 4, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Reply
  11. Kakvotoiska

    Obama is actually pretty moderate on Russia, but he has to offer red meat to the nationalistic American public. There needs to be an external enemy around every American election.
    They can't run their political process without antagonizing someone or other...

    April 4, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Reply
  12. j

    shit will get bad fast

    April 4, 2012 at 7:16 pm | Reply
  13. anthony kovic

    Russian have no tradition of democracy, enlightenment, tolerance or respect of human rights.
    For hundreds of years their land has been ruled by brute force, be it the Csars, the Bolsheviks, the commiunists or the Putin-gang of oligarchs. Trying to promote democracy in Russia may be every bit as futile as the Middle East or Africa.

    April 4, 2012 at 7:12 pm | Reply
    • Kakvotoiska

      It is true, but the reason so many dictators have had a hold on Russia is in large part because of the external predators who are all too ready to get their hands on what Russia's immense size and nature has to offer – like the US now. Russia's choice has always been between the internal strong man, and the external enemies who would love to partition it and use it.

      April 4, 2012 at 7:18 pm | Reply
      • AlexShch

        This is basically 100% true. "External predators ...right now US", yep.

        I would also add the existence of internal "fifth column" - a few people who are eager to serve foreign interests for a modest cash flow from outside. This was not a problem during Cmrd. I. V. Stalin, but was a a noticeable problem during the late 19th Century, and became a major one during 199x. The remnants of this still exist today, although it appears that Russian Society is quite healthy to reject these foreign viruses.

        April 5, 2012 at 1:38 am |
  14. Michael

    Over 50 yeas ago two different policy decisions were began, each having one goal, making the US the sole economic and millitarily dominate power on earth and the OVERALL MEAS to achieve this stature was FULL SPECTRUM DOMINANCE, and this new policy required the same say of control over every asset of this mation. Look up LIC Resoultion and thd Helvey Doctrines . The Milliparys Low Intensity Warfare or Conflict requires all control over any and all information having to do with milltary and National Security matters. Sounds reasonable enough untill they get to be able to manage the media and amy informapion on just what form of millitary actions and the immediate results, resukts such as a whole village of unarmed villagers in El Salvador getting hacked to death by a US led and financed death squad as part of a Tactic Called The El Salvadnr Solutionan. The reasoning beind, tn make americn populace and rival guerrila groups think one of them dhd it and to terrorize rest of nativ

    April 4, 2012 at 7:06 pm | Reply
  15. Michael

    The Peoples House, Congress, and its passage of Laws as far as what Laws will be passed does not take direction upon citizen imput willy nilly, No it works within a framework. and that framework is put in place by the Executive Branch, which has only one Elected position. A position that never in American History have a Majority of all citizens chosem, only by a majority of those allowed or who were interested and or intelligent enough enough to decide upoo issues based upon National Import verus import upon citizens ofves. In other words not blinded by demogoguery and the looks of the talkin Dem Gods.

    April 4, 2012 at 5:43 pm | Reply
  16. waterbaby

    I see well its about time we look at our problems here in USA and not spend much money needed to fuel 0ur problems , What happens in Russia is there affair's not ours , We should keep to our own issue's and let other countries work out there own , If they want democracy let them choose there destiny it's not for us to take a role and push them point blank !! Its not our place. Time to fix our problems only wake up America !

    April 4, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Reply
  17. Michael

    Since the very beging of the US a Minority have been the , as Lil Bush said The Decider. Mention Dictator and most think of a fat Italian, a mustached German or some Individual and not a group, but even those noted did not have the capability alone to Rule millions. and such is the US today. What you do with your crotch matters not to them other than what how it will affect their own ability to be sole Deciders. The american idea that they have a lock on what a democracy is amounts to nothing more than what those who belong to a religious cult who have been told what to believe and then tale it on faith that their democracy is the way all people should live. American democracy is, and has always been based upon exploitation by one Special interest over another.

    April 4, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Reply
  18. Michael

    To accuse one of being a US basher has become as has the terms antisemitic and Goodwins Law gave a means of Censorship it is also become a means of ending an argument on issues concening what political realitys exist within US TODAY. Many donot understand how much NATIONALISM colors their beliefs.

    April 4, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Reply
  19. Michael

    NOTED. The amount of knowleged not possessed by americans as to the true nature of how their nation is run and who runs it is pathetic. That they have to *ask* for *permission and pass laws in order to do specify what they can and cannot do with their crotch shows the limit of their conserns. They are treated like children, mommy and daddy provides them a safe place for them to play.

    April 4, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Reply
  20. mipolitic

    When I read a report I look fro a few things ,,, Names , Dates , Time , and Source , and topic , well reading this fable you will discover that this was published on a tuesday { what tuesday ? } a russian official is said to have made comments { it does not say when he made those comments } the souce is not cnn { interfax is the souce } the topic is interference and influence of the USA in the russian putin gov .

    Now that the election is over any attempts to undermind the russian gov could be potentially an act of war , so I suggest that one should not believe everything they read .
    The fact is that these accusations by russia and putin occured before the election and are no longer current and this is recycled news with dates omitted purposely to make this fable appear to be current .
    cnn is passing the buck on to interfax here as the source releaving them selfs of any responsibility.

    SMOKE & MIRRORS to make obama look strong on anti putin policies .

    April 4, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Reply
    • Kakvotoiska

      The fact that ANY US president needs to look "tough" on Russia or on any other country, for internal political reasons, speaks volumes for the malignant nationalism the US is infected with. I am actually looking forward the next few years when the US will be the world's #2 economy. I wonder if it will be hard for them to accept that and start obeying international laws and norms. Probably not...

      April 4, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Reply
  21. cnnitnews

    I didn`t found Jackson-Vanik word. As it is clear as day that this is Obama who against this
    amendment as Republicans to keep it.
    So CNN simply begin to LIE. Russia Today version:
    Russia’s Federation Council has suggested the government considers retaliatory economic measures if the US drags out the cancellation of the Jackson-Vanik amendment or leaves it in force.
    The recommendation was drawn up by a group of Senators, State Duma deputies and officials from the Foreign and the Economic Development Ministries as a result of a round table discussion on the prospects of the cancellation by the US of the amendment.
    Senators also supported Russia’s stance not to apply WTO regulations in Moscow-Washington economic relations while the discriminatory economic regime remains in place. Russia will eventually join the WTO in July this year.
    The participants of the meeting also pointed out that even if it is eventually repealed, there are many indications a new anti-Russian trade law could be adopted.
    “Such proposals, instigated by Russian opposition, have been voiced in American political circles,” it was noted. “First, we are talking about the notorious Magnitsky list.”
    The list includes Russian officials who fall under a visa ban due to their alleged connection to the case of Sergey Magnistsky. The lawyer for Hermitage Capital Management Fund was arrested by Russian authorities on charges of alleged tax evasion, and died while in a Moscow pre-trial detention facility in 2009.
    The Russian Federation Council suggests responding with adequate political steps. In the Senators’ opinion, these should include visa restrictions for some US officials and limitations for American legal entities financing Russian non-government organizations.

    April 4, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Reply
    • AlexShch

      Frankly nobody cares about Jackson-Vanik act in Russia. Complaining about it is the same as complaining about rain or show in Moscow. It rains ... It snows... Sometimes a US vice-president comes. Ask him what moves he made to cancel Jackson-Vanik act. He becomes ashamed. He promises... He says that during his next visit he will bring the good news... And so on for the last 25 years, starting with George H. W. Bush - remember he was a VICE-president?. All of them except Dick Cheney (he never went to Russia as vice president, but was a couple times before as defense secretary).

      There is an old American saying (forgot who came up with that first, may be Jefferson, may be Adams): Two things are inevitable death and taxes. I would say there are two things with are eternal: Jackson-Vanik Act and The Marriage Penalty. No matter how many US politicians promise to abolish it during the last 20 years, these two stand.

      ...any way, Happy Paying Your Taxes to Everyone.

      April 5, 2012 at 1:52 am | Reply
  22. Alex Povolotski

    The financing of "freedom" is a long-standing tradition with the U.S. government, no matter Democratic or Republican. It is a much cheaper way to topple governments than send in assassins or starting long wars and then fighting public dismay. It worked in Georgia, it almost worked in Ukraine and it definitely worked with the Soviet Union causing its collapse.

    Don't be surprised though when the same tactics are applied on the U.S. turf. With the U.S. economy on its knees and unemployment tops 20%. The population is unhappy and uneasy with current state of affairs. This state of mind can be exploited in a number of ways. You can sway the masses one way or another - depending on who the puppeteer is and who he reports to :-)

    April 4, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Reply
    • JCthatsme

      Russia the arsehole of the planet, you got corruption every where and your presidents the worse.

      April 4, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Reply
      • mercutio

        Indeed, john, but you forgetting corruption started after 1990s 'russian freedom'... maybe you should take care more about yourselves then 'helping' others?

        April 4, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
    • AlexShch

      "It almost worked in Ukraine..." Well, It actually did work. For a modest sum US $170Mill invested into "Orange Revolution" the country was kept screwed up for the period of 5 years. The consequences are not fully recovered yet. Just think about. During Kuchma's time Russia subsidized Ukranian Economy by at least $4Billion per year (differences in natural gas prices for Ukraine vs. the rest of Europe). For a modest $170Mill US managed to cancel Russian influence. Not bad at all. Very efficient CIA operation.

      April 5, 2012 at 2:02 am | Reply
  23. Kakvotoiska

    Some said that this is like the Russians financing the ACAU and that's "hilarious" ..well if there was a hint of that, the ALCU would be dead. Gone. That's an American reality.
    That said I have to be honest that open admissions like the ones in this article that the State Department finances opposition in Russia, probably delivered the elections to Putin.
    The Russians are not different from the Americans, as much as some Americans think they are "exceptional" lol.
    Putin should thank Hilary for coming out in support of the opposition. That was the icing on his political cake:)

    April 4, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Reply
  24. Kakvotoiska

    Remember Al Gore and the "allegations" about Chinese campaign money? It was a huge scandal, and it was just an un proven allegation. Here the US openly admits to the same illegal interference. .. the arrogance...

    April 4, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Reply
    • Chinese propaganda stinks

      Except we arent trying to choose a candidate, but support a process that allows people to choose candidates that have a chance.

      April 4, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Reply
      • Kristina Jensen

        Supporting an ideal thru public debate is acceptable, but giving financial support to a political organization in a foreign country crosses the line. It is arrogant to think otherwise.

        April 4, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
      • Kakvotoiska

        Kristina, if people think that they are "exceptional" there is nothing you can tell them.

        April 4, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
      • Chinese propaganda stinks

        Well our system is wide open.We get influence money from all over, in the form of lobbies, not just campaigns. There is probably a communist lobby. But they are not a threat because communism is dead.

        In any case, we should tread lightly in Russia, as we are not really enemies anymore.

        April 4, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
      • Kakvotoiska

        your system is not open. There are laws against foreign money in your political process.

        April 4, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
      • mk

        it still doesn't make things right though.

        April 4, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
    • Chinese propaganda stinks

      If youre russian, imagine where youd be with 160 million people free to innovate and do business. All your land and natural resources, youd be rich. State controlled this and that is crap. It stifles innovation and development. The state should protect you from foreigners, and protect you from each other. But not have its nose in everything.

      Don't believe the china model, it's fake. They don't do anything but drain cash and steal ideas from free nations with their centralized economy. The net effect is a transfer of.wealth, not a creation of wealth. China will never help you, only figure outbways to drain you.

      April 4, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Reply
      • Kakvotoiska

        I am not Russian, but knowing the US I see their interest in "Democracy" in Russia as means of getting their hands on Russian energy, which is vast. The more the US interferes, the stronger Putin will be. I hope some day the Washington amateurs figure this out.

        April 4, 2012 at 2:03 pm |
  25. Robert

    What kind of democracy does Clinton envision for Russia and the world?

    A democracy where John Bhoner (aka Pee Pants) can give out 20 multi million dollars checks to congressmen just minutes before a vote on whether or not to continue subsidizing the tobacco industry with 300 million of tax payers dollars.

    The tobacco lobby then kicks back to the politicians some of that 300 million in the form of bribery checks (just mentioned) plus campaign contributions to keep the same scum bags in office.

    Picture a senator who sits on the banking subcommittee; hes looking at a picture of a 200 foot yacht. He already has a 100 foot yacht, but want the 200 footer also.

    So he calls his friends on the Banking subcommittee to say ... we need to put a cap on credit card fees and other banking charges.... for the good of the people.

    He does this because he knows (like they all know) that this will bring the banking lobby to their doors with lots of money in the offing.

    Not only that but because they know how they will vote they can purchase Visa and MasterCard stock and watch it go up drastically after they vote.

    They created a Bill to cap fees ... and then they voted against their own Bill. How strange is that!!

    There are a million more stories just like those 2 to give a taste.

    Not only that but they can sell this information of how they will vote to hedge funds and make millions more.

    Congressmen and senators have made this legal for themselves.

    Is this the kind of democracy Clinton is speaking of?

    The super rich love Clintons democracy because its for sale to the highest bidder.

    All politicians belong in Jail to protect society and the world.

    April 4, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Reply
    • Chinese propaganda stinks

      This comment is in line with Hu Jintaos call to attack Democracy indirectly, by suggesting that Democracies aren't really free. Apparently no one in the world has the balls to criticise the idea of democracy directly. So a round about approach is used.

      Maybe Russia could become the most free democracy in the world. Why not let it have a chance?

      April 4, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Reply
  26. Kristina Jensen

    Heres a novel idea USA, try making friends instead of enemies. Look at how America responded when it thought the communists were attempting to influence Americans via hollywood. Giving money or support to political groups in other nations is no different.

    April 4, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Reply
    • Chinese propaganda stinks

      I dont believe any US bashers speaking in English. Speak Russian, Chinese, or Arabic.

      April 4, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Reply
      • Kakvotoiska

        ooh sensitive ...

        April 4, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
      • Kristina Jensen

        I only speak English, Danish, Swedish and German. I would not consider myself a US basher but there are times when the US Government is in the wrong, this is one of them. How insecure you must feel the States to be that it can't stand up to criticism.

        April 4, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
      • Chinese propaganda stinks

        Be true to yourself.

        April 4, 2012 at 1:19 pm |
      • Chinese propaganda stinks

        TheUS can stand up to criticism.there is a lot of unwarranted US bashing. We should tread lightly in Russian affairs, and we do.

        The fact that Russia is paranoid over democracy, or put another way, some say in their own destiny, means they are insecure.

        April 4, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
      • Kakvotoiska

        If the Russians finance the Republicans in your next elections, would you be "paranoid" about Democracy if you object? Think a little...

        April 4, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
      • Chinese propaganda stinks

        The equivalent would be financing the ACLU. Which would be hilarious.

        April 4, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
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    April 4, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Reply
  28. Robert

    What kind of democracy does Clinton envision for Russia and the world?

    A democracy where John Bhoner (aka Pee Pants) can give out 20 multi million dollars checks to congressmen just minutes before a vote on whether or not to continue subsidizing the tobacco industry with 300 million of tax payers’ dollars.

    The tobacco lobby then kicks back to the politicians some of that 300 million in the form of bribery checks (just mentioned) plus campaign contributions to keep the same scum bags in office.

    Picture a senator who sits on the banking subcommittee; he’s looking at a picture of a 200 foot yacht. He already has a 100 foot yacht, but want the 200 footer also.

    So he calls his friends on the Banking subcommittee to say ... “we need to put a cap on credit card fees and other banking charges.... for the good of the people”.

    He does this because he knows (like they all know) that this will bring the banking lobby to their doors with lots of money in the offing.

    Not only that but because they know how they will vote they can purchase Visa and MasterCard stock and watch it go up drastically after they vote.

    They created the bill to cap fees ... and then they voted against it. How strange!!

    Not only that but they can sell this information of how they will vote to hedge funds and make even more money.

    Congressmen and senators have made this legal for themselves.

    Is this the kind of democracy Clinton is speaking of?

    The super rich love Clinton’s democracy because it’s for sale to the highest bidder.

    They all belong in jail to protect society.

    April 4, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Reply
  29. Capt. Obvious

    I'll start listening to the Ruskies when they stop trying to get the cancellation codes to take down the European missile defense shield, as if anybody is really looking to invade them......ever.

    April 4, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Reply
    • Kakvotoiska

      Those missiles are pointed at them It's their duty to try to counter them in any way they can. Good for the Ruskies!

      April 4, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Reply
    • YobarTerrorist

      Great. I would like to listen to Americans when they will find 700 000 tons of WMD's they promised and will finish 3 wars they started based on lies.....but because that will never happen....no problem, we will see each other on nuclear (or bettter, thermonuclear) triggers from now. That is FUN, after all, isn't it?

      April 4, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Reply
  30. Robert

    What kind of democracy does Clinton envision for Russia and the world.

    A democracy where John Bhoner (aka Pee Pants) can give out 20 multi million dollars checks to congressmen just minutes before a vote on whether or not to continue subsidizing the tobacco industry with 300 million of tax payers’ dollars.

    Then the tobacco lobby then kicks back to politicians some of that 300 million in the form of bribery checks just mentioned plus with campaign contributions to keep the same scum bags in office.

    Picture a senator who sits on the banking subcommittee; he’s looking at a picture of a 200 foot yacht. He already has a 100 foot yacht, but want the 200 footer also. So he calls his other friends on the Banking subcommittee and says ... “we need to put a cap on credit card fees and other banking charges.... for the people”.

    He does this because he knows (like they all know) that this will bring the banking lobby to their doors with lots of money in the offing (Especially just before the vote).

    Not only that but because they know how they will vote they can purchase Visa and MasterCard stock before the vote and watch it go up drastically after they vote against capping credit card fees. They started and created the bill to cap fees ... and then they voted against it.

    Ever ask why?

    Not only that but they can sell this none public information of how they will vote to hedge funds.

    Congressmen and senators have made this legal, but only for themselves mind you.

    Is this the kind of democracy Clinton is speaking of?

    The super rich love Clinton’s democracy because it’s for sale to the highest bidder.

    April 4, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Reply
  31. L0wTax

    Spend $50 million for orgs in Russia? How about repairing some of the US schools that are crumbling instead?

    April 4, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Reply
    • Kakvotoiska

      considering that 40% of what the US government spends is borrowed, that means that the US just borrowed 20 million to invest in the Russian political system...

      April 4, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Reply
  32. Kakvotoiska

    well, Jill says: "In December, as thousands of Russians marched in protest against election fraud, .." wouldn't American financing of their political system also qualify as "election fraud"? It would be regarded as such in the US if the Russians finance say the Democrats, right?

    April 4, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Reply
  33. YobarTerrorist

    Probably Russia should finance free AK-74 trade among occupy wall street'ers – sure, for the sake of democracy.
    Than Hillary Blinton would be truly happy.

    April 4, 2012 at 11:49 am | Reply
  34. Robert

    The USA has proved itself more repressive than Russia. Russia had far more people on the streets protesting than the occupy movement in the USA. Yet the Russians did not use ANY arrests or pepper spray - NONE.

    Russians have a voice for more than 20 years already and the ability to demonstrate in the streets (obviously) for 20 years now ... for about 20 years they have been voting with elections.

    Clinton needs to shut her trap

    April 4, 2012 at 11:45 am | Reply
    • Brandon

      Robert
      The USA has proved itself more repressive than Russia. Russia had far more people on the streets protesting than the occupy movement in the USA. Yet the Russians did not use ANY arrests or pepper spray – NONE.

      Russians have a voice for more than 20 years already and the ability to demonstrate in the streets (obviously) for 20 years now ... for about 20 years they have been voting with elections.

      Clinton needs to shut her trap

      Robert, are you stupid? I was in Moscow, during those protests, there were hundreds and hundreds, detained, police beatings, and innocent people thrown in jail. So hush up with your crap, when you know nothing

      April 4, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Reply
    • Brandon

      Also, Voter fraud and rigged elections are common, I have friends, who were offered money to vote for Putin.
      Free demonstrations? According to who? If the gov't doesn't allow it, everyone will be put in jail. They allow very few demonstrations.
      Ignorant people like you, make me sick.

      April 4, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Reply
    • Igor

      Yes, they did (arrest people for participation in peaceful demonstrations). I am Russian, live in St.Petersburg, and have quite a few friends taken into custody both last December and this March. I myself barely escaped the police three weeks ago, during a crackdown in Zagorodny Prospect.
      And yes, we are grateful to those in the world who provide their moral support and who warn the Russian authorities against ordering the police to beat defenseless people.

      April 4, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Reply
    • Robert

      During the latest elections in Russia ... I think if there had been any arrests or beatings ... it would have been jumped up by the US media.

      You can try to say that it was censored out by the Russian government, but they cannot censor out video sent by satellite phones.

      NO ... there were no arrests or beatings in Russia during the most recent demonstrations. Or we would have seen it on the news for sure.

      The USA would have had a field day with it.

      April 4, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Reply
      • Robert

        To Igor: you don't sound very Russian; in fact you sound very American.

        Might you be a CIA operative paid to roam cyber space?

        April 4, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
    • Robert

      To Igor: you don't sound very Russian; but you sound very American.

      Might you be a CIA operative paid to roam cyber space?

      April 4, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Reply
  35. Joe

    My plea: Explore humanistic ideologies that promote a inner happiness as well as the sustained happiness in others. Why do we react with anger and ignorance to people with differing opinions instead of attempting to analyze their perspective? This creates problems that never should have existed and deviates away from solving the problems that lead to the progression our global society.
    Whether you agree or disagree – question these ideas.

    “The unexamined life is not worth living” – Socrates

    April 4, 2012 at 11:41 am | Reply
  36. Chuckie

    It is very simple. If people want their voice to be heard in their country, they should have that right. It's very basic human rights. If we can provide a means for that to happen, then what is the problem?
    Russia needs to get with it and start treating their people with the dignity and freedoms they deserve.

    April 4, 2012 at 11:02 am | Reply
    • Rob

      Yes, like us – you know, no violence, no brutality, no arrests, and no pepper spraying or otherwise inflicting harm or pain upon innocent and peaceful demonstrators....oh, wait...

      April 4, 2012 at 11:05 am | Reply
    • Robert

      They have a voice for more than 20 years already and the ability to demonstrate in the streets (obviously) for 20 years now ... for about 20 years they have been voting with elections.
      The USA has proved itself more repressive than Russia. Russia had far more people on the streets protesting than the occupy movement in the USA. Yet the Russians did not use ANY arrests or pepper spray - NONE.

      Unlike the USA.

      Clinton needs to shut her trap

      April 4, 2012 at 11:43 am | Reply
  37. Rob

    Yes – we represent freedoms of expression and assembly at the same time that we brutalize and arrest peaceful Occupy Wall Street protestors, pass laws that permit the warrantless arrests of US citizens, and invade the privacy of every telephone, email and text message communication. We've moved so far away from the morality and freedoms upon which this country was founded that we're losing our ability to project these ideals without looking like hypocrites. Every time another country points to our hypocracies we get weaker in our ability to change the world.

    April 4, 2012 at 10:47 am | Reply
  38. Adil

    @Ferd of Aragon.
    Eradicate Islam? Or maybe eradicate a ruthless dictator?
    Where did religion come from? Eradicate your hatred. Peace will automatically prevail.
    Shame on you child.

    April 4, 2012 at 10:41 am | Reply
  39. mipolitic

    FOLKS , this is smoke and mirrors , putin has not said a word and this has no factual base and in fact since the election is over any interference by an outside influence of another nation to destabilize the gov would be see as an act of war.
    so baseless reports like this are totally crap. and may i add that this cnn fable states that interfax published the story on tuesday but in no way says when these comments by the russian official were made and in fact it does not say what tuesday either.
    try again cnn to make obama look tough on russia because this is a flop .

    April 4, 2012 at 8:49 am | Reply
  40. Ayala

    US stay out of other country's internal affairs

    April 4, 2012 at 8:41 am | Reply
  41. Ferd of Aragon

    ERADICATE ISLAM FOR PEACE.
    Quran is the source of all islamic evils. it must be banned!

    April 4, 2012 at 8:36 am | Reply
    • jat pyther

      please try to get the truth. don't destroy your self for racist society. what's you are going to do after your death ? don't believe me but believe the truth. test your self.

      April 4, 2012 at 9:18 am | Reply
  42. Joe

    This is just another example of us getting into something we have no business doing Clinton needs to keep out of it

    April 4, 2012 at 7:26 am | Reply
    • Ayala

      You are right! We should stay out of other' country's affairs.

      April 4, 2012 at 8:40 am | Reply
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  44. i am sam

    Israel is a proven terrorist state, that has carried out aggressive actions against their own allies, not to mention innocent civillians.

    White phosphorous...

    Bomblets in lebannon..

    And AIPACS enourmous influence in American politics.

    That is the face of true terrorism.

    April 4, 2012 at 3:08 am | Reply
    • Igor

      This is a response to Arab terrorism. So far, Israel has not started a single war; all of them were initiated by Arab regimes, since the very first days of Israel back in 1948.

      April 4, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Reply

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