Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Why We Must Protect The Amendments...
Why do we fight for religious freedom? Freedom of speech? The right to bear arms? When God given right's are lost...we are no longer free. Read on...
Putin's liberal economic adviser resigns, saying Russia 'not free'
Dec 27 8:09 AM US/Eastern
President Vladimir Putin's outspoken liberal economic adviser Andrei Illarionov announced his resignation to protest what he said was an end to political freedom in Russia. "It is one thing to work in a partially free country, as Russia was six years ago. It's another when the country has stopped being politically free," Illarionov, 44, was quoted as saying by ITAR-TASS news agency on Tuesday. He said he expected Putin to accept his resignation.
Illarionov, who became Putin's economic adviser in 2000, said he did not recognise the country anymore.
"In these six years the situation has radically changed and in the last year it became clear that not only the political, but economic model of the country has changed," he was quoted as saying by ITAR-TASS. "I did not go to work for such a country, or sign a contract, or swear an oath."
"As long as I could do at least something, including talking, I thought it was important to stay," he was quoted as saying by RIA-Novosti.
Illarionov has long been the highest profile critic within the Kremlin of the Putin administration. Just last week, in what may have been his last major press conference as adviser, he said: "Russia has ceased being a free and democratic country."
Illarionov has cut an increasingly lonely figure as he lashed out at the direction the country was taking -- in stark contrast to the rest of the Kremlin's tightly managed information machine.
In January of this year he lost his job as the Kremlin's point man on relations with the influential Group of Eight (G8), which includes Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States.