Préténdre que le régime de cleptocrates qu’était la présidence Eltsine, avant l’arrivée au pouvoir de Poutine, était « une démocratie qui fonctionnait », c’est clairement prendre ses désirs pour la réalité. Si l’occident n’avait pas mis la Russie en coupe réglée, provoquant une crise économique sans précédent et soutenant ouvertement les fermiers généraux capitalistes qui affichaient insolemment les fruits de leurs prébendes… alors on en serait pas là aujourd’hui.

[Edito – Sunday Times – London – 15/04/2007]
Like the end of history, the end of the cold war turns out to have been little more than western wishful thinking. And like history, the cold war seems to be repeating itself. Once again chilly winds are blowing across the steppes and over the rest of the world; perestroika and glasnost are little more than memories. Russia today is beginning to resemble the old Soviet Union — repressive at home and aggressive abroad. President Putin is quick to stamp on opposition. One has only to think of Anna Politkovskaya, of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and of Alexander Litvinenko.
Clearly not all Mr Putin’s critics are disinterested freedom fighters with pure democratic motives; equally clearly much of what they say is true. He inherited a country with an independent parliament, a free press, a healthy political opposition and fair elections. He has dismantled most of it. He now talks of “managed democracy” in which the Kremlin runs a pseudo-opposition.