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The Kremlin’s image is in need of a major makeover. Allegations of state-complicity in the assassinations of Alexander Litvinenko in Great Britain and investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya in Moscow have done little to enhance Russia’s international image as a democratic, peace-loving nation. More recently, the Kremlin has failed to crack down on home-grown racist youth gangs, responsible for a series of cross-border attacks on Jews and visible minorities in Russia and Ukraine.
Last week, Russian politician Grigory Yavlinsky called on the Russian government to undertake “a de-Stalinization program” to remember the millions of victims of Soviet repression. Russia’s Memorial Human Rights Society issued a statement asking the Russian government “to acknowledge past crimes and offer apologies to the victims,” including the former Soviet Union’s repressed ethnic groups.
It’s time for Russia to make peace with its past, by showing a willingness to make peace with its neighbors. Acknowledging Stalin’s genocidal complicity in the 1932-33 state-sponsored Famine in Ukraine would be an important first step.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?