From today’s Moscow Times:
Rights activists on Monday commemorated the victims of Soviet-era political repression and claimed that even today people were being prosecuted on political grounds.
“Today in Russia we are seeing the rebirth of authoritarian methods of governing the country,” said the organizers of Monday’s rally, including the rights organizations Moscow Helsinki Group and Memorial, and the liberal political parties Yabloko and Union of Right Forces.
“Everyone should remember this, know this, so that no one will ever have the slightest desire to bring back even the smallest elements of the past to the present or future,” Putin said in televised comments.
Now, can anyone tell me how similar opposition political parties and Human Rights organisations are dealt with in Beijing whenever they engage in any similar public remembrances of Communist Terror, or whenever they make any similar statements critical of the CCP’s authoritarian methods?
Oh wait, the don’t! Because in Beijing, opposition parties don’t even exist, and public commemorations of the Cultural Revolution are a one-way ticket to prison.
Now tell me which nation has truly been “rising” since 1989.
Richard Burger is the author of Behind the Red Door: Sex in China, an exploration of China's sexual revolution and its clash with traditional Chinese values.