PRESIDENT George W Bush praised the spread of democracy among Russia’s neighbours yesterday, heightening tensions with the Kremlin ahead of VE Day celebrations in Moscow tomorrow. “I will continue to speak as clearly as I can to President (Vladimir) Putin that it is in his country’s interest that there be democracies on his borders,” Bush said during a visit to the former Soviet republic of Latvia.
“Democracies are peaceful countries. Democracies don’t fight each other. Democracies are good neighbours.”
In comments bound to irritate Putin, the American president described the post-war Soviet occupation of Eastern Europe as “one of the greatest wrongs of history”, which brought “communist oppression” to Latvia and its neighbours, Estonia and Lithuania.
Based in London, we are an informal group dedicated to supporting democracy and human rights throughout
the former Soviet Union. Our aims are:
Informing the public about issues in this area that receive little coverage in the Western media.
Staging peaceful demonstrations and letter-writing campaigns in support of specific causes.
Supporting and publicising nonviolent pro-democracy groups throughout the region.
Encouraging European and American involvement.
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Third Way, the Belarusian organisation whose members are being prosecuted for producing satirical cartoons about Lukashenka,
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We are continuing to focus our efforts on the Belarusian prisoner of conscience Mikhail Marinich.
We are campaigning for him to receive proper medical treatment, to be permitted to see his family,
and ultimately to be released from prison pending a review of his case. You can help by distributing
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Members of these groups have joined our blog to share their views and experiences.