Op-ed: Russians deserve better than Putin
By John Sidney McCain III When Pravda.ru editor, Dmitry Sudakov, offered to publish my commentary, he referred to me as “an active anti-Russian politician for many years.” I’m sure that isn’t the first time Russians have heard me characterized as their antagonist. Since my purpose here is to dispel falsehoods used by Russia’s rulers to perpetuate their power and excuse their corruption, let me begin with that untruth. I am pro-Russian, more pro-Russian than the regime that misrules you today.
I believe you deserve the opportunity to improve your lives in an economy that is built to last and benefits the many, not just the powerful few. You should be governed by a rule of law that is clear, consistently and impartially enforced and just.
I make that claim because I believe the Russian people, no less than Americans, are endowed by our Creator with inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. A Russian citizen could not publish a testament like the one I just offered.
President Putin and his associates do not believe in these values. They don’t respect your dignity or accept your authority over them.
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