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Mladá fronta dnes - Czech Republic | Monday, November 3, 2014

Regimes by the grace of Putin

The elections in the separatist-controlled areas of eastern Ukraine have consolidated Donbass's status as a regime under Russian control, the liberal daily Mladá fronta Dnes comments: "In eastern Ukraine the political constellation is transforming from a democracy into a pro-Russian dictatorship. This is a puppet democracy. ... No one should be surprised. Moscow has installed similar regimes elsewhere - for example in Transnistria, Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Democracy, free expression and the rule of law don't exist in any of these places. They are black holes ruled by mafia bosses who keep the local population under their thumb with Moscow's assistance. Life there is returning to Soviet times and in the end to Stalinism. ... Anyone who doesn't have a clear picture of today's Russia should take a look at these 'states' that exist by the grace of Putin."

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