Soundbite of the Day

Freedom from fear, humiliation, poverty, disease, freedom for everyone, in my opinion, is our current goal of development,” 

said President Dmitry Medvedev today, speaking about modernization and reform.  Whatever did he mean?  Freedom to protest without fear, perhaps?  Freedom to voice personal opinions in the media without fear?  Freedom to defend the rule of law without risk of contracting disease?  As for humiliation, remember the smear campaign involving scandalous videos of opposition leaders caught in flagrante?  Hmmm…