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Who Lost Russia?

Fred Hiatt of the Washington Post says the United States:

Instead, U.S. officials too often treat Russia like a touchy adolescent that shouldn’t be provoked. Last week Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, complained that for the fourth year in a row the administration has proposed “devastating cutbacks” in programs to assist democratic and civil society groups in Russia. That’s something for which the United States should be blamed. Or, as Lantos said: “At a time when supporters of democratic reform, the rule of law, and human rights are being assassinated or carted off to the gulags of Siberia, we should not be starving these groups of vital support.”

More on Lantos’s comments on cutbacks to Russian NGOs in the Moscow Times.