A ruth­less regime

Waterloo Region Record - - EDITORIALS & COMMENT -

Re: Pop­u­lar no­tion of Putin as evil ge­nius — Dec. 5

I couldn’t be­lieve what I was read­ing in the opin­ion piece by Thomas Walkom, whose head is firmly buried in sand on the sub­ject of Putin and the Rus­sian state. Is he part of Putin’s pro­pa­ganda ma­chine or just ad­dicted to money over ethics?

Putin’s regime is dan­ger­ous in its abil­ity to cor­rupt oth­ers and its ruth­less­ness and naked greed. Putin is a mur­derer and a man with­out re­gard to the rights and free­doms of any­one, par­tic­u­larly those who want a dif­fer­ent vi­sion for Rus­sia. Putin ad­mires Stalin, a man who was a butcher of his peo­ple.

I’m glad we have the Mag­nit­sky Act as for too long Rus­sian crim­i­nals have had money laun­dered through Cana­dian com­pa­nies. I want to live in a coun­try which doesn’t worship money over harm­ing the rights and free­doms of the cit­i­zens of the world. Many Rus­sian peo­ple are ma­nip­u­lated by Putin’s lies. It is those peo­ple I feel most sorry for. Let’s not al­low our­selves to be ma­nip­u­lated, too. Sandra Peers Water­loo

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