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Wed Sep 19, 2012, 03:38 PM

Russia accuses USAID of trying to sway elections

Source: Businessweek

MOSCOW (AP) Russia explained its decision to end the U.S. Agency for International Development's two decades of work in Russia by saying Wednesday that the agency was its money to influence elections.

The U.S. State Department announced Tuesday that Russia has demanded USAID leave the country, a culmination of years of resentment over what Moscow sees as American interference aimed at undermining President Vladimir Putin's hold on power.

"We are talking about attempts through the issuing of grants to affect the course of political processes, including elections on various levels, and institutions of civil society," Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said.

Nearly 60 percent of the aid agency's $50 million annual budget this year has been allocated for the promotion of democracy and civil society in Russia. Some of this money has gone to support Russia's only independent election monitoring group, Golos, which fielded thousands of observers in last winter's parliamentary and presidential elections, compiling reports of widespread vote fraud in support of Putin's party.

Putin had accused Western governments of trying to influence the December parliamentary vote through their grant recipients, and a state-owned television channel directly denounced Golos, showing suitcases full of dollars that the group supposedly had received. After those elections set off an unprecedented wave of protests, Putin accused the demonstrators of being in the pay of Washington.

Read more: http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2012-09-19/russia-accuses-usaid-of-trying-to-sway-elections



Putin wants his theocratic government, his totalitarian government to hold down the masses. Fuck you Putin Free Pussy Riot.

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JRLeft Sep 2012 OP
Brickbat Sep 2012 #1
patrice Sep 2012 #2
Joanie Baloney Sep 2012 #3
defacto7 Sep 2012 #4
Brickbat Sep 2012 #7
LiberalFighter Sep 2012 #5
rachel1 Sep 2012 #6

Response to JRLeft (Original post)

Wed Sep 19, 2012, 03:45 PM

1. I find this sad. I worked on many USAID-funded projects with Russians and other people from the

former USSR on a wide variety of topics.

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Response to JRLeft (Original post)

Wed Sep 19, 2012, 03:56 PM

2. Wondering here what, state owned, RT has to say about Golos. nt

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Response to JRLeft (Original post)

Wed Sep 19, 2012, 04:07 PM

3. Not really on topic, but

what is wrong with copyeditors/writers lately? I can't read one sentence along without some kind of error popping out at me:

"that the agency was its money to influence elections."

I can understand bloggers (sort of) but mainstream, established publications like Businessweek?




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Response to Joanie Baloney (Reply #3)

Wed Sep 19, 2012, 04:30 PM

4. I agree.

Too much reliance on computer spell checking rather than proofreading. I'm convinced that if proofreading was more prevalent, more errors in content would be found before publishing as well.

Now let me proofread this....

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Response to Joanie Baloney (Reply #3)

Wed Sep 19, 2012, 05:05 PM

7. Copy desks are prime cost-cutting areas at newspapers and magazine, and online-first content often

simply gets a cursory read from an assigning editor before it goes live.

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Response to JRLeft (Original post)

Wed Sep 19, 2012, 04:33 PM

5. Russia has elections?

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Response to JRLeft (Original post)

Wed Sep 19, 2012, 04:56 PM

6. I neither trust state media nor USAID at all

but it's best that every country handle its own affairs without outside interference.

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