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Russian opposition to shed dollar rain

October 10 2008
11:33

Activists of the anti-Russian opposition parties and movements within the coalition, "Dissent rejoice: U.S. gives in support of democracy abroad, 1.7 billion dollars, and Garry Kasparov, has all chances to take the post of Deputy Senior Director for Russia's National Security Council. According to the opposition, so they will have additional incentives to counter the Kremlin's policy.

U.S. President George W. Bush signed on Thursday a directive on national security to support democracy abroad, which provides for the allocation of the budget for "strengthening governance and rule of law, and supporting independent media, democratic political parties, voter education, election monitoring and human rights "1 billion 720 million dollars. According to analysts, is 360 million dollars more than similar costs for these purposes in 2008, and significantly more than in 2001, when the costs of supporting democracy abroad is in the U.S. only 650 million dollars.

The lion's share of that money likely would be sent to Russia, the U.S. State Department acknowledged "a country with a lack of democracy and the suffering of this people." In their annual reports the U.S. State Department has repeatedly stated that the funds allocated from the budget were to organize election monitoring by the Russian supervisory organizations to provide training to media coverage of political issues and elections, education and activities of Russian political parties, etc.

The fact that the U.S. and in the next, in 2009, will continue the policy of financial, organizational and methodological support of foreign political parties and movements, became known in late September after meeting U.S. President with the opposition, which resulted in the opposition have received some assurances from the United States. Russia was represented by the leader of the OGF, Garry Kasparov, who said that the fact of such a meeting should be a clear signal to the Kremlin that Washington is no longer nourish illusions about the democratic nature of the current ruling elite in Russia.

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The optimism of Mr. Kasparov explained by the fact that the ex-chess player may offer to take a seat a senior analyst in the department of CIS at the National Security Council (NSC) - the highest nadvedomstvennogo Presidential Forum, which discusses the most important strategic issues of foreign policy and security U.S. security. According to rumors, the post Kasparov lobbying U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice from 1989 to March 1991 served as Director and then senior director of the department of the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, U.S. National Security Council.

Earlier, Garry Kasparov has served on the Advisory Council for National Security (Nationaly Security Advisory Council), and was awarded "Keeper of the Flame", ("plamenosets) annually awarded NSAC. However, after the scandal broke out in Russia, the name of Russian opposition leader disappeared from the official site of the NSAC.

Arina Semenova

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