Bush, Putin, and democracy

The Observer reports on Vladimir Putin’s reaction to that grande champion of “democracy” and “freedom”, George Bush:

Bush said that, during two hours of discussions, ‘I talked about my desire to promote institutional change in parts of the world like Iraq where there’s a free press and free religion. I told [Putin] a lot of people in our country … would hope that Russia would do the same thing. I fully understand, however, that there will be a Russian style of democracy.

‘Putin replied, smiling: ‘I’ll be honest with you: we, of course, would not want to have a democracy like in Iraq.’

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