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.’