Lev Ponomarev on the latest developments at Echo of Moscow

posted 17 Feb 2012, 00:18 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 17 Feb 2012, 00:29 ]
In the last three weeks before the elections on 4th March the authorities’ fear of losing their monopoly has reached such an extreme pitch that they are throwing away the last fig-leaves of commitment to democracy
 

Gasprom Media - the main share holder in Echo of Moscow – has begun an operation to rid the radio station’s leadership of its independent members. It would seem that this is an obvious attempt to force the station to change its editorial policy, particularly on political and social issues in the country. What is happening clearly reveals the real attitude of those in power towards their own assurances that they are willing to engage in dialogue with civil society, in open and fair discussions. It is obvious that in the last three weeks before the elections on 4th March the authorities’ fear of losing their monopoly has reached such an extreme pitch that they are throwing away the last fig leaves of commitment to democracy. [Read more]

Source: Grani.ru

Lev Ponomarev lives in Moscow and is director of the Movement For Human Rights
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