February 21, 2012

The State of Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Russia

While the troops of Syrian President Bashar-al-Assad are pounding with shells, mortars, and rockets two cities of Syrian opposition, Horns and Zabadani, the UN Security Council is still in a political stalemate because both Russia and China vetoed the UN action on Syrian crisis. In the light of current state of foreign affairs, it is very interesting to watch the recent meeting of the Subcommittee on European Affairs of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations where major stake-holders discuss human rights and rule of law in Russia and the US policy towards Russia. 
The meeting was divided in two panels presided by Senator Shaheen (D-NH). The first panel included excellent experts on Russia such as the Honorable Phil Gordon from Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs at the US Department of State and Thomas Melia, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor at the U.S. Department of State. The second panel included another badge of distinguished specialist on Russia, Honorable David Kramer, President of the Freedom House, Edward Verona, President of the US-Russia Business Council, and Thomas Malinowski, Director the Human Right Watch. You can watch a full video of this panel or read testimonies if you click here. Comments are very welcome.  


  1. Maybe marketing? The Ukrainians I have dealth with do not grasp western style marketing.

    They think key people contacts will do the job but unfortunately their selection of key people is just con men. Often the business people they choose to deal with are just slick talkers and not business people who make the economic decisions.

    And then when some honest business person does invest, the corruption kills the relationship.

    1. This was my observation 7 years ago. Slick talkers are not true salespeople representing market economies. Often slick talkers do not grasp the foundation of deal they advocate.