Paul Lachine

独裁增长的迷思

坎布里奇——

近来一个星期六的早晨,数百名民主人权人士聚集在莫斯科广场,他们高举着写有“31”的牌子(指的是保障集会游行权利的俄罗斯宪法第31条),抗议政府对集会权利的限制。随后,警察包围了示威人群,并试图驱散他们。包括一位著名的政治异议人士在内的一些人被拖入警车匆匆带走。

此类事件的发生在俄罗斯不足为奇,俄罗斯总理普京以铁腕手段,镇压反政府人士,破坏人权和滥用司法的事情屡见不鲜。在民主人权的概念成为国际通则之时,这样的举措无疑不利于俄罗斯的国际形象。但像普京这样的独裁领袖之所以明知故犯,显然是和国际声誉相比,在国内滥用权力好处明显多多。

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