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Ex-prime minister: everyone in Russia should be afraid, and they are

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUToday, everyone in Russia should be afraid, and I believe they are.  Anything could happen – someone could kill you or put you in prison because the crossed the street in the wrong place. The level of rights and security for citizens is very low, says former prime minister of Russia and current opposition member Mikhail Kasyanov, in an interview to RīgaTV24.

At the same time, he says it is clear that no one is protecting citizens. «Every person in our society is on their own, because people seek only to survive.»

Kasyanov met with representatives of Saeima’s Foreign Affairs Committee to discuss elections in Russia and what can be expected from Vladimir Putin’s regime. He says everything will go on: «I think nothing good can be expected at this time. Threats, a strict policy – both internal and external – violation of human rights, annexation of foreign territories, and further ruination of the international security system.»

Kasyanov believes the number of Putin’s supporters is often exaggerated. Still, up to 50% of Russia’s population believes in lies and propaganda. Because of that, it is hard to change anything. «Half of the population, not 85% – as propaganda would have you believe – but close to 50% do support Putin. They believe that evil Americans want to take away our sovereignty, take over our oil and gas and make slaves out of the Russian nation. They are afraid and think: ‘Who else, if not Putin, can save and protect us from the evil NATO!’»

Kasyanov explains that similar concepts are being used in propaganda about Latvia. The country is often used as an example of the harm membership in the EU can cause: «They think Latvians were fooled. Once upon a time life was better, but instead of living in a friendly family with all former Soviet Union republics, they are enslaved – the European Union has taken everything from them. They are no longer able to sell their goods the correct way. Now everything sold there comes from foreign countries, and everyone is enslaved. That’s the basic gist of it.»

Russian media also often mention Latvia’s membership in NATO. Latvia is often describes as a puppet: «Latvia made a mistake when it joined NATO; they don’t understand anything, etc. Propaganda is used to create an impression for Russian citizens that Latvian nation does not belong to its own country, that they are under the boot of other European nations and with NATO – under the boot of USA. This is why Latvians are presented as though manipulated by large countries. This is the kind of picture the media try to paint.»

Kasyanov mentioned the people who do not support Putin find Latvia sympathetic. «The other part of Russia sympathizes with Latvia. They understand that you have gained freedom, that you walk the path of civilized development. Yes, everyone has had problems over the years, but it is clear that what has been chosen is the right path. Russian citizens, educated people who live in large cities often travel here and enjoy a company in which Russian language is very popular. They understand that they are in a free country. I am always happy to travel and spend time here with people,» Kasyanov mentioned in his interview.


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