posted on Dec, 27 2005 @ 04:04 PM
Andrei N. Illarionov, the senior economic advisor to Russian President Vladimir Putin, abruptly resigned today criticizing publicly the direction in
which Putin is taking Russia. In his last speech as a member of the Putin government, he decried Russia's loss of political freedoms he claims took
place over the past six years. He also complained about poor economic choices made by the current regime, including its handling of petroleum assets,
which he claims are being used as a "weapon" in international politics.
MOSCOW, Dec. 27 - The most outspoken of President Vladimir V. Putin's senior advisers abruptly resigned today, warning that Russia's nascent
political freedoms have been lost and the Kremlin's economic choices have been poor. He also said that he had no more ability to influence the
The official, Andrei N. Illarionov, 44, had been an economic adviser to the Kremlin since shortly after Mr. Putin took office nearly six years ago.
His tenure in recent years had turned publicly rocky, and he had become an occasional but memorable critic of Kremlin policy.
In what was probably his final appearance as part of Mr. Putin's administration, Mr. Illarionov stuck to past form today, criticizing the government
in terms no other Kremlin insider has dared.
Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
This guy must be pretty brave -- I'd be afraid of coming out against Putin so openly. Hopefully Putin won't run for reelection and someone less
authoritarian will be able to get Russia back on track to full democracy and an open market economy.
[edit on 12/27/2005 by djohnsto77]