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NEWS: Russia Takes Another Step into Silencing Free Speech.

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posted on Jul, 8 2004 @ 05:47 PM
The Mail and Globe is reporting that Russia has taken another step into silencing free speech in Russia. A televised talk show named "Free Speech" was taken off the air by Russia's NTV channel. In the talk show the host and guests were always willing to question and criticize the Kremlin.

Russia silences Free Speech
But in Vladimir Putin's Russia, there are lines you don't cross. The outspoken Mr. Shuster, a Lithuanian-born Canadian citizen and graduate of McGill University's medical school, has had so many clashes with the Kremlin and its allies that he isn't sure when or where he overstepped the bounds.

It might have been his last program, on July 1, when he slammed the pro-Putin United Russia party for refusing to send a guest to debate an unpopular government plan that would see social benefits for retirees and veterans replaced with cash payouts.

“United Russia's argument was that it was ‘inexpedient' — that's how freedom of speech is in the country today,” the bespectacled 51-year-old said on the air, a comment sure to anger some powerful figures.

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Prerident Putin himself has even criticized the talk show before, and as we can see this is their latest step into silencing free speech in Russia. Another of the plans that president Putin wants is for a "United Russia."

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