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Russia's old-boy network

By Phil Lawler (bio - articles ) | Sep 18, 2003

Suppose I told you that half of Russia's top government officials are former military officers. Would that strike you as a fact worth noticing?

But if I said that, I wouldn't be telling the truth. The truth is even more striking.

In an op-ed article in the Wall Street Journal (available only to subscribers, unfortunately), Garry Kasparov observes that 50% of Russian leaders are former KGB officials.

What does that tell you about the nature of Russia's government? Does it make you confident that the Kremlin is working for freedom and democracy?

Since Kasparov also happens to be the world's best chess player, I can't resist the temptation to say that his article is worth checking.

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  • Posted by: John J Plick - Sep. 20, 2003 8:43 AM ET USA

    Not striking, Phil, but frightening. Perhaps you have visited your colleague's web-site at Fatima.org under the heading "Fatima Perspectives?" He writes private sequential editorials following the effects of the so-called "fullfillment" of the alledged "consecration" of Russia supposedly in compliance with Our Lady's request.Really it is a satirical mockery, spot-lighting the fact that Russia has NOT been converted and that the primary effect of the implementation of Vatican II has been chaos.

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