KyivPost

US sees progress in Russian tolerance of protests

Print version
Dec. 14, 2011, 8:10 p.m. | Russia and former Soviet Union — by Associated Press

An elderly demonstrator holds a poster showing an edited photo of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and signed "2050. No" during a mass rally to protest against alleged vote rigging in Russia's parliamentary elections in Moscow, Russia, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011.
© AP

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration says it hopes the Russian government's tolerance of protests following this month's parliamentary elections is a sign of progress in Russia. Assistant Secretary of State Philip Gordon praised Russian authorities for allowing the peaceful protests.

He said: "We were greatly encouraged to see these rights and responsibilities carried out so well."

Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Melia said that the administration hopes such tolerance "becomes the new normal."

The officials also welcomed Russian President Dmitry Medvedev's call for an investigation into alleged election fraud.

The comments follow criticism from the administration of the election, including comments by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton that angered Moscow.
The Kyiv Post is disabling its online comment section due to an increase in trolls, violent comments and other personal attacks. Other news organizations worldwide have taken similar steps for the same reasons. The Kyiv Post regrets having to take this action. The newspaper believes in a robust public debate, but the discussion must be constructive and intelligent. For the time being, the Kyiv Post will allow comments on its moderated Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/kyivpost/. The newspaper will consider hosting online comments again when circumstances allow. Thank you from the Kyiv Post.

KyivPost

© 1995–2015 Public Media

Web links to Kyiv Post material are allowed provided that they contain a URL hyperlink to the www.kyivpost.com material and a maximum 500-character extract of the story. Otherwise, all materials contained on this site are protected by copyright law and may not be reproduced without the prior written permission of Public Media at news@kyivpost.com
All information of the Interfax-Ukraine news agency placed on this web site is designed for internal use only. Its reproduction or distribution in any form is prohibited without a written permission of Interfax-Ukraine.