“The people of Russia need to know they are being lied to on an hourly
basis by their president,” Albright told journalists in Kyiv on May 26. “I find it very
hard to understand much of anything of what Vladimir Putin is saying. Anybody who can say the dissolution of the Soviet Union is the greatest tragedy of the
20th century is not operating with facts. There were two world wars in which
millions of people were killed, among them Russians. So it I think it is
insulting what he has said to all of our historical knowledge.”
Among other lies, Putin has portrayed Ukraine’s EuroMaidan Revolution as led by “fascists” and directed by the United States, rather than as a democratic, Ukrainian-led revolt against a corrupt president, Viktor Yanukovych, who was supported by the Kremlin.
Albright has been in Kyiv for several days in her role as chairman of the
National Democratic Institute, a U.S.-based international nongovernmental organization
that promotes democracy, human rights and fair elections in many nations of the
world. She was in Kyiv leading an NDI election observation mission, which gave high marks to the May 25 vote. “By conducting a generally well-run presidential election in the face of significant challenges, Ukrainians achieved a democratic milestone,” NDI concluded.