Katya Knyazeva (avezink) wrote,
Katya Knyazeva
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Corruption flourishes when there’s disregard for human rights

“Over the past 30 years, how many tales have we been told about the miracles of authoritarian modernization? How many times have “experienced diplomats” waving realpolitik banners whispered in our ears, ‘Don't pressure this dictator about human rights, you will scare him away. He is ready for economic reforms, and that’s more important, you have to understand’? How many times have investment bankers winked at us from the pages of business newspapers, saying, ‘So what if there are some tortures here and there, what matters is that the economy is growing by 7% a year’?”

“A whole religion arose, which can be called the Witnesses of the Singapore Miracle. Many people from Washington to Frankfurt and London piously believed in it and continue to do so. Rwanda, Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Chile were the prophets of this religion. They repeated like a mantra: “Don’t pester us with human rights issues, just fill the country with investments and we will surely turn into a second Singapore.”


“To steal something from a person, you must first deprive them of the right to a fair trial, freedom of speech and fair elections.”

https://eu.usatoday.com/story/opinion/voices/2021/10/05/alexey-navalny-russia-dissident-message-from-prison-human-rights/5947950001/
Tags: 2021, crime, politics, russia
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