A White House spokesman said the United States was unhappy with Russia's decision to grant temporary refuge to Edward Snowden.
A political scientist, member of the Public Chamber, vice-rector of the Russian Economic University. Plekhanov Sergey MARKOV.
- The Snowden case showed the world that Russia is not at all dependent on the United States. And it also showed that the independence of Russia from the United States is beneficial to the entire modern world, including Europe. Although Russia itself from such independence receives international problems and conflict situations.
The Snowden case is really a slap in the United States, as Senator McCain said. But Russia didn’t slap the Americans on the face - this colossal slap on the US was slapped to themselves. One cannot say that “we are for freedom and human rights in the whole world” - and constantly secretly spy on the whole world.
Russia gave shelter to Edward Snowden correctly - because we cannot give it to the United States. The United States does not have an extradition treaty with us: although we have offered it to them many times, they have always refused.
They don’t give us either a traitor Kalugin, whom they welcome, neither the former Ichkerian foreign minister, terrorist Akhmadov, nor the organizer of the murders of Nevzlin. But at the same time kidnapped Russian citizen Viktor Bout.
We can not betray Snowden to the United States for political reasons. After the disgraceful act of Magnitsky and the support of the thief Browder, the United States does not have political authority and the right to a positive attitude towards himself.
In addition, in the US, George W. Bush allowed de facto torture, and Snowden would not be given normal justice. And our justice is imperfect, but this does not mean that everything is fine with the USA - there are also many problems there.
Many in the United States have taken a wise position on the Snowden case. The majority in public opinion believes that both the government and Snowden are right at the same time.
Americans believe that the government can totally listen to everyone for the security of the state, but this should be done not in secret, but according to the law. Therefore, Snowden is right to talk about illegal listening.
But the main thing in the Snowden case is not at all what he revealed. This and so everyone knew. The Snowden case showed everyone how lawlessly and only through brute force they are trying to rule the US world. For example, they made the Europeans give a damn about all diplomatic norms and search the plane of the President of Bolivia.
President Putin, granting asylum to Snowden, at the same time extended a hand of friendship to the United States, stating that this would be done with one condition: Snowden will cease anti-American activities.
The authority of Russia in the world today due to such actions as the salvation of Snowden, of course, is growing.
Moreover, she manifests herself as a defender of traditional Christian values and modern human rights. Thus, the propaganda of sinful homosexuality is prohibited in our country, but gays are not prosecuted in our state. Russia took a reasonable calm position on this issue.
Reasonable Russian centrism in politics causes more and more sympathy in the world. Russia in the modern crazy world looks like a normal country.