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Playing with Fire: Destabilizing Russia

The two days after Russia's parliamentary elections of December 4 have seen the Project Democracy networks of George Soros, Mikhail Gorbachov, and other London-linked enthusiasts of "regime change" take aim at Russia and at the prospective return of Vladimir Putin to its Presidency, in particular. Western officials piling on in the attacks against Russia's Putin-Medvedev tandem include British Foreign Minister William Hague, who proclaimed his "serious concerns" after an Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) report charged the United Russia party with ballot box-stuffing; U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who toed the "serious concerns" line on behalf of the Obama Administration, adding that "Russian voters deserve a full investigation of all credible reports of electoral fraud and manipulation, and we hope in particular that the Russian authorities will take action"; and Sen. John McCain, who issued a Twitter message addressed to Putin: "Dear Vlad, The Arab Spring is coming to a neighborhood near you."