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Russia as Aggressor: the view of Andrei Illarionov

Andrei Illarionov. Photo: unknown

Like Kasparov, Andrei Illarionov is highly critical of the current regime in Russia. A libertarian who served as an economic advisor of President Putin until 2005, Illarionov has strongly condemned Russia's intervention in Georgia and resigned in protest from his government position.  He has also argued that Georgia is winning the battle of ideas due to its commitment to democracy and free market ideals. On his personal blog he writes,

"Sometimes I am reproached for giving too much attention to Georgia. I don't think so. As a matter of fact, I am convinced that I don't give enough attention to Georgia.

Because the topics that are often times

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