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Senators demand G8 suspend Russia
Two influential US senators have called for Russia's suspension from the Group of Eight industrialised nations, accusing it of abusing democracy and political freedom.
Last Modified: 18 Feb 2005 22:52 GMT
Russia under President Putin is said to be abusing democracy
Two influential US senators have called for Russia's suspension from the Group of Eight industrialised nations, accusing it of abusing democracy and political freedom.

Senators Joe Lieberman and John McCain on Friday introduced a Senate resolution urging President George Bush to take action to suspend Russia's G8 membership.

"In 2001, I warned of a creeping coup in Russia against the forces of democracy and market capitalism in Russia," said McCain, who ran for the Republican presidential nomination in 2000, which he lost to Bush.

"Since then, Russia has actually moved backward," he said.

Summit

The Senate resolution by the two senators came ahead of a summit next Thursday between Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Bratislava.

McCain has been warning of a
return to totalitarianism in Russia

"Mr Putin has moved to eliminate the popular election of Russia's 89 regional governors, has cracked down on independent media, continued his repression of business executives who oppose his government, and is reasserting the Kremlin's old-style central control," McCain added.
  
"The coup is no longer creeping - it is galloping," the Arizona senator said.
  
Lieberman, who ran for the Democratic presidential nomination last year, said: "We must openly confront anti-democratic backsliding in Russia for the sake of all those who look to the United States as a beacon of freedom."
  
The G8 also includes the United States, Britain, Canada, Japan, France, Italy and Germany.

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