Sec. of State Condoleezza Rice met with business leaders and human rights activists. She urged both, EM4614
HEADLINE: Rice meets with Russian human rights activists
CAPTION: Sec. of State Condoleezza Rice met with business leaders and human rights activists. She urged both groups to promote universal values of individual rights. The U.S. has expressed concern that Pres. Vladimir Putin’s central government has too much power. (Oct. 13) 2007
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Amid concerns that Russia’s democratic moves could be backsliding – and that the central government has too much power – Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with human rights activists.
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” I AM QUITE CONFIDENT THAT YOUR GOAL IS TO BUILD INSTITUTIONS THAT ARE INDIGENOUS TO RUSSIA, THAT ARE RUSSIAN INSTITUTIONS. BUT THAT ARE ALSO RESPECTFUL OF WHAT WE ALL KNOW TO BE UNIVERSAL VALUES. THOSE OF INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY AND FREEDOM, THE RIGHT TO WORSHIP AS YOU PLEASE, THE RIGHT TO ASSEMBLY, THE RIGHT TO NOT HAVE TO DEAL WITH THE ARBITRARY POWER OF THE STATE.”
After that meeting, Rice told reporters that President vladimir Putin’s concentration of power is stifling the country’s move to democracy.
Rice then met with a group of business, media and civil leaders. She said she wanted to know how they viewed the political evolution of their country. But participants said she didn’t give any judgement about Putin’s government.
[Notes:walking into ice rink, watching skaters]
But it was not all work for the Secretary. Rice was once a competitive figure skater, and took time out of her schedule to stop by Moscow’s Central Army Sports Club, where she watched girls practicing jumps and spins on the ice.
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She met them, and got a chance to talk to the young skaters. Rice stopped skating competitively when she was 17 because she didn’t like the pre-dawn practice sessions. When asked if she’d like to take a turn on the ice, she said no, she didn’t want to embarrass herself.
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