Putin and Pinochet: separated at birth?

The current Russian regime uses political murder as a means of rule.

The current Russian regime uses political murder as a means of rule. The murderers are not only protected, but promoted: in one case, to a seat in the Duma.

We can debate what should be done about that fact. But the fact itself is undeniable.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

2 thoughts on “Putin and Pinochet: separated at birth?”

  1. As Stalin said, one political death is a murder, 600,000 political deaths is a statistic.

    How about "Putin and Bush: separated at birth?", the difference being, of course, that Putin (and Pinochet) have vastly less blood on his hands…

    Christ, how about "Putin and Rick Perry: separated at birth?" — and plenty of other governors, of course. Active hostility, purely for political advantage, to anything that might prove those on death row are innocent is a common feature of US politics; the George Ryans and Richard Codeys are the exception, not the rule.

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