WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – In an opinion piece for a Russian newspaper, Republican Sen. John McCain slammed President Vladimir Putin, accusing him of corruption, repression and self-serving rule of the country.

In the op-ed, “Russians Deserves Better Than Putin”, which was published in Pravda, the senator strongly criticizes Putin for siding with Syrian President Bashar Assad in the civil war that has killed more than 100,000 people in Syria.

“He is not enhancing Russia’s global reputation,” McCain wrote. “He is destroying it. He has made her a friend to tyrants and an enemy to the oppressed, and untrusted by nations that seek to build a safer, more peaceful and prosperous world.”

McCain continued to blast Putin claiming that he is not anti-Russian but “more pro-Russian than the regime that misrules you today.”

“President Putin doesn’t believe … in you. He doesn’t believe that human nature at liberty can rise above its weaknesses and build just, peaceful prosperous societies,” McCain wrote. “Or, at least, he doesn’t believe Russians can. So he rules by using those weaknesses, by corruption, repression and violence. He rules for himself, not you.”

The 2008 Republican presidential nominee slammed Putin and lawmakers for writing laws that codify bigotry, more specifically the controversial legislation on sexual orientation. People accused of spreading “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations” to minors will be fined and jailed for up to 15 days under the new Russian law.

In the piece, McCain also notes how censored the Russian citizens are by Putin.

“A Russian citizen could not publish a testament like the one I just offered …They don’t respect your dignity or accept your authority over them. They punish dissent and imprison opponents. They rig your elections. They control your media. They harass, threaten, and banish organizations that defend your right to self-governance,” McCain wrote.

Last week in an op-ed for The New York Times he said President Barack Obama’s remarks about America were self-serving and that it was dangerous for America to think of itself as exceptional.


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