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Rarely does a diplomat speak so bluntly, but with that one word in a Twitter post, the U.S. ambassador to Russia set off a buzz in the blogosphere this week, as he slapped down a critic who accused him of trying to topple the government in the Kremlin.
Ambassador Michael McFaul already had stirred up the political establishment shortly after arriving in Moscow in January, when he met with opposition leaders who criticize the increasingly autocratic regime of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
Mr. McFaul reminded the show’s editor-in-chief, Margarita Simonyan, that she had asked him to be candid about any “Russia Today” report he found inaccurate. The two had met at the White House when Mr. McFaul was a Russia specialist at the National Security Council before President Obama named him ambassador to Russia.
Mr. Panarin claimed that Mr. McFaul, while working with pro-democracy groups in 2006, had been grooming a young dissident named Aleksey Navalny and arranged for him to attend a special program at Yale University four years later.
“Does RT have an obligation to correct factual errors in opinion pieces?” he wrote. “Or does the fact that Panarin is expressing an ‘opinion’ give the author a license to say anything, the facts be damned?”
Mr. McFaul got more than 60 comments on his Facebook page that were mostly positive.
He said the “fight to prevent chaos and to preserve Russian statehood is yet to come.”
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James Morrison joined the The Washington Times in 1983 as a local reporter covering Alexandria, Va. A year later, he was assigned to open a Times bureau in Canada. From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Morrison was The Washington Times reporter in London, covering Britain, Western Europe and NATO issues. After returning to Washington, he served as an assistant foreign editor ...
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