Put your own house in order first…

RUSSIAN premier Vladimir Putin compared the pressure put on the Kremlin over the Chechnya issue to Britain’s role in Northern Ireland on Monday – a handy way to deflect criticism of human rights abuses in the Russian federation, but – given the massive difference in the scale of such abuses – are the situations really comparable?

Mosnews reports:

It was not clear whether Blair had pressed Putin over human rights or brought up the fraud conviction of former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, whose trial British officials say has hurt investment in Russia.

But Putin, asked by a reporter, said: “We know about these (human rights) criticisms, especially surrounding the Chechen events, just as criticism about Britain used to be heard in terms of Northern Ireland.”

“We are opposed to the use of these issues for interfering in our internal affairs or as a tool for achieving foreign policy objectives,” Russian President was quoted by Reuters as saying.

Hat tip to Newshound.

  • smcgiff

    In fairness, he did use the word, ‘used’ – however, whether they are comparable is beside the point.

    It was simply said for political point scoring and not as an accurate or caring analysis of Britain’s involvement in NI.

  • peteb

    “are the situations really comparable?”

    In a word – No.

  • Dec

    You could spend hours discussing the differences between a dolphin and an elephant but ultimately, they’re both mammals.

  • colm

    Norn’ Irelanders must be elephants – they never forget!

  • Weapons of Crass Instruction

    “Norn’ Irelanders must be elephants – they never forget”

    I’m awaiting the ,ahem, stampede of criticism for that one Colm

  • Weapons of Crass Instruction

    “Norn’ Irelanders must be elephants – they never forget”

    I’m awaiting the ,ahem, stampede of criticism for that one Colm

  • Weapons of Crass Instruction

    “Norn’ Irelanders must be elephants – they never forget”

    I’m awaiting the ,ahem, stampede of criticism for that one Colm

  • Weapons of Crass Instruction

    Whoops,
    [grovels in obsequious apologetic fashion]