WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. John McCain is accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of corruption, repression and self-serving rule in an opinion piece for Russia's best-known newspaper.
McCain's column for Pravda answers the Russian leader's broadside last week in The New York Times.
In an op-ed headlined "Russians Deserve Better That Putin," McCain singles out Putin and his associates for punishing dissent. He also chides Putin for siding with Syrian President Bashar Assad in the 2½-year civil war that has killed more than 100,000 people.
McCain insists that he is not anti-Russian but rather, as he puts it to Russian readers of Pravda, "more pro-Russian than the regime that misrules you today."
The senator submitted the editorial to Pravda and was told it would be posted on Thursday.
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