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U.S. Needs to Carefully Plot Engagement with Russia

U.S. Needs to Carefully Plot Engagement with Russia

A bill being considered in Russia that would expand domestic intelligence capabilities seems to confirm our worst fears, but it's a reminder of the United States role, writes Samuel Charap in the Washington Post.

The bill on President Dmitry Medvedev’s desk that expands the powers of the KGB’s domestic successor would seem to confirm our worst fears about Russia’s political development. But the story of how it got there shows that Russia’s political transformation is still unfolding and reminds us that the United States has a role to play in shaping it.

The proposed law would give the Federal Security Service (FSB) authority to issue warnings to individuals whose actions, though not illegal, "create the conditions for a crime."

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