McCain's piece, a plea to the Russian people, assails Putin's rule while claiming that he (McCain) is more "pro-Russian" than the country's government and president. He writes:
"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. To perpetuate their power they foster rampant corruption in your courts and your economy and terrorize and even assassinate journalists who try to expose their corruption."
Read the piece at pravda.ru.