Tim Marshall is a journalist and author of a best-selling book called Prisoners of Geography. He knows all about politics around the world.
Vladimir Putin has been in power for longer than he should’ve been and is ignoring the rights of Russia’s civilians. There are literally no women involved in the Russian government, this needs to be changed. If Vladimir Putin stays in power there is not going to be much change. He is also getting involved in things that really are not his business, for example, the American election.
From: Witch’scat17 | Crampton Primary School
It’s worth remembering that he has been elected but it’s also worth noting that he controls almost all of the Russian media to try and make sure he gets re-elected. The President has a view of the world which appears to only care about power. He understands social media and the internet really well and uses it to try and influence events in many parts of the world.
As a class we want to know why people would want to abuse human rights because we are all the same on the inside.
From: Bonniethinks | Michael Faraday Primary School
Sadly the answer is because not everyone understands that we are all the same. They are prepared to hurt other people because they haven’t learned that yet. Some leaders use people’s suspicion of people they think are different to gain power. What we have to do is not believe or support anyone who tells you that one set of people are superior to another.
"Some leaders use people’s suspicion of people they think are different to gain power. What we have to do is not believe or support anyone who tells you that one set of people are superior to another. "
Tim Marshall, journalist and author
It seems that Russia have forgotten their legal promise to the UN, as it appears they seem to be treating people poorly due to their gender, skin colour, religion and sexuality despite this being an open choice to the public.
From: loyalwolf | St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School
Russian society remains less open and less liberal than most Western countries. Although there are many brave people in Russia fighting for equality, neither the leaders, nor the majority of the population support them. This is especially true once you move outside of the big cities.
We agree that everyone deserves to have rights and rights mean responsibility. How would you ensure that everyone understands their responsibility? It would be hard, but we think we need to promote our Freedom of Speech. What right do you think is most important in Russia?
From: Woodhill walrus, Woodhill flower, flame ninja, fire craken and fire furious | Woodhill Primary School
Hello Woodhill walrus, flower, flame ninja, fire craken, and fire furious.
I agree with you about free speech – because without that you can’t have democracy, and what Russia needs more than anything is to hold on to its democratic system which is under pressure.