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Bush calls for renewed commitment to rule of law in Russia

[JURIST] Leading up to this week's summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website], President Bush Monday criticized the leader's continuing shift toward authoritarian rule and called for the Russian government to "renew a commitment to democracy and the rule of law." In Bush's speech [White House text] delivered to European leaders in Brussels, he made mention of the need for open markets, a free press, the sharing of power, and the rule of law if Russia is to further strengthen its ties with Western nations. Reuters has more. BBC News has recorded video of Bush's speech.

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