Susan Collins: Putin Is an ‘Authoritarian Thug’
COLLINS: "The Russian protests over the weekend yielded appalling pictures of people being carted away. And who knows, under the Putin regime, whether we’ll even ever see those individuals again. He is an authoritarian thug. I can’t imagine anyone speaking well of him or viewing the Russians under his leadership as other than wanting to destabilize our government. You know, there’s an interesting fact that a lot of people don’t know and that is in the unclassified annex of the intelligence community's report that was released last fall. It was revealed that Russia Today, which most people believe is controlled by the Russian government, was involved in fomenting the 'Occupy Wall Street' incident. So they were equal opportunity offenders. They’ll work with the far left and the far right, anything they can do to sow the seeds of mistrust and doubt about the legitimacy of the American government and our institutions."