Putin is a dick-tator
Coming from a country with so much freedom, particularly in the media, the obviously-state-censored press in countries like Malaysia and Thailand felt weird to me when I visited. That kind of stuff pales into insignificance when you take a look at Russia, one of the "leading" countries in the world. This fascinating and very in depth article exposes the almost-unbelievable state of affairs that Putin has created in the country, where the president is becoming ever-powerful and democracy seems to be slipping away. The article also deals with the recent spate of assassinations of "traitors", such as Alexander Litvinenko's recent horrible death in London. Scary stuff.