His remarks, less guarded than usual, came amid growing concern among Russia's marginalized liberals that Putin's government is recasting Stalin's legacy to justify its own increasingly tight control.
Since the mainstream media insists on labeling Putin’s opponents as “liberals” and Putin as a “conservative”, I offer what might be the definition found in the reporter's usage guide:
Liberal – 1) A Russian who favors market forces, private ownership of enterprises, reduced government interference in business, and decentralized political power. 2) An American who opposes all these things.
This illustrates the level of devaluation of such labels have reached in our discourse. They should be avoided.