On a visit to the Kremlin to discuss the controversial US-Eastern Europe missile shield, Condoleezza Rice waded into Russian domestic politics with a criticism
of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
After meeting with Russian human rights activists, Rice stated that she wanted to help them to protect people from the "arbitrary power of the state", adding
that she did not wish to interfere in Russian internal affairs.
She was further quoted as saying that there was "too much concentration of power in the Kremlin", and that "everyone has doubts about the full independence of
the judiciary". The US has accused Putin of "rolling back democracy".