I couldn't help having a chuckle this morning as I read Gary Kasparov imploring the EU to recognise that Russia is not a democracy.
"They should be honest," he told The Daily Telegraph at Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport. "Russia is not a democratic regime, it is an authoritarian regime. Putin is not a democrat, they should recognise this."
Asking the EU to distinguish between authoritarian and democratic is a bit like asking Mussolini to realise that Hitler's Germany was fascist. After all, between Russia and the EU, only one of them has a president elected by a popular democratic vote - and it isn't José Manuel Barroso.