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Topic: Putin the Magnificent: Series 2 - Putin's Russia (Read 87760 times)

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Poland was over time lost to Russia after the collapse of Tsarism. The USSR was an evil, despicable and hell hole of a place. It done in far more pea film on the speech to a crowd n a field made it very clear there would only be a one-party State! In the Jewish corner they were highly involved in Communism and a fact of history not said much about. The Reds o that dreadful revolution murdered millions people still starved were dispatched to far off parts of the country. Folk had their homes confiscated bank money removed and although thankfully in a sense that evil Lenin did not live long the ignorant not uch of a public speaker Stalin was violently worse. Massive numbers of folk were dispatched to terrible frozen camps in far off Siberia. Numbers vastly outdone similar people sent there pre1917. Many were not in camps before then but courts would order them a period of time they had to just live there. Could decide where they lived and worked then at the end of that term could move back west to that popular end of Russia.

Today the Russian Federation does not automatically have to be like the West just because we want that. They have a range of parties in their Duma and the marking of the 100th year since the terrible assassination of the Royals the parliament all stood up to mark the terrible thing and sadness and even included Communist Party members! I can still recall prior to the collapse of the Reds in the early 1990's how poor the place looked., Shops especially bakers with queues looking not impressive and few cars on the roads. Today mighty traffic jams shops of variety, colour and attraction a modernisation and definitive progress and because not like ours that makes them a fail?!
"Quit you like men:be strong"

Re: Putin the Magnificent: Series 2 - Putin's Russia

Reply #426
An article on how Putin became Germany's darling.

The Russian president had only been in office for a year and a half when he addressed the German parliament on Sept. 25, 2001. [...] Putin delivered his speech in German, telling his "colleagues" in German parliament that he was speaking the language of Goethe, Schiller and Kant.


The Russian leader invoked the "ideas of democracy and freedom" and said that, "Russia is a friendly country. We are making our joint contribution to the construction of the European house," adding that peace on the Continent is the goal.

His speech would be interrupted 16 times by applause, and in several instances, the protocol even notes "merriment." When he finished at 3:47 p.m., the German parliamentarians rose from their seats. From the Left Party to the center-right Christian Democrats, they applauded Putin for several minutes, this new hope bearer for Russia.
And I do not agree with the author's assessment that these lovely times are over. (Putin's) Russia is very duplicitous. So is Germany.

Russia is yearning for a return to bygone times of greatness. Germany is affected by a historical sense of guilt for having caused two world wars, harbouring a particular sense of Schade wrt Russia. These two can still turn the world over a third time.

Re: Putin the Magnificent: Series 2 - Putin's Russia

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SPIEF is St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, held less than a month ago. Honoured guests at the economic forum included representatives of Taliban and Donbass republics.

Putin did an insightful speech there. The speech included a single illustration.

Yup, the world is rather unfriendly to Russia. Even Japan is unfriendly, so just now 384 Japanese MEPs (about half of total MEPs of Japan's bicameral parliament) got sanctioned by Russia.

Re: Putin the Magnificent: Series 2 - Putin's Russia

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Japan and South Korea. North Korea is friendly though, so there's that.

Essentially the new expanded NATO, with Australia and New Zealand.

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Happy birthday, Mr. President.

According to Alexey Arestovych, the explosion on the Crimea bridge is due to Russian infighting and leads to further Russian infighting. There are worse war-mongerers than Putin among Russians, and those war-mongerers deem Putin tragically slow, even though on the right path. According to Arestovych, one of those factions organised the explosion to bring further damage to Putin's image, in order to lead to his replacement. However, Putin may easily cut off a few (more) heads aroud him, as he has not been slow to make pre-emptive moves when it comes to threats against himself personally.

Arestovych is associated with Ukraine's intelligence services, so he has more of an interest to misdirect rather than inform. Still, I think he is the best source to get a sense of the attitude and sentiment of Ukrainians regarding the war.