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Inside Vladimir Putin's Skull
The American Thinker ^ | April 9, 2014 | Kim Zigfeld

Posted on 04/09/2014 1:25:36 AM PDT by No One Special

In the space of just a few weeks, Vladimir Putin has destroyed his entire reputation in the Western world and all the foreign and domestic policies he has struggled for more than a decade to devise and implement. What can he possibly be thinking?

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Russia is governed by a madman, a raving nationalist with totalitarian designs, motivated by a fevered desire for revenge after his cold-war thrashing.

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Travin describes a system of state-controlled media, rigged elections, and a rubber-stamp parliament that is nothing less than a “new and improved” USSR, with Russian nationalism replacing Communism as the motivating ideological force. Physical repression is needed only to the extent that financial resources are not adequate to achieve control through corruption, and the regime is actively engaged in all-out “brainwashing” of the population, just as in Soviet times.

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1 posted on 04/09/2014 1:25:36 AM PDT by No One Special
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To: No One Special

I’m much more worried about Barack Obama, his lovely wife and Valerie Jarrett. I doubt that Vladimir consciously wants to kill me.


2 posted on 04/09/2014 1:40:54 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Cruz and/or Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Putin’s July 4th Message
3 posted on 04/09/2014 1:48:34 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: No One Special

A nuanced view.


4 posted on 04/09/2014 1:50:52 AM PDT by Monmouth78
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I believe he’ll kill anyone, very coldly and very deliberately if someone gets in his way.


5 posted on 04/09/2014 2:20:23 AM PDT by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: No One Special

I wonder what on earth is going on with Putin that he is suddenly dropping his mask and presenting his true self to the entire world. We foolishly placated him and now he’s not bothering to play nice anymore.


6 posted on 04/09/2014 2:21:39 AM PDT by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: CorporateStepsister
I wonder what on earth is going on with Putin that he is suddenly dropping his mask and presenting his true self to the entire world.

Thugs almost always overplay their hand. Time will tell if that has happened to Putin in the Ukraine.

7 posted on 04/09/2014 2:25:57 AM PDT by fso301
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To: fso301; MinuteGal

I think one big chunk of what motivates Putin is hatred of Barak Hussein Obama. I think Vlad loathes him. And Obama dissing Vlad’s Olympics was the last straw. Putin laid in wait until the Olympics were over and then immediately pounced on the Crimea, thumbing his nose at the West of whom all the main country heads boycotted his Olympics(France, Britain, the U.S., others) and is still over there stewing in his own hostile juices.

I don’t think he’ll stop yet, as he is still really po’d as to how the West shafted what he considered the shining jewel in his crown over in Sochi. He still wants payback. They ruined his Olympics, he’s going to ruin their peace of mind and make them worry that WWIII could start. Works for him.


8 posted on 04/09/2014 2:57:32 AM PDT by flaglady47 (Oppressors can tyranize only w/a standing army-enslaved press-disarmed populace)
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To: CorporateStepsister

Robert Kraft, owner of the New England Patriots, showed him his Super Bowl ring. Putin looked at it and said, “I could kill a man with this”. He then tossed the ring to his security and left. He stole the ring.


9 posted on 04/09/2014 3:30:10 AM PDT by No One Special
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

> Travin describes a system of state-controlled media, rigged elections, and a rubber-stamp parliament that is nothing less than a “new and improved” USSR, with Russian nationalism replacing Communism as the motivating ideological force.

Thanks No One Special.


10 posted on 04/09/2014 4:00:31 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (FINOs make me sick. https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: flaglady47

I doubt Vlad hates Obama as much or more than many Americans do - myself included.


11 posted on 04/09/2014 4:17:27 AM PDT by ohioman
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To: No One Special

Yeah, but try telling this to dunderheads and dupes and you end up with the weird accusation that you’re a homo or an Obama plant if you won’t praise Putin as a Christian.


12 posted on 04/09/2014 4:18:23 AM PDT by elhombrelibre (Against Obama. Against Putin. Pro-freedom. Pro-US Constitution.)
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To: No One Special

All this notwithstanding, I remain convinced that Putin isn’t out to destroy this country.... Obama and the left are.


13 posted on 04/09/2014 4:22:33 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: ScottinVA

Is it not possible that both the US Left and Putin have the same objective, or is that too far out to believe?


14 posted on 04/09/2014 4:26:24 AM PDT by elhombrelibre (Against Obama. Against Putin. Pro-freedom. Pro-US Constitution.)
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To: CorporateStepsister

“We foolishly placated him and now he’s not bothering to play nice anymore.”

The two main differences between Putin and Obama are these:

1). Putin, coming from a KGB background, employs analytical thinking. He’d spent years reading Bush and Obama. Knowing Bush wasn’t fearful of defending American interests, Putin exercised a high level of caution, knowing an overreach could be costly. Putin regards America under Obama’s rule as nothing but a rapidly weakening state, more at war with itself than any opposing international power. He rightly views Obama as feckless, indecisive and Carteresque. Putin biews this as the prime time to muscle his way through Eastern Europe, knowing he won’t be contested beyond spoken words and letters of “concern.”

2). Like him or not, Putin views issues through the prism of the country he represents. He’s a thug to be sure, but he is Russian to the core. Contrast that with Obama, who fancies himself as a “citizen of the world” who, instead of pressing out national interest, commences to apologizing to America’s sworn enemies for our “acts of arrogance.” He follows this up with abrogation of the missile treaties with the Czech Republic and Poland, a shrinking of our military to pre-WWII size, and craven indecisiveness on Syria.

In short, Putin regards America as too feeble to stop him from his hegemonic goals.


15 posted on 04/09/2014 4:38:03 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: elhombrelibre

Insofar as America’s future is concerned, the left in this country is far more nefarious.


16 posted on 04/09/2014 4:40:27 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Obama is so far in over his head, even his ears are beneath the water level.)
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To: CorporateStepsister

Obama or Putin?


17 posted on 04/09/2014 4:49:07 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: CorporateStepsister

Obama or Putin?


18 posted on 04/09/2014 4:49:07 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: No One Special

“Travin describes a system of state-controlled media, rigged elections, and a rubber-stamp parliament that is nothing less than a “new and improved” USSR, with Russian nationalism replacing Communism as the motivating ideological force. Physical repression is needed only to the extent that financial resources are not adequate to achieve control through corruption, and the regime is actively engaged in all-out “brainwashing” of the population, just as in Soviet times.”

How is America different?


19 posted on 04/09/2014 4:50:06 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ScottinVA
"Travin describes a system of state-controlled media, rigged elections, and a rubber-stamp parliament that is nothing less than a “new and improved” USSR, with Russian nationalism replacing Communism as the motivating ideological force. Physical repression is needed only to the extent that financial resources are not adequate to achieve control through corruption, and the regime is actively engaged in all-out “brainwashing” of the population, just as in Soviet times."

Sounds much like the domestic actions of the Obama Regime and the Left in general. Obama is far stronger in the US than internationally because his international actions further weakens the US that he loathes.

20 posted on 04/09/2014 4:52:05 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: No One Special

Putin camp: Kraft’s story ‘weird’

Updated: June 17, 2013, 1:43 PM ET

A spokesman for Vladimir Putin maintains that the Russian President received Robert Kraft’s Super Bowl ring in 2005 as a gift and said the New England Patriots’ owner’s claims that Putin took it without permission is “weird.”

Kraft, who was honored at Carnegie Hall’s Medal of Excellence gala at the Waldorf-Astoria on Thursday, told the crowd at the event that Putin took his Super Bowl XXXIX ring when the Patriots’ owner visited St. Petersburg, Russia, in 2005, even though he released a statement at the time saying he gave the ring to Putin as a gift.

“I took out the ring and showed it to [Putin], and he put it on and he goes, ‘I can kill someone with this ring,’ “ Kraft told the crowd, according to the New York Post. “I put my hand out and he put it in his pocket, and three KGB guys got around him and walked out.”

A spokesman for Putin, however, told CNN on Sunday that the ring was definitely given as a gift.

“What Mr. Kraft is saying now is weird,” Dmitry Peskov told CNN. “I was standing 20 centimeters away from him and Mr. Putin and saw and heard how Mr. Kraft gave this ring as a gift.”

Peskov told CNN that the ring now is at the Kremlin’s library.

A spokesman for the Kraft Group released a statement Sunday, clarifying Kraft’s remarks, noting that Sandy Weill, who is the board of trustees chairman of Carnegie Hall, introduced Kraft on Thursday night and was with the Patriots owner on the trip to Russia in 2005.

“It’s a humorous, anecdotal story that Robert re-tells for laughs. He loves that his ring is at the Kremlin and, as he stated back in 2005, he continues to have great respect for Russia and the leadership of President Putin,” the statement said. “In particular, he credits President Putin for modernizing the Russian economy. An added benefit from the attention this story gathered eight years ago was the creation of some Patriots fan clubs in Russia.

“On Thursday night, Kraft told the crowd that he really wanted the 4.94-carat bauble back, admitting he’d gotten a call from the George W. Bush-run White House, saying, ‘It would really be in the best interest of United States-Soviet relations if you meant to give the ring as a present.’ “

This wasn’t the first time the story surfaced, as Kraft’s late wife, Myra, said in 2007 that the ring wasn’t intended to be a gift.

http://espn.go.com/boston/nfl/story/_/id/9392090/vladimir-putin-denies-stealing-new-england-patriots-owner-robert-kraft-super-bowl-ring

I hate the cheating Patriots so I’m going with Putin’s version of events.


21 posted on 04/09/2014 4:54:33 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: ohioman

Agreed but Putin can do something about it.


22 posted on 04/09/2014 4:55:08 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: elhombrelibre

That’s too far out. The left wants Christians exterminated. Putin just wants to be be recognized as the most powerful man alive.


23 posted on 04/09/2014 5:07:41 AM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Thinker? Really? More like Histeric. "Vladimir Putin has destroyed his entire reputation in the Western world and all the foreign and domestic policies he has struggled for more than a decade to devise and implement." What domestoc policies he destroyed? His support among our are as great as ever. There is no way to "please" the West. The only Russia it liked was dying Russia of Yeltsin. We lost too much alreday , that is enough. "What can he possibly be thinking?" That after Cold War was "over" Russis was dying and gave up almost everything it had? Maybe he wa thinkig that His Western Reputation can suck it? Yeah, i think he thought something like that. "Putin spent the last 15 years trying to convince the West that NATO was an offensive, dangerous anachronism, and he had nearly succeeded." *facepalm* And he is wrong because.... eh? "The Obama administration, for example, unilaterally canceled missile defense for Eastern Europe. " But it was against Iran, right? You know, Iran, that has thousands of nukes. " In one fell swoop, Putin now has confirmed that NATO still has a critical mission defending Eastern Europe from Russian aggression, and countries like Sweden and Finland, which had resisted membership, are now considering it." I do not remember any official states from Finland, but i do remember some words of Sweden general (i think...) that said that Russia can conquer Sweden in days and military of Swedeen needs larger budget. These words provoked an amusing parody from russian comedy show. They used Mamma Mia motive and made a funny clip. "The Crimea invasion has obliterated all of it." Yeah, those terrible sanctions. Bring them on. All i hear is talk and talk and talk - though , it looks like, our leaders are finally are preparing to "unleash" oursleves from the petro-dollar and send it as far as possible. "The Crimea invasion has Putin shamelessly using unilateral military force instead of diplomacy, spurning international organizations and flouting international law, and receiving even less international support in doing so than the U.S." Yeah, big suprise there. "Putin spent the last 15 years seeking to marginalize “Russophobes” like John McCain. " McCain doing great job on his own. "One by one, the pillars of Putinism have crumbled and collapsed under the earth tremors of Putin’s limitless lust for territory. Only two pillars remain supporting him: the feckless weakness of Barack Obama and Putin’s savage neo-Soviet readiness to crush dissent." Dear Kim Zigfeld. Are you feeling allright? "Leading Ukrainian politician Yulia Tymoshenko " The one who said that Russia should be burned to the ground? Oh, yeah, she added later that is was a fake words added by FSB. Sure thing, Yulka. "Travin describes a system of state-controlled media, rigged elections, and a rubber-stamp parliament that is nothing less than a “new and improved” USSR, with Russian nationalism replacing Communism as the motivating ideological force. " Unlike Free Press of The West, in which "Free" Press controled by Dudes With Money. Russian nationalism? How so? "Barbashin characterizes Putin as a disciple of the raving nationalist lunatic Alexander Dugin, himself a disciple of the German Nazi movement. Barbashin writes:" Dugin is a man of epatage. Much like Zhirinovsky. He has no political weight. Sometime his analysis can be correct, though. " Then try to explain the difference between Obama’s treatment of Putin and Neville Chamberlain’s treatment of Hitler." Keep comparing Putin with Hitler. Keep comaring Russia with Nazi Germany. And i and readers like me, will keep to translate articles like this to my people. And don't be suprised, that after reading this hatefull piece of , popularity of the West and US are falling down in Russia. Keep blaming "anti-american" propaganda.
24 posted on 04/09/2014 5:12:42 AM PDT by Vostok-1
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’m much more worried about Barack Obama, his lovely wife and Valerie Jarrett. I doubt that Vladimir consciously wants to kill me.


Yeah, with all of the abominations happening here I think we need to be concerned about this country.

Besides, the thread was just a writers opinion.


25 posted on 04/09/2014 6:10:53 AM PDT by ravenwolf
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To: CorporateStepsister
"I wonder what on earth is going on with Putin that he is suddenly dropping his mask and presenting his true self to the entire world."

Maybe he got tired of waiting for President Obama to be "more flexible" after the election.

26 posted on 04/09/2014 6:13:27 AM PDT by Pecos (The Chicago Way: Kill the Constitution, one step at a time.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I apologize, i meant to reply to original post/article.


27 posted on 04/09/2014 6:23:53 AM PDT by Vostok-1
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To: Berlin_Freeper

A military training exercise in international airspace is hardly something to wet the bed about.


28 posted on 04/09/2014 6:36:59 AM PDT by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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To: Vostok-1
добрый вечер Восток 1, что вы думаете об этой статье? : http://20committee.com/2014/04/07/putinism-and-the-anti-weird-coalition/
29 posted on 04/09/2014 7:13:27 AM PDT by AdmSmith (GCTGATATGTCTATGATTACTCAT)
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http://20committee.com/2014/04/07/putinism-and-the-anti-weird-coalition/


30 posted on 04/09/2014 7:14:33 AM PDT by AdmSmith (GCTGATATGTCTATGATTACTCAT)
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To: Vostok-1

Pretty difficult responding to someone whose post contains a threat. Furthermore, it is not good form here to quote long passages from a site that is on our copyright list. American Thinker requires no more than 300 words of excerpted prose. You may want to call abuse on yourself and have the mods delete your post. As for your view of Americans, we do not hate Russians. We hate what your government did during the 20th Century. I have few heros but one of them is a Russian, Alexander Solzhenitsyn. I hope for the best for the Russian people. I hope that they can find it within themselves to get new leaders because the one they have now has sown the wind and he will reap the whirlwind for the Russian people.


31 posted on 04/09/2014 7:59:54 AM PDT by No One Special
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To: ilovesarah2012

The liberation of private property is no vice; we can just call it spontaneous socialism. Kewl?


32 posted on 04/09/2014 8:22:00 AM PDT by No One Special
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To: Monmouth78

No, she calls them as she sees them and has the courage of her convictions.


33 posted on 04/09/2014 8:28:11 AM PDT by No One Special
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To: elhombrelibre

Probably just confused but potentially very nice dunderheads if they extract themselves from their ideology.


34 posted on 04/09/2014 9:00:37 AM PDT by No One Special
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To: CorporateStepsister

Maybe he’s beginning to believe his own press clippings.


35 posted on 04/09/2014 9:03:31 AM PDT by No One Special
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To: No One Special

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Pretty difficult responding to someone whose post contains a threat
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A threat? Where?

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Furthermore, it is not good form here to quote long passages from a site that is on our copyright list
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Thank you, i will remember that.

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As for your view of Americans, we do not hate Russians.
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I never stated that you did. My entire response was to author of an article. With people like him, we do not need anti-US propaganda at all.

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We hate what your government did during the 20th Century.
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I’ll be silent here, i am suprised enough that local moderator actually let me comment through.

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I hope for the best for the Russian people.
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As do i.

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hope that they can find it within themselves to get new leaders because the one they have now has sown the wind and he will reap the whirlwind for the Russian people.
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We already ripped the whirlwind - when a traitor and drunk puppet was installed at our helm.
We paid dearly for that. And we paid enough. No more.


36 posted on 04/09/2014 9:15:50 AM PDT by Vostok-1
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To: AdmSmith

If i may, i will response in english, since i do not think that responding in russian will be a polite thing to do.

I disagree with most of the article. I will not post the reply here, though, since i already annoyed local moderators enough.


37 posted on 04/09/2014 9:58:12 AM PDT by Vostok-1
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To: mac_truck
I'm not wetting the bed about anything, just sharing information.

But if you need to ignore nuclear capable bombers set towards America, just to avoid filling your panties, then very good for you.

38 posted on 04/09/2014 10:00:41 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: mac_truck
A military training exercise in international airspace is hardly something to wet the bed about.
btw, the proper Trolling comment would be:
...is hardly something to wet yourself about.
Wetting the bed makes no sense other than you projecting your personal issue. Trolls are all kinds of messed-up, LoL!
39 posted on 04/09/2014 10:14:53 AM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Vostok-1

The threat is contained in the last few sentences of your post and it was that you would whip up anti-american sentiment amongst your friends if anyone else wrote something comparing Putin with Hitler.

As to the moderaters, I am certain that they would have no problem with an honest, heart-felt response to my comment that Americans (and myself in particular) hate what the Soviet Government did during the 20th century. Note that I am specifically not blaming you or your countrymen. Here in America we look at the people and the governemnt as two very different and naturally opposed entities. The people are sovereign. No kings here.

By the way, I did not contact the moderators and I have never contacted the modertors about another poster in all the time I have been a Freeper. I have only contacted them to delete a post of my own or correct a mistake I have made. To do this, I use the “report abuse” link. I try to govern myself within the confines of the framework of Free Republic which, come to think of it, is sort of the way our Constitution was designed to make our governement work. We are a sovereign and self-ruling people. These are the characteristics that makes us exceptional, meaning not better, but different from all other people. This was the gift our founders gave to us. The gift of trust. The gift that we the people in the end woulld know best how to run our nation.


40 posted on 04/09/2014 10:41:56 AM PDT by No One Special
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To: No One Special

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The threat is contained in the last few sentences of your post and it was that you would whip up anti-american sentiment amongst your friends if anyone else wrote something comparing Putin with Hitler.
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I do realise that my english is poor, but i thought that i expressed myself rather explicit.
I wrote “And i and readers like me, will keep to translate articles like this to my people. And don’t be suprised, that after reading this hatefull piece of , popularity of the West and US are falling down in Russia. Keep blaming “anti-american” propaganda.”

That means (at least, i intended my post this way), that i do NOT intend to “whip up anti-american sentiment amongst your friends if anyone else wrote something comparing Putin with Hitler”. I do itend simply to translate articles such as this to them (as close and true to original article as possible) - and it will work better than any anit-US propaganda of “putin’s regime”.

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I am certain that they would have no problem with an honest, heart-felt response to my comment that Americans (and myself in particular) hate what the Soviet Government did during the 20th century.
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And i am certain, that they will not (and it’s their obvious right). I’ve read and translate commentaries/articles from this webstie for quite a while, and i belive i do understand point-of-view regarding certain things/historical events that is dominant here. Mine is different.

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Here in America we look at the people and the governemnt as two very different and naturally opposed entities. The people are sovereign. No kings here.
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I do belive that you actually belive that to be true.
And i trully respect that.
And out of respect i will be silent on the matter as well.


41 posted on 04/09/2014 11:09:46 AM PDT by Vostok-1
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To: Vostok-1; No One Special
Welcome to Free Republic.

Speaking for my self, and I wish nos would do like wise, I agree with most of what you said, especially McCain, who just likes to bomb, bomb, bomb.

Putin is pro life, pro family, against elite homosexuality, pro Christianity, flat tax etc. He uses his bully pulpit to point out the carnage of Islamists against Christians.

On the merits, Putin is a great leader. Peggy Noonan, Pat Buchanan and others have alluded to as much. Sad, on this issue, seems like most Freepers are still living in the last century.

To make paragraphs, insert the command, < P >, with out spaces before and after the P .

42 posted on 04/09/2014 11:14:55 AM PDT by duckln
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To: Vostok-1
Вы можете ответить мне на русском языке
43 posted on 04/09/2014 11:24:05 AM PDT by AdmSmith (GCTGATATGTCTATGATTACTCAT)
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To: ScottinVA

He’s a Russian patriot, that much I stated a long time ago.

After the spy scandal, people were outraged that he was celebrating with the discovered spies, but I mentioned that he’s not a nice guy, but he’s a devout Russian patriot.

I do think he’s determined to revive the Tsarist empire, with himself leading it as Czar.


44 posted on 04/09/2014 11:31:24 AM PDT by CorporateStepsister (I am NOT going to force a man to make my dreams come true)
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To: Vostok-1

Your choice.


45 posted on 04/09/2014 11:35:01 AM PDT by No One Special
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To: CorporateStepsister; No One Special; SunkenCiv

Putin Corruption Network Revealed
http://freebeacon.com/national-security/putin-corruption-network-revealed/

and

http://www.interpretermag.com/what-is-putins-ideology-interpreter-podcast-april-9-2014/


46 posted on 04/09/2014 11:56:55 PM PDT by AdmSmith (GCTGATATGTCTATGATTACTCAT)
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To: AdmSmith

Thanks AdmSmith.


47 posted on 04/11/2014 8:47:16 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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