Skip to comments.Putin deplores collapse of USSR
Posted on 04/25/2005 2:25:36 AM PDT by HAL9000
Russia's President Vladimir Putin has described the collapse of the Soviet Union as "the greatest geopolitical catastrophe" of the 20th century.
Mr Putin's annual state of the nation address to parliament was broadcast live on Russian television.
He said the break-up of the USSR in 1991 was "a real drama" which left tens of millions of Russians outside the Russian Federation.
He also said Russia must develop as a "free and democratic" country.
But he stressed that Russia "will decide for itself the pace, terms and conditions of moving towards democracy".
"We are a free nation and our place in the modern world will be defined only by how successful and strong we are".
It was Mr Putin's second state of the nation address since being re-elected by a landslide in 2004.
I didn't know Putin was a Democrat.
PUTIN NAMES THREE DIRECTIONS FOR RUSSIA'S DEVELOPMENT - STATE, LAW AND SOCIETY
MOSCOW, April 25 (RIA Novosti) - In his annual address, Vladimir Putin named three directions for Russia's development.
First, the development of the state system. Secondly, the strengthening of the legal system and the development of the political system, building a more effective justice system in the country. Third, development of the individual and the civil society.
Vladimir Putin believes the major political and ideological task is to develop a free democratic state in Russia.
The President pointed out that there is an opinion that the Russian people, "which kept silent for a long time," needs a strong authority, that it cannot adopt to democratic principles.
"I would certainly want to bring those who voice such an opinion back to reality," he said.
Vladimir Putin asked to regard the current and the previous Addresses to the Federal Assembly as "a common action plan for the next decade."
All the kings men couldn't put humpty dumpty together again.
The Soviet Union was put together by force. No one wanted to be under the thumb or gun of the Russians, All the Stan countries and eastern Europe and all the other countries hated them.
Now this dumbass Putin longs for the once great power that was the soviet Union?Subjucation and a prison camp contry?
Putin = Trojan horse speaking democracy with dictatorship in reality.
Some one bring a lie detector... never mind, he propbably has the skills to avoid being detected for lies because of his KGB skills.
Once a KGB agent, ALWAYS a KGB agent!
Putin's priorities are clear. "development of the individual and the civil society" is dead last on the list.
(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
New historical analysis proves that despite the fact that Reagan was president... it was all Bush's fault!
Well then Mr. Putin, since most/many of the Russians in other countries were sent there to Russify them, you could arrange for their return for which many of those countries would be eternally thankful.
No, I think the creation of the USSR was one of the great geopolitical catastrophes of the 20th Century.
And the spread of Marxism is another.
The birth of the UN, another one. The Third Reich, yet another.
Funny thing is that even if he really thinks so, he is saying publicly such controversial things on TV. And how all neighboring countries could trust him and have good relations with Russia, this is impossible as long such people like Putin will be in charge.
Being a superpower is no walk in the park, as Uncle Sam would be the first to admit. There's a great deal to be said for being way down on the high and mighty list. You can do your own thing, mind your own business, and nobody will blame you for everything from soup to nuts.
I wonder why they didn't use that as the headline.
Probably because most of people knows that this is just BS. Almost all authoritarian leaders or dictators pretend that they are democrats.
And runner up:
Putin is the typical Marxist. Communism will work if only the right people were in charge.
Once a COMMIE, Always A Commie.
A drama, certainly. But the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century was communism, followed by WW II, followed by WW I. Their present hanghail does not remotely rate.
This nostalgia for the past for a political leader is self-destructive, dangerous and politically stupid. For Russia to be successfull it need to develop democratic institutions. Russia should offer willing Russians/Russian Speakers who live outside of Russian Federation, an opportunity to immigrate to Russia under favorable conditions. The millions of Russian Speakers living outside of Russian Federation could become invaluable asset to Russia that is experiencing very serious demographic problems.
First, the development of the state system.
Secondly, the strengthening of the legal system and the development of the political system, building a more effective justice system in the country.
Third, development of the individual and the civil society.
All of this from a KGB operative. Lets get real Putin, you Commies flubbed your dub in trying to take over the civilized world and failed. GET OVER IT!!
Kissing your hero I see. You've got a real love affair with the old boy. I'm just surprised you didn't put a photo of your EU masters in there too.
Flat 13% tax
Killed sales tax
24% corporate tax
abortions after 12 weeks banned
Christian education in schools and the military
Cut the size of government
Private property reform
Nope, don't think that jives to well.
Funny how everyone missed this part.
Brilliant my friend
This is the exact mindset and agenda of the left in this country from the ACLU on down. And they are are attempting to manipulate our "living, breathing document" for their masterplan.
Somewhere in one of his many dacha's, Putin has a shrine to Stalin
Wars: Russia (Chechnya)
Russia (internal N.Ossessians vs Ingushians)
Russia (Yeltsin slaughtering the Parliament)
Georgia (civil war, Abhazia, S.Ossessia)
Moldova (civil war)
Uzebekistan (civil war, Islamic invasion)
Tazikistan (islamic/narco invasion)
Kyrgyzstan (ceeded land to China along the border, brink of civil war presently)
There has been a very high human cost to the past 15 years, so to hear someone say that the entity's (again, this is always been divorced from the Communist party and the economy) collapse was a tragedy, needs to be taken in that context.
Well the Poles don't have anything to worry about, soon Russian oil and gas will no longer even pass through Poland, you'll be Russhis Frie. Of course those tariff revenues will be gone too, but it's a small price to pay. The EU will take care of you.
Many regret the fall of the USSR. For example: Hollywood movie villians have never been the same. The Olympics are now boring. End Time charlatans lost their chief anti-Christ candidate. James Bond movies never recovered.
I thought Prince Charles or the Pope were the anti-Christs. ;)
You mean you don't know who the anti-christ, or pretend jesus, or the play actor christ is??????? Have you not READ as the real Christ would ask????
The real anti-Christ would be a beloved world leader no one assumes is the anti-Christ - that can be anything from the Pope to the U.S. President.
"The real anti-Christ would be a beloved world leader no one assumes is the anti-Christ - that can be anything from the Pope to the U.S. President."
We are told that this 'man' will deceive all but the elect.
Now Christ said I have foretold you all things, that would mean that we should already know who the instead of jesus is. Christ was even tempted by the anti-christ, and what was offered Christ if he would bend His knee????
Putin's position is indistinguishable from that of the American Left. This speech could have been given by Jimmy Carter.
In Russia, in particular, the nostalgia is strong because of national pride. Russia's early history was that of an Asian hick backwater. With Peter the Great, they became a European power, albeit a minor one. With Catherine, they became prominent and rose to be a major force in the never-ending series of European wars. But they lost quite a few of them.
Then, after World War II, they were a superpower -- feared and hated. The nostalgia leads to a "but at least" problem. "Well, we had to wait in line for rotten bread, but at least we didn't have to worry about paying for the doctor." The real problems that Russia suffers from now are compared against a sanitized version of the past. But the truth is, it's really more about national pride. They don't have it now, and they wish they did.
Um , ok.
When Russia will start necessary reforms, unemployment rate will rise and those immigrants will have problems to get a job and place to live. We also have in Poland plan to settle Poles especially from Kazakhstan but because of above mentioned problems only few of them decided to go back.
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