Skip to comments.Russia sliding toward tyranny
Posted on 03/26/2009 2:24:19 AM PDT by Scanian
Something unusual happened a few days ago to Vladmir Putin's party of power, known as "United Russia," which dominates Russia's national parliament and faces no credible opposition there.
It lost an election, lost it in a landslide.
The poll in question took place in the world's most northerly major city, Murmansk. The race was for mayor, and United Russia's candidate was blown off the electoral map by an upstart independent candidate named Sergei Subbotin. The margin of victory in the runoff election was nearly two to one.
The casual onlooker might not have thought Putin's Kremlin would get too worked up over the loss, however. After all, Subbotin stated unequivocally that he was not an opposition candidate. "I'm a supporter of Vladimir Putin," he proudly declared, loudly and often.
But the Kremlin reacted with thermonuclear political force.
The ink on Subbotin's victory certification was not even dry before a measure was moving in the Russian parliament to authorize regional governors, who are no longer popularly elected but rather appointed directly by the Kremlin thanks to Putin's "reforms," to fire mayors like Subbotin notwithstanding their elections. That's right, simply fire them.
And then a couple of days ago, the Kremlin got even more draconian
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So where’s the GOP he asks.
Practically speaking, unless Rush Limbaugh considers it talkworthy, it’ll slide into the bin of oblivion.
But is this bad?
Not even Reagan really gave a hoot about internal Russian politics, beyond wanting to see the Soviet Union dissolve back into its prior constituent countries, which would thus be freed from Communist grip. Deposing governors and mayors is not even on the radar screen.
You mean kind of like Jerusalem’s edifice demolitions for not being up to code?
Russia and China are scheduled to hold another set of joint war games this summer (2009). They've been doing it every other year since 2005.
From the Sino-Russian Joint Statement of April 23, 1997:
"The two sides [China and Russia] shall, in the spirit of partnership, strive to promote the multipolarization of the world and the establishment of a new international order."
War Games: Russia, China Grow Alliance
September 23, 2005
In foreign policy its critical to know thine enemy. So American policymakers should be aware that Russia and China are inching closer to identifying a common enemy the United States.
The two would-be superpowers held unprecedented joint military exercises Aug. 18-25. Soothingly named Peace Mission 2005, the drills took place on the Shandong peninsula on the Yellow Sea, and included nearly 10,000 troops. Russian long-range bombers, the army, navy, air force, marine, airborne and logistics units from both countries were also involved.
Moscow and Beijing claim the maneuvers were aimed at combating terrorism, extremism and separatism (the last a veiled reference to Taiwan), but its clear they were an attempt to counter-balance American military might.
Joint war games are a logical outcome of the Sino-Russian Friendship and Cooperation Treaty signed in 2001, and reflect the shared worldview and growing economic ties between the two Eastern Hemisphere giants. As the Pravda.ru Web site announced, the reconciliation between China and Russia has been driven in part by mutual unease at U.S. power and a fear of Islamic extremism in Central Asia.
Russia, China flex muscles in joint war games
Reuters: Aug 17, 2007
CHEBARKUL, Russia (Reuters) - Russia and China staged their biggest joint exercises on Friday but denied this show of military prowess could lead to the formation of a counterweight to NATO.
"Today's exercises are another step towards strengthening the relations between our countries, a step towards strengthening international peace and security, and first and foremost, the security of our peoples," Putin said.
Fighter jets swooped overhead, commandos jumped from helicopters on to rooftops and the boom of artillery shells shook the firing range in Russia's Ural mountains as two of the largest armies in the world were put through their paces.
The exercises take place against a backdrop of mounting rivalry between the West, and Russia and China for influence over Central Asia, a strategic region that has huge oil, gas and mineral resources.
Russia's growing assertiveness is also causing jitters in the West. Putin announced at the firing range that Russia was resuming Soviet-era sorties by its strategic bomber aircraft near NATO airspace.
From National Public Radio (NPR):
August 29, 2006
"Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has been visiting countries such as China, Iran and Russia as part of an effort to build a 'strategic alliance' of interests not beholden to the United States. He considers the United States his arch enemy.":
From the Russian News and Information Agency:
July 27, 2006
"'I am determined to expand relations with Russia,' Chavez, known as an outspoken critic of what he calls the United States' unilateralism, told the Russian leader, adding that his determination stemmed from their shared vision of the global order.":
Venezuela Set to Develop Nuclear Power With Russia
September 29, 2008
CARACAS, Venezuela President Hugo Chavez said Sunday that Russia will help Venezuela develop nuclear energy a move likely to raise U.S. concerns over increasingly close cooperation between Caracas and Moscow.
Venezuela's Chavez welcomes Russian warships
Nov 25, 2008
LA GUAIRA, Venezuela Russian warships arrived off Venezuela's coast Tuesday in a show of strength aimed at the United States as Moscow seeks to expand its influence in Latin America. The deployment is the first of its kind in the Caribbean since the Cold War and was timed to coincide with President Dmitry Medvedev's visit to Caracas the first ever by a Russian president.
More Yahoo search results for Russia and Venezuela connections:
Russian nuclear bombers in Cuba?
July 23, 2008
The media has been abuzz today at the prospect of Russian nuclear bombers being stationed in Cuba if the US goes ahead with plans for missile defense bases in Eastern Europe.
The story has riled the US enough that a US general has been wheeled out to tell the worlds press that any Russian attempt to build another nuclear base in Cuba would cross US red line.
The story broke earlier this week, when Russian newspaper Izvestia quoted an un-named source from within the Russian military. He told the Russian daily:
While they are deploying the missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic, our strategic bombers will already be landing in Cuba.
The quote hasnt been independently confirmed, but the Russian Defense Ministry added fuel to the fire when they refused to comment on the story.
The prospect of Russian nuclear forces being stationed in Cuba - which is, after all, only 90 miles from the US coast - would bring back some rather unpleasant memories for the US of the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, where the Soviet Union under Nikita Kruschev launched an audacious and foolhardy bid to station nuclear missiles on the Caribbean island.
So, Putins group of thugs act in similar manner to obamma lamma ding dongs group known as acorn.
I really think there is something in the Russian national character that makes democracy unworkable for them. I have worked with several Russians and found them to be high intelligent, but also quarrelsome, bullying drama queens. At times it seems, they expect people to be able to read their minds and agree with them without dissent.
BTW—two of my grandparents were Russian as well.
I agree with that. My best friend lived a few years in Russian. He has had many a wonder at their behavior. I took Russian in college and as such have had the opportunity to meet a few Russians in my social groups. We always hit it off well, but often there seemed to be misunderstanding.
It seemed to be that they had an agenda (not bad in these cases) and I, or others, were sort of expected to meet it. Like once, my professor cooked loads of Russian food for all of her classes. She seemed very disappointed that so few (about 5-10) showed. I think she was unaware of the concept of RSVP, and figured everyone would come because she asked. Though I think she was originally Ukranian, she was rasied in Russia, I think but was from the USSR days. Also, because of my little bit of russian language, I met some Russians who were very persistent (albeit Kindly) in insisting that I come to some of their social gathering and get a mail order bride. It was hard to get them to take “No.” They’ve been very kind and generous to me, but seem to like little opposition to their own ideas I’ve experienced.
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