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7 Reasons That Russia Is Not The Soviet Union
Forbes ^ | 12/31/2013 | Mark Adomanis

Posted on 01/21/2014 1:48:31 AM PST by cunning_fish

National Review published a rather overheated piece the other day that contained an entertaining line: “Russia has become the Soviet Union with a better suit”. The idea that Russia is fundamentally the same as the Soviet Union is a popular one, particularly on the political right where “Soviet” has for decades served as a synonym for “bad.” Barely a day goes by without someone bemoaning Putin’s “Soviet” character or the “neo-Soviet” policies that Russia pursues in its part of the world.

However this idea is deeply mistaken and extremely misleading, and can only be held by deliberately ignoring a huge amount of contradictory information. Indeed, by focusing on the minor and superficial similarities between present-day Russia and the USSR we ignore a great deal of what actually makes Russia unique.

I’m under no illusion that I will conclusively end peoples’ habit of substituting “the Soviet Union” for “the Russian Federation,” but I thought I would draw attention to some of the most glaring differences between the two. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but here are seven important reasons why the Russian Federation and the Soviet Union are not the same:

(Excerpt) Read more at forbes.com ...


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1 posted on 01/21/2014 1:48:32 AM PST by cunning_fish
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To: ETL

Ping!


2 posted on 01/21/2014 1:48:56 AM PST by cunning_fish
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To: cunning_fish

LOL


3 posted on 01/21/2014 1:53:38 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: cunning_fish

From the article “7 Reasons That Russia Is Not The Soviet Union”:
1) Parts of the Soviet Union are now members of NATO and the EU –
2) The Russian federation is much more Russian than the Soviet Union -
3) No single political party has a complete monopoly on power -
4) Russia is not a garrison state -
5) Russia has a convertible currency -
6) Russia’s economy is (mostly) a free market -
7) Russia has open borders -


4 posted on 01/21/2014 1:57:11 AM PST by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: cunning_fish

Pretty basic summary of the difference between USSR and current Russia

And, with Soros and USAID, both extreme Liberal Globalists, bankrolling the riots in Ukraine....It may be better off Ukraine stays linked to Russia and not the EU.

The two biggest crtitics of Russia these days are Globalists and Gays


5 posted on 01/21/2014 1:59:36 AM PST by SeminoleCounty (Amnesty And Not Ending ObamaCare Will Kill GOP In 2014)
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To: cunning_fish

Lotta folks need to get their heads around this one.


6 posted on 01/21/2014 2:02:05 AM PST by varmintman
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To: cunning_fish

I wonder how one could apply those 7 qualifierers to China or India and compare on some bell curve.


7 posted on 01/21/2014 2:02:50 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: SeminoleCounty

You Putin butt lickers must all sleep in the same bed together. You’re all there on the spot when one of these pro-Putin, pro-Russia propaganda threads are posted.


8 posted on 01/21/2014 2:04:15 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL

You Putin butt lickers must all sleep in the same bed together. You’re all there on the spot when one of these pro-Putin, pro-Russia propaganda threads are posted


You prefer George Soros and his Globalist Goofballs in Ukraine? That anti-Semite is the one pushing the riots there. Even Hanoi John McCain and the USAID folks are helping Soros in Ukraine

The biggest enemies of Putin and Russia seem to be the biggest enemies of America, too


9 posted on 01/21/2014 2:11:56 AM PST by SeminoleCounty (Amnesty And Not Ending ObamaCare Will Kill GOP In 2014)
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To: ETL

You Putin butt lickers must all sleep in the same bed together. You’re all there on the spot when one of these pro-Putin, pro-Russia propaganda threads are posted


You prefer George Soros and his Globalist Goofballs in Ukraine? That anti-Semite is the one pushing the riots there. Even Hanoi John McCain and the USAID folks are helping Soros in Ukraine

The biggest enemies of Putin and Russia seem to be the biggest enemies of America, too


10 posted on 01/21/2014 2:11:57 AM PST by SeminoleCounty (Amnesty And Not Ending ObamaCare Will Kill GOP In 2014)
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To: cunning_fish
From theTrumpet.comNovember 13, 2013

Moscow Puts the Soviet Squeeze on Neighbor Nations
By Jeremiah Jacques

Putin’s goal of reversing the ‘greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century’ underpins the bulk of Russian policy. Europe is taking note.

The European Union will hold a summit in Lithuania on November 28 to offer several former Soviet nations economic and “association” deals under its Eastern Partnership program. Russian President Vladimir Putin wants these nations to instead join the Eurasian customs union that Moscow created with Belarus and Kazakhstan. And he is not above bullying them into joining up.

In August, Russia halted all Ukrainian imports crossing the Russian border for tedious customs examinations. After a week the Kremlin removed most of the restrictions, but said it might permanently reinstate them if Ukraine accepts the EU deal.

Armenia has long been dependent on Moscow for security, and the country’s President Serzh Sargsyan was apparently reminded of this during a September meeting with Mr. Putin. He emerged from the talk saying Armenia would ditch years’ worth of efforts it made toward joining the Eastern Partnership program, and instead join Russia’s group.

Meanwhile, in Georgia, Russian forces have worked over the last few months to build barricades along the border of South Ossetia, the breakaway region that Putin’s forces have occupied since the 2008 war. Georgia sees the barricades as a gradual annexation.

Last month, the Kremlin banned Lithuania’s dairy products, and temporarily doubled up customs inspections on the nation’s other goods. Since Lithuania is already an EU member, the moves are apparently just punishment for its decision to host the upcoming summit.

Then there’s Moldova. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitri Rogozin recently said it would be “a grave mistake” for Moldova to try to build warmer ties with Europe. The impoverished nation is completely reliant on Russian gas for heat, and Rogozin threatened to cut off that supply, adding, “We hope that you will not freeze.” Russian then outlawed Moldovan wine and brandy, some of the nation’s chief exports, and said it may ban apples and other produce too. Rumors have also circulated that tens of thousands of Moldovans who hold jobs in Russia may be kicked out, severing the financial lifeline for myriad Moldovan families.

The 20th Century’s Greatest Catastrophe?

The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 reversed a development that had been in the works since the 17th century when the Russian Empire first emerged. This development was the systemic integration and centralization of Eastern Europe, Central Asia, Siberia and the Caucasus. Its core was Moscow. Its goal was challenging European powers.

Although economically brittle, Russian forces were militarily powerful enough to heavily contribute to Napoleon’s and Hitler’s defeats. Russia even held its ground for more than four decades against the mighty United States during the Cold War.

When the Soviet Union collapsed, the Western world rejoiced, heralding it as a victory for liberty, a triumph for democracy, and evidence of the supremacy of capitalism over socialism. Most of the former Soviet nations were optimistic and inspired by goals of rebuilding and democratizing.

But not everyone saw the collapse as a positive event.

“[T]he demise of the Soviet Union was the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century,” Putin said in 2005.

The aftermath of the collapse presented hardships, not just for Russia, but also for several of the former Soviet states that initially rejoiced when the ussr fell. Those countries without energy to export suffered a colossal decline in standard of living, followed by a period of economic stagnation.

The strain was enough to nudge some of these nations back into Russia’s arms, as demonstrated most plainly by the establishment of Putin’s Russia-Belarus-Kazakhstan trade union. Mr. Putin intends the partnership between these three countries to be a permanent feature within the sphere of the former Soviet Union, and is bent on absorbing other nations into it.

Under Mr. Putin’s reign, Moscow is laboring to recreate the geography of the Soviet Union, and to reassert Russia’s influence in the region. The goal of reversing the “greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century” undergirds almost every facet of the Kremlin’s foreign policy. And Russia’s focus is not lost on Europe.

The ‘Spark’ to Unite Europe

An increasing number of European leaders recognize Putin’s determination to recreate the Soviet Union’s former glory. Last week, 6,000 nato soldiers participated in drills in Estonia to defend the nation against invasion from a fictional country called Bothnia. The fact that the drill—nato’s largest in seven years—took place in one of only three former Soviet states now in the EU demonstrated Europe’s ongoing suspicion of Russia.

The nato exercise came weeks after Russian troops simulated fending off an invasion of Belarus, a former Soviet country still under Russia’s sway.

Russia and Europe wield critical influence over each other, which forces them to choose either to respect each other as friends or to compete as foes. For now, the two are mostly cooperating, but Europe is increasingly anxious about the squeeze Russia is putting on its former satellites. This anxiousness was evident in the drills in Estonia. The more pushy and power-thirsty Moscow grows, the more the European nations feel forced to forfeit political and economic autonomy in exchange for the EU’s militarily assurance.

“What Russia is doing will be the spark to bring the heads of nations in Europe together with the Vatican to form a ‘United Nations of Europe,’” wrote Herbert W. Armstrong (co-worker letter, Jan. 23, 1980).

Russia’s belligerence is spawning fear among Europeans that will hasten the rise of a European Union sufficiently unified to confront Vladimir Putin’s Russia. The more Putin squeezes the former Soviet states in his quest to recreate the former empire, the greater Europe’s urgency toward this unification will become.

Putin said the re-creation of the Soviet empire is “inevitable.” ..."

http://www.thetrumpet.com/article/11102.30640.0.0/asia/moscow-puts-the-soviet-squeeze-on-neighbor-nations

11 posted on 01/21/2014 2:15:21 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL

Lithuanians were still worshiping Odin at the time of the Crusades...


12 posted on 01/21/2014 2:23:22 AM PST by varmintman
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To: ETL

>>Putin said the re-creation of the Soviet empire is “inevitable.” ...”<<

“Whoever does not miss the Soviet Union has no heart. Whoever wants it back has no brain.”

“History proves that all dictatorships, all authoritarian forms of government are transient. Only democratic systems are not transient. Whatever the shortcomings, mankind has not devised anything superior.”

“Sometimes it seems to me that certain European leaders want to be more Muslim that the Prophet Mohammad,”

“Political activities in Russia should be as transparent as possible. Financing political activities from abroad is something the state should keep an eye on,”

“In the 20th century, the Soviet Union made the state’s role absolute,” Putin said during a speech at the opening ceremony of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “In the long run, this made the Soviet economy totally uncompetitive. This lesson cost us dearly. I am sure nobody wants to see it repeated.”

Putin.

http://www.therightperspective.org/2009/02/11/putin-warns-us-about-socialsm/#sthash.0WvLFXid.dpuf


13 posted on 01/21/2014 2:25:39 AM PST by cunning_fish
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To: SeminoleCounty
The biggest enemies of Putin and Russia seem to be the biggest enemies of America, too

The biggest enemies of AMERICA seem to be ALL be supported by and allied with RUSSIA, under your boy KGB Putin. They are, the ChiComs, North Korea, Iran, Venezuela, other latin american marxist-socialist dictatorships, Iraq under Saddam Hussein, on and on. The fact that NONE of this bothers any of you Putin butt lickers is proof enough who and what you are. If this were my site I would have booted you off of here years ago. I can't understand how it is that you are allowed to stay.

14 posted on 01/21/2014 2:28:28 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: cunning_fish

Putin, the ‘former’ KGB thug, like the rest of his kind, is a master at the art of deception. And it doesn’t seem to take very much to pull the wool over the eyes of some people, particularly those who aren’t too bright.


15 posted on 01/21/2014 2:34:00 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Vendome

They are heading in a right direction too.
The difference is China still ruled by a one-party communist government and Indian currency is a joke.


16 posted on 01/21/2014 2:35:29 AM PST by cunning_fish
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To: ETL

17 posted on 01/21/2014 2:36:06 AM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: cunning_fish
From a 2007 article titled "Putin's Russia"...

"KGB influence 'soars under Putin,' " blared the headline of a BBC online article for December 13, 2006. The following day, a similar headline echoed a similarly alarming story at the website of Der Spiegel, one of Germany's largest news magazines: "Putin's Russia: Kremlin Riddled with Former KGB Agents."

In the opening sentences of Der Spiegel's article, readers are informed that: "Four out of five members of Russia's political and business elite have a KGB past, according to a new study by the prestigious [Russian] Academy of Sciences. The influence of ex-Soviet spies has ballooned under President Vladimir Putin."

The study, which looked at 1,061 top Kremlin, regional, and corporate jobs, found that "78 percent of the Russian elite" are what are known in Russia as "siloviki," which is to say, former members of the KGB or its domestic successor, the FSB. The author of the study, Olga Kryshtanovskaya, expressed shock at her own findings. "I was very shocked when I looked at the boards of major companies and realized there were lots of people who had completely unknown names, people who were not public but who were definitely, obvious siloviki," she told Reuters.

Other supposed experts — in Russia and the West — have also expressed surprise and alarm at the apparent resurrection of the dreaded Soviet secret police. After all, for the past decade and a half these same experts have been pointing to the alleged demise of the KGB as the primary evidence supporting their claim that communism is dead.

From the Bolshevik Revolution in 1917, the Russian security apparatus Cheka (and its later permutations: OGPU, NKVD, MGB, KGB) had been the "sword and shield" of the communist world revolution.

"We stand for organized terror," declared Felix Dzerzhinsky, the first chief of the Cheka for Soviet dictator Vladimir Lenin. In 1918, Dzerzhinsky launched the campaign of arrests and executions known as the Red Terror. Krasnaya Gazeta, the Bolshevik newspaper, expressed the Chekist credo when it reported approvingly in 1918 of the terror campaign: "We will make our hearts cruel, hard and immovable, so that no mercy will enter them, and so that they will not quiver at the sight of a sea of enemy blood."

Unflinching cruelty and merciless, bloody terror have been the trademark of the communist secret police, from the Cheka to the KGB. Obviously, the demise of such an organization would be cause for much rejoicing. Hence, when the KGB was ordered dissolved and its chairman, General Vladimir Kryuchkov, was arrested in 1991 after attempting to overthrow "liberal reformer" Mikhail Gorbachev in the failed "August Coup," many people in the West were only too willing to pop the champagne corks and start celebrating our supposed victory over the Evil Empire.

But, as Mikhail Leontiyev, commentator for Russia's state-controlled Channel One television, recently noted, repeating a phrase popular among the siloviki: "Americans got so drunk at the USSR's funeral that they're still hung over." And stumbling around in their post-inebriation haze, many of these Americans have only recently begun noticing that they had prematurely written the KGB's epitaph, even as it was arising vampire-like from the coffin.

However, there is really no excuse for Olga Kryshtanovskaya or any of her American counterparts to be stunned by the current siloviki dominance in Putin's Russia. For nearly a decade, even before he became Russia's "president," THE NEW AMERICAN has been reporting on Putin's KGB pedigree and his steady implementation of a long-range Soviet deception strategy, including the public rehabilitation and refortifying of the KGB-FSB. ..." (continues at link)

http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/europe/item/8420-putins-russia


18 posted on 01/21/2014 2:37:44 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL

>>>Putin, the ‘former’ KGB thug, like the rest of his kind, is a master at the art of deception. And it doesn’t seem to take very much to pull the wool over the eyes of some people, particularly those who aren’t too bright.<<<

What he or another Russian leader has to do to make you happy with their politics?


19 posted on 01/21/2014 2:39:13 AM PST by cunning_fish
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To: cunning_fish
Putin praises Cold War moles for stealing U.S. nuclear secrets
Reuters ^ | Wed Feb 22, 2012 5:04pm EST | Steve Gutterman

Vladimir Putin praised Cold War-era scientists on Thursday for stealing U.S. nuclear secrets so that United States would not be the world's sole atomic power, in comments reflecting his vision of Russia as a counterweight to U.S. power.

Spies with suitcases full of data helped the Soviet Union build its atomic bomb, he told military commanders.

"You know, when the States already had nuclear weapons and the Soviet Union was only building them, we got a significant amount of information through Soviet foreign intelligence channels," Putin said, according to state-run Itar-Tass.

"The were carrying the information away not on microfilm but literally in suitcases. Suitcases!"

Putin's remarks referred to the dawn of the Cold War more than half a century ago, but they echoed a message he has made loud and clear more recently: that the United States needs to be restrained, and Russia is the country to do it. …

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...

20 posted on 01/21/2014 2:40:10 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: cunning_fish
"Putin said Stalin deserves statues in his honor as much as the late British lord protector, a 'cunning fellow' who "played a very ambiguous role in Britain’s history."

http://en.ria.ru/russia/20131219/185734707/Putin-Says-Stalin-No-Worse-Than-Cunning-Oliver-Cromwell.html
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21 posted on 01/21/2014 2:41:09 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL

Wouldn’t you approve if Obama was about to praise US operatives stealing Soviet secrets?


22 posted on 01/21/2014 2:41:56 AM PST by cunning_fish
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To: ETL

I’ve already seen all the spam you are posting above. Bring some fresh air into discussion if you want to really back your point.


23 posted on 01/21/2014 2:44:01 AM PST by cunning_fish
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To: varmintman
To be fair, he has a 100% success rate. VOTIN' ODIN!


24 posted on 01/21/2014 2:45:22 AM PST by arderkrag (An Unreconstructed Georgian, STANDING WITH RAND.)
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To: cunning_fish
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25 posted on 01/21/2014 2:47:09 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL

What exactly wrong with these old banners they kept from the WWII?
Do you share hatred towards old vets with Obama and the rest of Democrats?
Do you think other leaders has to hate their vets and keep them in a closet too?


26 posted on 01/21/2014 2:50:36 AM PST by cunning_fish
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To: cunning_fish; Vendome; SeminoleCounty; varmintman

To the pro-Russia, pro-KGB Putin butt licker ping list (cunning_fish; Vendome; SeminoleCounty; varmintman, others): how is it that all of you guys are wide awake at 5:30 AM east coast, 2:30 west coast? Are you Russian? Seriously.


27 posted on 01/21/2014 2:54:33 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL

28 posted on 01/21/2014 2:57:05 AM PST by cynwoody
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To: ETL

I will not be the slightest bit surprised when Russia finally takes America out...


29 posted on 01/21/2014 2:57:24 AM PST by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: cunning_fish

“What he or another Russian leader has to do to make you happy with their politics?”

Abandon them and turn the country over to those who are serious about love of freedom. Those who would be genuine trustworthy friends of America. Those who wouldn’t arm and assist our enemies.


30 posted on 01/21/2014 2:57:42 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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...also those who do not ‘eliminate’ their political critics via poisoning and other assassination methods. There is a list from here to the moon of journalists who’ve mysteriously vanished in Russia or who were found murdered, many of whom were openly critical of Putin. Also some foreign leaders like the former pro-US president of the Ukraine, and quite possibly nearly the entire leadership of Poland a few years back in that plane ‘accident’. Not to mention some former KGB agents who had spilled the beans on Putin’s true agenda.


31 posted on 01/21/2014 3:11:40 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL; SeminoleCounty; varmintman

As far as I know, we’re vampires...


32 posted on 01/21/2014 3:22:35 AM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: who knows what evil?
I will not be the slightest bit surprised when Russia finally takes America out...

You can bet it won't happen under "Comrade Obama". They have too much to gain with him in power.

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Russia's Medvedev hails "comrade" Obama

Associated Foreign Press (AFP) ^ | April 2, 2009 | Anna Smolchenko

"Russia's Dmitry Medvedev hailed Barack Obama as "my new comrade" Thursday after their first face-to-face talks"

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5gEo4B1heuBvO6KK7EiBHKigO1UrA

April 1, 2009:
"Obama, Medvedev pledge new era of relations":
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/specialreport/news/419496_88/1/.html
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33 posted on 01/21/2014 3:22:50 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: cunning_fish

Explaining Global Communism Today

Submitted by on September 18, 2013 – 9:44 am EST

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By J.R. Nyquist

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In discussions with former KGB and GRU officers you will run across two apparently contradictory statements. Sometimes you will hear them say that the former USSR is still run by Communists, suggesting that the rulers there believe in Communism. On the other hand, they will tell you to forget about the Communist label; that the rulers of the USSR never really believed in Communist ideology, which was a deception used to manipulate large numbers of unintelligent people.

Former KGB Lt. Col. Victor Kalashnikov recently wrote several paragraphs on this subject, and it is worth presenting. Kalashnikov’s key point is that Communism is strategy, not ideology. Useful idiots believe in Communist dogma, while Communist strategists do not. Here is what Kalashnikov had to say on the subject:

Ideology as such has not ever been the real driving force guiding Russia’s rulers, from the Bolsheviks until the present. Ideological explanations are irrelevant. Consider the deeds of the Bolsheviks rather than the explanations or justifications given by them. Don’t forget that criminals may be very eloquent and even well educated, and are capable of offering convincing-sounding rhetoric. The real problem is located elsewhere. A lot of people, those ‘useful’ ones, will take that rhetoric … seriously, giving it attention and respect, and even protection. Yet if we rely on ‘Occam’s razor,’ we may remove the superficial misunderstandings caused by taking rhetoric seriously.

The Bolsheviks were basically nothing but professional gangsters and terrorists, killers and robbers, and that is unquestionably more relevant than all the ideological explanations provided by them. They were part of a broader terrorist spectrum which spread across Russia since the late 19th century and grabbed power and national wealth UNDER COVER of Marxist and Leftist-sounding slogans. They did so to mislead the Russians themselves and the foreign public – the latter often longing for ‘real’ socialism or communism.The slogans of the gangsters have varied substantially over time, according to the changing needs up until our day. Compare the types of Marxism preached and practiced under various general secretaries, even during different parts of their respective tenures. Marxism-Leninism was used in the USSR rather as a DECEPTION TOOL; whereas, in reality, the regime was a gangster-run state with all the unmistakable features of organized criminal activity.

I can only confirm what Viktor Suvorov once told me about the GRU as applying to the KGB: namely, that if any faithful communists happened to penetrate the intelligence staff by chance, they would be filtered out. ‘You may not entrust serious matters to the people believing in all that rubbish,’ Suvorov said. Take ‘proletarian solidarity’ for example. When and how did it work? Or take ‘pauperization of the imperialist states,’ or ‘inter-imperialist wars,’ etc. What really remained untouched among all the ‘Marxists’ in state power [was] the ever present and aggressive anti-Americanism. Why? – Because the United States is reasonably regarded as an INHERENT OPPONENT of ‘Leftist’ rule and policies. All of this also implies more power for the secret police to suppress dissent and opposition, along with the crucial role of BUREAUCRACY and all its perquisites like nepotism, corruption, etc. That’s where the COMMON DENOMINATOR with Russia is to be found. Such regimes are incompatible with normal countries and doomed to seek conflict rather than cooperation.

Anti-Americanism would probably be the most distinct and unifying feature among them – so that you may take it as the only workable and articulated ideology of substance that they espouse. And, of course, Moscow supplies all anti-American forces worldwide with arms, training, secret police and subversion know-how, plus diplomatic and political cover. Clearly, the KGB and GRU have laid down firm foundations for such international alliances on institutional, material, financial and personal levels. The General Staff of the Russian armed forces has definitely integrated those Leftist regimes of Latin American into its strategic planning, including subversion, terrorism and various forms of soft power, targeting the United States and its allies. As already noted, the ‘Marxist’ or so-named ‘liberation’ ideology rather plays an operational role for the purposes of propaganda and deception.

The West seems to live with a self-made, or partly imposed from the outside, fairy tale about Russia. I’m really getting tired of continually explaining this wherever I can. Probably, the Western culture and the overall state of mind are in need, for the sake of inner balance and comfort, of an alternative to a decadent Western society. This alternative is somehow thought to be Russia, which still belongs to the European realm with all its great writers and composers of the 19thcentury. This artificial idea about a Russia that never really existed, and by no means is Putin’s ‘Russian Federation’ anyway, is eagerly supported in Moscow. In fact, the present-day Russia is engulfed by CULTURAL REGRESS which is increasingly apparent if you look straight at arts, literature, architecture, media or public life. However paradoxically, this regress may become an effective survival strategy for Russia. Remember that a mollusk can outlive every other thing on earth because of its simple adaptive abilities. That makes Putin’s Russia even more dangerous, and requires a truly fresh look at an ominous phenomenon.

Here we discover, in Kalashnikov’s analysis, the keys to the whole puzzle. Not all Communists believe in the sense of religious belief. Their Communism boils down to a set of strategies. In practice, they are gangsters and terrorists. Their strategy was (and is) to destroy the United States in order to lay the entire world open to plunder. As Lenin once said, “Communism is nothing more than the scientific management of human affairs.” Of all sciences, strategy involves the mass manipulation and management of people. For a criminal, this manipulation signifies mass murder and mass robbery.

It is beyond doubt, of course, that the Cold War did not end in 1991. Inside the former Soviet Union we can discern criminal totalitarian structures at work behind the scenes. These structures appear to control the large Russian corporations, media and, at minimum, maintain a veto power over government agencies in former Warsaw Pact countries and former Soviet republics. If these structures are not Communist in a strict sense, they are Communist in the sense that their actual ideology is anti-Americanism (as stated by Kalashnikov).

In terms of global strategy, these structures aim at the elimination of American power. Furthermore, these structures no longer require Marxist-Leninist ideology to function (though they do require anti-Americanism). At the same time they successfully make use of those Marxist true-believers in the West who still dream of socialist revolution.

When we look at Russian support to Venezuelan arms production, or to Russian support for Nicaragua’s new military preparation, it appears that global communist revolution is still supported as part of this anti-American strategy. Kalashnikov would say that this is “part of the deception.” Effectively, it doesn’t matter whether the FSB/KGB and the Russian General Staff believe in Marxism-Leninism or not. Their behavior is objectively the same as Marxist-Leninist behavior – only without the attending ideological clichés.

What does Putin actually believe? Since Marxism itself is a deception aimed at a specific audience, Putin must sound like a Marxist when speaking to Marxists, but must sound like a non-Marxist when interfacing with Western leaders. In the year 2000 Vladimir Putin was asked by Larry King about the cross he wears around his neck. Putin was evasive and refused to acknowledge a belief in God. When King pressed him for an answer, he said, “I believe in the power of man.” He had to give this answer because true-believing Communists in dozens of countries were listening, and he could not let them down.

When Putin first visited Cuba a journalist asked if he was still a Communist. Putin said, “Call me a pot, but heat me not.” The thing that is most difficult to understand and to relate to readers is that Marxism is two things with regard to two sets of people. Marxism is a lie – a deception strategy – for the strategists. At the same time, it is a religion to the true believers.

When a Communist revolution succeeds, the regime organizes everything around the concept of maximizing strategic power. Society itself is transformed into a tool of strategy. The true-believer always finds that the final end is not Communist revolution but strategic dominance to the point of universal tyranny. This produces the actual phenomenon of so-called “Communist states.” And this is, in fact, what Communism actually signifies in practice.

http://www.trevorloudon.com/2013/09/explaining-global-communism-today/


34 posted on 01/21/2014 3:25:13 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL

>>>>What he or another Russian leader has to do to make you happy with their politics?”

Abandon them and turn the country over to those who are serious about love of freedom. Those who would be genuine trustworthy friends of America. Those who wouldn’t arm and assist our enemies.<<<<

Well, you sound in tone with McCain who praised people beheading Christian babies in Syria.
Or maybe I’m wrong? Who are these people who are serious about freedom there?


35 posted on 01/21/2014 3:32:27 AM PST by cunning_fish
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To: Repeal The 17th

Well, I can think of another reason. My nomination for #8 would be Russian women. Back in the bad old days of the USSR Russian women were butt ugly awful. But, since the fall of Communism and their conversion to Democracy (well, sorta) a metamorphous has occurred. Their women now look great! Wow! Amazing what the light of day can do, lol! :)


36 posted on 01/21/2014 3:35:33 AM PST by snoringbear (E.oGovernment is the Pimp,)
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To: ETL
This is not a statue of Stalin. In Russia there's one - on his grave. Here's the picture:

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37 posted on 01/21/2014 3:38:13 AM PST by Freelance Warrior (A Russian.)
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To: cunning_fish
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."

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Central_Asia/HI29Ag01.html
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"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."

http://www.heritage.org/research/commentary/2005/09/war-games-russia-china-grow-alliance

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,170287,00.html

38 posted on 01/21/2014 3:39:23 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: cunning_fish
From April 22, 2012 (Lenin's birthday)...

China-Russia Yellow Sea naval drills begin
AP via Yahoo News ^ | April 22, 2012

BEIJING (AP) — China and Russia launched joint naval exercises Sunday that highlight warming ties between their militaries and growing cooperation in international affairs.
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"It's an excellent exchange for China to be able to drill jointly in such sensitive areas," Yin told CCTV.
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Much of that cooperation takes place within the confines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, a grouping of Central Asian states that seeks to check U.S. influence in the region and began holding joint drills in 2005.

Formerly Cold War rivals for leadership of the communist world, China and Russia have since found common ground in countering liberal democratizing trends across Asia and Eastern Europe and frequently vote against Western initiatives in the United Nations Security Council. ..."

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...
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39 posted on 01/21/2014 3:39:51 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: cunning_fish
Chinese armored forces advance in Peace Mission-2013

Xinhua | 2013-8-10

A Chinese helicopter hovers the field for drill as Chinese armored forces advance during the Peace Mission-2013 China-Russia joint military drill in Chelyabinsk, Russia, on August 9, 2013. The 20-day Peace Mission-2013 China-Russia joint military drill began in Chelyabinsk on July 27. (Xinhua/Xian Yunqiang) 

http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/802946.shtml

40 posted on 01/21/2014 3:40:11 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Freelance Warrior
In Russia there's one [statue of Stalin] - on his grave.

List of statues of Stalin in Russia:

Many at Fallen Monument Park, Moscow, Russia[16]

Bust at his tomb in the Kremlin Wall Necropolis, Moscow, Russia[17]

Statue of Stalin along with Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill at the All-Russia Exhibition Center, Moscow, Russia[18]

A large Stalin statue stood at the All-Russia Exhibition Center until 1948.[19]

A bust stands at the Memorial of Glory in Vladikavkaz.[20]

A bust stands at School No. 2 in Ardon, North Ossetia.[21]

In Bryansk, there is a bust of Stalin in the Communist Party’s regional headquarters.[22]

A bust of Stalin is in Kizel.

A statue is in Nogir, North Ossetia–Alania.[23]

A statue of Stalin is in the yard of School No.2, Ardon, North Ossetia–Alania.[24]

A bust of Stalin in the village of Chokh, Dagestan

A bust of Stalin at a square in Derbent, Dagestan

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_statues_of_Stalin#Russia

41 posted on 01/21/2014 3:48:54 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: cunning_fish
I’ve already seen all the spam you are posting above. Bring some fresh air into discussion if you want to really back your point.

It's only "spam" to you because it provides the PROOF of who and what your boy KGB Putin is. And what Russia is REALLY up to.

42 posted on 01/21/2014 3:52:22 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL

Ha, I never knew abouth the others. Still, most of them aren’t in provincial centres.


43 posted on 01/21/2014 3:56:16 AM PST by Freelance Warrior (A Russian.)
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To: SeminoleCounty

I think the Russians generally (Putin specifically) are appalled how their once formidable rival, the USA, is going culturally gay. I think this is scary to them for two reasons. First it is humiliating to lose the cold war to what has turned out to be a faggot oriented society and secondly they do not want the same thing to happen to them.


44 posted on 01/21/2014 3:58:24 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: cunning_fish
"Russia is planning to open a museum of USSR in the city of Ulyanovsk in 2022 – the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Soviet Union."

http://voiceofrussia.com/uk/news/2013_11_07/Russia-to-open-USSR-museum-4442/

45 posted on 01/21/2014 4:02:24 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: central_va
I think the Russians generally (Putin specifically) are appalled how their once formidable rival, the USA, is going culturally gay.

So the guy's has a few honorable positions. Does that excuse everything else??

46 posted on 01/21/2014 4:06:58 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: ETL
So the guy's has a few honorable positions. Does that excuse everything else??

Well no it doesn't but I can see how he(Putin) and Russians in general are appalled at the USA from a cultural point of view. We are not setting a good example for the world, is this what democracy and freedom begets? Homos a feminist running(ruining) everything? That is how they think.

47 posted on 01/21/2014 4:10:57 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: cunning_fish
April 25, 2005

Russia’s Putin: Soviet Collapse a Tragedy
By ALEX NICHOLSON
Associated Press Writer

MOSCOW (AP) - President Vladimir Putin lamented the demise of the Soviet Union in some of his strongest language to date, saying in a nationally televised speech before parliament Monday that it was "the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century."

In his annual address to lawmakers, top government officials and political leaders, Putin also sought to reassure skittish investors about Russia’s investment climate - just two days before a ruling in the tax evasion and fraud trial of oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

His statements on the collapse of the Soviet Union and its effects on Russians, at home and abroad, come as the country is awash in nostalgia just two weeks before the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe - a conflict Russians call the "Great Patriotic War."

Putin, who served as a colonel in the KGB, has resurrected some communist symbols during his presidency, bringing back the music of the old Soviet anthem and the Soviet-style red banner as the military’s flag.

In the 50-minute address at the Kremlin, Putin avoided mentioning the need to work more closely with other former Soviet republics - in contrast to previous addresses ..."

http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums/archive/index.php/t-42328.html

48 posted on 01/21/2014 4:14:55 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: cunning_fish
Ping!

Oh, and, by the way, thanks for the ping. It gave me yet another opportunity to show you and your Putin butt licker group up for the phonies that you are.

49 posted on 01/21/2014 4:18:21 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: central_va
Re: So the guy has a few honorable positions. Does that excuse everything else??

Well no it doesn't but I can see how he(Putin) and Russians in general are appalled at the USA from a cultural point of view.

But that can easily apply to many of the worst characters in human history. Everyone, even the worst of the worst, has SOME good qualities.

50 posted on 01/21/2014 4:22:42 AM PST by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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