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Vladimir (Putin) the Great
FP ^ | March 2, 2012 | Lawrence Solomon |

Posted on 04/05/2014 9:22:22 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican

After centuries of serfdom, Putin has delivered prosperity.

By the end of this next term, which ends in 2016, he will have served more than four terms as either president or prime minister and as Russia’s sole de facto leader of the 21st century. In the unlikely event that he would then choose to retire, he would do so arguably as the country’s greatest leader since the magnificent czars of the 17th century, Peter the Great and Catherine the Great.

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1 posted on 04/05/2014 9:22:22 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

18th Century for Catherine.


2 posted on 04/05/2014 9:24:30 PM PDT by Argus
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To: MinorityRepublican

De facto by whose law, I wonder. Since he’s free to write his own laws, it’s more like de jure either way.


3 posted on 04/05/2014 9:25:33 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: MinorityRepublican

With Crimea as the feather in his cap, he is the greatest Russian ruler since Peter I.

No Western leader is his true equal. And he does not care about membership in the declining West, whose true lack of clout has been exposed in the ineffectual sanctions imposed on Russia.

For Russia, the value of the BRICS, of which it is a member, outweighs any prestige the G-7 once had. Putin has plenty of options. Obama has no real sticks on hand.


4 posted on 04/05/2014 9:35:41 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Putin faces key challenges if he is to attain such a status in his nation’s history.

A) He has to create a thriving industrial sector in Russia. The potential is there for manufacturing, but has yet to progress past a mediocre standard.

B) He has to solidify an eastern customs union including most if not all of the central Asian countries, Armenia, Belarus, and (with a lot of effort) it might be possible to draw Georgia in should the EUSSR fiasco continue. This union must avoid politics at all costs, focusing on trade relations as a bloc.

C) He has to continue the reversal of Russia’s demographic decline. Russia was one of the first nations to legalize abortion. It should set the trend again, and while Putin’s tenure may not be long enough to get to the stage of an outright ban, he should continue to act on the DUMA recommendations, moving towards an outright ban in Russia.

D) He has to, generally, make Russia’s economic capabilities match its military capabilities. Only then can he truly reclaim that superpower status.

On the foreign expansion effort, I think he leaves little to be wanted by the Russian people. I doubt they ever dreamed that by the end of Obama’s term, Putin would have won Egypt, the power-broker of the Middle East once safely considered an American allied state, and expanded Russian influence in Africa. He has also negotiated somewhat of a high point in Chinese-Russian relations.

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*sigh* why is Obama so useless? He has done nothing good for this country. Not one thing.


6 posted on 04/05/2014 9:39:52 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: goldstategop

What I’d say about the BRICS is that they should kick South Africa out and take on Nigeria instead. SA is becoming a basket case at the hands of Jacob ‘burn whitey’ Zuma.


7 posted on 04/05/2014 9:41:14 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: MinorityRepublican; GeronL

It amazes me how many people are lining up to lick Tsar Vlad’s boots. Tell me, what does the dirt taste like?


8 posted on 04/05/2014 9:42:03 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Viennacon
C) He has to continue the reversal of Russia’s demographic decline.

Russia Just Recorded Its First Natural Population Growth Since The Collapse of The Soviet Union

9 posted on 04/05/2014 9:42:07 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

A great achievement.


10 posted on 04/05/2014 9:45:01 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: goldstategop

” Putin has plenty of options. Obama has no real sticks on hand.”
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Putin is a real man, and he knows that Obumbo is a man-child.
Putin is feeling his oats, as he should.


11 posted on 04/05/2014 9:53:04 PM PDT by AlexW
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To: MinorityRepublican

More like Premier Putin...


12 posted on 04/05/2014 9:54:05 PM PDT by Thunder90 (All posts soley represent my own opinion.)
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To: AlexW

While that may be true I spent too much time ducking and covering under a school desk to ever trust a Ruskie....no matter how much time has passed.

Obama is weak. Putin is strong but I don’t trust neither one nor do I laud Vlad.


13 posted on 04/05/2014 10:11:37 PM PDT by JouleZ (You are the company you keep.)
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To: Argus

~18th Century for Catherine.~

AFAIK, she was the first who wrestled Crimea from Turkey in Russo-Turkish and Russian-Iranian Wars in 18th century.
Cathy was a kind of feminist of that era and one of the official reasons behind her stance toward islamic countries down south was their “War on Women”. An idea to liberatate women, often enslaved Chrisians, who were forced into harems to share one husband was an impotant part of Russian war propaganda at the time. Also Georgia and Armenia, a Christian nations, has paid taxes to Iranians and Turks with young women at the time. Their auorities were condemned by Russian propaganda and targeted by military for “feeding the devil” at the time too.


14 posted on 04/05/2014 10:17:36 PM PDT by wetphoenix
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To: MinorityRepublican

Russia was in horrendous condition after suffering eighty years of the Left’s crowning achievement, communism. It would be foolish to expect any effectual current Russian leader to behave in a manner that would please his Western critics. It is not surprising that his most bitter and fiercest critics are the progressive globalists who are the real heirs of the communists.


15 posted on 04/05/2014 10:27:14 PM PDT by allendale
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To: Thunder90

Putin must escape his party indoctrination which began with him as a child. He needs to find out why Sergei Kurdokov would jump ship in the Aleutians for the remote chance that he might survive the night in freezing seas to have a taste of freedom. He needs to find out who killed Kurdokov and why. If it was him, he needs to repent of his murder and return to hs own historical Orthodox roots and find out how Rissia ran off the tracks. He needs to learn what Berdyaev meant when he said that “Our will to culture was always accompanied by the will to life!” Solzhenitsyn also knew, that the only justification for the very existence of Russia, or any other nation for that matter, is to bring Redemption to the world: which is the basic message of Christianity. The millennial impass that obstructs this goal is the disconnect between the Christian West and its biblical root in Israel and its Torah. Every nation and people group on earth is invited to take part in the Geulah (Redemption), but as always, men must choose, and as they do so they must know that the results of their choices will land squarely n their own children. As Moshe Rabeinu (Moses our Teacher) said, “Behold, I have placed before you Life and Death; Choose Life, that you and your children may live!” L’Chaim!


16 posted on 04/05/2014 10:27:48 PM PDT by Torahman (Remember the Maccabees!)
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To: Thunder90

Putin must escape his party indoctrination which began with him as a child. He needs to find out why Sergei Kurdokov would jump ship in the Aleutians for the remote chance that he might survive the night in freezing seas to have a taste of freedom. He needs to find out who killed Kurdokov and why. If it was him, he needs to repent of his murder and return to hs own historical Orthodox roots and find out how Rissia ran off the tracks. He needs to learn what Berdyaev meant when he said that “Our will to culture was always accompanied by the will to life!” Solzhenitsyn also knew, that the only justification for the very existence of Russia, or any other nation for that matter, is to bring Redemption to the world: which is the basic message of Christianity. The millennial impass that obstructs this goal is the disconnect between the Christian West and its biblical root in Israel and its Torah. Every nation and people group on earth is invited to take part in the Geulah (Redemption), but as always, men must choose, and as they do so they must know that the results of their choices will land squarely n their own children. As Moshe Rabeinu (Moses our Teacher) said, “Behold, I have placed before you Life and Death; Choose Life, that you and your children may live!” L’Chaim!


17 posted on 04/05/2014 10:27:53 PM PDT by Torahman (Remember the Maccabees!)
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To: JouleZ
Obama is weak. Putin is strong

...and to cement his place in history...Putin finesses Obama on Alaska.....

Putin Vs Palin Vs Obama.....

Putin....I just stationed 10,000 patriots in the Aleutian islands to protect Russian speaking Eskimos....

Palin....Arms, Ammo and MRE's issued to all citizens.....airports, bridges and tunnels all mined....Alaskan National Guard activated...RESIST IN PLACE.

Obama...I already gave you 7 islands....how many more do you want....?

Putin....Alaska

Palin....NUTS

Obama....ok

18 posted on 04/05/2014 10:32:41 PM PDT by spokeshave (OMG.......Schadenfreude overload is not covered under Obamacare :-()
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To: MinorityRepublican
This two year-old article predicts Putin's and Russia's demise. In the intervening two years, the developed world has printed trillions of dollars that have boosted commodity prices, most notably oil and Eurasian natural gas. So Putin has been granted a reprieve by our profligacy.

As a resource exporter, Russia's future is a leveraged correlation of global GDP.

19 posted on 04/05/2014 10:40:04 PM PDT by Kennard
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To: Impy

Putin is a tyrant


20 posted on 04/05/2014 11:16:51 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Gee, I wish we had a dictator like Putin.


21 posted on 04/05/2014 11:34:30 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Meanwhile, America’s got Obama the Odious.


22 posted on 04/05/2014 11:37:11 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Olog-hai

Wow, you make him sound like Obama!


23 posted on 04/06/2014 4:08:51 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

Don’t forget that Mussolini & then Hitler were admired by the western democracies early on in their regimes for their perceived personal strength & the ability to `get things done’.

It’s not as though in 1933 the world erupted in revulsion with “OMG! Nazis in power!! Civilized nations must come together at ONCE and drive them from power immediately!!”

Putin is a strongman & Obama is a weakman, got it. That doesn’t mean Russia is a pleasant place to live, far from it.


24 posted on 04/06/2014 4:59:52 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("In the modern world, Muslims are living fossils.")
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To: MinorityRepublican
re: reversing demographic trends

I'm going to speak based on common sense and logic, not data. Russians are feeling quite proud of their nation after the successful Olympics and the re-uniting of Crimea with Russia. Will that lead to a "baby bump" starting around December?

25 posted on 04/06/2014 5:18:54 AM PDT by grania
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To: grania

Yep. And then in a couple of years, demographics should crash due to a small baby cohort born in the ‘90s. By 2050, they should stabilize at 120 million people, still the most populous country in Europe.


26 posted on 04/06/2014 8:45:42 AM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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