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Putin: Russia’s great propagandist
Financial Times ^ | 04/16/2014 | Kathrin Hille

Posted on 04/16/2014 6:50:38 PM PDT by Siegfried X

Putin: Russia’s great propagandist

Standing proudly against the entire world had revived the essence of the Soviet Union, she wrote. “It is not Crimea that has returned. We have returned. Home. To the USSR.”

Since the Crimea annexation, there have been frequent moves that symbolize a Soviet revival...

In March Mr. Putin announced the re-establishment of “Prepared for Labor and Defense”, a Soviet-era system under which students, officials and workers took part in nationwide sports competitions. The same week, the government said it would restore the Stalin-era All-Russian Exhibition Centre to its former glory...

Even members of the Duma, Russia’s lower house of parliament, have been attending political schooling sessions. There they are guided to adhere to “Orthodoxy, Autocracy, Nationality”, the three main values propagated by Count Sergei Uvarov, a 19th-century Russian statesman. “They are establishing a kind of hereditary line right from Uvarov to Stalin and then Putin,” says a person who took part in one of the sessions...

“Many people clearly understand that if the annexation of Crimea is accepted, then the real fascist state will emerge here and not in Kiev,” says Mr Zubov, in a reference to Russian propaganda accusations that the new Ukrainian authorities are fascist.

“There will be a partly free economy, state companies, partly open borders, but primacy of one ideology and an aggressive foreign policy,” he warns. “This will not be a revival of the Soviet Union but a revival of fascist statehood in its purest state, in the Mussolini sense. There will not be racial policies and no Holocaust. But there will be a basic principle: the state is everything.”

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


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: coldwar2; communism; kgb; putin; russia; sovietunion

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1 posted on 04/16/2014 6:50:38 PM PDT by Siegfried X
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To: Siegfried X

Unfortunately Putin wants just that and so much more


2 posted on 04/16/2014 6:58:26 PM PDT by Nifster
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