Skip to comments.Putin Has Been Good For Russia
Posted on 03/21/2014 6:43:40 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
Theres not a lot to like about Vladimir Putin: hes autocratic, vain and runs a corrupt government. And he doesnt give a fig for human rights. The repression in Chechnya, the jailing of the businessman Mikhail Khodorkovsky and the Pussy Riot protestors, the murders of journalist Anna Politkovskaya and of Alexander Litvinenko, the former spy all this happened on Putins watch. Who would not be on the side of the 100,000 people who turned out on Moscows streets last winter to protest against Putins election to a third term as president and to demand fair elections and an honest government? Russia would be better off without Putin who would argue otherwise?
As a matter of fact, millions would. Talk to many Russians and theyll tell you that life under Putin is vastly better than under Boris Yeltsin. Yeltsin let a handful of oligarchs hoover up Russias wealth while ordinary Russians were reduced to selling their possessions on the street. Putin, by contrast, has quelled the economic mayhem inflation is down, pensions have increased. Even more importantly he has restored Russias sense of self-worth crushing the Chechen revolt, refusing to play along with the West over Syria
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He might have been a KGB snake and now somewhat of a jinoist, but based on what he SAYS, in fact Putin is much less hostile to Christianity than our own President.
He has restored Russian strength, prestige, pride and wealth.
All of that without apology. Russians respect someone who is strong. By winning Crimea back for Mother Russia without firing a shot - Putin has already ensured his place in Russian history.
jingoist, not jinoist.
Putin been berry berry good for Russia.
As long as they are Russian Orthodox Christians.
Putin is intelligent, vain, autocratic, and runs a corrupt government.
The Obamadork is stupid, vain, autocratic, and runs a corrupt government.
Guess which one will prevail.
Springtime for Putin and Russia
Russia is happy and (not) gay...
Why I get the feeling Producers should remake with Vlady as a star LOL!
You got that right as long they are Orthdorox Christian works for me
I knew plenty of Orthorodx Chrisitan up in Alaska
The Russian economy has been tanking for awhile now, even before the recent invasion from the Czar. There is also a huge amount of corruption in Russia. The Olympics, for example, cost more than all the other Olympic events combined since 1924, with much of that money actually being siphoned off by Putin's buddies. Russia is a gangster state, and, therefore, has a gangster economy.
All of that without apology. Russians respect someone who is strong.
Who would Putin apologize too? People he does not like he simply gets rid of, one way or the other, if not by sending them to insane asylums, then by beatings, and if not that, then by murder, which frequently happens.
y winning Crimea back for Mother Russia without firing a shot - Putin has already ensured his place in Russian history.
Oh man, just replace "Mother Russia" with "Germany the Fatherland," and Putin with "Hitler," and you would have a good case for why Germany was better off under the fellow.
More than a few parallels between Putin and Teddy Roosevelt, particularly they way they cultivate their image for the home crowd.
If he were good for Russia he would not have racked the constitution for more time in office. He is a pig at the trough and disgusting.
The great Russians of our time were Yeltsin and Solzhenitsyn.
Given Russian history, the Alexanders and Gorbachevs are the exception, not the rule.
Russia has always had autocrats and tyrants and even the few decent reformers did not really change how the masses were ruled.
The nobility, the Communists and the oligarchs today have always run the country. At each stage, the narod figured little in their plans.
Yeltsin was a drunkard who broke up the Soviet Union and bankrupted Russia. He is as much reviled as Gorbachev.
Solzhenitsyn was a Russian nationalist. Yhe Communists hated him but he approvingly quoted in today’s official Russia. It was no secret he despised the West almost as much as he hated the Soviet Union.
Your hero worship of a KGB blood thirsty monster is real sick.
You need to seek help.
This KGB monster would kill a western while ordering a cup of coffee that includes you useful idiot as the Soviets used to refer to fools like you during the cold war.
Solzhenitsyn’s books are now required reading in Russian schools.
That poster’s hero worship is sick.
Has Russia progressed economically since 1990? I don’t see it. Developed economies need private property protection and rule of law so that wealth can be earned and amassed by individuales with out fear of confiscation or theft.
Corruption, cronyism, and their official twin, communism all destroy thes private accumulations of wealth.
Also, education in rural Russia is awful. There is a reason their young proudly pine away for the good old days in the cccp. By now they should look at their Stalinist grandparents with the same pitty we have we look at our southern democrat grandparents.
Where did I write I worshiped him? I wrote how Putin is regarded by Russians.
You may not like the observation but there is a good deal of truth to it.
And he is also - as if every one needed reminding, our implacable adversary.
You are so arrogant and know so little. Solzhenitsyn loved the strengths of the West. That is why he made a point of visiting Senator Jesse Helms in person. Read his Harvard speech! Read Cancer Ward! To make a sweeping statement like Solzhenitsyn “dispised the West” is idiotic. He dispised the useful idiot version of the West.
Who are you trying to kid here ?
You are a Wacko Putin groupie .
Your post nothing but nut job Putin propaganda.
Putin is a blood thirsty monster , fool.
Solzhenitsyn despised what he saw the West becoming, decadent.
Putin defends Western Culture and Christianity:
video, 2 min 45 seconds
EVERY time I listen to Hollywood and the Dems they’re saying Christians are Nazis, devils, sick & disgusting people.
And I hear the opposite from Putin.
Gold state, I don’t know how old you are, but our memories our old nemesis differ greatly. I remember 100 divisions of combined arms aimed at the heart of Europe, and 13 warheads per mid sized city in the US. Russia is nothing close to the old cccp, and that is a good thing.
They are a paper tiger puffed up on artificially high oil prices. Had it not been for Obama/pelvis I and $10t in new debt binding our hands, this would be a joke.
The consumer materialism, the lack of faith, the breakdown of traditional values - all those where things that turned Solzhenitsyn off about the West. He thought its freedom was a double-edged sword. Yes the West stood up against the Soviet Union but that didn’t mean a free Russia was going to copy the West. And it hasn’t.
Teddy wasn’t a victim in d deficient poser. He was a combat leader, hunter, ranch hand, and us president.
A typical Russian supermarket today.
A Soviet grocery store in 1986.
In my youth, the USSR was on its deathbed with a succession of geriatric leaders. A younger Gorbachev could not stem its decline. And then it disappeared through a process that has no known historical precedent. Russia is a great power but is nowhere as powerful and feared as the Soviet Union was back in the day.
Yes, he did say, “The West suffers from the spiritual impotence that comes from a life of ease”. And I agree with that with certain caveats.
Alabama professor Forrest McDonald said of the World War II veterans who had often grown up under tough conditions that they wanted to make sure their kids had it better than they had. So according to McDonald, “they proceeded to raise the worst generation of spoiled brats” known up to that time.
Life is easier and better today for Russians than it was in the Soviet time.
Free markets and consumer choice work. Central planning and induced scarcity doesn’t.
The Soviet Union is never coming back again.
Russia has billionaires and gazillionaires.
And it has a 13% flat tax. You don’t have income redistribution.
True, I don't have income redistribution.
Yes, if not for being a long time poster, I would assume he was posting from the disinformation department of the Kremlin. He's been pimping Putin and selling absurd Russkie propaganda all over various threads for awhile now.
You know what? I think you make great points --I agree with you completely.
Anyone who says Russia is some paradise or not riven with corruption is fooling himself.
But if I'm hard on Putin's Russia, I should also take notice of the utterly foreign USA that I see emerging --scripted press conferences, rampant cronyism, SWAT tactics against Joe Six Pack, pandemic spying on utterly innocent people, and secretly widespread unemployment even as Wall Street hits unprecedented highs.
But those aren't the most glaring parts. There is more:
Our forefathers were unfeeling conquerors, America was founded on an inherently kleptocratic blueprint, we wish ill on the rest of the world, and Christianity is just intolerance of people not exactly like ourselves.
In view of such carefully-crafted, filthy self-hatred within our OWN GATES, how can I even take notice of Putin...?
When he speaks, I must advance the utterly bizarre claim that this KGB insect sounds more American THAN THE PRESIDENT OF THE USA.
Only if you're Russian Orthodox which, by the way, is run by a known snitch and KGB agent who was elected to the seat of Patriarch. (All of the candidates for the position of Patriarch were, in fact, traitors and KGB agents.) Baptist, Pentecostal, other churches, get bullied by government officials, have their churches vandalized, etc., until they are driven out. We've heard a little of this reported in Crimea with a Greek Catholic being kidnapped and then pinned with phony charges. (He owned body armor, which the Russkies claimed was illegal, even though there is no law against owning body armor.) Same tactic Putin uses against other organizations and individuals he does not like in Russia.
TKAE NOTICE OF PUTIN...please!
Putin is evil.
Even the citizens of Russia I know PERSONALLY HAVE no use for him!!!
Our president is a product of the KGB, as is the Howard Zinn- esq version of American history you just quoted. American history, and Christianity are the opposite of what you perceive.
Russia’s economy is literally based off their energy, and a lot of that money is being siphoned off by Putin and the oligarchs, and not into the regular economy. Inflation is rising, and their economy is not. Their GDP over the past year is dropping, and is expected to get even worse by 2016 due to lower oil prices expected then, assuming these latest sanctions don’t make it suddenly worse. Also, our shale boom here in Texas and other parts of the United States are going to hurt them bad too, which is why I suspect a lot of the leftwing groups (I don’t believe that the Russians stopped infiltrating and controlling leftist groups just because the soviet system, at least its outward mechanations, collapsed) fight so hard against it. Once Russia loses its edge in natural gas and oil, they don’t have much to fall back on, hence their credit rating is on par with Brazil right now.
TAKE NOTICE OF PUTIN...please!
Putin is evil.
Even the citizens of Russia I know PERSONALLY HAVE no use for him!!!
There is NO TRUTH in him: JUST “TICKLES YOUR EARs”
BEWARE! He told the Ukraine’s he would hide behind
“women & children” last week. He has been sending military across the
border to do just that. with women interspersed.
Case in point, his military surrounded a school & kindergarten His military told the Ukraine Navy if they did NOT surrender they would enter with guns.
They have kidnapped Navy Officers beaten, electric
shock, & shot them in attempt to gain military secrets.
All the while, “KGB” Putin smiles on National TV.
You might have misunderstood me --above I was simply citing an enemy narrative.
I'm a huge supporter of American Exceptionalism and the mercy inherent in Christianity.
My bad, I was about to recommend Paul Johnson’s books.
“...citing an enemy narrative...:
I thought so but you could have used another transitional/explanatory phrase or two. I make the same mistakes when posting faster than I can type.
I agree. I looked again and it really looked like I believed that cr*ppola.
And that makes Putin different from whom?
I'm curious why you most such a rhetorical question.
Do you actually think that there are Freepers here who don't think that Obama is a tyrant?
So then what's you're point.
The subject on this thread is Putin and Russia.