reply to post by Xcathdra
Your constant posting about Russia "invading" Crimea simply does not make it true. Your total belief in what you hear from CNN is astounding to
When did you last have a conversation with a Russian? When did you sit over dinner and discuss with a Russian or two what that country is like today
as opposed to say, 10, 20 or 30 years ago? Your constant claims of Putin being a dictator hungering to go back to the USSR days are supported only by
western news organizations known to be bought and paid for by US/Obama/EU propagandists.
Because my husband speaks Russian (he was a Cold Warrior, trained by the USAF at Syracuse) we have been able to actually sit and talk with Russians
since students from Russia began making their way to the US for education at our university. We've kept in touch with many of them after they
returned to Russia. They paint a very different picture of the country than any you will see or hear from today's msm.
Many of them believe in Putin because he has produced results in the form of economic growth. Today when we hear from our former students who have
returned to Russia, we hear about their jobs and how they are able to help their parents and families, not about how they must stay on their parents'
insurance and live in their parents' homes when they are 30 years old. They speak about how he had made good progress in beginning to rid the
country of the corruption of past regimes and putting the corrupt corporate leaders in jail because they were stealing from the Russian people.
You continue to harp on how "the government owns the media" and yet one of his former students manages an independent radio station that has no more
government control than our local station, a broadcast license, while another is a writer for a newspaper that is also independently owned and has no
government controls. Unlike the US, they are local enterprises and there are literally thousands of them across Russia, not 5 or 6 media moguls that
own even the local newspapers and radio.
Are they as free as the US? I have no doubt that we have some freedoms left that Russians would like but you must remember that our country has been
"free" since 1776 and we still don't have it anywhere near perfection while Russia and the other Soviet bloc countries are still taking their first
baby steps toward a free society. While they go forward, we are sliding into a police state of which the Nazis would be proud. They don't have
"constitution-free zones" I'm told, they can travel freely within their country without having to present their papers.
I am continually amazed at the number of US citizens who insist on continually believing in the 1950s-70s Cold War propaganda and insisting that they
KNOW how things are in Russia despite never having visited there or even having had a single conversation with a Russian citizen. Your view is based
on abject ignorance of the subject of which you speak, an ignorance that your government depends on for your continued support.
How many Russian citizens has Putin wiped out with drones? Have you heard Vlad bragging "I'm pretty good at killing people" the way the current
White House resident has boasted? As others have pointed out, we need to get the log out of our own eyes before beginning to pick at splinters in
the eyes of others.