posted on Sep, 9 2014 @ 12:02 PM
a reply to: Unbent
Well, he did order some assassinations, Politowska or Litwinienko being the well known ones.
I was trying to point out that Putin, being schooled in the basics of appearances, maintains an opposition within the government, a sock-puppet
opposition that is allowed to voice their concerns or oppose him for the sake of appearances. He does that to save the facade of Russian government
being a democratic one. It's as democratic as under Stalin's rule, but with a new modern flavor
On the contrary to what you wrote, Putin is very Cold War-ish. Both in his career history and his motives/political views. And it's that Cold War
boldness that works for him quite well in international relationships.
I lived in Russia and Ukraine for 6 years combined. Russians long for their country being a superpower again. Putin capitalizes on that. He's the
master of unpredictability and knows how to rock the boat of international relationships and diplomacy to get what he wants.
I don't blame Russia or Russians nor judge them, having known them and their people well. I blame USA and EU for sticking their noses where they
don't belong. When Putin performed a complete and utter removal of Georgian US-backed government, Sakaszwili was so sad that the Americans who
invested considerable resources into Georgian military and politics didnt come to his rescue. And they didn't, as Georgia was a cheap shot at getting
American presence closer to Russia. Didn't work. The same happened with Ukraine. Putin just tries to stabilize his ближнее зарубежье,
nothing more, nothing less.
I usually invite anyone who criticizes Putin to apply his/her scrutiny to U.S. in the same matter per analogiam and see how US would react if the
Russians tried to make Mexico or Canada pro-Russian or tried to meddle with internal affairs of these countries with a clear intent of undermining U.S
influence. Is Washington that close to Kiev? No, it isn't.