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Protests against Putin sweep Russia as factories go broke

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posted on Jun, 6 2009 @ 10:52 PM
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Protests against Putin sweep Russia as factories go broke


www.guardian.co.uk

Russia's prime minister, Vladimir Putin, is facing the most sustained and serious grassroots protests against his leadership for almost a decade, with demonstrations that began in the far east now spreading rapidly across provincial Russia.

Over the past five months car drivers in the towns of Vladivostok and Khabarovsk, on Russia's Pacific coast, have staged a series of largely unreported rallies, following a Kremlin decision in December to raise import duties on secondhand Japanese cars. The sale and servicing of Japanese vehicles is a major business, and Putin's diktat has unleashed a
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posted on Jun, 6 2009 @ 10:52 PM
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The article goes on to state a few additional instances and reported causes of other such protests regarding Russia's car industry .

I know that I am not up on my Russian politics but I had always thought that Putin was very popular . This is the first instance that I can remember hearing of protests against Putin .

I wonder how these protests will effect Putin , if at all ?
Here is one additional quote from the article ...

" Until recently, the Kremlin had been relatively successful at concealing the scale of the protests, imposing a virtual media blackout. But the demonstrations have become more difficult to ignore. In April Kommersant newspaper reported that angry motorists had called for Medvedev and Putin to be blasted into space, while others waved a banner with the playful slogan: "Putler kaputt!", apparently comparing Putin, Russia's prime minister since last year, to Hitler. The authorities were not amused and launched an investigation. "

I guess we shall see just how wide spread this sentiment is in Russia as I am sure there situation , like the rest of the world , will not be getting much better financially any time soon .

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posted on Jun, 6 2009 @ 11:36 PM
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And here people LOVE our muslim globalist leader. They hated the previous globalist scumbag in office... but now the skin is not the same therefore he's no longer globalist right?

Americans are more fascists loving than russians... that is something.


[edit on 6-6-2009 by Vitchilo]



posted on Jun, 7 2009 @ 12:23 AM
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Putler is a Nazi if he arrests someone for calling him Putler.

His first name is "Vladimir" after all

And people thought he was a Nice guy?



posted on Jun, 7 2009 @ 03:28 AM
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in Russia the distance between love and hate is only a glass of vodka

and I kind of like it



posted on Jun, 7 2009 @ 03:33 AM
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Hey what a coincidence all of the major protests in the US also go largely unreported. STRANGE...



posted on Jun, 7 2009 @ 05:21 AM
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I spoke to somebody who was somewhat knowledgeable about Russian politics about 6-8 months ago. He told me that Vladimir Putin is one of the most powerful men in Europe, and to some extent in the whole world. This person described him as being highly intelligent, very wealthy, very efficient in self defence and martial arts and influential to those around him; a natural leader of sorts.

However, this source also noted that Putin does a lot of shady activity behind the scenes. Which includes (unsurprisingly to some) fixing opinion polls, assassinating the character of any vocal political opponents, and attempting to silence those who protest or demonstrate against him and any of his policies.



posted on Jun, 7 2009 @ 11:08 AM
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While these protests target Putin and his policies, many understand that the cause of the problems is the economic crisis. The reason why Putin's administration increased import duties on Japanese cars, was to help save the Russian domestic automotive industry - and the tens of thousands of workers employed in it. So now the Japanese car importers are angry at him, but otherwise it would be the factory workers that would be angry at him.

There is no win-win situation here, and someone is going to get screwed - that is the reality of the global economic crisis. The US is facing many of the same issues, even if there are no open protests yet. Similar protests recently swept China and Eastern Europe.

So this is not really a direct reflection or result of Putin's rule. Is Medvedev/Putin's administration to blame for some of what is going on? Certainly - they overlooked some things and ignored others when the crisis was looming during 2007 and 2008. But then the Western governments and organizations that oversee banks and financing have made the same mistakes in their respective countries.




Originally posted by Max_TO
I know that I am not up on my Russian politics but I had always thought that Putin was very popular . This is the first instance that I can remember hearing of protests against Putin.


There have been instances before, but those protests were mostly political in nature and protested what they saw as increasingly authoritarian government. The recent protests have more to do with the economy however, and they blame Putin because he is the most visible and authoritative figure in Russia - even if he didn't cause the crisis. Prior to now the Russian economy has been rapidly growing throughout Putin's administration, and almost everyone's standard of living was gradually improving - so there was no need for these kinds of protests.

Either way this is only a very small group of people protesting - those involved in import business of Japanese cars. Among the general population Putin remains popular.




Originally posted by Max_TO
I wonder how these protests will effect Putin , if at all ?


These protests have gained much attention in Russia and abroad, so from a PR standpoint they have some negative effect on Putin. But from a political standpoint there is virtually no effect, not long-term anyway.

Recently oil/gas prices started climbing again, which may mean that the economic crisis in Russia may be coming to an end. However while this will boost government's budget, other industrial and financial sectors may continue to experience losses.



Originally posted by Max_TO
I guess we shall see just how wide spread this sentiment is in Russia as I am sure there situation , like the rest of the world , will not be getting much better financially any time soon .?


Well it will get worse before it gets better, but the Russian government has saved up considerable currency reserves prior to the crisis - so it has a fairly large fund that it can use to mitigate the effect of the crisis on the people and businesses. If the oil prices continue to climb, the Russian government could bolster their reserves and be more successful in ending the crisis.



posted on Jun, 7 2009 @ 11:18 AM
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Originally posted by Anonymous Avatar
Hey what a coincidence all of the major protests in the US also go largely unreported. STRANGE...


Shame on you for making such a baseless allegation.

We all know that the USA prides itself on having unbiased freedom of the press.



Putin will blame it all on the evil Obama administration and their disastrous economic and spending plans, as a secret plot to steal the great socialist system from them.

The Pravda headline should read:

President Obama forces Russian factories to go broke



Will move in with bailouts soon, then later take ownership of the failed factories




posted on Jun, 7 2009 @ 11:23 AM
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We all know about covert actions, they have been trying to discredit putin for a while now.

The anglo american empire tried to break russia again, and we know that plenty hate the popularity that putin enjoyed.

Every leader has there problems, and i wonder what covert actions america was taking to stir up trouble?



posted on Jun, 7 2009 @ 11:47 AM
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re Putin and Obama


I met a 20's ish Russian in an exotic wood warehouse... we got to talking, he told me of his troubles coming here for many minutes. I asked him if things here were that much different than over there and he said with a grin: "Same **eet, deefrent flies.."

Perhaps we are all in the same boat afterall..



[edit on 7-6-2009 by seataka]



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