Woah! I was expecting different replies, but I guess that this forum isn't full of Putin haters-or they just sometimes shout the loudest.
My wife on the other hand does not like him because he is blunt and he antagonizes other nations based on how he talk to them. She also thinks that he
should have the russian government do more for the people.. she says he is greedy and he should give more money to the people.. so she fits in with
the democrats here.... She thought the USA government was very generous... she met a couple from burma who were housed and cared for by the
government.. and she heard about all the financial aid we send to other countries...
then i showed her my paycheck and all the taxes that they take out.. she asked... why do they take so much money from you... I replied.. "who do you
think flips the bill for that burmese couple and that foreign aid" .
she said it wasn't honest and she changed her opinion on things.
Yup, the western governments are very generous!
...I mean, someone has to take care of all the asylum seekers, right?
her grandparents have a home out in a village where they live off the land. they plant and harvest their own crops.. they get their milk from their
neighbor adn their meat from another neighbor.... her granpa made their own sauna that rivals that of my local gym. he has a boat and a bike and he
takes me fishing.
Some of my relatives do that too... They have a large orchard, and they share their fruit with the neighbours, and their neighbours use their excess
land to farm wheat...not that selling wheat pays back, so the neightbours feed their livestock with it and share the produce (milk & meat). Any excess
produce can be sold in the local markets.
And Mussolini made the trains run on time..... a dictator is still a dictator. And rigging elections of the Duma, putting a puppet in power until
Putin could come back, change the constitution, and run again, crushing and jailing all opposition.... how can one even tell if, as you say, almost
all Russians approve of his policies? Newspapers shut down, tv and radio stations shut down, opposition leaders jailed, peaceful protests broken up
violently...... I doubt he is even remotely close to as popular as you say, in actuality.
If you know Russian well, just visit Russia, and it will be obvious. Of course, if you come without Russian skills, you will most likely meet
anti-Putinists, since the average Russian only speaks Russian and maybe Belorussian or Ukrainian (or Kazakh, or Mongol, depening on the area you
choose to visit). The polls show around 70% of Russians suppourt him, but obviously, you won't believe the polls. He took Russia out of post-USSR
poverty. Old people were starving to death, and not just the old.
Russia needs a strong leader. Do you know what it was like under Yelstin? A handful of oligarchs owned everything, and nothing even trickled down to
the average person. I wouldn't say he's un-democratic, although in one speech he said something about "controlled democracy". Let me ask you
A new president in USA (or wherever you live) has been elected. He does everything the majority of people (and you) want from him, living standards
are increasing, wages are growing expotentially, prices are low. mostly everything is good. Then, his second term ends, and you get a BS president who
screws up the economy, wages plummet, everything is being screwed over and your life is hard, you lose your job. Then, there is an election. and you
can re-elect the old guy. Would you do it? Not saying Medvedev was bad, but if the so called "opposition", which is really a gang of the richest
people get elected, that is what is goign to happen.