Comments on: Putin’s authoritarianism has a sad logic http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2011/01/07/putins-authoritarianism-has-a-sad-logic/ Sun, 28 Jul 2013 14:34:09 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: ajrolaf http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2011/01/07/putins-authoritarianism-has-a-sad-logic/#comment-838 Mon, 10 Jan 2011 13:04:32 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=724#comment-838 Its stupid to talk about Kremlin, when west has its own Big banks, Big oil, Pentagon…tycoons, same thing, different style :)

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By: smileluckyday http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2011/01/07/putins-authoritarianism-has-a-sad-logic/#comment-836 Mon, 10 Jan 2011 12:41:37 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=724#comment-836 A market is any one of a variety of systems, institutions, procedures, social relations and infrastructures whereby businesses sell their goods,

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By: johny2 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2011/01/07/putins-authoritarianism-has-a-sad-logic/#comment-835 Mon, 10 Jan 2011 12:30:21 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=724#comment-835 well said Ananke. The comments are sometimes worth much more than the article.

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By: Sinbad1 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2011/01/07/putins-authoritarianism-has-a-sad-logic/#comment-834 Mon, 10 Jan 2011 11:03:07 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=724#comment-834 @Ananke, well said.
Khodorkovsky broke the golden rule of Russian oligarch’s, Stay out of politics.

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By: CppThis http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2011/01/07/putins-authoritarianism-has-a-sad-logic/#comment-833 Sun, 09 Jan 2011 10:28:24 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=724#comment-833 Well…that’s basically what defines authoritarianism. Prosperity, economy, all that comes a distant second to preserving and further entrenching the regime. It’s the same reason our sad attempts to defuse North Korea with economic carrots have failed so hard…whether Koreans want gadgets is irrelevant if their rulers want to live in the 18th century and have enough guns to shoot anybody who disagrees.

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By: Slove http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2011/01/07/putins-authoritarianism-has-a-sad-logic/#comment-831 Sat, 08 Jan 2011 21:25:37 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=724#comment-831 excellent comment so true too!

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By: Eduardo_Luz http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2011/01/07/putins-authoritarianism-has-a-sad-logic/#comment-830 Sat, 08 Jan 2011 18:39:29 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=724#comment-830 Putinism is ok, but I believe the correct word is Russianism, I mean, has Russia ever had a transparent government? I think Putin is just another Russian ruler. I think the opposition tries to put a face to the monster with the hope that once Putin is gone, this Russian-style of politics will be gone…but I don’t think it will work like that, it will take several generations and facing the problem the wrong way will just prolong it.

Ananke: As a brazilian I understand what you mean when you talk about the selling of strategic national assets for pennies, and I find it funny when I see people looking at just one side of the coin. But the americans will soon understand that better with the rise of China. It’s happening already with the right in America talking viciously about how China owns part of their debt.

Now, I’m all for human rights everywhere, but Khodorkovsky apparently did a ton of illegal things, so should’t this “nobel prize winner” time be focused on non-corrupted champions? Khodorkovsky would be way down on my list…but it is an interesting story though, kind like a Russian novel.

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By: anonym0us http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2011/01/07/putins-authoritarianism-has-a-sad-logic/#comment-829 Sat, 08 Jan 2011 18:20:39 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=724#comment-829 “Thieves belong to jail” – V. Putin.
Most people worldwide, myself included, would sign their name to that assertion.
It’s not a question of Khodorkovsky being or not being guilty of the crimes he was charged with – he surely is. There’s no way a simple Soviet engineer owning nothing but the clothes on his back – not even the apartment he lived in (he rented it from the state just as everyone did in Soviet times) – could have become an oil baron and billionaire in just a few years in a completely honest, transparent, and, most importantly, legal way in crime-ridden post-Soviet economy.
It’s quite another matter that Putin used his case to make other oligarchs toe the line. But then, if this approach helps keep Russian society and economy stable (and apparently it does) – let it be.

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By: silliness http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2011/01/07/putins-authoritarianism-has-a-sad-logic/#comment-828 Sat, 08 Jan 2011 18:16:43 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=724#comment-828 Crony capitalism is alive and well all around the world. We really need to start thinking about whether this model is best for business. I’m quite certain all the Davos men and plutocrats prefer it. They can just pay off whatever dictator happens to serve their needs. Better yet, just become part of those governments. Democracy is a transitional and, apparently, fleeting form of government on the way to the Russian and Chinese model. Multi-national corporations merged with governments are the next economic model. :(

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By: Mudaphrknmark1 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/2011/01/07/putins-authoritarianism-has-a-sad-logic/#comment-826 Sat, 08 Jan 2011 17:22:13 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/chrystia-freeland/?p=724#comment-826 I commend Putin and the Russian capital – they are protecting their resources for their country, rather than letting outside interests run their future into the ground, like what has been done here in America. We mericans can learn from this…maybe. Our country has been sold out, and the people are the ones who are being victimized through a rise in poverty. All it takes, is for someone else to come in and defunct our way of life, by buying our companies, and closing them down, like so many American companies have seen – outside interests also choose to move our jobs overseas, to places Americans aren’t welcome to work – this I found troubling, because it has been Americans who used to buy these products, and now have to decide between food, and gadgets which expire faster than milk.

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