Comments on: Russian revolutions, past and future Sun, 28 Jul 2013 14:34:09 +0000 hourly 1 By: European1 Sun, 04 Dec 2011 09:49:26 +0000 Great article – it seems that in Russia you do not get voted to or buy power, you simply take it – so did Putin, following so many dictators before him based on all kinds of silly ideologies. I agree that Putinism could still last very long as he does not show yet the typical signs of obvious degeneration thru power and lack of challengers. He did not even start to promote his children – wait and see. Now even if the Russians did go for yet another major change, whenever, – what type of new leadership will this be in a country which was ruled by dictators and emperors since it started and the only parts of middle class society being typically cronies of such..this is a very hopeless situation. I do not believe Russia will have a democracy in this century, but will again go for sort of a new strong leader, post Putin. As completely weird it may sound, Putin was best choice for Russia in the past 100 years in comparison.

By: DimitrisTz Sat, 03 Dec 2011 18:02:09 +0000 Mrs Freeland’s article is thin on argumentation, and very full of bias against a politicial elected more than one times by more than 50% of his people.

By: Gordon2352 Sat, 03 Dec 2011 17:04:31 +0000 Since you bring it up, the parallels between Russia and the US are quite striking.

Instead of a democracy, the US has a plutocracy (hardwired into the US Constitution since its inception through the Electoral College, which ensures only the wealthy vote counts towards electing a President).

And what might have been inconceivable on a few years ago, the US is drifting towards an autocracy — after the wealthy run out of patience with the 99% and install one of their own class in power forever (for some “plausible” reason like ensuring “domestic tranquility” as demonstrations against the government escalate as US economic conditions deteriorate.

Under the present circumstances, it would be a relatively easy transition from a President to a “Czar,” and thus the transition would be complete.

Of course, we would need to reduce the middle class down to the level of the Russian peasants, as well as gulags to suppress dissension.

So, how does this relate to your provocative title?

Well, perhaps the US should study “Russian revolutions, past and future” since the Russians have already been down the same path as the US is heading, and can provide the solution on how to prevent that disaster for ourselves. Perhaps that might make provide a more suitable article than this pathetic propaganda.

I know from previous experience that Reuters will not post this comment, because my comments are rarely PC, so they never “see the light of day”.

By seeming to offer a forum to comment on articles they write, but only allowing PC replies to be published, what they are doing is denying me my right to free speech under the US Constitution.

And that is how it all starts, by suppression of dissension.

Reuters is certainly doing their part to accomplish that goal.


By: waccos Sat, 03 Dec 2011 13:25:24 +0000 at least with Putin comes the stability …

By: OneOfTheSheep Fri, 02 Dec 2011 19:15:13 +0000 Spot on. But hope is not a strategy, as Obama has so vividly shown Americans.

By: Yowser Fri, 02 Dec 2011 18:41:46 +0000 Chrystia:

Thank you for illuminating the current situation in Russia. Good work – I appreciate your insights.

In my opinion, the more that wealth becomes concentrated in a small number of hands in a country, the more inherently unstable that country becomes. Your article goes directly to that point.

By: NukerDoggie Fri, 02 Dec 2011 17:49:14 +0000 You can’t logically compare Russia and Putin to Egypt(Mubarak), Libya(Ghaddafi), etc. These were small-time rogues compared to Russia and Putin. Russia’s growing energy monopoly isn’t going to be slowed, curtailed or rolled back anytime soon.

And rather than make the spending mistakes of the former Soviet Union, in which military spending was massively increased across the board in an arms race with the U.S. that plunged the Empire into financial/economic ruin, Putin is approaching things much, much smarter.

He’s precisely targeting military spending, developing and buying relatively inexpensive weapons that pose a truly potent challenge to America’s large, unwieldy and terribly high-tech-reliant weapons systems. In the inevitable conflict between the U.S./NATO and Russia-China, the West is going to suffer a very costly defeat, since the inevitable conflict will be fought over, and within, the energy resource-rich regions close to Russia, but half a world away from America. This fact makes America fundamentally vulnerable because its crucial supply lines supporting such a conflict will be a ‘sitting duck’ for new, supersonic and ballistic Russian and Chinese weapons.

Despite the alarm of a growing number of Russians with regard to Putinism, Russian nationalism and fears over Western intentions toward Russia will be Putin’s trump card. After all, the actions of the U.S. and NATO with regard to Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and soon Syria and Iran only play into the Putinists hands – ‘see – the U.S. and NATO are desirous of subjugating us and cannot be trusted’.