Comments on: Changing the Moscow rules Wed, 13 Apr 2016 01:13:45 +0000 hourly 1 By: Paats-W. Wed, 08 Aug 2012 22:05:01 +0000 Russia is a very ancient country; what matters a lot is who is who; and with which immemorial links; this probably mostly determines what’s going on; there is no enigma, just a few mysteries when you belong to the Russian circle;
this script is ununderstandable to the outsiders;
just enjoy Russia for what it is; it is in the end probably more stable and resilient than many *new* societies;

By: UauS Tue, 07 Aug 2012 21:43:27 +0000 “If the harsh choice ends up being made in his case, then the direction of the Kremlin becomes clearer.” – that’s a pretty naive and late statement. Why? Because the direction of the Kremlin has been pretty clear since Mikhail Khodorkovsky was arrested in October 25, 2003.
I haven’t read it yet, but the name of this book is pretty relevant here: “Mafia State”.

By: ARJTurgot2 Tue, 07 Aug 2012 02:36:55 +0000 I think you need to go back and re-think Putin, especially his KGB links. A few months back I got puzzled on how a man destined to maybe make Colonel, rose to the top. There was a KGB coup, quietly. He got picked to be the public face. He rewarded most of his buddies, and killed a few others. I suspect if he steps too far out of line he would go too. The rest is just Russia, and enigma wrapped mystery. I suspect now they will never really be ‘western’.

By: OneOfTheSheep Mon, 06 Aug 2012 22:21:21 +0000 The Nazis were a minority, but prevailed in determining the path of their nation and it’s people for decades to ultimate ruin. The world did not judge either lightly.
On the other hand, their Japanese, Italian and Arab “partners” each got off with a relative “slap on the wrist”.

Muslim militants, we are told, are a minority that has come to control the “Arab street” via intimidation, blackmail and murder. Any intellectuals capable of bringing Islam forward out of the dark ages are either forced to flee or killed, thus Islam behind a variety of hostile faces will continue to challenge the modern world until it oversteps and is again put on it’s knees.

Putin embodies the “old Russia”, or USSR. His hopes and dreams offer nothing but increasing mediocrity and decreasing personal expectations.

His influence over Russian policy, authority and the spoils of favoritism convey to him every option employed by Assad in Syria to much greater extent. Don’t look for any significant change in the Bear over a long, cold “winter”. A “Russian Spring” is many, many seasons away.