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  •  No, this is posturing for a domestic audience. (7+ / 0-)

    Art is the handmaid of human good.

    by joe from Lowell on Mon Sep 02, 2013 at 05:03:53 PM PDT

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    •  Yep, but it's so transparently cynical that will (1+ / 0-)
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      even the Russian people buy it?  I'd hope they'd see it as the posturing nonsense that it is, but Putin knows his people more than I.  He's gotten "elected" there multiple times, after all (actually, just he and Medvedev swapping titles of PM and President every election to get around term limits, but it shows Putin knows how to work Russia's system to keep power).

      •  He puts out shirtless pictures of himself.... (3+ / 0-)
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        in various staged manly-man situations.

        I'm not betting my mortgage payment on the sophistication of the Russian public.

        Art is the handmaid of human good.

        by joe from Lowell on Mon Sep 02, 2013 at 09:23:44 PM PDT

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        •  LOL. Looking back on Russian history, (1+ / 0-)
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          the people spent time under early warrior kings, then the Mongols, then centuries living under feudalistic serfdom, then communists, then a very short time of democracy when Yeltsin was president, then right back to strongman rule under the mere guise of democracy.  So they're used to strongman/autocratic systems, and you're right, Putin probably knows how to play them like a Stradivarius.

          •  TonySitu - The Yelsin administration was more of a (0+ / 0-)

            kleptocracy. It was a time when the well connected became "oligarchs" by "privatizing" assets and enterprises that had been built by the hard work and funding of the Russian people.
            Enterprises worth billions were acquired for pocket change.
              It was also a time of hyperinflation and an economic depression that was much deeper than the American Great Depression of the 1930s.
               Putin was able to rein in the oligarchs, regain state control of the energy industry, and get the economy moving again.
               For that reason, he retains a great deal of personal popularity despite the mildly authoritarian nature of his government.
               In fact, since Russians are faced with a terrorist threat in the Caucasus, a strong hand is desirable to many Russians.
               Putin is not an enemy of the United States and cooperates with us on the International Space Station and in supplying our troops in Afghanistan.
               Russia has national interests in Syria...mainly a naval base and a physical presence in the Mideast.
               The anti-Putin rhetoric is ignorant. When it gets translated into US-Russian relations, it damages US interests.
               Too much of America, including the Village, suffers from Cold War nostalgia.

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