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  •  You are trying to infer Putin is going to rebuild (5+ / 0-)

    the Soviet Union.

    And since we are on the subject of history, please remember that Putin once described the breakup of the USSR as the "greatest geopolitical catastrophe" of the previous century. I guess he likes some parts of history better than others. That's what concerns me about the future.
    There was nothing in Putin's remarks that should cause concern for the rebuilding of the Soviet Union. He goes on to explain his reasoning.

    He said the break-up of the USSR in 1991 was "a real drama" which left tens of millions of Russians outside the Russian Federation.

    He also said Russia must develop as a "free and democratic" country.

    But he stressed that Russia "will decide for itself the pace, terms and conditions of moving towards democracy".

    "We are a free nation and our place in the modern world will be defined only by how successful and strong we are".

    Here's a Putin quote to put things in perspective. "Anyone who doesn't regret the passing of the Soviet Union has no heart. Anyone who wants it restored has no brains."

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