Re: Dynasty subverting Democracy
Jul 11, 2008 07:06 AM
by Konstantin Zaitzev
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "kpauljohnson" <kpauljohnson@...>
> what you have in Russia with Putin leaving office [BUT NOT REALLY]
> looks like another example of presidency for life. And the extreme
> That suggests that the monarchical atavistic urge is not dead
> in the hearts of the Russian people.
It's not monarchism but rather return to what we had in USSR.
Or, more exactly, what we see in countries of Asia where presidents
rule long and democracy is very restricted, or in South America.
The pure monarchism is very weak in Russia, though Russian Orthodox
Church declared the killed members of the royal family saints.
The anecdote: Year 2025. Putin and Medvedev wake up very drunk.
Who of us is the president today? ? Putin asks.
? Probably you, ? Medvedev answers.
? Then it's you who'll go and buy beer!
> popularity in Russia of a man out to destroy civil liberties and
> castrate the press constrasts rather strongly with the extreme
> unpopularity in America of his counterpart
It's not quite true about the press. Press is free in Russia but the
television is strongly controlled by the state, often not directly but
through big business which wants to be in favour. As for radio, there
are stations expressing views of the opposition but they have small
audience. Also there is one such TV channel. Several western state
radio stations in Russian are retransmitted in MW band in Moscow and
Petersburg. I've heard that the American govenrnment didn't permit the
same for the Russian state radio stations in New York or Washington.
Euronews TV channel is available in Moscow not in cable networks only
but in the air too.
Yet, what we are building now is called here a latin-american type of
What American and especially English papers write about Russia is
often very untrue.
People in majority distrust USA and the West at large, seing in
pro-democracy movements the attempt to put our mineral resourses under
cntrol. For example, there were several democratic revolutions in
ex-USSR countries, but the attempts of such miraculously fail if the
autocratic leader is pro-American. They succeed only if the displaced
leader had friendly or neutral relations with Russia.
We also should remember that since 14th century Russia experienced no
serious attacks from the East but was constantly attacked from the
West, so many Russians don't trust to western initiatives. The
attitude is changing but friendly feelings are directed mostly to
Germany and France.
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