Russian Politics, & Personalities

Excellent Analysis of Putin

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from  Vladimir Nadein on RFE/RL.  

Ten years of absolute power and 10 years of unlimited sycophancy have not failed to leave their mark on Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. He has completely lost the ability to listen to others or to hear himself.

This isn’t a problem in Russia, where he controls everything. And it isn’t generally a problem in the West, where when people don’t fully understand you, they just nod and smile as long as you don’t try to take away their morning roll….

My sense of humour just adores this!  It is such an accurate description of Western society’s attitude toward things that we just do not understand.  And then there is this:

It would be nice if all that Putin said during his two days in Poland could be explained by his weak oratorical gifts. But this isn’t just a matter of bad improvisation on inconvenient topics. The Polish visit showed the profound reason why a decade of Putin’s leadership has resulted in Russia’s deep international isolation. 

If it weren’t for the bombs we inherited or the gas that God granted us, everyone would have simply stopped talking to us altogether. Russia’s foreign policy is a dead end. In other words, Putin is doing something he does not know how to do. Lord Acton reminds us that “absolute power corrupts absolutely” — so we can be sure that Putin’s Polish syndrome won’t end now that he has returned from Poland.

Some things to think about.


Written by Nina Jobe

September 4, 2009 at 5:31 PM

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