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Bring Back the Good Old U.S.S.R. – The Kinder, Gentler Version of Russia. Bad as They Were, Vladimir Putin Is the Devil Incarnate

Posted on Wednesday, March 16, 2022
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WASHINGTON, DC, Mar 16 – Those who were born in the 21st century may not know what the U.S.S.R. was. For their sake, I’ll spell it out. It was the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Note the word Socialist. The younger generations seem to love that word, notwithstanding the fact that it was the principal ideology of what was arguably the most oppressive form of governance the modern world has ever seen.

The Evil Empire, as it was known, was the brainchild of another immoral dictator whose name was also Vladimir – Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known as Lenin. He and his successor, Joseph Stalin, held sway over Russia and its communist republics from 1917, the year the Russian Tsar was overthrown. Lenin held the reins until his death in 1924, and Stalin took over and ruled with an iron fist until his death in 1953. In that span of 36 years, some 20 million resistors were killed outright or died in the notorious Gulag—a system of detention and labor camps.

The rulers of the Soviet Union were ruthless. Disagree, and you became a dead man walking in the frozen squalor of a Siberian death camp. The Gulag system of detention continued until 1960, when the last death camp was shut down. But that didn’t stop the oppression of dissidents. It continued mercilessly until 1991 when the Soviet Union collapsed. In the meantime, the persecution of anti-socialist rebels continued.

Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin was born in Leningrad in 1952. He became a loyal member of the Communist Party, studied law at Leningrad State University, graduated in 1975, and then joined the notorious KGB. He served in the KGB, also known as the Committee for State Security, for 15 years, including six years as a spy in East Germany. After the Soviet Union became Russia, President Boris Yeltsin, the first president of the Russian Republic, appointed Putin to the post of director of the FSB, Federal Security Service, the KGB by another name, he then became secretary of the Russian Security Council, Yeltsin’s agency in charge of national security affairs. In 1999 he was appointed to serve as the Russian president’s prime minister. 

Later that year, President Yeltsin resigned, naming Putin to serve as acting president. He won the presidential election of 2004, serving in that capacity until 2008. He ran for the presidency again in 2012 was elected. And in 2014, he initiated his first invasion of neighboring Ukraine and took control of the Ukrainian autonomous republic of Crimea. He incorporated the Crimean peninsula into the Russian Federation. Putin then started calling Ukraine, Novorossiya the “New Russia,” possibly indicating that he planned the complete takeover of Ukraine sooner or later.

David Hoffman at the Washington Post produced a lengthy, insightful biography of Mr. Putin in which he suggests the president of the free nation of Russia never abandoned his communist background and, perhaps, never will. 

Hoffman put it this way: “Putin defends the Soviet-era intelligence service to this day. In recent comments to a writers’ group in Moscow, he even seemed to excuse its role in dictator Joseph Stalin’s brutal purges, saying it would be “insincere” for him to assail the agency where he worked for so many years. Fiercely patriotic, Putin once said he could not read a book by a Soviet defector because ‘I don’t read books by people who have betrayed the Motherland’… While Putin has promised to keep Russia on a market path, his critics worry about his commitment to Russia’s young democracy. The institutions of a broad civil society – the press, political parties, free associations, and others – are not yet well developed. The rule of law has not been well entrenched. And these weaknesses are, in part, a legacy of the Soviet police state of Putin’s early career, when the Communist Party had a monopoly on power.”

Putin makes it easy for his detractors to call him a megalomaniac, a power-hungry despot determined to return to the good old days of the Soviet Union. But for one to be successful, he would need the support of the folks back home. The communist regimes of the past had the one thing that Putin doesn’t have—the unified support of the Russian people. Lenin, Stalin, and Khrushchev threatened the citizens of the U.S.S.R. They were a captive audience who listened and did what their rulers and their apparatchik uncivil servants told them to do. 

It’s not just Ukrainians who are putting up a “surprising fight;” the Russian people have had some 30 years of freedom, and they have already begun to protest his war with Ukraine in great numbers. U.S. News says: “Protests have sprung in Moscow and other Russian cities since the attack began in the early morning hours of Feb. 24. As of Thursday, more than 8,000 people had been detained at anti-war protests across the country, according to tracking by OVD-Info.  And several billionaire oligarchs – arguably the most powerful group of people in Russia other than Putin himself – have spoken out against the attack.

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Max
Max
2 years ago

I’m sorry, THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PUTIN’S RUSSIA AND THE OLD USSR. There might have been a momentary lapse after the fall of the USSR but that time ended when Putin began dominating the scene and inserting his agenda.

PaulE
PaulE
2 years ago

Any author trying to portray the USSR as some bastion of a more civilized and slightly more free life for the people of Russia and the Soviet satellite states needs to quit working for AMAC and get a job at AARP. Seriously, who is the Editor at AMAC that approves some of these articles? Putin is running Russia today as essentially same as Russia was run under the old Soviet model. The KGB is now the FSB. Pravda is now a string of state-controlled media outlets all parroting whatever Putin wants broadcast 24×7. The leadership wears business suits instead of military uniforms, but that is all merely window dressing for the same system functioning underneath the surface.

Stop with this devil incarnate BS. Putin, like President Xi, Little Kim and the Iran Mullahs, is simply a power-hungry autocrat with delusions of grandeur and the will to take what he wants, if no one stands up to him and pushes back. Not that much different from many senior members of the Democrat Party in this country.

Alfred
Alfred
2 years ago

… one lie, right after another, our pilicy community’s never on the level, about anything. We’re definitely not getting the straight scoop what’s really happening on the Russo-Ukraine war –

Jim Estes
Jim Estes
2 years ago

Val Putin is a worthless POS, he cares nothing for people’s lives, he claims to be a highly educated person, but that isn’t stoping him from being a f—-g idiot.

Sue K
Sue K
2 years ago

If AMAC quotes the Washington (com)Post, they’re no better than that liberal rag.

Russia has ‘invaded’ Ukraine (which, BTW, it not a country; they never filed the proper papers delineating its boundaries after the U.S.S.R. was dissolved in 1991) for some very good reasons:

  1. Biolabs (funded by the U.S. DoD) working on the most dangerous pathogens on Earth. Why?;
  2. Ukraine is the headquarters of the Cabal, Khazarian mafia and Nazis (oh, yes, they’re there). Their President Zalensky was a former comedian who cheated his way into the Presidency and allowed all this to take place unchecked;
  3. Ukraine is the Eastern European hot spot for human sex trafficking, including children.

Putin is cleaning it up. He’s no angel, but he’s spot on with this one. The fake news media is again reporting garbage; boots on the ground tell a different story.

When Ukraine is cleaned out, Taiwan is next; they have the same ‘problems’ over there. The bleeding hearts’ chant will shift from ‘oh, poor Ukraine’ to ‘oh, poor Taiwan.’ You can bet on that.

Believe little of what you see and almost nothing of what you’re told by the lying media.

Max
Max
2 years ago

I’m sorry, THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PUTIN’S RUSSIA AND THE OLD USSR. There might have been a momentary lapse after the fall of the USSR but that time ended when Putin began dominating the scene and inserting his agenda.

PaulE
PaulE
2 years ago

Any author trying to portray the USSR as some bastion of a more civilized and slightly more free life for the people of Russia and the Soviet satellite states needs to quit working for AMAC and get a job at AARP. Seriously, who is the Editor at AMAC that approves some of these articles? Putin is running Russia today as essentially same as Russia was run under the old Soviet model. The KGB is now the FSB. Pravda is now a string of state-controlled media outlets all parroting whatever Putin wants broadcast 24×7. The leadership wears business suits instead of military uniforms, but that is all merely window dressing for the same system functioning underneath the surface.

Stop with this devil incarnate BS. Putin, like President Xi, Little Kim and the Iran Mullahs, is simply a power-hungry autocrat with delusions of grandeur and the will to take what he wants, if no one stands up to him and pushes back. Not that much different from many senior members of the Democrat Party in this country.

Alfred
Alfred
2 years ago

… one lie, right after another, our pilicy community’s never on the level, about anything. We’re definitely not getting the straight scoop what’s really happening on the Russo-Ukraine war –

Jim Estes
Jim Estes
2 years ago

Val Putin is a worthless POS, he cares nothing for people’s lives, he claims to be a highly educated person, but that isn’t stoping him from being a f—-g idiot.

Sue K
Sue K
2 years ago

If AMAC quotes the Washington (com)Post, they’re no better than that liberal rag.

Russia has ‘invaded’ Ukraine (which, BTW, it not a country; they never filed the proper papers delineating its boundaries after the U.S.S.R. was dissolved in 1991) for some very good reasons:

  1. Biolabs (funded by the U.S. DoD) working on the most dangerous pathogens on Earth. Why?;
  2. Ukraine is the headquarters of the Cabal, Khazarian mafia and Nazis (oh, yes, they’re there). Their President Zalensky was a former comedian who cheated his way into the Presidency and allowed all this to take place unchecked;
  3. Ukraine is the Eastern European hot spot for human sex trafficking, including children.

Putin is cleaning it up. He’s no angel, but he’s spot on with this one. The fake news media is again reporting garbage; boots on the ground tell a different story.

When Ukraine is cleaned out, Taiwan is next; they have the same ‘problems’ over there. The bleeding hearts’ chant will shift from ‘oh, poor Ukraine’ to ‘oh, poor Taiwan.’ You can bet on that.

Believe little of what you see and almost nothing of what you’re told by the lying media.

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