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February 11, 2010

The NYT on Putin’s Purgatory

Filed under: Economics,Politics,Russia — The Professor @ 8:58 pm

Today’s NYT contains an oped that echoes yesterday’s post “I know where you’re going”:

A recent report by the Institute of Contemporary Development, an influential think-tank close to Mr. Medvedev, called for a number of reforms. To encourage political competition, it said there should be a return to the system of electing governors and senators, practices abolished by Mr. Putin when he was president. The report also called for greater freedom in the media (the state controls 93 percent of all media outlets) to help expose corruption and encourage political debate.

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The prospects for change in Russia, therefore, are bleak. But public opinion is becoming increasingly resentful of government inaction and the situation could become explosive in the near future. The outside world can only influence developments at the margins. Still, we should not weaken our support for the liberal, democratic forces seeking to change the system. Their fight is ours.

As I’ve written often, it is difficult to envision a way that Russia can escape its purgatory.

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  1. They’ve phrased that last short sentence wrong. It should be “Our fight is theirs.” That is, the fight for the return of the incompetent comprador Russian elite that submitted to the every, every whim of the West and that came within micrometers of killing Russia in the process. The children of that time are now reaching adulthood, many inches shorter, many kilos lighter, with many more health and developmental problems, and many, many fewer than previous cohorts. And the NYT, WaPoo, and SWP pine for the return of those days. Did you know that Yeltsin’s daughter Tatiyana has a new blog, wherein she lays out the many crimes of Putin? A laugh a minute! It’s like she remembers nothing of the time when she was helping daddy run Russia through his drunken stupors and common Russian salaries were ~$20/month, years in arrears.

    Fortunately, Russians have better memories than Tanya, so the efforts of the NYT etc. will fail.

    Comment by rkka — February 12, 2010 @ 7:21 am

  2. Keep on dreaming, Fraser.

    Faith in the country and Putin remains as high as ever – http://www.levada.ru/press/2010020802.html

    Comment by Sublime Oblivion — February 12, 2010 @ 6:39 pm

  3. Did you know that Yeltsin’s daughter Tatiyana has a new blog, wherein she lays out the many crimes of Putin?

    She does nothing of the sort. Let me guess, you can’t read Russian at all, can you?

    Comment by peter — February 13, 2010 @ 3:23 pm

  4. Oops, forget my guess, it’s much simpler really. Rkka is just too busy or too clever to bother reading beyond the stupid headlines.

    Comment by peter — February 16, 2010 @ 8:43 am

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