Vladimir Putin's Russia: Soviet Union lite?

Pyewacket

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Russian protests, Russian nuclear accidents. Russian shit is going down.

Putin is looking for a place he can hide in, with all his ripped off zillions.

He has five years and he knows it.
 


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Russian protests, Russian nuclear accidents. Russian shit is going down.

Putin is looking for a place he can hide in, with all his ripped off zillions.

He has five years and he knows it.

All the very rich Russians behave the same, they all look to get the majority of their cash assets out of Russia for 2 reasons 1) they have paid little or no tax on it and 2) the way they got their cash they know either the State or another up and coming oligarch will take it from them - usually by force.
 

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All the very rich Russians behave the same, they all look to get the majority of their cash assets out of Russia for 2 reasons 1) they have paid little or no tax on it and 2) the way they got their cash they know either the State or another up and coming oligarch will take it from them - usually by force.
It is a ****ed up country.

Always was.
 

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Putin ain't showing up to the disaster zone but gives news out from afar probably busy buying himself another million dollar wristwatch for his private collection.
 
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Always makes me smile when you get the odd poster here railing on about Putin and Russia as if they were still the cold war socialist enemy.

What Russia is now is the ultimate free market with low regulation, lots of corruption, bribery and organised crime. It is just about becoming an idealised system for free marketeers.

In fact I'd argue that Russia and the US have never been more alike. Corporate fronts controlled by organised crime.
 

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As has been noted above, when it comes to nuclear accidents the old Soviet reflexes reassert themselves:


Unfortunately for Putin, the evidence spreads across borders and the locals can't be silenced either.
 
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Not to forget the Fukishima Nuclear Plant, built by the US Company GE which had a melt down after a Tsunami in Japan. It has been poisoning the Pacific with tons of radioactive cooling water for several years.
 

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"The float is towed by other vessels, making a collision during a storm more likely, he said.

Because Rosatom plans to store spent fuel onboard, Mr Alimov said "any accident involving this fuel might have a serious impact on the fragile environment of the Arctic".

He added that there is "no infrastructure for a nuclear clean up" in the region"


Nothing stands in the way of Putin and his mates making money, this will be of little or no benefit to Russian people, monies will be all tucked up in offshore companies.
 

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Is it anything left what Putin, according to Western propaganda, forgot to weaponize?
 

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Signs of another conflict brewing between Russia and Georgia. Both sides building up troops along South Ossetian border.


Comes as Trump admin holding up military aid to Ukraine despute Congressional pressure to release it.
 

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Always makes me smile when you get the odd poster here railing on about Putin and Russia as if they were still the cold war socialist enemy.

What Russia is now is the ultimate free market with low regulation, lots of corruption, bribery and organised crime. It is just about becoming an idealised system for free marketeers.

In fact I'd argue that Russia and the US have never been more alike. Corporate fronts controlled by organised crime.
So, given a choice between Russia and the USA, you would just toss a coin, and cheerfully go to live in Russia, knowing it was "just the same" as the USA?

The old "equivalence" shtick has been trotted out from time immemorial - I am just waiting for the "USA is the same as China is the same as Russia" one. At least in the USA, you get 9 more years Life Expectancy at birth. List of countries by life expectancy - Wikipedia.

No one really believes it - it is just empty rhetoric that sounds good in the pub.
 

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Interesting that so many de-facto United Russia party candidates are running as Independents in local elections. Recent polls (insofar as they can be relied on in a dictatorship) show U.R. at around one third of the vote.
 

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Some reports on the Russian elections.

[Note: Real opponents to Putin's regime were not allowed to run, only a "licensed opposition" is permitted.]


Russian liberals are celebrating the relative success of the Communist Party and other Kremlin-friendly quasi-opposition parties in the elections to the Moscow city council on Sunday as an almost revolutionary breakthrough — but it takes some unpacking to explain why.
Candidates from these parties gained around 20 out of 45 seats in the council; meanwhile the ruling United Russia party, which supports Russian President Vladimir Putin, only just retained a majority, losing about 13 seats in the city council (from the current 38 down to just 25).

With opposition sidelined, Kremlin-friendly candidates are gliding to victory across Russia
 


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