Developments in Russia

The day before yesterday, Russians overwhelmingly voted to erase Putin’s previous presidencies. That’s the official term used in Russia. Erase.

Putin’s presidential terms need to be erased so that he (or his double hence nobody knows when it’s actually Putin or one of his many doubles who make public appearances) can continue to be president. Question #1: why is it not a deeply smart idea to quote Russia Today as if it were an actual news source?

One might ask, if Russians want “Putin” to be president for 40 years and not just 20, why can’t they just proclaim him a monarch, cook up some familial links with the Romanovs (the last royal dynasty in Russia), and be done with it? Why go through the farce of a referendum and then repeat it with periodic elections?

That’s because Americans made it uncool and a sign of barbarity to have a multi-decade dictatorial rule. Everybody in the world now needs to pretend they have a democracy even when they don’t want it and can’t comprehend it. This is one of the many reasons Russians detest the US so much. This is why they constantly complain about the US exporting its icky values everywhere and imposing them on people.

I wouldn’t mind what they do in Russia and what sort of barbarity they espouse. (Did anybody hear about the recent law legalizing domestic violence in Russia? Cute stuff.) But they keep invading other countries and trying to act as “the real America” on the world scene.

People complain I don’t give regional updates any more, so I decided to share. As usual, anybody who tries to educate me about Russia will have to pass a small language and history proficiency test first.

11 thoughts on “Developments in Russia”

  1. In other Russia-related news: This promises to be a horrible disaster…

    https://lithub.com/baz-luhrmann-is-adapting-the-master-and-margarita-for-the-big-screen/

    The book has some enjoyable parts (though not great art by any means) but haven’t Russians filmed it enough already? I’ve seen parts of one Russian (mini-series) version that seemed faithful and good enough for anyone wanting M&M in screen form. The idea that Baz Luhrman could do anything worthwhile with it is just …. nuts.

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  2. If you ask me, frequent election cycles are popular in Western nations because it makes it easier for the shadowy figures who direct politicians to avoid accountability ie if there were only one person in charge while a bunch of shadowy figures stole everything, the public would focus on the front man and then eventually find the shadowy figures.

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    1. Then why hasn’t anybody in Russia noticed the shadowy figures? It’s been 20 years with the same person in power. How long do they need? A century?

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  3. Clarissa, I know you really, really dislike Putin. But since you are Ukrainian, I forgive and understand this transgression of fact and logic. It’s not a logical rational issue for you. IMHO, Putin has done a truly amazing job of rescuing Russia from the jaws of the Global Predatory Oligarchy(GPO). Russia and China are the two nations that have maintained their independence and protected their cultures, and may be able to restore a stable multi-polar international system. It will be difficult as the risk is that the GPO will try to nuke them just to avoid going down. That’s the real danger and it isn’t a minor risk to be discounted.

    Putin took on the extremely difficult task of preparing the Russian government for transition from his leadership. A reform of the Yeltsin CIA written Russian (ca. 1991-1993 or so) constitution had to be done as it was tied to the western dollar system – constitutionally the Russian Central Bank had to adjust domestic monetary factors in fixed relation to dollar-system developments. It was tied to western bankers. Now it is not. The provision that Russian office holders have to satisfy years of Russian residency is great (it may effectively block many western 5th column-types from retaining or holding office), as is the restrictions on foreign accounts and investments. The fixing the minimum wage to the price indexes, and protections of pensions were also very good measures for the Russian people. And the amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman is a core element of Orthodox Russian culture, and a major bulwark against western license and decadence, the results of latter of which you see and write about almost daily Thankfully they protect their nationality and culture.

    The western media’s fixation on the Putin re-election and/or succession is a diversion from the facts of that issue.

    Putin started the reform process (a repatriation of the Russian Constitution) four years in advance of his end-of-term, and those kind of issues take that much time to address carefully. The reset of the number of terms removes the problem of a President becoming a lame-duck. Those around him won’t really know if he intends to stay or not. This is only good political tactic.

    The changes retain a presidential system, with some greater roles for the State Duma and Federation Council – how much I’m not yet sure of.

    And remember, Russians actually get to vote for President – unlike United States voters…need I say more.

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    1. It’s very sad that great, intelligent people like you get so brainwashed. I’m very very sorry. I hope you find the strength to see through the lies, I really do.

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      1. I thought that would get you going 🙂 – I had resisted posting on this thread for a while, but I finally gave in to the temptation.
        The other thing I didn’t include, but meant to, is that Putin appears to be very aware of the necessity of bringing younger people into responsible positions – to avoid the Soviet (and now U.S. – Trump, Biden, etc.) ossified gerontocracy.
        I have come to realize that this blog has a number of regulars who are maybe ex-pats from the former eastern bloc countries. It seems that many ex-pats still think in the mindset of resisting/fighting communism now 30 years after it’s demise. My observations intended no disrespect. And they applied only to Russia, and not the other former soviet republics, who are unfortunately mostly still the mess that started with Gorbachev, Yacolev, that crew.

        And the people of the U.S. never got the “peace dividend” expected from the end of the Cold war. Instead we got the GPO chortling “We won! End of history” nonsense bringing us the “seven goverments to overthrow” and consequent 20+ years of perpetual war, and the mythology of the “exceptional” nation. It hasn’t turned out well.

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    2. “Russia and China are the two nations that have maintained their independence and protected their cultures”

      Eating bats and drinking yourself to death are hardly cultures.
      Rather in the name of “culture” unaccountable dictators have nourished the least appealing and least humanistic aspects of their respective countries – from legalizing domestic violence and invading neighboring countries to normalizing and encouraging violent xenophobia and attempting to have their domestic law apply to non-resident non-citizens.

      “a stable multi-polar international system”

      A new cold war and a revival of the Soviet “spheres of influence”?

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    3. “may be able to restore a stable multi-polar international system”

      The balance of power is only indirectly related to domestic policy. Russia remains a Great Power because of its nuclear arsenal and not because Putin protects the country’s “nationality and culture.” Likewise, China is a Great Power because it has the ability to project unmatchable land power in Asia and deliver its nuclear weapons worldwide.

      It is one thing, perhaps the only rational thing in the nuclear age, to encourage peaceful co-existance with other Great Powers in a balanced multi-polar international system. But it’s quite another to romanticize the domestic policies of authoritarian political leaderships.

      Russia, in particular, has multiple legitimate security concerns with the post-Cold War west but that’s not the same thing as celebrating Putin as a “major bulwark against western license and decadence.” Likewise, one can heartily applaud the way that the post-Mao CPC has engineered massive improvements in the lives of many hundreds of millions of souls, lifting the country out of abject poverty, without being naive about the excesses of corruption by the party and party members and the lack of individual political freedoms for Chinese citizens.

      The historical record proves that the excessive promotion of populist nationalism is destabilizing to the international system. Putin and the CPC employ nationalism to legitimize their authoritarian rule while in the U.S.A. political elites on the right and left have been stirring for some time the same dark nationalist forces in their ongoing struggle for electoral power.

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      1. Actually, what many people don’t understand is that Putin is more of a globalist than any politician in the US. He is detested by Russian nationalists. He’s an open border politician, flooding the country with cheap labor from neighboring Central Asian republics. He’s refusing to institute a visa regime. As a result of his open border policies, over 50% of first-graders in Moscow don’t speak Russian. He has an open border situation with China where have gigantic parts of what’s supposed to be Russia are populated and controlled by the Chinese.

        Putin has jailed all prominent Russian nationalists back in the 2000s. There have been big uprisings of nationalists against him but he repressed them very violently.

        He’s a “nationalist” in the sense that he says “we are superior.” But in terms of actual policy, he’s been very consistently open borders.

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