In response to a perceived pro-Putin POV at WRSA:
Hi, Concerned American!
This is short text as a support of my point of view.
Good day for you, jentlemen. I am Russian resident, nickname/callsign is Goblin. My writing caused by recent post in WRSA about our current political leader, V. Putin, where was statement about Putin as nationalist. I shall try to persuade you, that he is not.
One important thing to know before arguing. I consider USA as an enemy against Russian Federation, in political point. Just because one source of power can not be friend with another source of power. I do not consider Americans as natural enemies against Russians, i mean departments of states. But i never was a part of “orange” opposition, Kasparov, Nemtsov, Navalny and others – they are West-driven liberals, willing traitors of my country.
The exact sense of being nationalist is to defend and make benefits to the own nation, in certain ethnic or the whole government point. Russian Federation consists of about 180 nationalities, with namely Russians about 77-80 percent.
How did Putin handle ethnic Russians within his presidentship?
population census 2002 – 115 889 107
population census 2010 – 111 016 896
How it was in social relation? Well, it is too biased, you just have to take my word. If Russian is attacked by swart-skinned migrant, it is considered as usual crime, if swarth-skinned is attacked by Russian, it is considered as extremism, nazism, and so on. Do you suppose i am a jingo? Yes, definitely i am, since 2006, then ethnic conflicts arise over European Russia. You can easily recheck my words by typing “anti-extremist laws pitin nationalism” in search engine. Well, this laws are also directed against Muslim fanatics, but work very nice against Russians (not nazis of any kind, just got into a scrape of some kind, streetfight with impudent migrants).
How it was cultural? Russian Academy of Sciences being reformated, read this as “destroyed”. Educational cycle degrades with introducing “Unitary State Exam”.
Lets speak about how Putin handled the Russian Federation – economics. Ok, we see GNP growth near 150% compared 2000-2014. But it is strictly correlated with oil price ( http://voprosik.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/117.png – blue line GNP, red line oil price). I personally looked the destruction of machine tool factory in Lipetsk and its replacement by shopping mall. Shopping mall instead of machine tool factory, Carl! Buy Chinese stuff and abandon your own machinery building! So we moved to emotions, why the hell Russia buy USA obligations? Why our insurance fund is in dollars? How it can be patriotic, or at least common sense?
We often hear the argument – allegedly Putin is better than Yeltsin, he goes another way. Wait. Yeltsin made Putin prime-minister. Yeltsin appointed him acting President. They are a clansmen of the same clan, they protect interests of the same oligarchs. They say – Putin made reforms, re-structured state, economics and army. But if you didn’t know – reforms never can be held in a moment. It takes years to reshape big systems, and this work was started by Pitin predecessor, Primakov.
Why do you, my american conversationalists, take Putin as leader, preferable to Obama? I assume it’s media effect. The image of the enemy is necessary to rule own country – so media draw it. It is scary, energetic and dangerous. Ironically, you want to see your leader to be energetic and dangerous. Me too, obviously – but i know it’s not about Putin.
A pair of words about situation along Ukraine. It’s a real PITA for me personally, because i have friends and relatives on the both sides of frontier. And even on both sides of frontline. Well, USA department of state worked hard to set the Ukrainians against the Russians – and succeded. Five billions spent on the Maidan. Years after, the central Ukrainians start to hate another Ukrainians – in Crimea and South-East, just because they are close to Russia by language, culture and motives. It’s not the evil eyed dwarf Putin who steal Crimea – it’s stupid Ukrainian xenophobes who pushed and lost Crimea. So in South-East, in Donbass – the gap formed between residents of the two areas long before the war. Now Ukrainians can not believe that the inhabitants of the South-East by themselves oppose the Ukrainian army, and they say that in Ukraine are fighting not militia, but Russian army. Well, i’m sure, there is a significant support of Donbass militia by Russian govt, but not a Russian army. It would be much more evidence and the difference in the fighting results. Sorry but it is again a loss, not theft.
Thanks Concerned American for question, it it was an interesting exercise – to prove my viewpoint step by step, check myrself.