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    Re: Putin to Retake the Presidency

    Quote Originally Posted by Paschendale View Post
    I'd be just fine with Putin being back in office. He's ballsy, got some ideals, and doesn't take $#!t. He did good things for Russia and for the international community.
    Maybe he did good things for Russia in comparison to Yeltsin's presidency...but that's not setting the bar very high. Putin has been responsible for encouraging corruption and cronyism, fostering dependence on oil exports, making Russia the cybercrime capital of the world, doing nothing to address Russia's demographic crisis, and presiding over a huge decline in life expectancy as alcoholism became an epidemic among Russian men.

    Putin does deserve some credit for getting inflation under control, but that's just about the only good thing he's done for Russia. Most of the increase in Russian standards of living over the last decade has been related to the price of oil, over which Putin has only limited control. Russia's economy remains a basket case.

    As for his actions on the international stage, I take a neutral approach. I don't see him as a threat just because he opposes US interests, but neither do I see him as a positive force. In that regard, he's mostly concerned himself with Russia's periphery, and adopted an isolationist stance elsewhere. Russia has been a non-participant in the World Trade Organization, for example. I can't really point to anything he's done on the international stage that could be construed as an accomplishment for the world.
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    Re: Putin to Retake the Presidency

    Even if Medvedev is possibly bumped down to PM, they are still the most awesome political duo on the planet.

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    Re: Putin to Retake the Presidency

    Quote Originally Posted by Alfons View Post
    The U.S. do not need nukes against Russia, Putin alone is more effective as entirely U.S. stockpile of nukes.Sure all people in the Western World love Putin ( except 90 % of Russians who are hungry and earn $2000 annual )
    And this is Putins fault how??
    I would blame it more on the "shock doctrine"...


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    Re: Putin to Retake the Presidency

    Quote Originally Posted by SE102 View Post
    Well, in Russia the concern is without a strong man anarchy will ensue.
    ...and I'm Russian, so I am well aware of this.

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    Re: Putin to Retake the Presidency

    Best webcomic EVAR.
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    Re: Putin to Retake the Presidency

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeezy View Post
    ...and I'm Russian, so I am well aware of this.
    Well, most people aren't on this board and simple little tidbits can help.

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