Russia: The Nicest Degradation Of The People!

Hello,

I kept this article since the 13th of March, I have read and reread this article several times. I am now going to give my opinion about this article called “Let Russians Be Russians!”

I find that Rodric Braithwaite has written the most beautiful wonderfully written article that still degrades & demoralizes the Russian People! A article that at the first reading looks & sounds good, then you reread because something hits you wrong……

1. “Given the chance, the Russians — like the Afghans, the Iraqis, the Pakistanis and others — turn out in large numbers to express their views through the ballot box. That is not enough, of course, to establish a working democracy in any country. But the result may well be a genuine expression of the popular view.” (Interesting comparison choices to third world countries.)

2. “The Russian government manipulated the electoral process — outrageously — to get the right result.”(What Proof?)

3. “Democracy is about throwing the rascals out, and most Russians are reconciled to their current rascals.” (Democracy is about Money!)

4. “This remarkable democratic experiment then went wrong for a number of reasons:” (The Democratic experiment has just started in Russia!)

5. “That does not mean that Russians are “genetically” incapable of democracy.” (What?)

6. “But if the Indians can do it, so can the Russians.” (Does Russia want to be like Indians? Or Americans? Or Britain’s? NO! Russians want to be like Russians!)

7. ” George Kennan, that great Russia-watcher and U.S. diplomat and historian, got it right when he wrote in 1951, at the height of the Cold War: “When Soviet power has run its course … let us not hover nervously over the people who come after, applying litmus papers daily to their political complexions to find out whether they answer to our concept of ‘democrats.’ Give them time; let them be Russians; let them work out their internal problems in their own manner. The ways by which people advance towards dignity and enlightenment in government are things that constitute the deepest and most intimate processes of national life. There is nothing less understandable to foreigners, nothing in which foreign influence can do less good.” (This statement made my Wife see red! I say 1951 was not the era to quote from…Who said that democracy is what anyone should advance toward? )

8. “who, like latter-day Christian missionaries, believe that we have a duty to spread the gospel of democracy — by military force, if necessary. Russians are not the only ones who find that proposition distinctly suspect.” (The only thing that he said that really made sense!)

The whole article is a nice pleasent slam to the Russian people. Slam to the Russian election! Slam to Putin and his government!

Yes, He did it very polite & politically correct. Bless Him.

His comparisions, examples & statements are from a biased ancient(Cold War) veiwpoint! In 1951 America was slapping communist lables on people who liked the color red and “Black Listing” them……….
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Let Russians Be Russians
By Rodric Braithwaite

Having listened to all the speculation about what kind of president Dmitry Medvedev will become, we should look more closely at a much more contested question: Are the Russians even capable of democracy?

Many people — both in Russia and abroad — argue that Russians have no democratic tradition, that they prefer the iron hand of the autocrat and that the country is too big, too heterogenous and too disorderly to be ruled any other way.

President Vladimir Putin is more subtle. He believes that Russians are not yet ready for democracy, that they need to be brought to it by a managed process, lest everything collapse in chaos. He reminds one of the British, who argued that Indian independence must be postponed until the natives were capable of governing themselves.

Given the chance, the Russians — like the Afghans, the Iraqis, the Pakistanis and others — turn out in large numbers to express their views through the ballot box. That is not enough, of course, to establish a working democracy in any country. But the result may well be a genuine expression of the popular view.

Most ordinary Russians, thoroughly inoculated against the Western model by the chaos, humiliation, poverty and corruption of the Yeltsin years and angered by endless hectoring and ill-conceived advice from the West, are willing to pay a price in democracy for the stability and growing prosperity that have accompanied the Putin years. So in the recent parliamentary and presidential elections, they twice voted heavily for a continuation of the “Putin system.” In the circumstances, that was a rational choice.

The Russian government manipulated the electoral process — outrageously — to get the right result. This is a curious sign of Putin’s weakness, not his strength, since no one doubted that most people would vote the way the government wanted, for their own good reasons. Nevertheless, both elections had a certain legitimacy despite the obvious flaws. The voters were offered a choice on March 2, and many of them took it. One in five voted for veteran Communist Party head Gennady Zyuganov — nearly twice as many as predicted. One in 10 voted for Liberal Democratic Party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky. We may not like these results, but this is very different from what happened in Kazakhstan in 2006, when President Nursultan Nazarbayev, who had been in power for 17 years, was re-elected for another seven by 95 percent of the voters.

Democracy is about throwing the rascals out, and most Russians are reconciled to their current rascals. It was different in March 1989, when Mikhail Gorbachev organized the first contested elections in any Warsaw Pact country, under an electoral system of mind-boggling complexity designed to preserve the Communist Party’s monopoly power. But the voters recognized the rascals all right. They voted tactically and with great sophistication to throw out the bosses of Moscow, Leningrad and Kiev, a quarter of the regional party secretaries, a heap of generals and many other unpleasant people.

This remarkable democratic experiment then went wrong for a number of reasons: the sense of national humiliation that accompanied the collapse of the Soviet Union, the ensuing poverty, the inability of the liberal intelligentsia — the self-styled “conscience of the nation” — to agree on any effective course of action, the determination of the hard men in the army and the party to get their own back.

That does not mean that Russians are “genetically” incapable of democracy. Their history and their culture have not been propitious. The country has indeed for most of its history been a closed and imperial autocracy. But here, too, the Indian example is instructive. A country with a far larger population, an even more heterogenous culture and an unbroken history of autocratic and imperial rule has run a remarkably successful democracy for the past 60 years.

Although Russians today do not enjoy a Western kind of democracy, they do enjoy an unprecedented, if precarious, degree of personal prosperity, of access to information, of freedom to travel and even — within limits — to express their views. To argue that they cannot go on to construct their own version of democracy is a kind of racism. It may take decades, even generations; the construction of democracy always does. But if the Indians can do it, so can the Russians.

George Kennan, that great Russia-watcher and U.S. diplomat and historian, got it right when he wrote in 1951, at the height of the Cold War: “When Soviet power has run its course … let us not hover nervously over the people who come after, applying litmus papers daily to their political complexions to find out whether they answer to our concept of ‘democrats.’ Give them time; let them be Russians; let them work out their internal problems in their own manner. The ways by which people advance towards dignity and enlightenment in government are things that constitute the deepest and most intimate processes of national life. There is nothing less understandable to foreigners, nothing in which foreign influence can do less good.”

It is the wisest advice, but it is blissfully ignored by our policymakers who, like latter-day Christian missionaries, believe that we have a duty to spread the gospel of democracy — by military force, if necessary. Russians are not the only ones who find that proposition distinctly suspect.

Sir Rodric Braithwaite, British ambassador to the Soviet Union and Russia from 1988 to 1992, is author of “Moscow 1941: A City and its People at War.” This comment appeared in the Financial Times.
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The world will disagree with me, but I have studied this article with care, Once again a article that does not uplift Russia. It is an article that covers up the Russian bashing with Flowers & pretty Ribbons……..

Kyle

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Russia to Ukraine: Lets Fight Over The Crimea!

Crimea is in the middle of the map, in the Black Sea!

Hello,

It gets better everyday around here. I had a comment from a reader (MattMacL) he came up with this suggestion that Russia should stress the issue of the Crimea, before NATO can bring Ukraine into its arms.

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MOSCOW, May 26 (RIA Novosti) – Sergei Mironov, speaker of the upper house of Russia’s parliament, said on Monday Russia could claim back Sevastopol, a Russian naval base on Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula.

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko recently ruled not to extend lease terms for Russia’s Black Sea Fleet in Ukraine after May 28, 2017.

“Undoubtedly, we must raise the issue ourselves, and if necessary, with the Ukrainian authorities,” Mironov told reporters commenting on Yushchenko’s decision.

“We should study the issue more closely. If Yushchenko is making such statements, we can also start looking into the issue properly,” the senator said, describing Yushchenko’s instructions as “illogical and untimely.”

Mironov pledged to give instructions to a number of Federation Council committees to consider drafting a bill on Russia’s Black Sea Fleet.

There have been frequent disputes between Russia and Ukraine over the lease of the base. In the latest dispute, Moscow Mayor Yury Lyzhkov was barred from entering the former Soviet republic over similarly provocative statements.

According to Luzhkov, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev gave the Crimea to Ukraine in 1954 as “a token of brotherly love,” but under a 1948 decree Sevastopol was assigned special city status “under the governing central authorities,” and, therefore, could not be included in the list of territories transferred to Ukraine.

On Thursday Russia’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying that in response to Ukraine’s decision to prohibit Luzhkov from entering Ukraine, Russia announced a number of Ukrainian politicians would not be allowed entry into Russia.

The Crimea, now an autonomous region within Ukraine, is a predominantly Russian-speaking territory. Since the 1991 breakup of the Soviet Union, the Crimea has unsuccessfully sought independence from Ukraine. A 1994 referendum in the Crimea supported demands for a broader autonomy and closer links with Russia.
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Well MattMacL looks like Russia may be listening to you…..

Kyle & Svet

comments always welcome.

Meet Sammy – The Russian 310221 Volga!

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Sammy…

Some of you have meet Sammy before (above). She was a stubborn girl when we had to get tags for her after we bought her. Sammy was the second Volga that we have owned. The first was a model 2410 Volga which had a abrupt end to her life by being stolen, stripped and burned.

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Nelly…

We called the first Volga, Nelly! She was a fantastic machine that never failed us when the going got tough. The going got tough allot because we traveled about 50,000 km in Nelly. She took us to many CIS countries and back safely. Nelly went places that maybe we should not have gone, but she went without complaints and got us back home.

But as great as Nelly the Volga was, she pales in comparison to Sammy the 310221 Volga. The station wagon that we have now is a whole other world above the model 24 we had.

The model 2410 could sometimes reach 150 km per hour if you had a tailwind and going downhill. The 310221 cruises at that speed all day. We do not need any tailwind anymore. The model 2410 had drum brakes all the way around but Sammy has disc front and that is a different world in stopping power. The 2410 also had a 4 speed manual transmission and we now have a 5 speed manual in the 310221.

There are dozens of reasons that Sammy is better than Nelly except in one area. Sammy has not traveled all over Russia with us like Nelly did. But we are getting ready to solve that problem this summer and do so with several trips planned of many interesting kilometers.

We think Sammy will do just fine for after all she is a Volga…

Windows to Russia!

In a Auto in Russia You Must Have Icons…

I was reminded by a reader of ours about the icons that seem to be in most if not all Russian cars. I have grown use to them and have them in our car as well. It just seems to be correct and who am I too upset any apple cart…

Because of an icons connection to the divine figures they present, they were seen as powerful protectors that help keep away bad fortune. So Icons are used in automobiles as a guardian angle type of situation.

I consider them a comfort and could not imagine my car without them now. This reader expressed that he has them in his car in America and I think that is really cool. Because no matter where you are in the world a little help in surviving, is not out of the question when it comes to driving the roads of today’s byways!

We even have a little extra in the lower right part of the windshield and to top it off if that is not enough we have an extra icon by the ashtray that insures safety on the road…

So believe in it or not, you now have a little more knowledge about Russia

Windows to Russia!

Russia is Starting To Talk About Korea…

One thing that seems to be normal for Russia is that she takes her time and thinks about issues before spouting out all over the news. Then the news that is put out, has to be carefully examined…

This time the Russian news is abuzz with this information: Konstantin Pulikovsky, is a rare person who has spent time with North Korea’s secretive leader and has traveled extensively with Kim Jong Il. This leading Russian expert on North Korea said on Thursday, that he had serious doubts about Pyongyang’s involvement into the sinking of South Korea’s Cheonan warship.

Konstantin Pulikovsky who maintains official contacts with Pyongyang, because he was presidential envoy to Russia’s Far East in 2000-2005. Has broken the Russian silence, he said,

“I personally have serous doubts that it was North Korea that sank the ship. Why do this? For what purpose?… I don’t see any logic.”

This is the start of the summation of what Russia is thinking…

Windows to Russia!