Is he just a bad guy who's crazy and wants to take over the world? Seems unlikely. What's his motivation?
He wants to dominate the global supply of crackers, and have his image embossed on them. He'll only be content with Putin on the Ritz.
He wants the territory of the Soviet Union back with Russia and Russians in control. A bit of an ethnic nationalist.
Wonderful bloke, a man proud of his country and it's socialist state.
What's your beef with him?
> Wonderful bloke,
I didn't know you were a fan. Is it this that gets you off? https://www.google.co.uk/search?client=tablet-android-samsung&biw=1280&bih=800&tbm=isch&sa=1&ei=GynGWuiGJePNgAb4hqn4Cw&q=putin+riding+a+horse&oq=putin+rid&gs_l=mobile-gws-img.1.0.0l4j0i67.9338.18279..19466...4....267.2195.1j5j5..........1..mobile-gws-wiz-img.....3..35i39j0i30j0i5i30.yK66RRD5PKY%3D
I bet you had that bookmarked.
I don't know what bookmarked means.
4 part series starts on bbc4 tonight... Putin, Russia and the West.
Should be interesting.
Probably been on before.
I have been led to believe he thought about becoming a taxi driver after the fall of the wall.
The man is a gangster. Read Politkovskaya.
Exactly what kind of state Russia can best be described as is still a matter of debate but it certainly isn’t socialism. Proto-fascist or moderate fascist maybe. Try this:
Why doesn't he just want to get along with everyone? Make his own phones or Facebook or something, then everyone would love him
Facism is just another face of socialism
> Is he just a bad guy who's crazy and wants to take over the world? Seems unlikely. What's his motivation?
Votes/popularity/lack of a revolution (well, it is Russia). The Russian public like a strong sounding President.
Duty of UK government to act decisively and quickly in times of aggression. Government is voted in by us to take that lead position and we entrust them with that grave responsibility.
Versus convention of consulting Parliament on issues of deployment in none urgent times.
Discuss in contemporary context.
What a load of rubbish, and even if it were true, in what way would Putin qualify as a socialist?
A more interesting point would be to try and understand why the ideals and principles of Western European liberal democracy are not particularly attractive for rather large sections of society in essentially all post communist states (percentages varying between the various states of course), while the same people/parties are more than happy to take the Western European money, see e.g. PIS in Poland, Fidesz in Hungary, and the AfD in the former GDR.
The situation in Russia/CCCP, being the former dominant player will be the same but more extreme: Putin is clearly seen favourably by most Russian voters, and would also have won had he stuck to Western electoral standards (that he did not forms part of his strongman appeal).
One of the more troubling aspects of Putin's rule is that he has hollowed out the structures behind him creating a political vacuum and when this collapses (as all tend to do) the results could be catastrophic.
I see Putin as the product of a poorly educated KGB clone, a toxic blend of authoritarianism, nationalism and hubris.
And as for him being a Colonel, yes, that's true but don't compare a 1980's KGB Colonel as having the same level of import as a Col in the British Army.
I also see Putin as a leader who failed to take an opportunity to create institutions of accountability and created instead a top heavy unaccountable kleptocracy. The irony is Nemstov, as I read, was his friend and was engaging Putin in discussion of a process of change and then Nemstov got murdered in the cultural climate that Putin himself created of intolerance and aggression. That left a Putin essentially having no other direction than to be the biggest wolf in the wolf pack or" the wolves devour you" situation. Putin probably would have still won an election on reputable economic grounds but who knows? There were no opportunities allowed - Has Putin created a problem internally which may be fuelling a Putin paranoia that tries to engage/distract attention to foreign affairs??. No matter, we seem caught up in his world view and it is not compatible with international norms.
It is not often you seek the words Putin and reputable economic grounds in the same sentence.
I don't think Putin created the kleptocracy but he mould it to his own ends.
Do I think that he is some malign genius, no: I see him much like Saddam Hussein, angry, powerful, unstable idiot and his fall from power will be very dangerous.
> What a load of rubbish, and even if it were true, in what way would Putin qualify as a socialist?
State control or ownership of relevant industry, price regulation, state control of important banks.
> A more interesting point would be to try and understand why the ideals and principles of Western European liberal democracy are not particularly attractive for rather large sections of society in essentially all post communist states (percentages varying between the various states of course), while the same people/parties are more than happy to take the Western European money, see e.g. PIS in Poland, Fidesz in Hungary, and the AfD in the former GDR.
Which ideas and principles?
A small man with big muscles that he wants everyone to admire
Trump on the other hand is a big man with no muscles, no hair and no brains. But for no obvious reason we still have to admire him.
Putin wants what he perceives as best for Putin.
Tbh, bouldery_bits wants what he perceives as best for bouldery_bits.
Well, I meant a "reputation" in the minds of Russian people for bringing Russia out of a starvation economic situation of 80s and 90s that obviously gave him appeal at the start and still persists because he isn't wholly unpopular in Russia itself - but again it is hard to judge that popularity in such a limited election of 2018. I have no idea how popular he is in Russia. But it is our UK concern as to his actions outside of Russia.
Does bouldery_bits think WW3 would be best for bouldery_bits?
> Does bouldery_bits think WW3 would be best for bouldery_bits?
Bouldery_bits would probably have some stories to tell. Bouldery_bits knows that his opinion expressed on a climbing forum is unlikely to prevent any kind of war.
Frankly, the best I can do on here is help someone choose a coat or recommend a pub or something.
Very good, short and witty.
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