Post-Soviet Russia: Has Life for Russians Changed for Better?
-DR. ABDUL RUFF
Russia is now under the poll grip with an impending presidential poll for which Russian premier and former president Vladimir Putin is dead focused on returning to the Kremlin as president for a third term only to perpetuate his whims in Russia in the name of a "stronger Russia", fueling unnecessary and illogical fanatic crisis across the nation, while playing second fiddle to world's most fascist nation the USA which is also under the similar fanatic-terror grip because of the presidential poll.
Obviously, Russia is no different from other terrocracies although it pretends to challenge the imperialist ambitions of USA and NATO. A former super power challenging the western capitalist powers on ideological basis and controlling the developing nations by selling arms in order to gain influence in all regions, the Kremlin has, since the end of so-called cold war, been reduced to a mere power to oblige the only super power of the day the USA. People neglected by the new reign in Moscow, developed a parasitic way of life, making illegal incomes by immoral means.
Soviet leaders has focused on military prowess, especially nuclear arsenals, and economic power and welfare of common people got less importance as years passed by when the US led west accelerated anti-regime operations by CIA conspiracies to remove communism and socialism. Without state protection people became lethargic. State failed.
Last president of erstwhile Soviet Union, Michael Gorbachev who went for reforms on a large sale, perhaps sought to improve the life standards of average Russians, who have suffered greatly even under the communist rule, by arresting negative trends like rampant corruption, crimes, and extra liquor, etc, gathered in the society for decades of rigid system. Failed in his attempt to refine Russian society and system, Gorbachev divided the Soviet Union into 15 constituent nations, hoping that corruption would end and people will have a better life.
Alas, Gorbachev, failed again. The post-Soviet system has not done anything significantly improve the life patters of people. It has only created a big beggar class to serve the oligarchs and other capitalist layers of new Russia.
Soviet system had become rigid controlled by the party apparatchiks- high officials. These big guys have become main capitalists of new post-Soviet Russia.
But those old “golden” days are over, and Russia needs to reconcile itself to the fact it is no longer an empire.
Rulers in Russia, like their counterparts elsewhere, want to continue to rule by promoting corporate interests and care a damn to welfare of people.
After almost a hundred years of the very complicated Russian history, after the Bolshevik Revolution, after the Democratic Revolution in 1991, Russia is coming back to the civilized world
The leaders of Post-Boris Yeltsin era in Russia, mainly Putin and Medvedev, make people keep lamenting about the “lose of empire” in order to strengthen their hold on power. The collapse of the Soviet Union 20 years ago changed the world’s geopolitical balance.
When the Soviet Union fell, it ended the tenure of a superpower with the resources of more than a dozen countries. The fall left its largest component, Russia, unable to wield anything like the global clout that the Soviet Union had for decades.
In order to divert the attention of people and world from their failures, Russian leaders keep the “great empire” alive. Empire lost syndrome of Russian elites has been criticized by the west. Russians are still struggling to come to terms with that.
Not even Putin could certify that lives of people in post-Soviet Russia have changed phenomenally for the better. Of course, not!
However, Putin said the opposition has no unified program, no clear way of reaching its aims and nobody who can achieve something "concrete." Putin also said he wants Russia's March presidential election to be absolutely transparent and insisted he does not need vote rigging to win the poll.
The sudden rise of Russia’s democracy movement is posing the biggest challenge yet to his 12-year strongman rule. It sounded like a TV game show. In a tightly choreographed event, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev announced that he would swap jobs with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin ... after the formality of presidential elections March 4.
Alleged voter fraud in the December 4 Russian parliamentary elections has spurred the largest protests since the collapse of the Soviet Union 20 years ago. Activists say Putin's United Russia party illegally won a narrow majority through voter fraud. They want to throw out the results and hold a new vote. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, a discovery of Putin to play joint operations together, has appointed a top Kremlin official to the post of deputy prime minister, as part of a government reshuffling following the elections. Vladislav Surkov previously served as Kremlin first deputy chief of staff. Activists also say measures are needed to prevent more fraud in Russia's presidential election in March, when Putin hopes to return to the post he held from 2000 to 2008.
Russia is now land of mass protests for better life while the regime continues to promote capitalist interests of oligarchs and its allies. The next goal for the democracy movement is a protest rally in Moscow attended by one million people. That presumably could have an effect on the March 4 presidential election, which as recently as three months ago analysts were calling Putin’s coronation.
Organizers of a protest in Moscow say more than 100,000 people joined the rally in below-freezing temperatures, exceeding the size of a similar protest earlier this month. At the protest, people threatened to take a crowd and storm the Kremlin if the pro-democracy demonstrators are rebuffed in the weeks ahead. The Moscow demonstrations and smaller anti-Putin rallies in other cities are the largest show of discontent in Russia since the 1990s. Medvedev has responded by promising reforms to allow more competition in elections beyond 2012. He is stepping down in March to make way for Putin's candidacy.
Many speak for Russia’s new, politically active middle class. A critical mass of Russians has stopped fearing the government. They believe that government should serve the people - not the other way around. But three months and one controversial parliamentary election later, about 100,000 people came out in Moscow to chant: “Russia without Putin.” What snapped in Russia?
Russia went through two revolutions in the 20th century - the first to establish communism, the second to root it out. People now want reform for the sake of people, not another revolution for promoting political interests of a few individuals. Drawing on Russia’s turbulent 20th-century history, they say now no one wants to execute the czar or fire tank shells at the prime minister’s office.
Russia’s state-controlled TV channels all lie, and the only place to find the truth is on the Internet. People organize entirely through the Internet. Putin recently charged on national TV that some demonstrators are being paid to stage protests. Gerasimov and others see that as an insult. He said Russian protesters are not paid - certainly not by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or President Barack Obama. Gerasimov said people are taking part in protest actions voluntarily, to take part in what they see as a historic moment in Russia’s history.
For now, the opposition’s goal seems to postpone presidential elections to late April. The opposition wants new strong faces and new parties competing in a free and fair vote. Alexei Navalny, the opposition’s rising star, said he would be a candidate.
People are concerned about almost permanent nature of Pui9tn's term at the helm of affairs of Russia. A win by Putin could result in his maintaining power until 2024. Although the scale of rallies suggests that Russia's political life is on the cusp of change, there is no hope that would improve considerably the people lives. Moscow residents did not hesitate to express their discontent by going to the streets and demand the elections to be re-run.
Former Soviet Premier Mikhail. Gorbachev has called upon Putin to step down only to be faced by rejection and even accused of instigating the collapse of the Soviet Union. Putin-Medvedev think they would find a compromise with the opposition or resort to coercion. They believe that state and regime is above people who should serve the regime first by voting the leaders to power.and then to silently watch the whims of the regime.
Russians continue to suffer and their life is worse now. Post-Soviet leaders are guilty. Contemporary Russia is focused on "empire" with super power status through extra nuclearism, arms-liquor deals, secret triclomacy with western terrocracies to destabilize Muslims nations- and not at all bothered about people’s real welfare.
In order to further expand the capitalist structures and perpetuate their joint regime, the Putin-Medvedev duo goes all out to split the opposition and weaken the ability of the opposition parties and leaders. The Kremlin also uses one party against the other so that its prolongation ensured.
Russia's democracy claims are as much mischief as of other terrocracies. A terrocracy aims at perpetuation of power at any cost and can never create genuine living conditions for people to live a better life and Russia is no different.
In exhorting the people for more labor to promote Kremlin's absolute power over people, Russian leaders exploit the poor Russians by playing with psyche of Russians, feeding "great power" gimmicks.
Russians should realize that the claims of regime to make Russia super power are fanatical and pure fake. Old super power status is irretrievable, especially when they also aid the fight against Islamic nations along side their supposed arch enemies.
Glory of nation could be measured by their living standards and freedoms they enjoy - and not by the bogus notion of how high is the economic strength of that nation.
People are above the nation!
د. عبد راف
Dr. Abdul Ruff, Specialist on State Terrorism; Educationalist;Chancellor-Founder of Centor for International Affairs(CIA); Independent Analyst;Chronicler of Foreign occupations & Freedom movements(Palestine,Kashmir, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Xinjiang, Chechnya, etc); Anti-Muslimism and anti-Islamism are more dangerous than "terrorism" Anti-Islamic forces & terrorists are using criminal elements for terrorizing the world and they in disguise are harming genuine interests of ordinary Muslims. Global media today, even in Muslim nations, are controlled by CIA & other anti-Islamic agencies. Former university Teacher;/website:abdulruff.wordpress.com/ 91-9961868309/91-9961868309
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