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September 27, 2007

Stalinism

Stalinism: A nationalist phenomenon and devotion to a "People's Democracy" of the Soviet Union under Joseph Stalin. Nevertheless, murderess purges would continue to undermine any legitimacy of Stalin's intent. Egotistical mass murder.

Joseph Stalin had little care for decency and would murder anything that did not agree with him, hence, Stalinism.. Frankly, he was paranoid. And had little care for anything else that would not essentially bolster the power of The Soviet Union.

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September 18, 2007

Next Russian presidential elections, LA Times

The coming presidential elections in Russia are interesting because the Russians seem to be abandoning the rule of law and democratic institutions little by little. The chaos and cleptocracy that emerged after hasty and ill-thought out privatization of the nations wealth following the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union both prepared the stage, and in fact necessiated extraordinarily heavy handed rule. The question now is what a undemocratic Russia, sitting on enormous oil nad gas-reserves means for Europe and the US.
This article considers the meaning of the coming election, and appeared in the LA times today.


"Whether the next president is called Zubkov, Ivanov or Putin, he'll still be the product of a political system that remains mystifyingly opaque, and we shouldn't forget it."

Does This Mystery Matter?

By Anne Applebaum
Tuesday, September 18, 2007; A19


Russian President Vladimir Putin sacked his prime minister last week and replaced him with one Viktor Zubkov, an obscure official never before mentioned as a potential leader. Wondering why? Here are a few of the rumors in circulation:

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September 14, 2007

LA Times: Battleground Europe

The LA Times yesterday had this article by Timothy Garton Ash, who is a professor of European studies at Oxford University, its pretty good, and deals with Europe's legacy of terrorism. Since the article is long, I put it in the "Extended Entry", so click "Read more"

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