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Russia’s Recovery: The Story of ‘the Putin Miracle’

Russia’s contemporary problems are mainly traceable to the Western engineered economic and social collapse of the 1990s. Its recovery under Vladimir Putin is far more impressive than its continuing problems.

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The inspiration for this article is something many people living in the West may encounter.

The scenario unfolds like this. A genuinely open minded individual who can understand the failures and faults of the west, sees the disasters of Islamic terrorism and what Russia is doing to combat it and is sympathetic to the Russian people and to Russian culture.  But then comes the line, “Russia isn’t perfect either”.

Of course it isn’t and thank goodness for a strong political opposition in the form of both the LDPR and Communist parties in order to hold the government to account.

But what starts as innocent if not juvenile ‘east versus west’ banter reveals what in the West is a tale untold. A tale of suffering, misery and devastation. If one wonders why Russia has problems, here is why, and it has nothing to do with the trite and bigoted reasons offered up to people in the West by the mainstream media. 

Historically, Russia is a country that has suffered disproportionally from war. Since the Rus’  founded a state, the Russian people have been slaughtered and displaced by Mongols, Poles and Lithuanians, Swedes, Turks, French and Germans.

The civil war of the 1920s was devastating, as was the attempt to rebuild the state in the 1930s.

Then of course in the 1940s the Russian people suffered the biggest loss of life in the history of humanity during the biggest war in human history.

This is not some attempt to attract sympathy, but a matter of context for people living in countries like Britain, who have never seen a land invasion of England since 1066, or the people of north America, who have seen sustained invasions of their country…unless of course they happen to be native Americans (but that’s for another day).

Fast forward to the 1970s, a unique period of happiness for the Russian people.

Strife was little and violent crime was lower than in any Western country. The population was housed, fed, in good health, educated to a universally high standard, and luxury goods were more widespread than during any previous Russian epoch.

Abroad Soviet prestige remained high. The Helsinki Accords of 1975 affirmed that the sovereignty of states is sacred, effectively amounting to Western capitulation against the tide of contestant meddling in the Soviet state.

The revised Soviet Constitution of 1977 guaranteed not only basic human rights but also included the rights to personal leisure and cultural enrichment. Ground-breaking to this day.

But by the mid-1980s there were calls for reform, and many were justified.

Unfortunately, after the death of Brezhnev in 1982, there were few men in high Soviet politics capable of engineering reforms that could improve the lives of the people, without compromising the integrity of the state and the basic needs of the people.

What the Soviet Union needed in the 1980s was a Deng Xiaoping, a wise and far-sighted man who understood the importance of economic development to ensure a consistent increase in living standards and national wealth, but one that would be accomplished without comprising past progress,and the integrity of the state, and without capitulating to foreign powers.

Instead of a Deng Xiaoping, Russia got Alexander Yakovlev.

Yakovlev’s ideas for reform weren’t based on economic revival within the framework of stable and consistent governance. Yakovlev’s idea of reform included destroying many crucial parts of the Soviet economy without having any idea of how to replace them.

It was a misguided metaphysical reform to a country in good emotional health, rather than economic reform which would have improved the material wealth of individuals.

Yakovlev’s idea of reform included capitulating to outside pressure and making Soviet men and women feel ashamed of their own heritage. He was widely criticised at the time, including by current Communist party leader Gennady Zyuganov.

Things however, were about to get much worse. The weak leadership of Yakovlev’s boss, the controversial Mikhail Gorbachev, allowed a situation that could have been brought under control to spiral into chaos.

In spite of a 1991 referendum in which a majority of the Soviet people expressed their desire to remain part of a united country, the Soviet Union was illegally and undemocratically dissolved at a small lodge in Belavezha Forest in the presence of only three leaders of three Soviet Republics: the Russian Soviet Socialist Republic (Boris Yeltsin), the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (Leonid Kravchuk) and the Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic (Stanislav Shushkevich). No one else was consulted.

This was the dawning of the terrible 1990s. After an un-constitutional power grab by Russian President Boris Yeltsin in 1993, his two henchmen Anatoly Chubais and Yegor Gaidar set Russia on a course of self-destruction.

After selling off all of Russia’s assets for the equivalent of Judas’s 50 pieces of silver, industry and agriculture collapsed, unemployment rose to catastrophic levels, poverty and hunger became endemic, and health services were on the verge of collapse. Lives were cut short, mothers abandoned their babies, old men and women were malnourished.

This combined with an influx of western narcotics saw an exponential rise in suicides and neuroses.

Whilst Western leaders encouraged Chubais and Gaidar to press on, and press harder and faster with their ‘reforms’, the people suffered.

It was the biggest disaster in Russian history since 1945, and one of the worst in history; all caused by a combination of foreign puppeteering and internal treachery. 

And then something happened at the turn of the millennium.

After the Second World War, West Germany’s economic and cultural recovery was called the ‘West German Miracle’. It was accomplished in a small, ethnically heterogeneous country, and paid for by US Marshall Plan money. Ironically, due to pro-Soviet Communist governments in neighbouring states, the US and its allies decided to pump money into West Germany so that it could be a showcase of the ‘American way’, a kind of geo-politics in a dolls’ house.

When Vladimir Putin became president of the Russian Federation, he did something similar but far more wide ranging, and he did it without foreign aid.

The Putin Miracle of the 2000s saw industry and agriculture rehabilitated, Russia’s resources no longer for sale to the lowest foreign bidder, wages increased, pensions increased, health and education improved, corrupt businessmen jailed and removed from positions of power, GPD increased, Russia’s foreign prestige increased, and Russian culture receiving renewed support and investment.

It is for this reason that if Putin walked down the streets of Moscow unaccompanied, people would throw flowers at him; but if Chubais were to try the same many would throw him punches.

No one in The Duran, RT or anywhere else has said Russia is internally perfect.

In the heart of Russian politics – the Duma – criticisms of conditions in Russia are voiced passionately.

Most of Russia’s internal problems are no different from those of any developed country. However it must be said that whilst Putin has done much to fix the horrors of the 1990s, the effects of such a catastrophe cannot be overcome overnight.

Russia is a vast, multi-ethnic, multi-religious country, and one being sanctioned by many of her critics. Yet what has been achieved is quite miraculous, especially given the Western enmity towards the idea of a prosperous Russia.

Frankly another reason for this enmity is because Russia has recovered from the 1990s on Russian terms, not foreign or globalist terms.  This irks many who still seek to subdue Russian independence. 

So when people go to Russia and see that it isn’t some sort of giant version of a 5-star resort on Lake Geneva, tell them this dark tale, tell them the authors of the villainy, and tell them that the happy ending has just begun.

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EU leaders dictate Brexit terms to Theresa May (Video)

The Duran Quick Take: Episode 115.

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The Duran’s Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss how EU leaders have agreed on a plan to delay the the Article 50 process which effectively postpones Brexit beyond the 29 March deadline.

The UK will now be offered a delay until the 22nd of May, only if MPs approve Theresa May’s withdrawal deal next week. If MPs do not approve May’s negotiated deal, then the EU will support a short delay until the 12th of April, allowing the UK extra time to get the deal passed or to “indicate a way forward”.

UK PM Theresa May said there was now a “clear choice” facing MPs, who could vote for a third time on her deal next week.

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Theresa May outlines four Brexit options, via Politico

In a letter to MPs, U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May set out the four options she believes the country has in light of Thursday’s decision by EU leaders to extend the Brexit deadline beyond next Friday.

The U.K. is faced with a four-way choice, May wrote late Friday.

The government could revoke Article 50 — which May called a betrayal of the Brexit vote; leave without a deal on April 12; pass her deal in a vote next week; or, “if it appears that there is not sufficient support” for a vote on her deal in parliament next week or if it is rejected for a third time, she could ask for an extension beyond April 12.

But this would require for the U.K. taking part in European elections in May, which the prime minister said “would be wrong.”

May wrote that she’s hoping for the deal to pass, allowing the U.K. to leave the EU “in an orderly way,” adding “I still believe there is a majority in the House for that course of action.”

“I hope we can all agree that we are now at the moment of decision,” she wrote.

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US media suffers panic attack after Mueller fails to deliver on much-anticipated Trump indictment

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom said it all: “Mueller – The name that ended all mainstream media credibility.”

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Important pundits and news networks have served up an impressive display of denials, evasions and on-air strokes after learning that Robert Mueller has ended his probe without issuing a single collusion-related indictment.

The Special Counsel delivered his final report to Attorney General William Barr for review on Friday, with the Justice Department confirming that there will be no further indictments related to the probe. The news dealt a devastating blow to the sensational prophesies of journalists, analysts and entire news networks, who for nearly two years reported ad nauseam that President Donald Trump and his inner circle were just days away from being carted off to prison for conspiring with the Kremlin to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

Showing true integrity, journalists and television anchors took to Twitter and the airwaves on Friday night to acknowledge that the media severely misreported Donald Trump’s alleged ties to Russia, as well as what Mueller’s probe was likely to find. They are, after all, true professionals.

“How could they let Trump off the hook?” an inconsolable Chris Matthews asked NBC reporter Ken Dilanian during a segment on CNN’s ‘Hardball’.

Dilanian tried to comfort the CNN host with some of his signature NBC punditry.

“My only conclusion is that the president transmitted to Mueller that he would take the Fifth. He would never talk to him and therefore, Mueller decided it wasn’t worth the subpoena fight,” he expertly mused.

Actually, there were several Serious Journalists who used their unsurpassed analytical abilities to conjure up a reason why Mueller didn’t throw the book at Trump, even though the president is clearly a Putin puppet.

“It’s certainly possible that Trump may emerge from this better than many anticipated. However! Consensus has been that Mueller would follow DOJ rules and not indict a sitting president. I.e. it’s also possible his report could be very bad for Trump, despite ‘no more indictments,'” concluded Mark Follman, national affairs editor at Mother Jones, who presumably, and very sadly, was not being facetious.

Revered news organs were quick to artfully modify their expectations regarding Mueller’s findings.

“What is collusion and why is Robert Mueller unlikely to mention it in his report on Trump and Russia?” a Newsweek headline asked following Friday’s tragic announcement.

Three months earlier, Newsweek had meticulously documented all the terrible “collusion” committed by Donald Trump and his inner circle.

But perhaps the most sobering reactions to the no-indictment news came from those who seemed completely unfazed by the fact that Mueller’s investigation, aimed at uncovering a criminal conspiracy between Trump and the Kremlin, ended without digging up a single case of “collusion.”

The denials, evasions and bizarre hot takes are made even more poignant by the fact that just days ago, there was still serious talk about Trump’s entire family being hauled off to prison.

“You can’t blame MSNBC viewers for being confused. They largely kept dissenters from their Trump/Russia spy tale off the air for 2 years. As recently as 2 weeks ago, they had @JohnBrennan strongly suggesting Mueller would indict Trump family members on collusion as his last act,” journalist Glenn Greenwald tweeted.

While the Mueller report has yet to be released to the public, the lack of indictments makes it clear that whatever was found, nothing came close to the vast criminal conspiracy alleged by virtually the entire American media establishment.

“You have been lied to for 2 years by the MSM. No Russian collusion by Trump or anyone else. Who lied? Head of the CIA, NSA,FBI,DOJ, every pundit every anchor. All lies,” wrote conservative activist Chuck Woolery.

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom was more blunt, but said it all: “Mueller – The name that ended all mainstream media credibility.”

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Canadian Lawmaker Accuses Trudeau Of Being A “Fake Feminist” (Video)

Rempel segued to Trudeau’s push to quash an investigation into allegations that he once groped a young journalist early in his political career

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Canada’s feminist-in-chief Justin Trudeau wants to support and empower women…but his support stops at the point where said women start creating problems for his political agenda.

That was the criticism levied against the prime minister on Friday by a conservative lawmaker, who took the PM to task for “muzzling strong, principled women” during a debate in the House of Commons.

“He asked for strong women, and this is what they look like!” said conservative MP Michelle Rempel, referring to the former justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould, who has accused Trudeau and his cronies of pushing her out of the cabinet after she refused to grant a deferred prosecution agreement to a Quebec-based engineering firm.

She then accused Trudeau of being a “fake feminist”.

“That’s not what a feminist looks like…Every day that he refuses to allow the attorney general to testify and tell her story is another day he’s a fake feminist!”

Trudeau was so taken aback by Rempel’s tirade, that he apparently forgot which language he should respond in.

But Rempel wasn’t finished. She then segued to Trudeau’s push to quash an investigation into allegations that he once groped a young journalist early in his political career. This from a man who once objected to the continued use of the word “mankind” (suggesting we use “peoplekind” instead).

The conservative opposition then tried to summon Wilson-Raybould to appear before the Commons for another hearing (during her last appearance, she shared her account of how the PM and employees in the PM’s office and privy council barraged her with demands that she quash the government’s pursuit of SNC-Lavalin over charges that the firm bribed Libyan government officials). Wilson-Raybould left the Trudeau cabinet after she was abruptly moved to a different ministerial post – a move that was widely seen as a demotion.

Trudeau has acknowledged that he put in a good word on the firm’s behalf with Wilson-Raybould, but insists that he always maintained the final decision on the case was hers and hers alone.

Fortunately for Canadians who agree with Rempel, it’s very possible that Trudeau – who has so far resisted calls to resign – won’t be in power much longer, as the scandal has cost Trudeau’s liberals the lead in the polls for the October election.

 

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