Russia in the modern age
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The February and October revolutions of 1917 brought into being a new country that would become one of the world's sole two super powers for the better part of a half century. This country that rose out of the ashes of the Russian Empire was none other than the Soviet Union, yet it too would share a similar fate in its own due time; February 7, 1991.

Each time a change in power occurs in Russia it has seemed to experience a period of intense poverty, followed by the rise of new, powerful, strongman-type leaders, and a phase of rebuilding. This very same process is once again beginning to come to fruition. The question now, is how it will affect the rest of the world and especially its powerhouse countries, of which the United States is part.

The Russian government, under Putin has begin to reflect rather police state-like tendencies; dissolution of the free press, political enemies and rivals "disappearing", brainwashing of the masses, ect. But what will this mean for the United States, Europe, China, the Middle East, and other regions and countries that Russia has traditionally and recently either been friendly or hostile with, or has a vested interest in? Where will Russia steer as its public begins to believe that the United States and its allies are "Enemy #1," with others like China and North Korea not being far behind?

My opinion is that I really don't know...Russia is a wild card to me. Personally, I really love the language and like the culture, but the Russian political mind is that of a bunch of very cunning wolves. they are a country that I could see doing anything from helping the world to World War III, to leading it into a second Cold War, to becoming a rival to both China and the United States, ect. Unpredictable; that is a problem...What do the rest of you think?
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I agree with you that Russia is a wild card. But who knows it might turn into a second china. The country is practicing communistic styles already with its censorship of the media and lack of political opponents. But China is doing fine, maybe Russia will rise to power again. But I think thats quite a fars away and give it 10 to 20 years and see what happens.

And as far as we know.. Russia isn't harbouring Osama Bin Laden so America should have no outside reasons to even care for it right now.
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Well i'm russian and i have to admit Putin has something on mind. I don't think it's world war III or anything like that but with playing dirty like erasing the political enemies is all true. I guess he's just trying to help Russia become big again KGB style.
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^ whatever works
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-Off topic posts deleted-

-Justin
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HokiePokie wrote:
the german one...


Which is awesome as well.
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lokita wrote:

Russian accents are lovely. :3


I hate russian accents now after some youtube retard keep sending me emails about his video about some great wall music crap and I keep blocking him and yet he keeps on sending.
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Wow, I know my post was not exactly a paragraph full of wisdom, but I posted it in response to happyxix saying America had no reason to suspect Russia, so it was on topic and well... killar aren't you overdoing it? I just noticed this tendency to delete a lot of posts
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You know, I work for a Russian couple, and it has never occurred to me to ask them their thoughts on the current regime in Russia. Between the poisoning of the Ex pat in London, to the death of a revered journalist know for telling the truth; it is hard to say in what direction that Russia is going to make their stance.

From what I understand the new leader will be one of Putin's cronies and who is as heavy handed if not more so than Putin himself.

I'm going to ask my Russian employers since their parents still live in the mother country. I suppose I will return to this topic later.
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ahojcookie wrote:

Wow, I know my post was not exactly a paragraph full of wisdom, but I posted it in response to happyxix saying America had no reason to suspect Russia, so it was on topic and well... killar aren't you overdoing it? I just noticed this tendency to delete a lot of posts


sheighton (the thread starter) sent me a PM asking me to delete all the off topic crap in this thread. If you notice, I even deleted my first post. If you ask me thats being equal to everyone.

-Justin

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^Hmm, I can't really argue with that, except that it was on topic. Anyway, if the thread starter asked for it, you can delete this well.
Posted 12/28/10 , edited 12/28/10
In Soviet Russia car drives you.... i don't want Russia to modernize if there cars don't do tht anymore, they should get back to their old ways
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