Back in March, 2012, just before the elections, Putin said that if he is elected President later that week on Sunday, all Russians can expect nothing but happiness - including higher pensions, a firm retirement age (60 for men, 55 for women) and unfettered media.
The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, a Europe-based investigative journalists’ group that follows organized crime and corruption in government has issued a report naming Russian President Vladimir Putin its "2014 Person of the Year."
We all know that he is extremely corrupt, but the article is worth reading: Putin's corruption is possibly beyond all modern precedent. Putin has made Russia's gigantic and powerful organized crime organizations into instruments of his government. It has been documented elsewhere, that Russia has delegated much of the control of Crimea to gangsters, and that many of the "separatists" in Donbass fighting against Ukraine's lawful government are local gangsters who were hired by Russia.
"... editor Drew Sullivan said Putin 'has been a real innovator in working with organized crime.'
'He has created a military-industrial-political-criminal complex that furthers Russia’s and Putin’s personal interests', he said. 'I think Putin sees those interests as one and the same.'”
"'Putin began arresting most major organized crime figures in Russia several years ago, but then quietly released them,' [the announcement] said. 'That was the start of Russia’s state policy of working with organized crime. OCCRP believes Putin agreed to tolerate criminality in exchange for criminals’ support in advancing what he defined as Russian interests.'"
The fearless Putin scoured the length and breadth of Russia's vast territory, to search out who is best qualified to receive billions of dollars of the people's money, to build a bridge connecting Russia's lawful territory to Crimea.
And the winner: Arkady Rotenberg, Putin's childhood friend. What an amazing coincidence!
While Russia is engaged in Ukraine, it would be advantageous for Moldova to expel Russian squatters and sympathizers before Moldovans get the same treatment on their own soil as the Tartars are getting in Krym.
Several public figures have been ridiculed for "comparing Putin to Hitler", including former US Secretary of State Clinton. However, Clinton didn't say that Putin was like Hitler, she said that Putin's land-grabbing was like Hitler's. That is simple truth, the historical parallels are exact.
Lots of ordinary joes do make the Putin = Hitler equation, but of course the differences between the policies of the two men are vast, so making such statements makes one look foolish.
But here's an interesting quote I found today:
"If he were killing a mouse he would know how to make it seem like a dragon."
Ukraine's military is a mouse compared to Russia's, but Putin has convinced millions of Russians that he is saving them from a second wave of Nazi extermination.
These quoted words were written by George Orwell, about a certain Adolf Hitler.
Hitler referred to the Slavic people as "subhuman" (Unter menschlichen). He equated the Jews to like rodents. Rodents are to be exterminated. Subhumans are to be made slaves to serve the "superior" humans. The Jews should the ones who would be more concerned about a second wave of Nazi extermination. Political opponents (like the Communists) were also to be exterminated since they harbor the "wrong" political ideas.