The New Commie Plan
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#1 Dec 12, 2012
Russia’s History Should Guide Its Future, Putin Says
MOSCOW — In his first major speech since returning to the presidency, Vladimir V. Putin on Wednesday called on Russians “not to lose ourselves as a nation,” urging them to look for guidance in Russia’s historic and traditional values — and not in Western political models — as it charts its post-Soviet development.
Mr. Putin also sent tough messages to officials in his government, warning that their spending will now be monitored and that the prosecutor’s office had been empowered to seize illegally acquired assets. He recommended barring officials and other political figures from holding stocks and bank accounts outside Russia and said the government would begin to closely scrutinize officials’ foreign real estate holdings.
“How can we trust an official who speaks loudly about the good of Russia, but tries to bring his funds, his money, overseas?” he said. When the officials in his audience began to clap, he gave a little smile.“Don’t hurry to applaud,” he said.“You may not all like this.”
Vladimir Burmatov, a pro-Kremlin lawmaker, remarked on Twitter that “a portion of the audience just had a small heart attack.”
Mr. Putin’s speech was watched for signs of the trajectory the president has chosen for Russia. He took office in May amid protests by young city dwellers, and the authorities have since hemmed in dissent while encouraging the rise of conservative and religious rhetoric.
In recent weeks, several corruption cases have been opened against high-ranking officials, accompanied by television exposés featuring their ill-gotten wealth. Those steps have failed to turn around the gradual decline in Mr. Putin’s approval ratings, though the protest movement has waned as well.
He did not announce major new policy vectors on Wednesday, instead focusing on values, an unusual topic for a Russian leader. He said that “many moral compasses have been lost” since the Soviet Union collapsed, and that Russia’s citizens had become hardened to corruption and offensive behavior.
“This often takes disgusting, aggressive and provocative forms” that threaten Russia’s security, he said.“It pains me to say this, but I feel obliged to say this: Today Russian society clearly lacks spiritual ties — mercy, sympathy, mutual compassion, support and assistance.”
#2 Dec 12, 2012
Mr. Putin framed his speech in dramatic terms, warning that the world is entering a period of “fundamental changes, probably even upheavals.” He said Russia had chosen the path of democracy, but defined that as “the power of the Russian people with their traditions” and “absolutely not the realization of standards imposed on us from outside.”
Mr. Putin focused much attention on social issues like housing and Russia’s birthrate, which plummeted after the Soviet collapse. He had upbeat news to deliver, noting that this year, for the first time since then, the number of births exceeded the number of deaths for five months in a row.
This accomplishment may be undercut by the approach of what Russian demographers call the “tiny generation.” Births depend on the number of women who reach childbearing age, and very few children were born during the crisis years of the 1990s. Barring changes in immigration policy, the working-age population is likely to decrease by about one million a year over the next decade, Valery V. Elizarov, a professor of demographics at Moscow State University, said in an interview.
Mr. Putin proposed using around $3.3 billion, a part of Russia’s previously untapped sovereign wealth fund to invest in bonds that would be used to build roads, bridges, ports and other infrastructure. Now, the sovereign wealth fund is largely invested in United States Treasury bonds and other assets abroad. He called for a plan to scale down the role played by offshore companies in Russia’s economy, noting that nine out of 10 major deals by Russian companies, including some in which the state has a stake, are not subject to Russian regulation. He recommended a luxury tax on vehicles and properties favored by Russia’s superrich.
Mr. Putin touched on the subject of foreign policy only briefly, apparently a sign of how preoccupied he is with domestic concerns.
But he gave an implied warning to the United States, which has found itself at odds with Russia over the Arab uprisings.“Risks will prevail when each player carries out his own game, and if they are not relieved of the illusion that it is possible to manage chaos,” he said.
#3 Dec 12, 2012
We need to support all the ethnic groups in their own homelands seeking freedom from this godless nation now!
#4 Dec 12, 2012
Poor commie con... LMAOROTFU~!
#5 Dec 12, 2012
Russia hasn't been a communist nation for many years.
#6 Dec 12, 2012
slew is happy of all the genocides the russians have commited over the years in fact he was cheering them on during the crimean death marches were millions of ethnic tatar's were marched thousand of miles to death camps, the few that survived where then given a SECOND death march back home to occupied tataristan, where they faced starvation; on a side note slew would like to note due to such a progressive decrease in the population the ussr collective farms was able to feed a even LARGER PERCENTAGE of the population, funny how picky the armenians are about what genocides occured or didn't occur.
#8 Dec 12, 2012
Get out often? The cold war ended. We won. Russia isn't a communist nation anymore.
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