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Thursday, 23 December, 1999, 13:13 GMT
Is Putin good for Russia?
As the results of the Russian parliamentary elections come in, it's good news for Prime Minister, Vladimir Putin.
The results are likely to provide a massive boost to Putin's bid to succeed Boris Yeltsin as president next year. Do you think he is the man that can help Russia or is he riding dangerously on the back of nationalist fervour amassed during the military operation in Chechnya?
Is Putin good for Russia?
Putin reminds me of a SS officer. We should not forget that this man is a secret services agent and that he is ready, as he is doing now, to put a country on fire to remain in power.
Putin is essentially a "dark horse", since he spent most of his career in the ranks of secret service. Yet still he made a very good impression on his first public post in St. Petersburg. He made no mistakes during his premiership, he is no fascist, no communist and no friend of Saddam. So far, you can't blame him in anything, and for his campaign in Chechnya we should give him an ovation.
Putin is definitely good for Russia for several reasons: 1.) He is not a Communist and he supports the continuation of economical reforms, 2.) He is unifying the nation and thus might have authority over controversial questions such as the free sale of land, which the Communists were powerful enough not to let through the legislature. Aren't these the points of the economical agenda the West urged Russia to follow? Why is it so scared now, when Russia came closer to fulfilling them and farther from civil war than ever? If the West, primarily Great Britain and the United States, gets over the instinct of fearing anything that makes Russia powerful, it will realise that Putin is good for Russia and the outside world alike.
I think what Putin is the first man who is deeply thinking about future of Russia.
Therefore, he is very good for Russia.
Putin is a clever and crafty man and
Russia has never really changed. They
are they are still the same. A giant of a
country that represses its people. Unfortunately,
it never will.
Putin and his puppet masters are leading the Russian people into further death and chaos. He has attempted to mimic Milosevic in betting that the Russians will be as gullible as the Serbs in letting nationalistic tirades drown out the grumblings of their own hunger.
I am growing increasingly convinced that the current war in Chechnya was engineered by Kremlin insiders. Perhaps not Yeltsin or Putin themselves, but those in the so-called family.
John Semlak, US
People around the world blame Putin for what they are doing in Chechnya. Is it wrong to think about security of the people of Russia. I believe militants around the world should be handled the same way. I think Putin will be successful in his mission
Mr. Putin would be a popular US politician, in my opinion,
so why wouldn't he be good for Russian? Patriotic leaders
with a war usually, help the local economy, if they can
find funding. High oil prices is giving Russia some
extra money to help gain back lost territory. This is over oil
anyway. Islam's don't understand that Russia is using
OPEC price hikes to get more money to gain more Islam land.
Russia gain more oil fields then it has more money for it's
military. Russia left Afghanistan because it wasn't worth it.
I think that Putin and the Unity party are promising not only to Russia but to Europe as well. We must give this party the chance to prove itself before we criticise it. The alleged "nationalist" policy of the Unity party is something that we really shouldn't worry about. Russia's national territory is at stake here. American nationalism under Nixon and Kissenger, and later Reagan and his Republicans was by far more harmful in the world of international relations than Putin and his Unity party will ever be. Let's not forget Reagan's policies in Central America and the Middle East, and Nixon's policies in southern Europe and Chile.
Putin is definitely not good for Russia or anyone else. He is the harbinger of fascism in Russia that has long been coming. The only true economic growth in Russia is in the realm of military productions and now Putin has found a nice nationalistic cause to continue the militarisation of Russia. Meanwhile economic misery continues. Russia's future is bleak and consequently, so is that of the rest of the region and world.
Jeff Jones, USA
Putin is not good for Russia nor the world and obviously not good for Chechnya.
The Russians are hardly spoiled for choice are they? Putin has emerged from nowhere to use the nationalist card and head straight for the Presidency. Apart from the sad state of political affairs this shows, there seems little to commend him at present except his ability to gain the backing of those who care nothing for the victims of war and prefer fantasies of military strength to the realities of establishing a reasonable standard of living for everyone living in the world's largest country.
Can anything be worse than Yeltsin or communists for Russia? Between wars for popularity and cold wars I think the Russian people are right to choose Putin.
Putin will be good for Russia, its neighbours and its OPPRESSED minorities if he changes his direction 180 degrees.
Russian nationalism-gone-mad in its oppression of Chechnya is a sign of closed-mindedness. Russians need to come to terms with the fact that their empire has now declined. Future Afghanistan's and Chechens are going to further bleed Russia to its death. Change your tactics Mr. Putin.
It is so hard to recognise what man is he. In Russia politicians like to make smart faces and speak and speak and make theirs pockets fill up, but don't do their business. They all look smart and active, but when they get power and when they become a president, suddenly theirs activity disappears somewhere. I hope Putin is not such a person and I want to see him as a president of our country.
People like Putin or Yelstin and their politics are no good for Russia. They can not deliver. The only way is the return of communism in a new and democratic form
For Russia to move into the 21st Century it needs to have a strong powerful leader that would encourage peace, free enterprise and democracy! The people must move away from Communism. It would be unfair for the younger generation of Russia to bring it back!
Yes. Putin is a strong leader who supports liberal economic reforms and will also safeguard Russian national interests. For the West, exactly because of that, he might not be a desirable candidate for presidency as it is in the western interests to keep Russian weak and stable. The way Putin handles western pressure over Chechnya just showed that he will not be easily bullied. The other fact that most of economic liberals support him shows that Putin is the right person to succeed Yeltsin.
I have been following the political
events in Russia for a long time and
I am sure that Mr Putin is the
best leader Russia ever had in this
century. Mr Yeltsin, who impoverished
ordinary Russians, did not enjoy
so much western criticism during
several years he has been in office
as Mr Putin got these
last months. Not only do western
politicians and journalists feel
uncomfortable about very well
planned military operation in
Chechnya, they do know that
it will raise Mr Putin's
popularity and that in turn could
strengthen his grip on power to
bring peace, economic prosperity
to Russian people. That is the main
driving force of a very strange
alliance between Chechen militants
and western leaders, human rights
activists, and journalists.
As a student of Russia with some experience living there and studying her enigmatic ways, i only see this as yet another power struggle that will keep Russia at the periphery of world politics. The main point is there is no point, no agenda. Russia has so long lived at the whim of the personalities at the top. Sure Mr. Putin may be strong, he may be efficient, but citizens should not have to rely on the will, or good nature, of a leader for there own well-being. Sound and fury, nothing really different.
Putin may be good for boosting fledging Russian moral, but he is definitely not good for the rest of the world. Anyone who plays the Russian Nationalism card the way he has, is a serious threat to Global peace, and regional stability.
Nationalism is on the rise in Russia in a big way, many people in the world are still fairly asleep with what is actually going on in Russia, still thinking that the cold war is over and everything is hunky dory. The simple point is that until Russia stops and takes stock of what is the reality of loosing superpower status, Russia is a bigger threat than they ever were during the cold war. Most of the ex-Soviet republics are petrified with the rhetoric coming out from the Kremlin. I also believe that Chechnya holds the key to how Russia will go, if they win then that will be a huge catalyst to the nationalism card, if they lose, well they really will have to address the realities of post cold war Russia.
The Falkland war was used by Mrs. Thatcher to make a come back despite her growing unpopularity. It appears that Mr. Putin is learning from Mrs. Thatcher's legacy. As to whether he is the right man for the job is a different matter - good leaders succeed without resorting to savage political manoeuvring.
The Russian government is so corrupt that it's hard to see any political future for the country - certainly no chance of any "new blood".
The Chechen war is an insult to the good people of Russia. Sadly it will be the people, not the leaders, who pay for this evil.
Putin seems to young and knowledgeable in the ways of government in Russia. I trust that he is strong enough to resist the corruption, and pitfalls of power. If he is then with his knowledge of how the world works, who the political players are, and his willingness to work hard for the good of the Russian people he will be good for Russia.
We will all be praying for his success as a leader of so many good Russian people
Yes. I think he's the right choice at least people will get rid of the old man!
I do not follow Russian issues in
depth, but the proof of good government
should be evident in the living standards
of the people it serves. The fact that
he has managed to win support for a
military campaign against the much
loathed Chechens is no yardstick of
good government. I am waiting for the
day that the average Russian can feed,
clothe and house him/herself by their
own efforts, without having to resort to
crime and corruption.
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