Everyone is aware, Mr V Putin was the senior leader of the KGB and Secret Police. It is also known he was quite good -and timing perfect- with regard to his election as president of the newly liberated states, of the second largest country/continental mass on earth. Because of his efforts, the effects of the failure of Utopianism and Communism, came to a near halt as Russia emerged a "peaceful nation".
The glory days of russia are unmatched in most of Western Europe. If you have any doubt, do look closely at the Tzars and monuments -especially St Katherine's.
Now, with Medvedev nearing his term, the "special" position Putin presently holds, lends one to believe, knowing him the way most do, he intends to establish an Imperial Monarchy, under the guise of anti-criminal law and social responsibility -in an attempt to restore Russia's once proud and respected prosperity. This we know is his main success as KGB head and Secret police. I remember the security issues that arose just before the monarchs took power -and one of the reasons they came into power. A prosperity that was the envy of Europe and the States because of the "Great Depression, nearly 100 years ago -which led the Allies to march against Russia in the war.
Is it truly unrealistic to see this man implement such a system -no, as the system is already in place and the present president himself has not only appointed Putin to the office, he is prepared to alter the constitution, in order to secure that possibility. The strangeness of it all -the Russia people seem to desire this and the West is scared to death of it.
Russia got rid of the monarchy back in 1917 for a good reason, why whould they want that back? Makes zero sense.
Makes perfect sense, actually.
and 100 years is a long time for things to change.
I really do not see how an Imperial Monarchy would harm Russia or Europe. It wil certainly put a hurting on the States and Asia -especially from an ethics and policing perspective. Something Putin is quite good at.
The BBC confirmed it, I believe, Putin is running -or better said- will be elected in 2012.
The reasoning of the Imperial Monarchy is evident: Russia --without the post communal territories-- is much more resourceful, equipped, financially ready and positioned to lead Europe. The only monarchy that might oppose is my own country because of HRH and maybe the normal noise from France.
I would think a dictatorship would be much more likely than a monarchy. Monarchs are a dying breed in this day and age, and Russians are generally well enough educated about their own history to know exactly how awful the tsars were for Russia. The Soviet dictators, on the other hand, are remembered rather fondly by many older Russians in particular.
Except for Stalin. Although he did make the Soviet Union a world power, which was his goal at the cost of 40 million + Russian lives.
Eh, I've met some older Russians who remembered even Stalin fondly. If you managed to avoid getting hauled off in the Black Marias, his later reign (post-famine, which not that many people are old enough to remember) wasn't so bad, and of course during the war, people rallied behind him just as Americans rallied behind FDR.
Monarchy is doubtful, but some form of Constitutional dictatorship or authoritarianism might be the outcome. The dictators and strongmen of the Cold War era are on longer in vogue. Rise to power through military rule and force of arms is no longer an effective and sustainable course of action for those wishing to consolidate and perpetuate their hold on political power and leadership. Nowadays, would-be dictators are more subtle and sophisticated, they manipulate the laws and tweak their constitutions through various legal maneuvers and political horse-trading and maneuvering to establish a "legal" framework for their continued hold on power, hence the so-called Constitutional dictatorships.
In this mixed up time that we find ourselves it will be difficult to understand the economics and political views of the masses because we are represented by the moguls of the press. Here in the western world as soon as an issue is taleked sbaout in Russia and its states the old issues evolve, it matters not who now is power there because it has gone to far with the 'syndicate' they have the power as in the most of the 'civerlised world' the money will go where ever it wants. Not for the people but for the power, the sun is rising on the east us in the west should take heed!!
Russian people are used to anything. Tell them about the Monarchy, they will scratch their heads in wonder, and go along with it... doing their own business. They tolerated Stalin's regime, and afterstalin's political yapping for so long. Just try to surprise them if you can. Not that they are going to believe anybody anyway...
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