Boris Nemtsov, who as a rising star under Yeltsin and his prime minister Chubais. He was appointed to rework and restructure Russia's energy structures. He was also a big champion of opening Russia to free trade, which in turn saw a massive consumption of Russian infrastructure by Western corporations and its whole sale exportation and evacuation out of Russia, leaving whole cities without an economic foundation: Voronezh comes to mind. The re engineering of the Russian energy markets put Russian oil in the hands of oligarchs who than resold it to the West without paying taxes, in effect stealing hundreds of billions of dollars out of the country. Regardless of all that, Nemtsov held a very high popularity rating and planned on running for president of Russia in 2000, when the ponzy scheme of an economy that Yeltsin, his crew of Liberal politicians and their Western handlers had set up, finally gave up the ghost and crashed in a thunderous roar heard around the world. Nemtsov was than forced to submit his resignation.
As one of the darlings of the West, as anyone is who supports crashing the Russian economy, the Russian state, the Russian people and faith, whether they realize it that they are doing so or not, he received special face time with Obama. To that end, he had this to say:
He said that in 21st century, the only chance to be successful it to be democracy and be a country or rule of law. This is against Putinism, this is against the authoritarian style of regime we have now....He also spoke about the recognition of borders and and sovereignty of countries. Of course this is about Georgia, and it potentially about Ukraine. I think he did it very openly and made it clear for everybody, for Putina and Medvedev too.
I think that Obama as president of the biggest democracy in the world has to speak about that and he did in his speech today. I think it was absolutely clear for everybody. I don't think that Putin will be very excited after his speech...[When he discussed] rule of law, free speech and free elections, it is absolutely clear to Putin and Medvedev and everyone in Moscow what he is talking about.
Yes, it was quite cautious, I agree. But I think this is the good way. If you come to another country like a boss, like a teacher: "Guys, you did terrible here, now I explain to you how to do, how to run the country, how to move forward because I am a great American president and I know how to proceed," I think that such a strategy is not good.
But if you say very frankly and friendly: "Guys, remember, the authoritarian style is the wrong way. Not just for the state but for you," it looks more promising.
How nice, so is it any surprise you are still sore about loosing the elections, monitored by international authorities and deemed free and fair, when you have nothing new to offer the public but more economic pain and the removal of trade protections that have seen a high rise of new factories opening in Russia, manufacturing goods by Russians for Russians? We have seen 8 years of your policies and they were and will be again, if God forbid they are ever implemented again, a paramount failure. Oh, and by the way, India has 4 times the US population, making it the biggest democracy: or as Thomas Jefferson said about democracies "A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine."
Gary Kasparov, the egotistical former chess champ and wanna be politician (who has never polled more than 2% in popularity...must be all those interviews he gave to the Western press calling Russians dumb and worthless), allied to the Limonov National Bolshevik Workers' Party (aka The National Socialist Workers' Party, aka the Nazis) in his US Congress sponsored coalition of Other Russia (yes through that the US Congress funds, trains and supports the Russian nazis, how absolutely quaint and it has been doing just that for the past 12 years) had this to say about Obama, his inadvertent pay boss:
Ideally he would have named names. He made some strong statements about democracy being the solution and the failure of totalitarianism, far stronger than anything we heard from the last two administrations. But he avoided directly criticizing Putin and Medvedev, the core of our dictatorial system. Nor did Obama mention Mikhail Khodorkovsky, whose jailing by Putin and continued imprisonment by Medvedev symbolizes everything Obama was criticizing about authoritarian states.
But he was strong and gave a consistent message. He repeatedly emphasized that the important relationship between America and Russia is about the people, not their regimes. That got a very positive reception here. Obama opened direct lines of communication instead of dealing only with official Kremlin channels.
How nice, a man allied to the Nazis, calling for democracy...oh wait, there's that nasty quote by Jefferson again: "A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine."
Yes, I guess it is about the people.
It looks like Putin and his gang have finally met someone who won’t play their little game of give and take. Obama’s tough and he didn’t back away from the most difficult issues. Sovereignty of Russia’s neighbors, mentioning Georgia and Ukraine in particular. He refused to link missile defense to Iran or anything else.
Yes, your pay masters like having staged elections in Ukraine, where their puppet Yushenko (now polling lowest in world leaders at 2-3% popularity) can ruin the economy and drive the nation to NATO against the wishes of 80% of the population and Saakashvili, who can have 2,000+ of his minorities murdered in the night as they slept supported by one of their darlings, YOU Kasparov.
Obama seems like a man who doesn’t try to solve problems that don’t have solutions. He saves his energy and political capital on realistic goals. If there’s a big obstacle he simply takes it off the table and deals with what can be done. Perhaps more importantly he is honest about saying that is what he’s doing.
Boy, either Kasaprov is absolutely delusional at this point or well paid. Tell that to the 2 million people who marched on Washington in anger, while Obama fled half way away in the country.
In my statement I quoted the American civil rights leader John Lewis about not being patient when waiting for freedom. Obama told a story about his time in the state senate of Illinois, how the Republicans were in charge for six years. He felt irrelevant in the opposition, like he couldn’t change anything meaningful. Things change, he said. Then [Communist Party leader Gennady] Zyuganov said that was exactly the way things are now in the Russian Duma! Zyuganov also told Obama he’d done a good job nationalizing the banks and auto companies. It was all he could do not to say, “You’re on the right track, comrade Obama!”
Interesting company your president keeps America. Was this in your news? More on Zyuganov's quotes. Gennady Zyuganov, head of the dieing Russian Communist Party, had only praise for Obama. After all, they were brought up under the same masters:
"I said that I had thoroughly studied the U.S. president's anti-crisis program, that I liked it, as well as that it is socially oriented and primarily aimed at supporting poor people and enhancing the state's role. I said all this to President Obama," he said.
Well well, America, guess there are plenty of Russian politicians that do back Obama, so there was "progress" made: the birds of a feather and flocking together, comes to mind.