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  • The Stalinization of Russia

    Gee, this reminds me of something...

    “I am simply being prosecuted for a viewpoint that isn’t the official one. My family already went once through a denunciation campaign in the Soviet Union,” Gen said referring to Stalin’s great purge in which hundreds of thousands of ordinary citizens denounced their neighbours, friends and relatives as “enemies of the state”.

    While she was “upset” to find out she was being recorded by the students she knew well, she did not hold a grudge against them. “I don’t blame my students; they just follow what their parents think and tell them to do,” said Gen, who has since left her teaching job.

    She believes one of the parents of her pupils encouraged their child to record her after Gen earlier made “small” anti-war remarks during class. “This situation is terrible. It has been very hard on me personally. But it’s also crazy to see how everyone around me, the vast majority of people that I know, people I considered friends, are supporting Russia in this conflict.”

    Six weeks into Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, polls indicate that the Kremlin, with the help of relentless state propaganda, has managed to mobilise popular support for its military actions.
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...h-pupils-taped


    Meanwhile, in Florida...

  • #2
    Europe just needs to cut off Russia completely, no trade nothing. Russia is working to destabilize Europe, they are an enemy. The problems with Serbia would never have happened in the 1990s if Serbia didn't use the threat of Russia intervening to boost their position, they pushed it so far it almost started a NATO-Russia conflict. Let Russia make its future by looking to the East as the West shuns them. They are authoritarian barbarians.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by uplink View Post
      Europe just needs to cut off Russia completely, no trade nothing. Russia is working to destabilize Europe, they are an enemy. The problems with Serbia would never have happened in the 1990s if Serbia didn't use the threat of Russia intervening to boost their position, they pushed it so far it almost started a NATO-Russia conflict. Let Russia make its future by looking to the East as the West shuns them. They are authoritarian barbarians.
      Too many countries rely on Russian agriculture and energy

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Agent Zero View Post

        Too many countries rely on Russian agriculture and energy
        not for long, this has just been too much and shows Russia is the enemy of a stable prosperous Europe. It will never be the same.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Agent Zero View Post

          Too many countries rely on Russian agriculture and energy
          Or at least, Ukrainian agriculture.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Roh View Post

            Or at least, Ukrainian agriculture.
            Aka inferior wheat

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            • #7
              Why so much of the world won’t stand up to Russia
              Rising food prices and a history of Western hypocrisy and selfishness aren’t helping

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              When the leaders of the world’s two biggest democracies held a virtual meeting on April 11th, Narendra Modi, India’s prime minister (no. 1) approvingly quoted President Joe Biden (no. 2) back to himself: “Democracies can deliver,” Mr Modi declared. But when it came to the war in Ukraine, just what it was that democracies should be delivering went unspecified. Both men worried about the plight of Ukrainian civilians. Although Mr Biden left no doubt whom he blamed for their suffering, Mr Modi sounded less certain. Rather than point a finger at Russia, he called for “an independent inquiry” into the horrors reported from the Ukrainian town of Bucha.

              India is perhaps the most inconvenient of the serial abstainers from the West’s campaign to punish Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, for invading Ukraine. But it is far from alone. In Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, even longtime allies and clients of America are rebuffing its entreaties to impose sanctions on Russia or merely to criticise it.

              Few countries have been as brazen as Pakistan, which, under its since-ousted prime minister, Imran Khan, signed a trade deal with Russia shortly after the United Nations voted on March 2nd to deplore the invasion and demand that Russia withdraw. But many are refraining from either openly criticising or penalising Russia, owing to commercial incentives, ideological commitments, strategic ambitions or simple fear. Turkey, for example, has economic reasons to cling to the sidelines—it buys 45% of its gas from Russia—but it also has citizens endangered by the war. On March 13th Turkey’s foreign minister announced he was negotiating with Russia to extract dozens of Turkish residents from the Ukrainian city of Mariupol, which was being crushed to rubble by Russian bombs. A month later, many remain trapped.

              For its part, India has a number of reasons to avoid antagonising Russia: its tradition of neutrality in global conflict, its strategic priority of confronting China, its dependence on Russian military equipment. As an added incentive, democracy itself may argue for staying on the fence: “pulling the lion’s tail” by refusing America or Britain plays well with the domestic audience. For all these reasons, when asked why India will not ally with America in this democratic cause, the mandarins who run its deep state and shape its foreign policy respond with looks of cynical scorn.

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              • #8
                Russian politicians have threatened to destroy Finland if they try to join NATO. They have advocated retaking the Baltic states and using tactical nukes if necessary. We are heading to war I feel, the Russians are going to push things too far.

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                • #9
                  Good. Light 'em up.

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