Vladimir Putin – A great and needed leader for Russia

18/11/2014


The continuing attacks on Vladimir Putin and Russia by members of the western political, military and journalistic elite tell us one thing – the Russian President is doing a good job both for the people of his country and in the international arena.
For it is a rule which invariably holds true – if the Western elites praise the leader of a foreign country it means he is doing something which is good for those elites and bad for his country. If he’s demonized, as Putin is, it’s the other way round.
Back in 2000, when he was first elected President, Western elites hoped that Putin would continue the path set by his predecessor Boris Yeltsin, a man whose rule was disastrous for ordinary Russians, who saw their living standards plummet and the value of their life savings destroyed, but very good for the Western elites. Yeltsin privatized vast swathes of the economy and acquiesced while NATO destroyed Yugoslavia. Yeltsin was bad news for Russia – but he was hailed as a great ‘democrat’ by the West – and eulogized on his death – which tells us everything we need to know about who benefited most from his rule.
During Putin's first premiership and presidency (1999–2008), real incomes increased by a factor of 2.5, real wages more than tripled; unemployment and poverty more than halved, and the Russians' self-assessed life satisfaction rose significantly. Putin's first presidency was marked by high economic growth: the Russian economy grew for eight straight years, seeing GDP increase by 72% in PPP (as for nominal GDP, 600%). As Russia's president, Putin and the Federal Assembly passed into law a flat income tax of 13%, a reduced profits tax, and new land and legal codes. As Prime Minister, Putin oversaw large-scale military and police reform. His energy policy has affirmed Russia's position as an energy superpower. Putin supported high-tech industries such as the nuclear and defence industries. A rise in foreign investment contributed to a boom in such sectors as the automotive industry.
According to public opinion surveys in June 2007, Putin's approval rating was 81%, and the highest of any leader in the world, in May 2014 his approval rating rose to 85.9%, a six-year high.[274] Observers see Putin's high approval ratings as a consequence of the significant improvements in living standards and Russia's reassertion of itself on the world scene that occurred during his tenure as President. A 2005 survey showed that three times as many Russians felt the country was "more democratic" under Putin than it was during the Yeltsin or Gorbachev years, and the same proportion thought human rights were better under Putin than Yeltsin.
Putin was Time magazine's Person of the Year for 2007. In April 2008, he was put on the Time 100 most influential people in the world list. In 2013 and 2014, he was ranked as the world's most powerful person by Forbes.
The Russian president's successful defence of the top spot puts him above US president Barack Obama, who came second on the list. He has stabilized the economy, controlled the situation after the fall of USSR. his principles and his ideology brought Russia to one of the top economies and super power in the world. Forbes senior editor Caroline Howard described Mr Putin as “the undisputed, unpredictable and unaccountable head of an energy-rich, nuclear-tipped state”.
But, still by western commentators and the Russian opposition, Putin has been described as a dictator. U.S. Presidential candidate Mitt Romney called Putin "a real threat to the stability and peace of the world. After yet another round of EU and U.S. sanctions against Russian officials, President Vladimir Putin's approval rating has reached a record high of 87 percent, according to the results of a survey published on 6 August 2014 by the independent Levada Center pollster.
And about Ukraine’s crisis, the truth is that it was the aggressive neocon faction within the Western elite which did that. They’ve been calling for sanctions on Russia for over a decade now – way before Russia’s non-existent ‘invasion’ of Ukraine. The demonization of President Putin in the West has become ‘mainstream’.
The neocon plan is for the Russian economy to be weakened by sanctions, which they hope will lead to a reduction in support for Putin and make it easier for them to destabilize the country and bring about a ‘regime change’ in Moscow. They want a compliant stooge in the Kremlin who will surrender all of Russia’s natural resources, and allow them to get rid of President Assad and the Baathists in Syria – an essential prerequisite before any attack on Iran.
At the moment one man is getting in the way of those war plans. To repeat: “those on the centre-left who have joined the current wave of Putin-bashing ought to consider whose cause they are serving.”
Because Putin is not the problem – it’s the people attacking him who are./.
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Huy Quốc 18/11/14 21:54

I wouldn't call Putin a great leader by Western standards, but he has held Russia together. He is a strongman I will admit, and I believe Russia needs a strongman,

Hoàng Lân 18/11/14 21:56

Putin has delivered stability and prosperity — per-capita GDP has climbed six-fold on his watch. Plus, he restored "Russian pride" after the debacle of the 1990s, when Russia was a "demoralized nation that the West could push around at will."

Quân Hoàng 18/11/14 22:01

Yeah, I love Putin. Hope Vietnam will have a leader like that.

Vân Nhàn 18/11/14 22:04

Vladimir Putin has been at the center of Russian life over a decade. Putin is a strong leader that has a beneficial influence of uniting the country (even if it is by creating an external enemy). Patriotism can be good for country's development.

Hùng Quân 18/11/14 22:09

Putin is the great son of Russia, and he has made Russia great, so adorable!

Lê Tín 18/11/14 22:10

Say what you will about Putin, but one thing is clear: he clearly has the best interests of the Russian people at heart. You cannot say the same thing about the American President and the American people.

Quốc Cường 18/11/14 22:13

The world has lots to thank as Russia, China and India are moving towards a multi-polar world. Vladimir Putin is a multi talented, energetic man who keeps interest in various activities.

Huy Lâm 18/11/14 22:15

The Russian President is doing a good job both for the people of his country and in the international arena.

Quốc Kiên 18/11/14 22:20

One must not forget that he is one great hand in stabilizing the Russian economy after the collapse. It is Putin who brought the lost glory, power and the position to Russia, where Soviet Union used to stand once.

Phạm Hiếu 18/11/14 22:22

One of few world leaders who has his country in his heart. Strong, uncompromising, intelligent, hard working and fighter for equality and working class.

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