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Putinomics: Stagflation Hits Russia

The economy is primed to fail as Vladimir Putin looks to distract with show trials.



April 20, 2013 - 12:00 am
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All signs point to Putin not caring a whit what the people of Russia may want. Roses or thorns, Putin plans to stay in power as long as Brezhnev did — that is, as long as he is able to live. The fact that the country may, as it did after Brezhnev, spiral into collapse means nothing to Putin.

If Brezhnev had communism to fall back on, Putin has the Russian Orthodox Church: it bears just as terrifying an ideology. Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, who oversees the Church’s public relations, told RIA Novosti recently:

Even some scientists suggest that the sun and the entire universe rotate around Earth, not in a physical sense, but in a logical sense. According to Chaplin, this theory means that the world is created so that intelligent life inhabits space that is proportionally small compared to the size of the universe.

Not one to be outdone, Patriarch Kirill, the Russian pope, chimed in:

I find very dangerous this phenomenon, which is called feminism, because feminist organizations proclaim a pseudo-freedom of women that should in the first place be manifested outside marriage and outside the family. Man turns his sight outward, he should work, make money. While a woman is always focused inwards towards her children, her home. If this exceptionally important role of a woman is destroyed, everything will be destroyed as a consequence — family and, if you wish, the homeland.

If God is with Putin, who can be against him?

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So, the Russian Orthodox Churches claims that the Sun metaphorically revolves around the Earth and that women should be caretakers, while men are providers?

This is supposedly dangerous?
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Be careful you don't begin to romanticize Alexei Navalny as some martyr or hero. Navalny is a pariah even among his "allies" at Yabloko.

Also, remember, every time we pour onto that "anti-Putin" rhetoric, we are giving ammunition, steam, and legitimacy to his main opposition...the Communists.

We heard a lot about Mikhail Prokhorov, but very little about the Communists. Gennady Zyuganov, the Communist, came in second after Putin - not Prokhorov.

Another reminder, Putin was one of the only foreign leaders to put up a memorial to honor the American victims of 9/11 and Putin was right about Syria. And, the margin of victory that Putin won by means that he is not likely to be proved "loser", even if many of those votes were illegitimate.

Granted, neither Putin nor his United Russia party are "the heroes." I'd much rather see Right Cause (a sort of libertarian/conservative party) gain dominance in Russia. However, it does us no good in America when, in our rush to berate Putin, we prop up Russia's most virulently anti-American leftist factions - like Navalny.
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I do believe the last several Popes all agree with Patriarch Kirill. Feminism has long since been perverted from trying to improve the lives of women into trying to turn women into caricatures of men.
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