The Soviet Union Rises Again

Just when you thought that they were gone, they’re back. And no, I don’t mean your in-laws.

(By the way, I’ve only got two weeks before mine descend on Taipei.)

As bad as your in-laws might be, the Soviet Union is worse. Lots worse. Oh, they’ll not call it the Soviet Union. They’ll call it Putin’s Russia, because it’s Putin who’s resurrecting this new version of the Soviet Union. I guess that we could call it Soviet Union 2.0, but let’s stick with Putin’s Russia. It sounds nicer that way.

I just read this on Pajamas Media:

Last Saturday, at the convention of the sham “political party” called United Russia that Putin formed by personal fiat and then caused to totally dominate the Russian parliament, Putin announced he would cast out Russia’s one-term “president” Medvedev, who was never, just as we always said, anything more than Putin’s puppet, and return to the presidency having changed the constitution to allow six-year terms.

Putin openly admitted he had made this decision years ago, yet he told nobody about it, not even the Kremlin press secretary. When the Russian currency markets heard the news, the value of the ruble promptly plunged to its lowest level in two years, and the country’s highly respected finance minster resigned. Capital flight from Russia in the first half of 2011 has already nearly matched what occurred in the whole of 2010. One senior western banker told the Financial Times: “The country is going down the toilet.”

Putin had just announced a massive new military spending program one analysts predicted could bankrupt Russia the same way a similar program destroyed the USSR. He has consistently and continuously ratcheted up his crackdown on democracy and his aggressive moves towards Russia’s neighbors.

From: Obama’s ‘Reset’ Legacy: A Return of the USSR

And, in case you didn’t know already, this Gog.

Welcome to Armageddon.