|Female Cadets in Victory Day parade 9 May 2017 - Courtesy of RT.COM|
In my previous letter "Will New Russia is turning back to socialism? Victory Parade of 9th of May" I suggested that Putin may take Russia towards Stalinist dictatorship loosely based on Soviet Socialism. What I wrote at that time was this:
"Is it that Russia is firmly heading back to Soviet system with some sort of a mixed capitalist system like in China. In that case this day will be a memorable one. "
Last year we went to Russia and found THE country is very charming indeed. Despite the western sanctions we did not find any food shortages. At least Mr Putin made sure of that. I was told by my friend who lives in Russia as a permanent resident, that country's meat production went up with other farming products like potato etc after the sanctions. So is these sanctions really worked? It seems to me it galvanised the Putin's position among Russians more. A true Russian her standing up to the western beast.
I always talk to taxi drivers when travelling or rather they talk to me. Our Russian taxi driver has an economic degree and also some other qualifications. He used to work as a lecturer in some far away Uni. Then he worked as a Pizza Chef. He left that job as well and now a taxi driver. He admitted that he is nostalgic about the former Soviet union.
"I would not have to be worry about my daughter's education back then in Soviet Russia. She would have gone to free school and if she is good in studies she would have gone to free university. Or she would have been selected to a technical college. Now I have to pay for her studies and everything. " he says.
"Our biggest problem is health care", continued the man and he lists several problems he had previously and how much he paid for the medicine and doctors.
"Back then all these were free. What I earned as a pizza chef was not enough. Now I am a taxi driver and doing some other small jobs like delivery. Still the money is not enough. We are struggling. Everyone said to us capitalism will bring us this and that we will live like you live in UK or like Americans". He moans.
|Kremlin - I took this picture last year|
"Well, Moscow is really beautiful. Lot of new buildings. Roads are maintaining quite nicely. People are flocking to restaurants and stolovaya s (Canteens). All these rich looking shopping centres around. " I say.
"Yes, it is good for some. There are lot of rich people here in Moscow and for them all Ok. But there are ten times more people are struggling. Putin is only looking after them oligarchs. Not us" He laments.
"What is your name? Can I write this in my blog. " I asked.
"No Sorry. You will put me in trouble." man declined to reveal his name.
"Really now with all this capitalist democracy". Surely no one will go after a simple taxi driver.
"you are joking" He says.
Well I was not. Next time we took a taxi the driver was from Kyrgyzstan. An immigrant. Same story with him plus he has a worry about if and when Russian authorities will ask him to leave or not. He works and send money to his family. There are many like that.
"That is another country isn't it, yours?"
" Well we listened to Putin. " he says. "America is far. Putin is near. "
"Sound policy" I said.
I watched intently this year's victory day parade of 9th of May 2017. I love to see parades. I noted in my article back in 2014 how Commanders and Putin used word thavarish (Comrade) to address each other. It has very significant political meaning in Russia. When the the "glavno koamanduyushi " I mean Commander in Chief says "comrade soldiers" it is a big thing.
But I found another interesting battalion in this years celebrations. Completely new battalion. This video is from youtube and it was published by RT.
Commentator says this is "yonnaya armia" in Russian. The youth battalion. They didn't have guns. Commentator was mentioning this is a military patriotic unit and they are representing over 70000 boys and girls from all across the country. An initiative from defence minister.
|Yunnaya arimia or young army (captured picture from video)|
Is President Putin rebuilding a greater Russia or is he trying to stay in power for another 10 years despite any opposition? I don't think he has any opposition. RT says 2/3rd of Russians wanted Marie Le Pen to win. We are perhaps lucky she didn't. Russian love Le Pen and they have now yunnaya armia. Way to go comrades.
President Vladimir Putin is a really talented person. He said Lenin put a bomb under Great Mother Russia. But he never said anything bad about Stalin. I tried to find a Lenin Statue (Small bust) in Moscow's kiosks. I see many of Putin and Stalin but none from Lenin. May be I did not look hard. Putin is proud of Soviet Union's achievement in some ways. Achievement in Space for example. But Mr Putin, Lenin was the one who created the Soviet Union with the likes of Trotsky. Oh Yes, Stalin was on the side too.
President Vladimir Putin is a really talented person. RT says he is virtuoso in chief as well. He plays grand piano in china here. In 2010 he sang "Blueberry Hill" to an audience packed with celebrities. Kevin Costner, Sharon Stone, Gerard Depardieu were in the crowd. He is a popular guy not only in Russia. He has lot of admirers around the world including China's President Mr Z jinping.
He is very talented indeed.