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Old 26th November 2019, 21:17   #1 (permalink)
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20 Years of Putin

Twenty years ago, on New Year's Eve 1999, a political newcomer and former KGB operative named Vladimir Putin suddenly assumed the Russian presidency.

Out of the shadows: From KGB to Kremlin
Putin was a mid-level KGB officer in Dresden, East Germany, when the Berlin Wall fell in 1989.

Weeks later, in the tumult that preceded the collapse of the USSR, crowds stormed the local secret police headquarters and Putin spent a tense night waiting for orders from Moscow that never came.

He returned to Russia and became a close aide first to Sobchak in St. Petersburg and later to Yeltsin in Moscow.
He was little noticed in Russia or abroad until Yeltsin appointed him director of the KGB's successor, the FSB, in 1998.
A year later, he was prime minister. Four months after that — on New Year's Eve, 1999 — Yeltsin resigned, and Putin's rise was complete.

Even Putin's critics acknowledge that he has accomplished three central objectives: building a strong Russian state, re-establishing Russia as a global power, and maintaining his own grip on power.

Flashback: "I frankly lived the whole decade of the 1990s with the fear of a Russian civil war at the back of my mind," recalls Dmitri Trenin, a former Russian army officer and now director of Carnegie Moscow. "Right up until Putin’s coming to power."

“Russia was turning into a confederacy at best in the 1990s and people were speculating about the world without Russia ... that this big country that thought of itself as a great power with a global impact would cease to exist.”
“That was the domestic and international setting at the time when Putin was given the job of prime minister and then of president.”
"He immediately energized the entire country," Trenin says.

"They saw an infirm Yeltsin, ringed by a bunch of oligarchs, having ministers who were good for nothing."
Out of the political gridlock and ineptitude, Trenin says, emerged "a guy who is actually doing things, who is very practically minded and is not afraid to take responsibility onto himself."
The bottom line: "Within a couple of months of his appointment as prime minister, he became the figure on whom the last hopes of so many Russian people were pinned.”

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Vlad wins the election that guarantees he stays for ever. So sure of victory were they, that they are able to announce the victory 5 hours before polling ends - that is the sort of country you want to live in - certainty and decisiveness from the top.

https://www.politico.eu/article/vlad...andslide-vote/

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Huge anti-Kremlin protests erupt in Russia's far east

"Huge anti-government demonstrations erupted in Russiaís far east on Saturday over the arrest of a popular governor who was replaced this week by a Kremlin appointee who has never lived in the fraught region.

Residents of Khabarovsk near the border with China took to the streets en masse for the third Saturday in a row after governor Sergei Furgal was arrested by federal law enforcement and flown to Moscow on murder charges this month.

These have been some of the largest anti-government protests in Russia in years, which the Kremlin said this week were being fuelled by opposition activists outside Khabarovsk.

Tens of thousands of residents marched through Khabarovsk waving the regionís flag, carrying banners and chanting slogans against the president, Vladimir Putin, as passing cars honked their horns in support...


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