by John Hawkins | April 25, 2005 7:13 pm
This must be very reassuring to all of the former satellite states of the USSR that spent the entire war pinned to the ground under the iron boot of the “Evil Empire:”
“Russian President Vladimir Putin told the nation Monday that the collapse of the Soviet empire “was the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century” and had fostered separatist movements inside Russia.
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In his annual state of the nation address to parliament and the country’s top political leaders, Putin said the Soviet collapse was “a genuine tragedy” for Russians.
“First and foremost it is worth acknowledging that the demise of the Soviet Union was the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century,” Putin said. “As for the Russian people, it became a genuine tragedy. Tens of millions of our fellow citizens and countrymen found themselves beyond the fringes of Russian territory.”
Listening to Putin call the demise of the Soviet Union a “geopolitical catastrophe” would be like listening to Gerhard Schroeder talk about Lebensraum and Germany’s “historic claim” on the Sudetenland. Maybe the sort of rhetoric Putin was offering up is what passes for political pandering in Russia, but it’s still creepy…
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