Putin: “collapse of the Soviet Union was a major geopolitical disaster of the century” (Eng 2005)

Putin: “collapse of the Soviet Union was a major geopolitical disaster of the century” (Eng 2005)


Distinguished Members of the Federal Assembly, Citizens of Russia, In this Address of 2005, I will dwell on a number of fundamental ideological and political issues. I believe such a discussion is essential at the current stage of Russia’s development. The most important social and economic tasks facing us, including specific national projects, were set out in the previous Address. I intend to elaborate them in the coming Budget Address and in a series of other documents. At the same time I would ask you to consider last year’s and this year’s Address to the Federal Assembly as a unified program of action, as our joint program for the next decade. I consider the development of Russia as a free and democratic state to be our main political and ideological goal. We use these words fairly frequently, but rarely care to reveal how the deeper meaning of such values as freedom and democracy, justice and legality is translated into life. Meanwhile, there is a need for such an analysis. The objectively difficult processes going on in Russia are increasingly becoming the subject of heated ideological discussions. And they are all connected with talk about freedom and democracy. Sometimes you can hear that since the Russian people have been silent for centuries, they are not used to or do not need freedom. And for that reason, it is claimed our citizens need constant supervision. I would like to bring those who think this way back to reality, to the facts. To do so, I will recall once more Russia’s most recent history. Above all, we should acknowledge that the collapse of the Soviet Union was a major geopolitical disaster of the century. As for the Russian nation, it became a genuine drama. Tens of millions of our co-citizens and compatriots found themselves outside Russian territory. Moreover, the epidemic of disintegration infected Russia itself. Individual savings were depreciated, and old ideals destroyed. Many institutions were disbanded or reformed carelessly. Terrorist intervention and the Khasavyurt capitulation that followed damaged the country’s integrity. Oligarchic groups — possessing absolute control over information channels — served exclusively their own corporate interests. Mass poverty began to be seen as the norm. And all this was happening against the backdrop of a dramatic economic downturn, unstable finances, and the paralysis of the social sphere. Many thought or seemed to think at the time that our young democracy was not a continuation of Russian statehood, but its ultimate collapse, the prolonged agony of the Soviet system. But they were mistaken. That was precisely the period when the significant developments took place in Russia. Our society was generating not only the energy of self-preservation, but also the will for a new and free life. In those difficult years, the people of Russia had to both uphold their state sovereignty and make an unerring choice in selecting a new vector of development in the thousand years of their history. They had to accomplish the most difficult task: how to safeguard their own values, not to squander undeniable achievements, and confirm the viability of Russian democracy. We had to find our own path in order to build a democratic, free and just society and state. When speaking of justice, I am not of course referring to the notorious “take away and divide by all” formula, but extensive and equal opportunities for everybody to develop. Success for everyone. A better life for all. In the ultimate analysis, by affirming these principles, we should become a free society of free people. But in this context it would be appropriate to remember how Russian society formed an aspiration for freedom and justice, how this aspiration matured in the public mind. Above all else Russia was, is and will, of course, be a major European power. Achieved through much suffering by European culture, the ideals of freedom, human rights, justice and democracy have for many centuries been our society’s determining values. For three centuries, we — together with the other European nations — passed hand in hand through reforms of Enlightenment, the difficulties of emerging parliamentarism, municipal and judiciary branches, and the establishment of similar legal systems. Step by step, we moved together toward recognizing and extending human rights, toward universal and equal suffrage, toward understanding the need to look after the weak and the impoverished, toward women’s emancipation, and other social gains. I repeat we did this together, sometimes behind and sometimes ahead of European standards It is my firm belief that for present-day Russia democratic values are no less important than economic success or people’s social welfare. First, every law-abiding citizen is only entitled to firm legal guarantees and state protection in a free and just society. And, no doubt, safeguarding rights and freedoms is crucial both to Russia’s economic development and its social and political life The right to be elected or appointed to a state post, as well as the opportunity to use public services and public information, must be equally available to all the country’s citizens. And any person who breaks the law must know that punishment is inevitable. Second, only in a free society do economically active citizens have the right to participate in a competitive struggle as equals and choose their partners, and earn accordingly. The prosperity of every individual should be determined by his or her labor and abilities, qualifications, and effort. Everyone has the right to dispose of what he or she earned at will, including bequeathing it to his/her children. In that way, the observance of principles of justice is directly connected with the equality of opportunities. And this in turn must be guaranteed by no one other than the state. Third, the Russian state, if it wants to be just, must help its impoverished citizens and those that cannot work — the disabled, pensioners and orphans. These people must live a decent life and the main benefits must be accessible to them. All these functions and duties are directly invested in the state by society And finally a free and just society has no internal borders or travel restrictions, and is open to the rest of the world. This enables citizens of our country to fully enjoy the benefits of human civilization in its entirety, including education, science, world history and culture. It is our values that determine our desire to see Russia’s state independence grow, and its sovereignty strengthened. Ours is a free nation. And our place in the modern world, I wish to particularly emphasize this, will only depend on how strong and successful we are. I dealt at such length with these key and on the whole general concepts to show how these principles must be reflected in our daily work. I think these activities should be pursued as a minimum along three lines: first — measures to develop the state; second — strengthening the law, developing the political system, and making the judicial system more effective; and, third — developing the individual and civil societyas a whole. First, about the state. You know that in the last five years we have had to tackle difficult tasks to prevent the degradation of state and public institutions in our country. At the same time, we had to create the foundation for development in the next few years and decades. We cleared the debris together and gradually moved ahead. In that sense, the stabilization policy was practically a policy of reaction to the accumulated problems. This policy was, in general, successful. However, it has reached the limit of its effectiveness. It must be replaced with a policy oriented towards the future. And for that, we must have an efficient state. However, despite many positive changes, this key problem has not been solved so far.

9 Comments on "Putin: “collapse of the Soviet Union was a major geopolitical disaster of the century” (Eng 2005)"


  1. JUST FACTS

    1) “When Putin was elected president of Russia in 2000, Russia was BANKRUPT. Russia owed $16.6 billion to the Rothschild-run International Monetary Fund while her foreign debt to the Rothschild-controlled Paris & London Club of Creditors was over 36 billion dollars.” By 2006 Putin had PAID OFF Russia’s DEBT to the Rothschilds. Russia’s financial dependence on the foreign financiers was now OVER.

    2) Putin issued international ARREST WARRANT for Rothschild & Financial TERRORIST George Soros.
    youtube.com/watch?v=HFumSJCiioc
    Watch the video and you’ll understand why Greece in mess & financial chaos.
    Now the terrorist Soros and also the Rothschilds & the Rockefellers can’t continue the evil speculations that has devastated the entire GLOBAL FINANCIAL SYSTEM.

    3) Putin wins the battle for Russian oil over the Rothschilds and removes him and all his minions from Russia and sends the Rothschild’s agent (Mikhail Khodorkovsky) behind the bars for 14 years.
    bollyn.com/the-real-crime-of-m-khodorkovsky-2voltairenet.org/article30105.html

    4) Vladimir Putin wants to bring Russian People to their Christian roots.
    Putin said: “The Russian Orthodox Church contributes to the PROMOTION OF MORAL VALUES in society. One should not completely draw a line between the culture and the church…”

    Will Russia make the Usurper & Fraud & Congress reflect upon what they allowed Rothschilds/ Rockefellers/Soros to do to our country.

    5) Putin exposes the NOW
    youtube.com/watch?v=Hr5GxN3C8uw
    Transcript of the Putin’s speech at the Munich Conference on Security Policy
    washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/12/AR2007021200555.html

    And BTW, when you see protests against Vladimir Putin, do not doubt that that is orchestrated by the Rothschilds & Company thru the sold out media in effort to dictate and control Russia.

    He is NOT afraid of them !!!
    youtube.com/watch?v=Q55SxoaiJjw

    If America would have her Putin she wouldn't be in such mess as she is.

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  2. STOP manipulating the meaning of the Mr.Putin's words by CONTEXTOMY !!! You are doing the Devil's job !!!
    You took a half sentence from the paragraph and left out the very meaningful words and sentence that place the quotation in context the context. Here is a context:

    "Above all, we should acknowledge that the collapse of the Soviet Union was a major geopolitical disaster of the century. As for the Russian nation, it became a genuine drama. Tens of millions of our co-citizens and compatriots found themselves outside Russian territory. Moreover, the epidemic of disintegration infected Russia itself." — Vladimir Putin

    Definition of the "geopolitics" :
    1) a national policy based on the interrelation of politics, economy and geography;
    2) the combination of geographic and political factors influencing a country or region
    3) the combination of geographical and political factors affecting a country's policies

    So WHAT Mr. Putin meant ???
    That the breakup of the Soviet Union was the greatest geopolitical tragedy for THIS country.
    The Soviet Union was made up of 15 union (member) republics. The Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic (R.S.F.S.R.) was by far the largest in that union. The population of the USSR were mixed in each and every republic. And when the USSR collapsed in one day, the "Tens of millions of our co-citizens and compatriots [Russians] found themselves outside Russian territory." They were discriminated in Latvia, Livonia, Estonia and Ukraine. Russian People were discriminated in employment and they were prohibited to speak Russian.

    P.S. The full text of the 2005 Mr.Putin's "Annual Address to the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation" you can read for yourself here: archive.kremlin.ru/eng/speeches/2005/04/25/2031_type70029type82912_87086.shtml

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  3. The first and true Soviet Union died in 1945 at the start of the Cold War. It when from Union of Soviet Socalist Republics to Union of Stalin's Sorry Retards(leaders). Perfectly good Russians,and Europeans had to live under the second that needed to fall.

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  4. I think he messed it a little. I think he meant EXISTENCE OF USSR was a MAJOR GEOPOLITICAL DISASTER !!! Let's not forget 10 million of Russian peasants wiped out by Lenin in the name of KOLHOZ, collectivisation, another 7 million Ukrainian peasants destroyed by Stalin's man-made famine in the same name of KOLHOZ. Plus MANY, MANY others deported and forced to survive in harsh conditions….. All together, between 45 million and 60 million ARE THE VICTIMS OF bolshevik communism. Also let's not forget the collapse of Soviet Union left a CRIMINAL AND CORRUPTED ADMINISTRATION, which people of all Eastern Europe must still fight !!! To not mention how many other nationalities lost considerable population in peace time, in time of communisation of the countries, and not as war victims. So, "tovarishch" Putin is talking in the name of his ruling class, corrupted to bone, making and manipulating whatever they want, showing no respect to simple people, (not in talking but in deeds), this is where it is coming like no respect of human rights. What is human rights, would ask Russian politician, and his answer will be, it is invention of the west, we don't really need them. What 10 mln peasants, what 7 mln peasants and many others? Country needed sacrifice and people did it. REALLY ??? There were some quite bad people there who were killing population to the left and right. They are Lenin, Stalin, and it looks like Putin is following them. Let's not forget Politkovskaya, Nemtov, very probably Lech Kachinsky, and others. This guy who says about Soviet Union disaster used to be KGB killer !!! AND NOW HE IS PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA. Great, Tovarish Putin, Stalin would be proud of you.

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  5. oh, by the way, let's not forget how Lenin and his "followers" came to power, being paid by Rothchild of that time. Since then, this bloodthristy class never really left the power in Russia, being moderate and now again extremist.

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  6. The end of slavery was wonderful and long overdue, but the civil war and restoration nearly destroyed the country for everybody. I think this is similar.

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