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social_critic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-01-11 10:35 AM
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14. Russians don't long for a return of communism
The communist party has very little following in Russia, and most people I know wouldn't support a communist regime. Communists tend to be older folk who are upset by change, and who were hurt when pensions began to drop in real terms during the Yeltsin years.

The Stalinists in the Ukraine are a slightly different matter - they happen to be Russian speakers who live in the Ukraine, and they don't like to see Russian power diluted. They don't long for a return of Stalinism, they do long for their lost Russian empire.

Thus, post-Soviet leaders like Yeltsin don't make Russians long for the return of communism. Communism never gains a foothold again once people become free of a communist regime. They do dislike the way Yeltsin handled the conversion away from communism, allowing oligarchs to rip off state property. I talked to several high level Russian politicians about this issue, and they told me Yeltsin feared a return of communism so much, he wanted to entrench a ruling class able to provide the leadership to make sure the communists couldn't do it - don't forget the communists did atempt a coup and there was fighting in Moscow which went as far as tanks firing shells on the building where the communist coup leaders were carrying out their last stand.

Western bankers didn't manipulate Yeltsin or his advisors. They did play along lending money to the Russians they knew was being stolen by the oligarchs. The Russians for the most part ignored advice from Western "experts", and the privatizations they carried out were usually botched, but they did have one effect: they made sure that communism couldn't return.

Today Russia hasn't really made a full transition to a capitalist system, and this is in part due to the external pressure imposed by Clinton when he betrayed understandings the US had with the Russians. The nationalist retrenchment under Putin is in large part due to this betrayal- as the US pursued aggressive policies to destroy Russia first under Clinton and then under Bush, Russian elites realized they had to act fast, centralize control, and unite to respond to the US menace.

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