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In Russia, vote rocks YOU!

You know what's kinda awesome?

Even though communism is long gone, Russia seems to be heading back towards being an "evil" country. Just, for no reason. Like they're Pokoponia or Pottsylvania or something. From serial killers to Chechnya to fascist youth gangs to the mob, Russia is determined not to lose its villain status just because Stalinism has been discredited. I appreciate the effort on their part, just in case this whole terror war is a non-starter. Thanks, Russia! We can always count on you.

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tawdryjones
Jul. 17th, 2007 03:19 pm (UTC)
It's odd to see the world going the way of "evil" because of kids who don't understand their own history.
gillen
Jul. 17th, 2007 03:33 pm (UTC)
What they need is another communist revolution so I can finally move there.
jedibugs
Jul. 17th, 2007 03:39 pm (UTC)
But Leonard, you've overlooked Russia's other EVIL doings of the past few years: Holding prisoners indefinitely without trial or formal charges, invading a sovereign nation without due cause, squalid conditions in hospitals for their wounded troops, commutation of sentences for fairly convicted government officials--oh, wait. Did you say Russia?

Sorry, I thought you meant us.
eatsoylentgreen
Jul. 17th, 2007 04:01 pm (UTC)
Stalinism was more Stalin than -ism, if you know what I mean. Lots of countries are socialist without being evil, and Russia won't stop being evil even though they are no longer pretending to be communist.
brandawg
Jul. 17th, 2007 04:46 pm (UTC)
Hey, you like 3rd Rock From the Sun, right? The whole series is on sale today at Amazon for $99 bucks.
brandiweed
Jul. 17th, 2007 05:27 pm (UTC)
So, uh, which one's Pokoponia again? Google's only search result is-- this article.
detlef
Jul. 17th, 2007 05:55 pm (UTC)
Sadly, Stalinism isn't as dead in Russia as one might think. Both of my Russian History classes last semester took great pains to talk about the present climate over there, and Old Joe is still pretty well regarded by a significant portion of the population.

If you want an indicator of where Russia is going in our lifetimes, just wait until next year. If Putin doesn't step down or if he gets an amendment so he can run again - he's constitutionally barred from seeking a third term - we might be in for another deep freeze in international relations. Putin would easily win reelection; I'd not be surprised if he got upwards of 70% of the vote.

Good thing I'm learning Russian now. That will make it so much easier to get pelmenies when they're our overlords.
krinndnz
Jul. 17th, 2007 06:53 pm (UTC)
Ooooooh. With a good hat and the right scar (knife fight with Cheney?) Putin could so rock the Fearless Leader look.
yuriverse
Jul. 17th, 2007 09:41 pm (UTC)
As an old Russian Studies hand, I could go on a long rant about it all ... but Putin's Russia depresses me so that, good Slav that I am, I respond by going into a gloomy sulk, ignoring it all in favour of heavy drink, and sobbing into a poetry book.

To grab Kissinger's line about the Palestinians, the Russians have never lost an opportunity to lose an opportunity. ... good gawd, Putin has reduced me to paraphrasing Henry Kissinger. Now I hate him even more.
krinndnz
Jul. 18th, 2007 03:20 am (UTC)
that sounds like a dare
Kissinger + Putin OTP!
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