with English subtitles
Accused of being authoritarian (like Lee Kuan Yew, who turned the tiny island of Singapore into a country that’s 11th internationally and first in Asia on the Human Development Index), at 48, Yeltsin asked him to take over the presidency of the largest country in the world, which was on its knees. In the nine years since the former USSR dissolved, the people had become tired and angry, seeing it raped by oligarchs protected by the world’s financial institutions. The Second Chechen war began when Putin was still Chairman of the Government under Boris Yeltsin, and the documentary shows him on a hastily improvised flight into the war zone, over which his handlers anguished. His message to the Russian commanders on the ground surely raised eyebrows. Vodka glass held high, he told them that they’d definitely drink to the fallen when the campaign was over. Then putting down the glass down without drinking, he announced:
Now it’s time to get to work.
That was one of the many snapshots of Putin exercising authority, all equally balanced by evidence of his deep humanity. His interactions with ordinary people… whom he generally encounters when they’re distressed… demonstrate the caring that’s faked by smooth Western politicians. While his enemies routinely refer to him as “living on a different planet” (Angela Merkel) or being difficult to read, this visual history as well as excerpts from a long interview recorded for television with a prime-time Russian journalist reveal a man who appears to wear his heart on his sleeve while knowing exactly where he wants to take his country… to a better place.
It’s clear from these takes that Putin’s authority emanates from his demonstrated competence starting at a young age. Not as tall as the average Russian, he stands in front of his taller peers with quiet confidence. Nor is there the slightest hint of a Mussolini complex about him. Putin is the quintessential quiet man who, as one narrator remarked, wears his power like a cross, not a sword. Quiet, but not dour, on more than one occasion we see him improvising humorous remarks at the mike, even singing unpretentiously. We also see him condemning those he refers to ironically as his international “partners”. His hopes for relations with the West don’t get in the way of a clear-eyed recognition of its rejection, whose reasons he contests.
That Russians should consistently give him an 80+ rating is easy to understand when we see him giving a judo lesson to a kid half his size. At first, the boy fails to tumble him, but when he makes the move correctly, Putin allows the kid to take him down, gracefully, without the hype that would be forthcoming from a Western leader. He recognises that his relations with the Russian people are in good part the result of having grown up in modest surroundings while recognising the “advantages” of being born in a privileged environment.
Scarcely into his first year as President, the submarine Kursk exploded with over a hundred sailors on board. Announcing the decision not to raise it personally to their families, he displayed equal parts of pain and quiet determination to succeed in making them understand that it would be useless. His tenacity, whether in learning to play the piano, or conquering English, was already apparent when, as a teenager, he went to the headquarters of the formidable KGB to tell them he wanted to work for them. They told him he needed a degree in law, which he got, telling his bosses on his first job that what they were planning to do would contravene a whole series of laws, both domestic and international. Were President-elect Trump to see to it that this film airs on prime-time television, the alternative press would have a much easier job of fighting the neocons’ plan to carve Russia up into so many obedient vassals. It might even spark a revolution, giving the Beltway hacks something real to chew on.
8 January 2017
Special Addendum: Clintonite Liberals Hatred for Putin Makes No Sense
Liberals hate Putin. “While he is NOT the commie I’d like him to be, I’d like to know a few things”.
Based on what, exactly? What do they know about him… other than bait-click US MSM headlines?
- That he banned GMOs?
- That he banned predatory bankers?
- That their literacy rate is far higher than ours is… 99.7 percent in 2015, according to UNESCO. Whereas in America, they didn’t report the literacy rate to UNESCO, but we do know that the literacy rate hasn’t changed in 10 years. On top of that, 14 percent of the population can’t read, with 21 percent of adults reading under a 5th-grade level and 19 percent of highschoolers not being able to read at all.
- How he was the first to offer to help with fires in Israel?
- That he helped Venezuela develop their oil production with technology and a low-interest loan so that the people could keep the profits there? The USA just asked them to let our oil companies pull it out for themselves and promised “jobs”. Venezuela nationalised its oil for the profit of ALL!
- That from 2000 when he took power until 2012 he took the poverty level from 42 million to 15 million people until the USA/EU started imposing sanctions on any country that traded outside our petro dollar? From 2014 on, they added direct sanctions against them… all for trading with BRICS nations and becoming prosperous outside our bankster system.
- That he’s continually increased the guaranteed minimum income to offset that poverty?
- That last year Forbes named him the most effective economic reformer that Russia has ever seen?
- How about that he doubled the number of women in Parliament?
Give me some reasons or research it until you find one. If you say the Ukraine, I’ll link you to my friends that live there, who’ll tell you he did nothing, certainly no invasion… they wished he had… when the West conspired with Nazis to pull a coup on a democratically elected government. Meanwhile, the people of the Crimea, observing these foul developments, wanted none of it. Long part of Russia (and the USSR) the Crimeans voted in an internationally ratified referendum to rejoin their motherland, a vote later ratified by the Russian Federation. There was no “takeover” of the Crimea, except in the insidious minds of Western propagandists and the media hacks doing their bidding.If you utter the words, “Pussy Riot”, I’ll scream again at you:
HE ALLOWED THEM IN EVERY PUBLIC PLACE. THEY DID THEIR PROTESTS ALL OVER RUSSIA, UNSCATHED. WHAT THEY COULDN’T DO, IS GO INTO A PRIVATE CHURCH AND TERRORISE PEOPLE. IF THEY WENT INTO A BAPTIST CHURCH HERE, BLOCKED THE DOORS, AND BARED THEIR GENITALS, WE’D ARREST THEM TOO.
Now, try being fair for once, and draw your own conclusions.