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I am a Russian and I have a question. Why do some people on /pol/ have a fetish for Putin and post-Soviet Russia? There is no worse, more inhuman form of government in history. It's worse than Nazi Germany, in my opinion- at least Hitler never stole from his own people to enrich himself.


>Russia is a corrupt, autocratic kleptocracy centred on the leadership of Vladimir Putin, in which officials, oligarchs and organised crime are bound together to create a "virtual mafia state", according to leaked secret diplomatic cables that provide a damning American assessment of its erstwhile rival superpower.

>Arms trafficking, money laundering, personal enrichment, protection for gangsters, extortion and kickbacks, suitcases full of money and secret offshore bank accounts in Cyprus: the cables paint a bleak picture of a political system in which bribery alone totals an estimated $300bn a year, and in which it is often hard to distinguish between the activities of the government and organised crime.

Just 2 years after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Russia's first democratically elected parliament was shelled with tanks on the orders of Boris Yeltsin, killing thousands of people. Their crime was to oppose Yeltsin's "privatization" reforms, which would hand over the country's wealth into the hands of Yeltsin's friends and family.



In 2000, Yeltsin appointed Putin to the post of president, fearing impeachment and revolution. Vladimir Putin's first act as president? To make Boris Yeltsin and his family immune from criminal prosecution.

Anyone who supports the post-Soviet mafia state is a stupid fuck. None of you would actually like to live in a mafia state, where the entire system of government is completely merged with organized crime.