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Friday, May 7, 2010

Medvedev's Russian Surprise

In an interesting twist of events, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev pronounced the USSR as an evil regime. This stand is opposite of Vladimir which describes the downfall of the Soviet Union as a "catastrophe"

"The Soviet Union was a very complicated state and if we speak honestly the regime that was built in the Soviet Union... cannot be called anything other than totalitarian," he said.

"Stalin committed a mass of crimes against his own people," said Medvedev.

"And despite the fact that he worked a lot, and despite the fact that under his leadership the country recorded many successes, what was done to his own people cannot be forgiven."
Source: The Associated Press

One begins to wonder what is going on here It is believed that Putin is still the real man in Russia and Medvedev just follows his orders. Could there be a crack in the Russian leadership?

When Winston Churchill described Russia as a "Russia Is a Riddle Wrapped in a Mystery inside an Enigma", it seems he was barely scratching the surface.