The Hollow Fraud called Putin

Nikolai Petrov of the Carnegie Center, writing in the Moscow Times:

On April 9, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin spoke in Novosibirsk at the first of eight planned United Russia conferences in the regions. This might have marked the beginning of the party’s campaign for the State Duma elections in 2011, as well as the start of Putin’s own bid for the 2012 presidential race. Putin devoted his talk to the development of a strategy for the social and economic development of every region of Russia.

Putin’s plan for the regions is neither an analysis of their problems nor a proposal for solving them. On the contrary, Putin generally avoids referring to specific problems, and even when he does mention them he prefers to talk about outdated problems from the Soviet era.

Putin’s new “strategic plan” is an attempt to avoid the pitfalls of “Strategy 2020,” a vague and often utopian plan that was reminiscent of former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev’s five-year and 10-year plans. Unfortunately, the differences between all of these plans are hard to discern.

The new plan lacks a common logic, and several parts come off as nothing more than empty rhetoric. According to Putin’s approach, regional development should be based on the following principles:

1. All results should be evaluated according to whether they improve people’s lives.

2. Solving one problem should not create new ones.

3. Each region needs to find its competitive advantage.

4. An effective and integrated system of management for the Regional Development Ministry needs to be created.

Putin’s plan also demonstrates his shift from operating on the sidelines of United Russia to assuming the role of a full-fledged party leader. “United Russia always puts the everyday needs of the people at the center of its work,” Putin said, “and we have no plans of deviating from these principles.”

United Russia is positioning itself as the force “with the necessary organizational, intellectual and political resources,” Putin said, to address large-scale, national problems and claims to be ready to answer before the country for carrying out its stated plans. It now faces the task of consolidating academic, business and nongovernmental organizations. But it would be better if United Russia began by putting more thought into preparing the proposals it presents to the public. For now, however, the party is only managing to demonstrate its complete incompetence. The authorities are unable to accomplish anything substantial and cannot even properly formulate their goals.

It is good that some form of conversation on strategic planning has started, but the problem is that it is only a monologue by the ruling elite. The authorities remain unprepared to engage in a meaningful discussion — or at least to provide answers to difficult questions.

Only time will tell if the authorities are ready to listen to questions, identify problems and look for solutions. At this point, the plan put forward by the “national leader” is not commensurate with the scope and complexity of the problems facing the country. More important, it is crucial that Putin’s Novosibirsk speech marks the start and not the end of the discussion.

7 responses to “The Hollow Fraud called Putin

    • Hitler “won” again and again against Russia, didn’t he? And so did Napoleon. But the long view of history doesn’t exactly cover them in accolades, does it?

      You’re one of the most ignorant idiots ever born to live.

    • imho the author highly overrates Putin

  1. Eugene:

    An op-ed piece from the New York Post? Are you effen serious? My God, even Pravda commands more respect than that tabloid rag.

  2. Ivan Drago wrote: “An op-ed piece from the New York Post? Are you effen serious? My God, even Pravda commands more respect than that tabloid rag.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_Post

    The New York Post is the 13th-oldest newspaper published in the United States and is generally acknowledged as the oldest to have been published continuously as a daily. Since 1993, it has been owned by media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. It is the sixth-largest newspaper in the U.S. by circulation.[3] Murdoch imported the sensationalist “tabloid journalism” style of many of his Australian and British newspapers, such as The Sun (the highest selling daily newspaper in the UK).

    Circulation 508,042 Daily
    ………………………………….

    So, you admit that many Americans and most Brits and Australians are brainwashed by rags which are less respectable than the Soviet Communist newspaper Pravda? Thanks.

    LA RUSSOPHOBE RESPONDS:

    We like your math. FAR less than 1% of all Americans read the New York Post. You must have learned to count in Russia!

  3. There’s more:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_Post

    The Post has been criticized since the beginning of Murdoch’s ownership for what many consider its lurid headlines, sensationalism, blatant advocacy and conservative bias.

    In 1980, the Columbia Journalism Review asserted that “the New York Post is no longer merely a journalistic problem. It is a social problem – a force for evil.”[27]

    Perhaps the most serious allegation against the Post is that it is willing to contort its news coverage to suit the business needs of Murdoch, in particular that the paper has avoided reporting anything that is unflattering to the government of the People’s Republic of China.

    Ian Spiegelman, a former reporter for the paper’s Page Six gossip column who had been fired by the paper in 2004,[29] said in a statement for a law suit against the paper that in 2001 he was ordered to kill an item on Page Six about a Chinese diplomat and a strip club because it would have “angered the Communist regime and endangered Murdoch’s broadcast privileges.”

    The Post’s website also has high traffic. According to recent Nielson net ratings, the site ranks 8th in number of unique visitors to online newspapers.

    LA RUSSOPHOBE RESPONDS:

    Your illiteracy is quite stunning. Perhaps you’re not aware of it, but the article in question is written BY AN AMERICAN and accusing Vladimir Putin of doing EVIL things and DEFEATING the U.S. president while doing so. The Post is a CONSERVATIVE newspaper and Obama, the liberal, is COOPERATING with Putin. Get it, ape? Are you acknowledging you agree with that conclusion?

    You don’t seem to realize that the article in question FULLY supports the precepts of this blog, namely that Vladimir Putin is an evil and dangerous man who must be stopped. Too bad that the readership of the Post doesn’t include YOU, who comment on what they write without reading it.

  4. Truly, RTR. You are a “useful idiot”. Lenin would love you.

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