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Voices From Russia About Georgia War

Those in the Western world are receiving information about the war between Russia and Georgia that essentially is one sided. We deplore Russian actions in Georgia which were excessive, but understand the reasoning behind their actions. We offer views of several
Russians as reported in the St. Petersburg Times;

The following views were given to Irina Titova:

Lyudmila Shkrylyova, 19, journalist student:

“As a person from a military family, I’m absolutely against the war and I want th war to be over as soon as possible. However, I think Russia was ight to send its troops to help South Ossetia and Russian peacekeepers in the region to deal with Georgian aggression. It was done legally…As for the Georgian attack on South Ossetia, I think it was a very well-planned provocation and and as a journalism student, I’m very disapponted by the misinformation in the western media about the conflict.. The experts say that such misinformation is in the interest of thee Republican candidate for the American presidency(John McCain). therefore, they (Western media) support (Georgia) in all possible ways.”

Irina Arsenteyeva, Manager

“I think it’s very hard to know objectively what is happening in South Ossetia in order to be 100% sure about it, one probably has to go there. On thee whole it was Georgia who attacked first, but honestly I don’t know the reasons why. I think George was wrong. At the same time, I can entertain the thought that the Russian side could also be doing something not correctly enough… As for Russia sending its troops to South Ossetia, i think Russia just didn’t have any other choice, in both military and diplomatic terms. As for the way the Western mass media covers the conflict, it is the usual story, as the Western media usually covers the events in Russia not objectively but from one point of view. That is because a strong Russia is not in the interests of the West.”

Nikolai Voznyuk, 67, pensioner

“It’s very sad what’s happening in South Ossetia. I’m very sorry for South Ossetia’s people. Russia was right to send its troops to South Ossetia because it needed to defend the peacekeepers and civilians who are mainly Russian citizens. As for the Western media coverage of the conflict, it’s part of the information war, and a apart of the attack on Russia. The conflict is in the interests not only of Georgia but also of the United States who wants to surround Russia with radars, dictate its policy and want to have a unipolar world.”

It is interesting that Russian people are picking up the Russian government concerns about building by the United States of missile bases on its border.

Why Do Russians Want Authoritarian Leaders?

A Soviet era joke reveals the surrealism of the Russian people. In the joke, Joseph Stalin, Nikita Khruschev, and Leonid Brezhnev are riding in a train when the engine suddenly halts. Stalin has the engineer shot. The train still doesn’t move. Khrushchev posthumously rehabilitates the engineer, but the train still doesn’t move. Brezhnev then draws the curtains and says: “Good. We’re moving.” In an interesting article in the Moscow times, Alex Bayer raises questions about his fellow Russians and why they go along with the Putin charade that the nation is adhering to democratic procedures. Putin has portrayed himself as a man of action and people go along with that imagery despite the growing disrespect he displays for principles of democracy. “In fact,” says Bayer, “there is little reason to doubt that he will leave office in the same way as the overwhelming majority of his predecessors — in a casket.” Putin has destroyed all opposition parties and leaders by his heavy handed leadership style. Russians apparently seek his promise of stability, continuity, preservation of their property and wealth and protection from unknown outside forces that threaten the security of Russia.

Bayer points out that today there are millions of Russians enjoying the good life, but still they want a strong leader at their head. Children are being educated with access to western democratic ideas, but a majority of the Russian people prefers the order of security to the volatile world of democracy. Is that feeling part of Russian character?