Started by steve58, August 30, 2022, 04:38:40 PM
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Quote from: Gusington on September 02, 2022, 09:03:49 AM^I thought it would be an answer like that. So he's not 'Soviet' or a communist - does he think that 1917-1991 was a huge mistake? And does he want to reinstate a tsar??
Quote from: Gusington on September 02, 2022, 11:06:17 AM'Non Russian territories were independent' ...'adaptation camps'...'Baltic states and Poland'...so much Hitler here. I wonder what Putin thinks of Hitler, in private, when not referring to 'the Great Patriotic War.' I would bet he idolizes Hitler.I disagree on Putin planning a line and plan for succession. Somewhere there must be detailed plans and hand picked successors. There has to be. How could someone as fascist or royalist as Putin neglect that? Even if he doesn't think he'll ever die...
Quote from: JasonPratt on September 02, 2022, 09:29:20 AMGoing back to Gorbachev: he could be just as ruthless as any prior Soviet leader, and was so during his early reign. He mellowed out as a marketing strategy for opening up the Soviet Union, once he realized they couldn't win an economic contest initiated by Reagan (and of course he didn't want to ash the planet, and for that reason along with economy rolling tanks to Portugal's coast was out. ;) )
Quote from: Gusington on September 02, 2022, 12:25:04 PM^Hahaha I'm afraid to look for memes for 'Russia's Gonna Russia' - the sheer number will crash my rig.We never hear about the attempt to restore the Romanovs here in the US...I doubt there's anyone not on this site who even knows what that was anymore.
Quote from: Gusington on September 02, 2022, 03:58:20 PM^Have you read 'Collapse: The Fall of the Soviet Union' by Vlad Zubok or Fire Bird by Andrei Kozyrev, D or FarAway?
Quote from: SirAndrewD on September 02, 2022, 11:26:31 AMThere's certainly a short list, Patrushev, Sobyanin, Belousov and a couple of others. Medvedev would seem the logical and official choice but he seems to be largely frozen out as a pure rubber stamp yes man despite his own personal ambitions to be "the guy". What intelligence in the west has reported is that the line of succession is very much up in the air in the Kremlin, and there's already the beginnings of a Death of Stalin type jockeying for support and position behind closed doors. Even if Putin picks someone or leaves clear instructions, no doubt no one is going to take them particularly seriously if it doesn't fit their personal ambitions. To that end that's why there's not even the whiff of Monarchy to the Russian state.
Quote from: Uberhaus on September 02, 2022, 06:12:54 PMI am glad you didn't mention Kadyrov in the line of succession. He has such ambitions, but would you care to comment on why he didn't make the shortlist and the unlikelyhood of this happening? Or perhaps, what would have to happen for him to succeed Putin?