Putin’s New ‘Fortress Russia’ – NYTimes.com

AS members of the Russian punk-rock band Pussy Riot appeal their two-year prison sentence for a political protest in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, a pale of repression is settling over their country. This crackdown is wrapped in legislative garb, but the iron grip of authoritarianism is unmistakable.

Vladimir Putin’s tightening of the screws is a part of a broader pattern, which includes a return to confrontation with the United States and NATO. The United States must specifically recognize that its “reset” policy of see no evil, hear no evil has contributed to the trampling of human rights in Russia.

Moscow is cozying up to China, supporting the Assad regime in Syria and ignoring the Iranian nuclear race. The Kremlin is hard at work to create a sphere of influence along its periphery and a “pole” in the multipolar world that would stand up to Washington.

Recent developments have an unmistakably flavor of the 1920s and 1930s, …

Putin’s New ‘Fortress Russia’ – NYTimes.com

Some call Russia a fascist state. I prefer to call it a mafia state with Don Corleone Putin as its leader. In Bible prophecy circles some people are suggesting that Putin just might be Gog. I think they are on to something. Putin is an evil leader who is capable of doing anything – even initiating nuclear war. I have already documented on this website several threats and hints of nuclear war coming out of Russian leadership since the Russia-Georgia war.

Another way to look at Putin is as the arrival of a modern day Stalin.

20 years after Russia kissed Communism goodbye, Mikhail Gorbachev has called out Prime Minister Vladimir Putin as more “Stalin” than savior.

As The Daily Beast outlines in “Gorbachev Lashes Out at Putin,” Gorbachev has very publicly accused Putin of “’dragging the country into the past, when it is on fire with modernization.’

Gorbachev Calls Putin ‘Stalin’

Joseph Stalin

Joseph Stalin was the Premier of the Soviet Union from 6 May 1941 until his death in 5 March 1953. Among the Bolshevik revolutionaries who brought about the Russian Revolution in 1917, Stalin held the position of General Secretary of the party’s Central Committee from 1922 until his death. While the office was initially not highly regarded, Stalin used it to consolidate more power after the death of Vladimir Lenin in 1924, gradually putting down all opposition. This included Leon Trotsky, the principal critic of Stalin among the early Soviet leaders. Whereas Trotsky advocated world permanent revolution, Stalin’s concept of socialism in one country became primary policy as he emerged the leader of the Soviet Union.

Joseph Stalin – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia