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Reflecting on the unthinkable: Russia is reborn as a great power (The Huffington Post, USA)

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In recent years, an extremely negative image of Russia and Putin has been taking shape in the West. President Obama has publicly described Vladimir Putin as a “schoolboy bored on the back row”, and Russia sarcastically referred to the category of “regional powers”.

The question arises: how could Russia once again become a significant power after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991? How did Putin manage to do this without an agrarian or consumer revolution and amid a massive drop in oil prices? If Putin is such a bad leader, how can his successful interventions in Georgia (2008), in the Crimea (2014), in Ukraine (2014 – 2016) and in Syria (2015 – 2016) be explained?

In fact, Putin is a rather shrewd leader who relies on the effective work of the Russian Foreign Ministry and the brilliant foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov. Spending billions of dollars in security on 49 each year, Putin has restored Russia's military potential. The country has 1790 units of strategic nuclear weapons. With more than 140 million in population and 13 with millions of university graduates, Russia boasts about one million first-class scientists, engineers and technicians, most of whom work in the military sector.

Many countries, world powers in the past, have long lost this status. Japan defeated the Russian army in 1904 during the Sino-Japanese War, from 1937 to 1945 occupied a vast territory of China and had a GDP of four trillion dollars, but it is no longer a great power. After the defeat in World War II, crowned by the American atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the American post-war occupation, Japan swore to further interfere in world affairs and completely abandoned nuclear weapons.

Europe, once abounded by such significant powers as Germany, France, England and Austria-Hungary, is now heading in a different direction. Germany smashed the Russians in World War I and was close to victory in 1941 and 1942. Today, the three major powers, with poor projection of military force, have less than one thousand combat tanks and only a few aircraft carriers. Weak economic growth (1,5% per year), disagreements between 28 members, migration from Middle East countries, serious problems with weaker union countries such as Greece, put internal European issues higher than international ones.

China, with its GDP of ten trillion dollars, exports to more than two trillion, with more than three trillion reserve funds, with 1,35 a billion people and 3,7 a million square miles of territory, is the future great power. Since the four modernizations launched by Den Xiaoping in 1978, the country has made a huge economic leap forward.

But China will also have problems whose scale cannot fail to hit: horrific air pollution, 675 million peasants, government corruption, authoritarian one-party dictatorship, lack of rule of law, rapidly aging population, hundreds of thousands of children in orphanages and only 7500 dollars of GDP per capita population. The Chinese armed forces, despite sharply increased defense spending (150 billion dollars), still need at least ten years to become a truly modern army.

In India, 20 percent of the population is illiterate, 300 million people live without electricity, and GDP per capita (1300 dollars) is less than three percent of the United States. It confronts Pakistan, having 200 nuclear weapons in its arsenal. India, with a population of over a billion people, will be a significant power, but only in the coming decades.

The United States remains - the only global superpower after victory in the Cold War and one of the two superpowers that existed in the world since 1945 of the year. 18 trillions of dollars of GDP, 17 from 20 of the world's leading universities, world leadership in high technology, more than 550 billions invested in the military sector and 330 of millions of people provide the United States with significant advantages over Russia. However, with the rise of presidential candidates advocating popular neo-isolationism today, due to the slowest economic growth since the Great Depression, the decline in the manufacturing sector, administrative talks about reducing the US military to the level of 1940 year and half leaving Obama from the Middle East, the door, long closed for Russia, has now opened wide.

The incredible becomes apparent. Russia, on which, it seemed, put a cross after its defeat in the Cold War, is now being reborn as a promising large power capable of challenging the West. Russia has done an incredible thing - it has become a great power, filling the void that has arisen after the retreat of the former world powers that have lost their power and influence.
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  1. svp67
    svp67 April 25 2016 06: 08
    +9
    Reflecting on the unthinkable: Russia is reborn as a great power (The Huffington Post, USA)
    As always, through blood and sweat, it was easier to destroy, then more and more with blood, vodka flowed ...
    1. Tatar 174
      Tatar 174 April 25 2016 06: 19
      +25
      It’s not necessary to rank me among the cheers and patriots, but it’s obvious that Russia is destined to become the most significant state on Earth. And why? Yes, because the foreign policy of Russia is 180 degrees different from the foreign policy of other powers, they are aimed at robberies and wars, and at Russia it is about building, supporting other peoples and peace on the planet. The future is ours. True, China has not yet decided, but it cannot last so long either, we are expecting some more actions from them in some directions, but it is not yet clear what they want.
      1. Andrey Yuryevich
        Andrey Yuryevich April 25 2016 06: 30
        +1
        Quote: Tatar 174
        but it’s obvious that Russia is destined to become the most significant state on Earth

        perhaps ... only we have no friends. and half of the world, huddle closer to the "hegemon" of the United States. strange ... no?
        1. samoletil18
          samoletil18 April 25 2016 06: 46
          +15
          And how many friends will the United States have after restructuring?
        2. Tatar 174
          Tatar 174 April 25 2016 07: 04
          +12
          Quote: Andrew Y.
          perhaps ... only we have no friends. and half of the world, huddle closer to the "hegemon" of the United States. strange ... no?


          Weak, Andrei Yuryevich, he always reaches for the strong, you know that. While the United States is strong, and they know how to intimidate not weakly, but where does the weak go, until the other appears stronger? And about a weak and unpopular domestic policy. And you remember the first 10-20 years after the war, we lived in poverty, but we always tried to help neighbors and strangers. We are kind from God, and kindness also attracts.
          1. Albert1988
            Albert1988 April 25 2016 13: 55
            +1
            Quote: Tatar 174
            While the USA is strong, and they know how to intimidate not weakly

            Most importantly, they still know how to buy very well the greedy and decayed political elites of these weakest states. We still have a lot of such "bought" (directly or indirectly), Ukraine and Georgia - living recent examples. So it is not surprising that by acting through bribery, collection of compromising evidence and subsequent blackmail, and most importantly, by tight integration of the elite of other states, let's say, into its "economy", the United States is trying to consolidate a large number of states around itself by firmly holding them in one place ...
        3. CAMS
          CAMS April 25 2016 07: 41
          +3
          and you don’t know that the punks are subordinate to the strongest, and they can only tear us apart if you pile up together so that you don’t need to write stupid things to anyone thinking why, but China does not think so, Brazil, Argentina and many who take a wait and see attitude
        4. max702
          max702 April 25 2016 07: 43
          +5
          Quote: Andrey Yurievich
          perhaps ... only we have no friends. and half of the world, huddle closer to the "hegemon" of the United States. strange ... no?

          You are like a little .. Who steers in all countries? Correctly the elite of this country .. And where do they store everything acquired? Where do their children study? Where do they go to relax and have fun? Tell me, why aren’t they doing all this at home? The answer is simple, it is difficult! To organize everything ourselves so that it would be no worse than that of world leaders .. It’s much easier to attach to the strong, and not everyone has the courage to choose their own ruts as the immortal Vysotsky sang .. And if you try to get out very hard, then there will be a miniscule .. What actually we observe ..
          1. demo
            demo April 25 2016 07: 57
            +1
            You are like a little .. Who steers in all countries? Correctly the elite of this country .. And where do they store everything acquired? Where do their children study? Where do they go to relax and have fun? Tell me, why aren’t they doing all this at home?

            Not in all countries this is how it works.
            Children of the American elite study, work and have fun in America.
            French - in France.
            English - in England.

            But our "elite" is doing as you said.
            And why not?

            Yes, because they initially perceive our country as a cash cow.
            From which it is possible and necessary to pump out as much money as possible and create a backup (main) airfield where they can live in peace and not worry that these funds will be taken from them.

            Do not put all your eggs in one basket.

            So are our grabbers.

            "And I don't give a shit about Russia!" It was said by a certain Mr. Ulyanov.
            1. lis-ik
              lis-ik April 25 2016 09: 33
              +2
              The thing is that in the USSR there was an excellent general education, but there were no truly elite schools in the good sense of the word, Russia inherited the same situation. There are no schools with an individual approach and real system knowledge, there are only big names, and then there is the exam. Ask, what about the magnificent scientific groundwork of the USSR, so fundamental science has always been at our best, plus a lot of talented people.
            2. max702
              max702 April 25 2016 21: 56
              0
              No need to divide the Western world into France, England, USA, Canada .. it's all ONE country! The only visible difference is the success of the Anglo-Saxon countries .. And France and Germany there temporarily, like other countries of the Benelux and Scandinavia, their time has not come yet and these formations will be robbed last but not least .. while they let them grow in fat, they are fed up for the time being ..
        5. Aleksander
          Aleksander April 25 2016 07: 52
          +3
          Quote: Andrey Yurievich
          only here we have no friends. and half of the world, huddle closer to the "hegemon" of the United States. strange ... no?


          Do you consider "half the world" and their hegemon-friends? If anything happens to the hegemon, these friends will have great pleasure tear it all upwhat will remain of the staff. yes It is rather an organization of forced accomplices
        6. Nyrobsky
          Nyrobsky April 25 2016 09: 39
          +1
          Quote: Andrey Yurievich
          perhaps ... only we have no friends. and half of the world, huddle closer to the "hegemon" of the United States. strange ... no?

          No, not strange.
          After the collapse of the USSR, when we practically left all regions of the planet, leaving our allies and those who sympathize with us in the social camp alone with ourselves, and when only one dominant force of the United States remained in the world, the countries had no choice but to move closer to the "hegemon. ". This is understandable - even if the USSR with all its might and ideology collapsed and could not stand the confrontation, then what to say about the small ones. Moreover, after the collapse of the USSR, under the leadership of the liberals, Russia demonstrated a course of rapprochement with the West, even to the detriment of its interests. Fasting began the era of the "hegemon's" lawlessness, when any attempt, by any country, to oppose its interests, ended with the elimination of leaders and the destruction of statehood. The world realized that it was not democracy, but a dictatorship that was coming, and there was no choice.
          The prestige of mattresses, as peacekeepers and champions of democracy, is strongly striving for negative values, and keeping the whole world in fear makes it more and more difficult for mattresses.
          The world, there was hope in the person of Russia, and believe me respected - allies will soon be quite a few.
          Only we do not need to repeat the mistakes of the USSR and feed all the "fraternity" at our own expense, paying for their loyalty to us.
        7. Mikhail3
          Mikhail3 April 25 2016 10: 41
          +3
          Quote: Andrew Y.
          Quote: Tatar 174
          but it’s obvious that Russia is destined to become the most significant state on Earth

          perhaps ... only we have no friends. and half of the world, huddle closer to the "hegemon" of the United States. strange ... no?

          And this is because we understand friendship differently from the United States. What is a US "friend"? It is a country that obediently follows the American course. For this, some of the rulers of their country receive from the United States a share of the loot and the opportunity to bite off some crumbs with impunity. Agree, for the authorities of the "friend's" country it is quite easy.
          Of course, the United States cares so that "friends" can never create economic, political, or military competition for them, either individually or all together. But they do it carefully, gradually, skillfully covering their actions with propaganda. That is, they do not interfere with the authorities of the countries, until they leave their will.
          And what does it mean to be a friend of Russia? Firstly, this means that the establishment instantly loses all US handouts. And it hurts terribly! Then you have to confront American propaganda. Yes, and the worst thing - you have to dig up your own miracles. Won Dilma Rousseff allowed herself ... so what? It was easy to crush an opposition candidate. But in this case, their own sins would have surfaced!
          Democracy is an unpunished deception and robbery of one’s own population. Therefore, it is so attractive, and implemented now everywhere. The United States, in which there is no democracy, has never been and never will be, carefully planted it all over the planet. Why? And that’s why. To at any time be able to grab any authority of any country as a causal.
          Because all democratic power is the power of thieves, bastards and scum, with mountains of dirt on their hump. Having first a good economic intelligence in its hands, and then a joker - the Internet, the USA holds the democratic world by the throat simply and reliably.
          That is the price of friendship with the United States. Everything is sad, but you should not worry too much. Friends with thieves should clearly understand the boundaries of this friendship. Such a friend will instantly put a sharpener in your back, as soon as you suspect that you are slightly weak or just hesitated. In a tough situation, the United States should be afraid of friends much more than enemies. Incidentally, they understand this very well.
          In general, "save me, Lord, from" friends. "I can handle the enemies myself."
      2. Blondy
        Blondy April 25 2016 06: 36
        +7
        To summarize the article, you come to the conclusion that, in the Russian view, everything is within the norm, as it was intended, Russia is developing inherently pranally.
        1. Cat man null
          Cat man null April 25 2016 06: 52
          +5
          Quote: Blondy
          Russia is developing immanently pranally

          belay belay belay
        2. Red_Hamer
          Red_Hamer April 25 2016 12: 00
          +2
          Yeah, I’ve already thought of nothing to surprise me! No. But this,
          pranally
          still yes, surprised! laughing
      3. Nehist
        Nehist April 25 2016 06: 51
        +3
        But internal politics is aimed at robbing their own people. Well, yes, we will support others forever. With a naked jo ... we just stay in the dirt in front of the rest of the world not to hit. This has already happened more than once in the history of Russia ...
      4. ava09
        ava09 April 25 2016 08: 25
        +2
        Quote: Tatar 174
        It’s not necessary to rank me among the cheers and patriots, but it’s obvious that Russia is destined to become the most significant state on Earth.

        Not true! Russia has ALWAYS been Great. Periodically weakened by the blows of Zion - Anglo-Saxon civilization, but the only pole of morality and culture, the opposite of the Atlantists. There are only TWO poles in nature, therefore we are great thanks to them, and they are to us. Good opposes Evil.
    2. Finches
      Finches April 25 2016 06: 22
      +7
      Some kind of nonsense - not an article! From the category - Who writes to the wall above - the USA, the country is 300 years old, roughly speaking, but how much is China, India ...! 17 out of 20 world universities, and the author, apparently, was not even accepted to college ... laughing
    3. Andrey Yuryevich
      Andrey Yuryevich April 25 2016 06: 27
      +5
      Reflecting on the unthinkable: Russia is reborn as a great power
      what a pity that a simple hard worker still dreams of a better life ...
      1. quote
        quote April 25 2016 08: 14
        +2
        Quote: Andrew Y.
        Reflecting on the unthinkable: Russia is reborn as a great power
        what a pity that a simple hard worker still dreams of a better life ...

        And in what country, a hard worker, does not dream of a better life? Give me that "paradise" (country).
        To be able to dream is not bad, even useful. There is something to strive for. But just dreaming and making a dream come true, that's what not everyone is given! And here "people" themselves determine the level of life they are capable of.
        Sorry, tough but true!
    4. Achilles
      Achilles April 25 2016 08: 22
      +5
      If Putin is such a bad leader, how can one explain his successful interventions in Georgia (2008), in Crimea (2014), in Ukraine (2014–2016) and in Syria (2015–2016)?


      The author chose the wrong word "intervention", in Georgia, in the Crimea, and even more so in Syria, there was no intervention
    5. Arkhan
      Arkhan April 25 2016 20: 09
      0
      I don’t want to prove anything to you. Just leave it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQpIZ4SdSUY
      You decide what to do with it.
  2. Kachesgm
    Kachesgm April 25 2016 06: 09
    +12
    The Americans have a very bad history or they are served like that. In their opinion, in almost all wars of the 20th century we raked :) according to the author.
    1. quote
      quote April 25 2016 08: 35
      +2
      Quote: KachesGM
      The Americans have a very bad history or they are served like that. In their opinion, in almost all wars of the 20th century we raked :) according to the author.

      And what else does the "cowardly creature" do? Not a single war with an equal rival. And then Vietnam (no matter who helped to reach the level of 1:25)! At 1:24! Got it out in full! To confess? God forbid America. From here and history, such as "patriotic education." And in reality? "Glavnyuk" then know history. Only in the history of Russian aviation 600 rams (about the rest "it's scary to tell them")! will cool down any smart guy who considers himself invincible. And then the 21st century, Syria, and 25-year-old Alexander Prokhorenko!
      All.
  3. Armored optimist
    Armored optimist April 25 2016 06: 10
    +9
    400 years of work on slandering Russia down the drain! Heavy!
  4. Alexander 3
    Alexander 3 April 25 2016 06: 14
    +6
    Russia as a phoenix bird reborn from the ashes. The people of Russia know that they live in a great country and in every way contributes to the prosperity of their homeland.
  5. Same lech
    Same lech April 25 2016 06: 15
    +7
    In recent years, the West has developed an extremely negative image of Russia and Putin.


    In the WEST, RUSSIA is generally spoken badly or very badly.
    Often I climb on the foreign press rarely find adequate articles ...
    so that against us in the person of PUTIN launched a massive propaganda in the style of Goebbels agitation.

    I have repeatedly said how this is done and this situation will continue until the WEST understands the futility of its attempts to brainwash our and non-our citizens.

    Unfortunately for EU and US citizens, the media brainwashed to fast food ... which invariably affected their moral health.
    Looking at their moral and moral decay, we need to see the perspective of the border and the red line where to stop so as not to slide into the abyss with the moral dead.
    1. Nehist
      Nehist April 25 2016 06: 56
      -1
      Oddly enough, the foreign propaganda of our people is not able to rinse the brain. For this, their own power is able to embitter their own people with all their patience. The narcotic dead of their own injury for being at the helm.
  6. Korsar4
    Korsar4 April 25 2016 06: 23
    +1
    According to Ilf and Petrov. After which it will be written that this is why Russia needs to be given on the head.
  7. ImPerts
    ImPerts April 25 2016 06: 24
    +7
    US GDP is huge, but debts are even greater.
    And nothing.
    Everything is repeated like a mantra about the sustainability of the American economy. What is the American economy based on?
    On iPhones, Microsoft products?
    Bayonets and aircraft carriers?
    Probably like in a joke. The prostitute earned a dollar. Immediately went paid with the owner of the motel, the owner of the motel paid with the sausage. Sausage worker with a plumber. Plumber with a doctor. Doctor with a technician. A technician has soaped himself in a bar ...
    No one has money. All reported to the tax. GDP 700%.
    1. Mikhail3
      Mikhail3 April 25 2016 14: 26
      +1
      Quote: ImPerts
      All reported to the tax. GDP 700%.

      This is not a joke, but a completely working economic example. The dollar dragged into the system a visitor from the outside. At the end of the example, the prostitute again receives it for reusing her means of production in order to launch in a new circle. In the example, by the way, there is nothing that has stumbled (about which it just does not stumble!) The world economy.
      There is no bank. Which has settled all the money of all these people, flying out of circulation. And which gives them their own money in debt, while hindering development and destroying the real growth of the real sector.
  8. ovod84
    ovod84 April 25 2016 06: 24
    +4
    The Yankees mixed up something with Japan, while they took one island after another for three years and then destroyed two of our cities in a month, defeated the millionth army
  9. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 April 25 2016 06: 27
    +4
    Russia has done the incredible - it has become a great power, filling the void that arose after the retreat of the former world powers, which lost power and influence.

    There is nothing incredible here. It is enough to remember history and it becomes clear that Russia has done the incredible many times. They put an end to it more than once and believed that now it would definitely not rise, and it not only rose, but also filled world politics and introduced Western "seers" into another shock. It is necessary to be friends with Russia and in no case to quarrel.
  10. bad
    bad April 25 2016 06: 27
    +2
    In recent years, an extremely negative image of Russia and Putin has been taking shape in the West. President Obama has publicly described Vladimir Putin as a “schoolboy bored on the back row”, and Russia sarcastically referred to the category of “regional powers”.
    ..heh .. the negro look at yourself .. our then at least "at the desk" ... and you, like from a palm tree of tears, so immediately took the jamb .. and still "gawks" at you .. buzzing and ugly .. laughing
  11. Yak28
    Yak28 April 25 2016 06: 32
    +5
    Putin made a bet on foreign policy, where he achieved certain successes and respect of many Western countries, for which he certainly has a plus. But inside the country, little has changed since Yeltsin's time. Corruption, high crime rates, unemployment, conditionally free education, medicine, the abyss in the salaries of superiors and subordinates, an ugly migration policy, a constant increase in prices for everything (soon we will return to millions again as in the 90s). The workers are also disempowered, there is only one window dress for the arrival of a large boss or inspector. There is no idea in the country that there is no core around which people can be united.
    1. Barakuda
      Barakuda April 25 2016 06: 39
      +10
      "Everything is lost" ??? Then I invite you to visit Ukraine and compare WHERE? thriving - "Corruption, high crime rates, unemployment, conditionally free education, medicine, the abyss in the salaries of bosses and subordinates, an ugly migration policy, a constant rise in prices for everything (soon we will return to millions again, as in the 90s). there is only window dressing for the arrival of a big boss or an inspector. There is no idea in the country, there is no core around which the people can be united. " request
      Personally, I agree on all this - we would have at least one such as Putin .. recourse Yes, at least any other, but ADEQUATE politician.
      1. Nehist
        Nehist April 25 2016 06: 59
        -2
        And get the same thing only in a more relaxed atmosphere. Beautiful facades with rotten ceilings
    2. ImPerts
      ImPerts April 25 2016 06: 47
      +1
      They're lying again ...
      "According to the international audit and consulting company EY, corruption in Russia has decreased by almost a third," RBC reports. According to a survey conducted by the company, this year, only 34% of Russian respondents surveyed said that they consider corruption in the business sector widespread This is 5 points lower than the global indicator and is on the same level with the United States. For comparison, last year 48% of Russian respondents expressed the same opinion. "
      http://zavtra.ru/content/view/uroven-korruptsii-v-rossii-snizilsya-do-urovnya-ss
      ha /
      1. Mikhail3
        Mikhail3 April 25 2016 14: 32
        +1
        Quote: ImPerts
        , corruption in Russia decreased by almost a third,

        Business cringed, and corruption with it. Here money is needed for food, there is already no money for a bribe ...
    3. samoletil18
      samoletil18 April 25 2016 06: 55
      +3
      For Yak-28: ura! Vsyo propalo! Are you taking a check, a ticket, a receipt in a minibus, are you a corrupt official?
      1. Yak28
        Yak28 April 25 2016 07: 10
        0
        By the way, minibuses are a very muddy kind of transport, starting from chocks and ending with the owners of route companies, there are not sickly money spinning that fall unknown to anyone wink
    4. Victor N
      Victor N April 25 2016 08: 35
      0
      As for the disenfranchised masses: some do not even go to the polls - and who does not allow them?
      1. Vadim237
        Vadim237 April 25 2016 12: 05
        0
        People do not even know their rights, neither laws, nor labor laws, etc. — problems are in ignorance and in the lack of desire to know.
  12. RussianRoulette
    RussianRoulette April 25 2016 06: 35
    +5
    Let them once again take a look at the Immortal Regiment this year and scratch their LGBT turnip. Their ideals do not fit ours. That makes all the difference.
  13. Ros 56
    Ros 56 April 25 2016 06: 40
    +3

    In recent years, an extremely negative image of Russia and Putin has been taking shape in the West. President Obama has publicly described Vladimir Putin as a “schoolboy bored on the back row”, and Russia sarcastically referred to the category of “regional powers”.


    Well, Obama, unlike Putin, never differed in intelligence. Remember or read his speeches and speeches, mutters the text written by speechwriters, not a single thought, not a single improvisation. And no variability, everything is within a predetermined framework - Russia is to blame, Putin is to blame, i.e. visible homework. In the modern world, such an approach is possible only for weak countries that have already planned to destroy as Iraq or Divia, or to crush completely and irrevocably as the whole of Europe, including the eastern one and even reached Banderlogiya.
    And look at Putin’s speeches, the main outline in the text, but a lot of digressions and improvisations, followed by a return to the main idea. And despite many things that I personally don’t like in the actions of our sovereign power, we can be proud of our Russia, how it rises from its knees, how it is reborn like a Phoenix from the ashes, and how it grinds its teeth from the impotent malice of the country of the so-called Western democracy.
  14. then
    then April 25 2016 06: 40
    +1
    Brainwashing since the Cold War has not gone unnoticed in the United States and Europe. Yes, the Soviet Union collapsed, but the intellectual level of Western politicians has declined. Now they behave like children in a sandbox who still have to study, study and study.
    1. ImPerts
      ImPerts April 25 2016 06: 52
      0
      Quote: sedan
      Now they behave like children in a sandbox

      Kohl, Schroeder, Mitterrand, Chirac ...
      I will not talk about the United States, they have their own brawl there. And they decide international affairs as an appendix to their inter-partner. Then the whole world dissolves, and then it turns out that there are no people in the sandbox capable of abandoning the habit of choking.
  15. Yak28
    Yak28 April 25 2016 06: 48
    +1
    Quote: ImPerts
    US GDP is huge, but debts are even greater.
    And nothing.
    Everything is repeated like a mantra about the sustainability of the American economy. What is the American economy based on?
    On iPhones, Microsoft products?
    Bayonets and aircraft carriers?

    And who can demand US debt? Or maybe someone dares to arrest American accounts or real estate? The US currency is valued in any country, almost all of Europe is controlled from Washington, plus the United States has a huge army. The USA draws money from all over the world to ensure a normal life for its citizens, therefore It’s impossible to ruin the states from the inside, as the USSR doesn’t succeed. The only way, year after year, is to pull their allies towards you and set them against the United States (and it will not fall apart like in the 91st), since it is not possible to destroy the United States economically at the moment.
  16. fa2998
    fa2998 April 25 2016 06: 48
    +1
    Quote: Alexander 3
    Russia as a phoenix bird reborn from the ashes. The people of Russia know that they live in a great country and in every way contributes to the prosperity of their homeland.

    Maybe you already have a Phoenix on the roof, but in our province, in an ordinary town, there’s not even a bird on the horizon. IT CANNOT BE A Great Power Where 100 Families Have 90% of the Economy, It Can't Be a Great Power Occupying 1/7 of the Earth managed manually. A whole year of problems accumulate, then MILLIONS of Russians are trying to break into the line with the president and complain. WHO WAS NOT an outstanding president, well, he cannot physically answer everyone, decide everything !!! Well, answer 40-60 to those who wish, Well, he’ll give a dog to someone, he will return the salary to someone, he will increase his rating, well, EVERYTHING, for a year !!! sad yes hi
  17. gorozhanka74
    gorozhanka74 April 25 2016 06: 53
    0
    “The mind cannot understand Russia” when there is no mind, only ambition and arrogance.
    the article is stupid and pretentious, it struck "to crown two cities with an atomic bombing" - just incredible! It is too grandiose to call a crime against humanity ... truly, one can always find an excuse for oneself ...
  18. Zomanus
    Zomanus April 25 2016 06: 55
    -4
    So what. Empires arise, grow, decline and disappear.
    That was the case with the USSR. And before that it was with the Russian Empire.
    Now we are again in the growth phase. America is fortunate to be in a phase of decline
    surrounding countries do not try to devour it. But although everything can be ...
  19. Pvi1206
    Pvi1206 April 25 2016 07: 03
    +2
    All countries have their own problems.
    The advantages of some countries over time become their disadvantages. And vice versa.
    Everything flows, everything changes. And everything in life is predetermined.
    Although it seems to people that everything depends on them.
    And the prophecies about Russia are beginning to come true. They will come true about the United States.
    It is possible to worry about this, but it is not good for health.
    Therefore, we will do our work in life. Observe developments.
    And write comments in VO ...
  20. zulusuluz
    zulusuluz April 25 2016 07: 10
    +2
    So after all, without suffering and problems in life there is no evolution.
  21. Yuri Y.
    Yuri Y. April 25 2016 07: 14
    +2
    In my opinion, Russia, when it is restored to at least a relative order, automatically, with its resources, becomes a significant power. Even size matters. No wonder they dream of dividing it into pieces. This can of course happen if the Americans through proteges (such as liberals) break through to government in the country.
  22. Scud
    Scud April 25 2016 07: 33
    +5
    The greatness, power and wealth of the whole state consists in the preservation and propagation of the RUSSIAN PEOPLE.
    Lomonosov M.V.
  23. dchegrinec
    dchegrinec April 25 2016 07: 52
    -1
    Russia simply has no other way.
  24. user3970
    user3970 April 25 2016 08: 00
    0
    The Russian Empire, the USSR ... Not at all artificial formations created by violent methods. But the collapse of the USSR is just an unnatural phenomenon. Reunion is inevitable. Empires existed and exist despite disguises. Canada, Australia is a de facto protectorate of Great Britain. Most of Europe is a protectorate of Germany (for a given period of time). But when the dollar becomes one of the currencies, then we will look at the SGA empire.
  25. 31rus2
    31rus2 April 25 2016 09: 29
    0
    Dear ones, it was absolutely right that Russia has always been and will be a great power in many ways, and what the West thinks is just their strategic mistake, the very existence of our state at all stages of history haunted our "partners", therefore only to develop , only by ourselves, with our own hands, we are simply obliged to build our Russia, and the West, China, so without "partners" and their "competition", there will be no progress
  26. Moore
    Moore April 25 2016 10: 00
    +1
    Quote: lis-ik
    The thing is that in the USSR there was an excellent general education, but there were no truly elite schools in the good sense of the word, Russia inherited the same situation. Ask, what about the magnificent scientific groundwork of the USSR, so fundamental science has always been at our best, plus a lot of talented people.

    Do you want to say that basic science is such a thing, independent of the level of education in the country?
    What scientific potential of the USSR was not based on the education system?
  27. Volzhanin
    Volzhanin April 25 2016 10: 19
    +1
    With such education and healthcare, we will soon be able to compete only with the Ruin. What are we talking about? belay
    The very principles of our educational system exclude the training of competent and sensible specialists, and just citizens, with the exception of that insignificant minority, which independently plow the ground with their horn.
    1. Vadim237
      Vadim237 April 25 2016 12: 15
      0
      When they have a basis for the development of skills, examiners become experts, and the USE is just a general final indicator of how a person studied - it all depends on the person’s desire to learn and self-study.
  28. nivander
    nivander April 25 2016 10: 39
    0
    The author with undisguised pride spoke about 17 trillion. dollars of American GDP, but about the debt that this GDP exceeds modestly silent
  29. atamankko
    atamankko April 25 2016 10: 50
    0
    Russia has a tremendous spiritual and material potential,
    therefore, she was and always will be a great power.
  30. Wedmak
    Wedmak April 25 2016 11: 11
    0
    This is some kind of tin simply:
    Japan defeated the Russian army in 1904 during the Sino-Japanese War, from 1937 to 1945 it occupied a vast territory of China and had a GDP of four trillion dollars, but it is no longer a great power.

    What did not save the Kwantung army from defeat in just two months.
    After the defeat in World War II, crowned by the American atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the American post-war occupation, Japan vowed to further intervene in world affairs and completely abandoned nuclear weapons.

    Well, of course, because the Americans are stronger and cooler. Do you think that the destruction of more than 200 thousand of Japanese from 2 bombs and subsequent radiation can be considered genocide?
    Germany smashed the Russians in World War I and was close to victory in the 1941 and 1942 years.

    Was she a thug? Well, yes, at first, with the help of betrayal and lies it worked. I am generally silent about the imminent victory in 1941. This hack thinks that the capture of Moscow would have marked this victory? Naive. It would be naive to expect "Thank you" from you to get rid of Nazism.
    Russia, which seemed to put an end to

    There were many of you. All under these crosses lie.
  31. Obolensky
    Obolensky April 25 2016 12: 51
    0
    I do not want to argue ... These are just my thoughts. But maybe ... Gorbachov-Yeltsin rule is a kind of descent of a fat? Or even not fat, but preparation for something ... After all, the years were hard, but we survived, survived. The price is really big, but we survived. Spite the whole West. When he put on us - the cross.

    And maybe this is the merit of those decades that we no longer believe in "European values" and the "American sword"? Are we trying to revive our country? Of course, more than one year will pass, but I think we - all - together - will succeed.

    Without all sorts of Americas and Europe, who see us as their original and unkillable enemy.
  32. silver_roman
    silver_roman April 25 2016 15: 35
    +1
    While in the Russian Federation there are such huge contradictions in domestic and foreign policy, we should not be a power. That and no need to challenge any states. Let their paradigm break. On the other hand, they are constantly pushing. Eternally holding the defense means losing. Humanity needs evolution. I wish some aliens attacked us to unite everyone
  33. Aristide
    Aristide 6 May 2016 14: 48
    0
    Russia, like wine, only gets stronger over the years! How many times she beat foreign enemies, but they all do not calm down, they try again to check for strength. And the foreigner is not aware that the people of Russia have long been accustomed to endure all the hardships and hardships in their lives, that he has already developed immunity for this. Of course we grumble about a difficult life, of course we criticize the current government, but .... As soon as an external threat arises, the Russians are cemented into a monolith, forgetting all internal squabbles and insults. All popular discontent of the current moment at once turn into hatred of the external enemy, even if he still looms in the distance. This is something the United States and Western Europeans should have understood for a long time. But it is not clear that Russia will continue the training course!