“Let’s hope that the sanctions of the West are increased and manage to get the despot out of his delirium by making him go back, without it being necessary to enter into a deadly war […]”
I have no doubt that Vladimir Putin is a vile murderer. There is no possible justification for his decision to invade Ukraine, a free and noble people, now a struggling democracy. Not in vain this dictator, who is not an iota of a fool, belonged for many years to the fearsome Soviet KGB that, at the time, caused so much suffering to the dissidents of the communist countries, to civil liberties.
It would not surprise me in the least if this despot dreamed of re-structuring the old Soviet Union, trying to annex little by little and one by one (or several at the same time), several of the countries in the area that just 31 years ago were part of that despotic Soviet Union (1922-1991); that sadly famous conspiracy of countries responsible for the death of at least 40 million people in concentration camps promoted by Joseph Stalin (1879-1953), one of the cruelest dictators in history – along with Adolf Hitler in Germany Nazi on the opposite ideological spectrum.
Many of the crimes against humanity were bravely denounced at the time by Russian dissident writer and 1970 Nobel Prize winner Alexander Solzhenitsyn in his celebrated non-fiction work “Gulag Archipelago” (monumental literary investigation in three volumes written between 1958 and 1968 , which was first published in 1973 and translated into English and French the following year). His novels: “A day in the life of Ivan Dinosovich”, first to be released in Russia in 1962; and then came: “The cancer room”, “The first circle” and “The red wheel” had great international success, but in their country they made life impossible for the brave author who was forced to go into exile ( as still happens today with dissident writers, journalists and artists in China, Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua). To deny this unfortunate reality by defending an obsolete ideology is a lamentable imbecility on the part of those who call themselves intellectuals.
It should be noted that Stalin ruled the USSR from 1924 until his death in 1953, ending a disastrous time in which the self-managed cult of personality was a daily occurrence, an attitude that somewhat resembles the one that Putin displays today in Russia. post-soviet. It is fair to remember that Nikita Khrushchev (1894-1971), Stalin’s successor, would denounce the dictator’s criminal excesses in a famous speech before the congress in his country, just as Solzhenitsyn did in his works. But the one who would completely open the road to democracy in that immense country was Mihail Gorbachev (1931), now 90 years old, whom Putin must hate with all his soul. Thanks to him, the so-called Cold War was brought to a peaceful end and a harmonious rapprochement was possible between countries that had always been ideologically opposed, and for this he deserved the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990.
When referring to the former Soviet Union, I am referring, of course, to Moldova, Estonia, Lithuania, Georgia, Latvia, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Belarus, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine; It is also necessary to remember the complicity of the so-called Eastern Bloc, made up by force of Poland, Bulgaria, East Germany and the former Czechoslovakia as “allies” who over time would rebel against their respective tyrannies. On the other hand, Romania, under the leadership of Marshal Joseph Bros Tito, maintained a model of self-managed socialism that placed limits on the influence of the Soviet Union. As “observers” remained China, North Vietnam and North Korea, with a similar totalitarian ideology and lack of civic liberties at all levels.
On December 25, 1991, the dissolution of the Soviet Union was formally announced, an entity that geographically came to have more than 22 million square kilometers and more than 290 million inhabitants, which had as its first leader the famous Marxist ideologue Vladimir Lenin. (1870-1924).
Putin has already become the longest-serving man in power in Russia, six decades after Stalin’s death. His rigged and tricky way of being elected over and over again leaves a lot to be desired, as is the case with the dictator Daniel Ortega, one of his protégés in Latin America, in that once again plundered heroic Nicaragua.
Putin’s recent aggression against a now democratic Ukraine clearly indicates that his stomach ache from the forced dissolution of the Soviet Union still ruins his digestion and keeps the tyrant awake at night. The invasion is total, and Kiev, the capital, is already being directly attacked. There are already numerous deaths and injuries without any justification.
Let us hope that the sanctions of the West are increased and manage to get the despot out of his delirium by making him go back, without it being necessary to enter into a deadly war between the NATO countries and the aggressor Russia, which could be the beginning of the end of the world. as we know it today.
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