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  • Ukraine In The News Again, And Thoughts On Putin. 0 comments
    Feb 19, 2014 10:06 PM

    Well, as it seems Ukraine has "fallen" I guess one could say, perhaps future Ukrainians will look back on today as some sort of Bastille-day esque moment. The resignation of the different police forces mentioned in a previous piece may have either been the straw that broke the camels back, or a sign of the failing government morale per se in general. The infamous "Berkut" surrendering aswell perhaps being a dire symbol, with their authoritarian identity, and hence their submission as perhaps that of the submission of Ukrainian authoritarianism in general.

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    Apart from that it recently occurred to me, that in a sense, Putin is perhaps a "Rovian" president. Karl Rove was famous for turning public "patron" G. Bush the younger, into essentially a man of the people per se. Surely Rove, helped Bush further strengthen his "twang" per se, and helped him to relate to the "the people". Though perhaps this isn't new with the pruning of such former figures as Raegan per se in the same sort of changing room that is the sort of schism that exist between public and intention based profiles of various presidents, perhaps Putin as well gives off this feel.

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    Putin is somewhat comically or reverently known to be a sort of "sportsman". He is often photographed riding horses, or engaged in some sort of adventurous activity per se, and of course this somehow helps him relate to the average person in his country who is perhaps somewhat drawn to these sorts of activities or whatnot. All the whilst as was recently reported today on NHK, Putin is like a thoughtful older gentleman in a sense, tiding up his countries borders peacefully, in many cases with neighboring countries.

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    Though it may be more commonly known that Russia has been causing a fracas in Georgia somewhat recently and its hand in Syria etc. what is perhaps lesser reflected upon are its peaceful and synergistic border renegotiations with most recently Estonia, and also somewhat recently, Norway.

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    It has been argued that this is in preparation to lay a stronger groundwork per se for the more privatized version of Russia's economy that is in the pipeline per se, and with the sort of behind the deals nature of today's government's, I wouldn't be surprised if these sorts of things are almost always done on a long time frame.

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    This may be a good thing for investors who want to invest in Russia, because who better to be preparing your "soil" per se, than a powerful and secretive government that comes off as a government of the people. Stability, and a healthy economic "setting" per se is always good news for investors per se, whilst hopefully pseudo-soviet era norms concerning greasing palms per se, will hopefully be changed at some similar point in the future, presumably using the same mechanics who keep the current system of negative "PR"(blackmail) based political truces in place, namely secret agencies of one color or another per se.

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    As to why Putin is Rovian, perhaps as discussed above, it is perhaps because though he may come off as a "down to earth" kind of guy, behind the scenes he seems to be somewhat flexible, and thinking along a very long timeline per se. As opposed to being "Mr. Right Now Sportsman" he seems to be much more adept at working behind the scenes per se to cobble together truces of various sorts to sort of get the country to where it needs to be from a sort of Russian Neo-con based perspective per se, more specifically one that is very academic/nationalistic in its approach per se. Just as behind Rove's candidates there was a sort of silent cadre of individuals with an academic and perhaps very practical per se, approach to politics, it would seem as though Putin is part of a similar apparatus per se. Hence where will Russia be in a few years, is probably without Putin as head, but perhaps with the former PM, and Foreign minister in the wings somewhere, with Putin most likely offering G. Washington-style advice from some cottage/mansion somewhere.

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    This could be a somewhat decent time for investors per se, even though as the "Hermitage Capital" fiasco years ago showed, possession is key perhaps to dealing with investments in said region(precious metals related joke, my apologies). However, its perhaps always good to get in on the "ground floor" per se, if that is still a possible context for Russian investment, and perhaps one could see one's self as a sort of PE investor in a sense, given that the completion of the economic reforms the Putin cadre has planned may lead to a certain growth in the countries economy in general.

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    Their are other similarities between the Putin and Rovian school per se, most specifically drawing attention to specific groups within their societies per se, and this is perhaps a sort of peculiar phenomenon, almost medieval in its tendencies, like the writings contained in that famous "witch-hunting" book of old, the Maleus Maleficarum(believe it or not, yes that is the name of a book hehe). Russia may have an interesting future with this sort of leadership, with its presumed jostling of Oligarchs in the name of nationalizing commercial pursuits key to the countries "national security" per se(Oil, an important part of the USSR's economy), to operating with a sort of agenda that is not immediately apparent, masked in Rovian way in a sort of populist fashion per se, these sorts of political/economic situations are always sort of "fun" perhaps from a sort of Sherlock Holmes-esque perspective, but hopefully if one has investments in Russia, or elsewhere, they will all turn out for the better one way for another. While in other news, Norway somehow continues to dominate the Gold-medal-count for the Sochi Olympics, most notably today having one of their shooting skiing biathletes come away with a 12+th gold medal making him the most "decorated" winter Olympian ever I believe. Either way, hopefully everyone's investments are going great, whether one is skiing around with a rifle in Sochi, or busting out some cool moves on a snowboard, or generally speaking, chilling.

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