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It’s the Putin right that counts 

today, a democracy, is not unlike the when and were in power,’ said my father.
   ‘What? How? Russia is in a deep , it’s cutting across the board, and everything still remains like crazy,’ I replied. ‘Tell me one thing it has in common with the US.’
   Dad replied, ‘These days, if President wants to do something, his party, his secret police and other organizations tend to follow. They act in unison.
   ‘When wanted to kick out of America, he could.’ I thought of the case of
He walked to school during World War II with his classmates while bullets literally whizzed over their heads. Soldiers were trying to kill other soldiers, not kids, which is one thing that the terrorists today don’t consider
Bill Browder, a CEO, who has been kept out of Russia because of the whims of one department.
   ‘But in the United States, what the President says does not always go. The are divided and misbehaving. The are just an anti-GOP, frustrating his policies without regard for the country.
   He reminisced about the of . ‘The do not know how lucky they are that they don’t have to fight on their own shores, with how had been escalating his attacks through the 1990s.’ And he should know: he walked to school during with his classmates while bullets literally whizzed over their heads. Soldiers were trying to kill other soldiers, not kids, which is one thing that the terrorists today don’t consider.
   He remembers it clearly: stories of death, starvation, hardship, and, perhaps most disappointingly, collaborators—who only changed sides because of food—pitted against everyday villagers.
   We didn’t enter a discussion about the itself. We had been through it. We know the arguments on both sides.
   ‘I think Russia’s growing, and it will get to where the US once was,’ he concluded.
   Well, I did ask him for one thing. I didn’t ask for it all to be tied back to reality. Nor do I really know that much about Russia, other than my friends telling me that the and picture of it is totally false. I must check out some more Russian blogs, beyond my Atlantic Monthly read.
   Still, it’s an interesting hypothesis, even if it was a late-night-conversation one. And the above might be the nearest Dad will presently have to doing his own blog entries.
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Grin from a Kiwi for the heading. ;-)  
Cheers, Carl: I was hoping someone would appreciate it! It’s probably more a Wellington joke, too. (Last year, I wrote an article on the Škoda Superb and called it, ‘It Škoda be perfect’. I have been dying to use a lot of these.)  
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