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Rebuilding Russia Essay

1004 words - 5 pages

Vladimir Putin became President of Russia during 2000. For the twelve years following the election, Putin proposed this idea of “Putinism.” Through his plan, Putin planned to bring Russia back to the superpower that it had been during the Joseph Stalin and Communism days. It seems as if once Communism fell in 1991, Russia dissipated into the background of other countries.
The first part of Putin’s plan is to use all the natural resources produced by Russia to their advantage. However, a trap might be set for Putin due to the issues with Russia’s natural resources. Russia has been the world’s largest energy producer of oil and an exporter of natural gas to Europe (Rehman). In 2007, the ...view middle of the document...

However, as of late 2012, the Russian military ranks second on the GFP (Global fire power) right behind the United States (Russia Military Strength). As part of Putin’s plan, he plans to reestablish military presence in the Arctic by reopening the naval base there to control the Northern Sea route (Russia to Restore Soviet-era Naval Base in Arctic: Putin).
 The relationship between Russia and the European Union is the third part for Putin’s plan. Of course, being a country in Europe, the European Union and Russia have an alliance. As soon as the Berlin Wall crumbled and the Soviet Union fell under, many hoped that Europe and Russia would become a power force. The evidence was there to support this claim: Russia’s ethnic ties with eastern Europe, the growing economy of Russia, and Christian churches began growing again after the fall of Communism. However, things were vastly different. The Russian Orthodox Church put the hammer down on any other churches forming and Russia’s democracy remained tainted. Also, the treatment of the migrants and minorities by the Russian’s defiled the standards of the European Union (Blij, Muller, and Nijman 10)
 The final part for the “Putinism” plan concern the boundaries of Russia. Russia takes up a very large portion of Europe and expands all the way over next to Asia. As the Blij, Muller, and Nijman discussed, due to Russia’s history and the territories China lost to Russia over a century ago, they have many border problems (10). There should not be any issues to arise over Russia’s borders until they become, if they become, a superpower again. The book also stated East Asia, China, and Russia have settled a number of the disputes caused over the boundaries (Ibid). So, until bigger issues start arising over the boundaries, nothing will change the territory of Russia.
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