Firebird wrote:I see Vann is managing to post ever more nonsense.
Apparently he knows better than most of Russia.. even tho he never lived in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
For the record, Russia was extremly backward and the later "tsars", even by the standards of the era were vicious, evil tyrants. While other European countries were building advanced civilisations and spreading across the whole world, the Tsars were sitting on their arses in splendour while the serfs toiled on land or starved in a medieval manner.
The "tsars" alienated the rest of the Slavic world, and if it wasn't for Stalin/Lenin, Russia probably would have been smashed to pieces in the 20th century.
If he thinks Medvedev/Yeltsin licked Western Europe's arses, he should check out Nick the Prick 2, or Catherine le Frog. They were cousin marrying, German-French mongrels, about as Russian as Bathhouse Barry Obama.
If Russia had a revolution earlier, ie MUCH earlier it would have industrialised, become civilised and would have been the epicentre of the WHOLE Slavic world, in one Union. Then it would have a huge influence extending South thro Asia and across seas and even oceans. Alaska would not have been sold off.
Russian would prob have the status of the English language today. Russian legal and commercial systems would be predominant, even financial systems around the globe. With the choice between "imperial paternal partnerships" Russia might have had a huge influence in the 3rd world even today, without the resentment that is had towards European colonials like France and England.
A tiny little country like England managed all this. Its ridiculous that the Tsars got away with squandering Russia's much greater inate position of power.
The tsars were the epitomy of the corrupt class "system". They were cowards. Afraid of change and progess, because people would realise how pathetic they were. Even Britain allowed SOME relaxation of the class structure... and it benefited hugely. And Spain dwindled into insignificance (after being a superpower) because it refused to reform its own ridiculously antiquated class system.
As soon as the Soviets dragged Russia into modern times, it became a superpower. AND the life of its citizens improved.
But hey, dont let the facts get in the way of anything.
Cue rant about "da jooz" and "commies"/ misspellings of Bolshevik etc...
Haha... that is exactly the opposite. While Russia was among the first true civilisations with united state and form with laws and a functioning state organs to keep the country in stable form, rest of this so called civilized Europe were invading each other or just fighting with their own like we germans Saxons, Hessens, Preussen, same with French, UK never left this state they still are uncivilized and the rest of europe were genociding native people across the entire planet. So don't talk about civilisation, you won't find it in the west.