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    (Original post by dpb23)
    Putin is indeed a communist.

    I am an economics & politics student at Cambridge

    Bring it on
    Why would you define him a communist?

    PS. I'm a potential Oxford or LSE student but our CVs really don't matter here.
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    (Original post by Aj12)
    Putin is ex KGB:work:
    Sure, but this only says that he worked as an agent for the Soviet Union. He acted for a so-called 'Communist Republic', it doesn't entail his being communist.

    Besides, his party, United Russia, describes itself as conservative and right-of-center. Finally, Putin has been a strong advocate of liberal economic policies and free markets. Really, I don't see what's so communist about him.
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    There, I changed the thread's title.
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    (Original post by BigFudamental)
    Are you sure about this? Have you fact checked it? Because if this is true, the implications could be enormous...
    "Whoever does not miss the Soviet Union has no heart. Whoever wants it back has no brain."

    - Vladimir Putin

    I'd say he's pretty sure.
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    (Original post by dpb23)
    Putin is indeed a communist.

    I am an economics & politics student at Cambridge

    Bring it on
    Putin is not a communist.

    I am most definitely not an economics & politics student at Cambridge. In fact, I aint ****, if you'll pardon the expression.

    But I'll most definitely bring it on.

    He's authoritarian. Ergo he cannot be a communist. You can compare him to Stalin if you want, but Stalin wasn't a communist either.

    In fact, the only truly communist figure in history thus far (Marx aside) has been Trotsky and he never reached power.

    Consider it brought on.
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    (Original post by TheSocialScientist)
    Sure, but this only says that he worked as an agent for the Soviet Union. He acted for a so-called 'Communist Republic', it doesn't entail his being communist.

    Besides, his party, United Russia, describes itself as conservative and right-of-center. Finally, Putin has been a strong advocate of liberal economic policies and free markets. Really, I don't see what's so communist about him.
    He does seem to have some love for the old union. But as you say I would not put him as a communist but he is defiantly an authoritarian if you look at some of his social policies.
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    (Original post by Aj12)
    He does seem to have some love for the old union. But as you say I would not put him as a communist but he is defiantly an authoritarian if you look at some of his social policies.
    Definitely authoritarian, I'd never say his or Medvev's rules over Russia were/are completely democratic. Not at all.
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    (Original post by Eldedu)
    Putin is not a communist.

    I am most definitely not an economics & politics student at Cambridge. In fact, I aint ****, if you'll pardon the expression.

    But I'll most definitely bring it on.

    He's authoritarian. Ergo he cannot be a communist. You can compare him to Stalin if you want, but Stalin wasn't a communist either.

    In fact, the only truly communist figure in history thus far (Marx aside) has been Trotsky and he never reached power.

    Consider it brought on.
    Authoritarianism inhibits socialism. Not communism. He's as communist as the day is green.
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    (Original post by dpb23)
    Authoritarianism inhibits socialism. Not communism. He's as communist as the day is green.
    What in his economic policies was communist? Again: he advocated free markets and a liberal economy in Russia. Marx wouldn't exactly be proud of him.
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    (Original post by dpb23)
    Authoritarianism inhibits socialism. Not communism. He's as communist as the day is green.
    Communism is dictatorship, yes, but dictatorship of the proletariat, one middle-to-upper class man with oligarch connections can hardly be considered an equivalent to the proletariat.

    Therefore, you have yet to prove he's a communist. Because he's not.
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    He heads an oligarchy, and presents it as a democracy. Good for him, but communism it ain't, and nor is he.
 
 
 
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