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http://www.rferl.org/media/video/putin-souvenirs-russia/27220994.html

Russians Purchase Putin Paraphernalia

Published 1 September 2015

With patriotic passions running high in Russia, the country's souvenir shops are doing brisk business. And Putin souvenirs are all the rage. (RFE/RL's Current Time TV)

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And yourself, too. :D

 

We have a standing phrase of "hostage rescue the Russian way" in our family that goes back to images of liberal use of heavy weapons including Hinds and Grads in anti-terrorist operations in the Caucasus one or two decades back.

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I recommend this article http://russia-insider.com/en/russia-and-west-have-swapped-spiritual-and-cultural-roles/ri9514 It is written by religious person and is overestimating importance of religion in contemporary Russia, but is well representing local spirit, as Russians see themselves.

 

For Russian readers - another good article http://www.vz.ru/opinions/2015/9/14/766724.html

 

Main idea is «What Russia we are building? Is it “Another North Korea" or Orthodox Cristian Iran? No. We Soviet kids of late-1980 grow up watching mix of Soviet and American movies, that formed our dreams. Then we grow up and learned West is far from what we dreamed about and that Soviet propaganda about it we hated when kids was in fact true. So what? Now we, generation of 40-50 year old, are building country of our childhood dreams, “America as it should be”

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Plugs into an old idea the Tsars apparently had. After the fall of Constantinople, I gather there was indea that florished for many years that Russia was the new Holy Roman Empire relocated. Moscow even went so far as to call itself the Third Rome, which kind of set the ground for Tsars to get too full of themselves centuries later.

"Tsar" is derived from cesar. The claim is right there.

 

Familiar ground for them to see themselves as morally superior to the west really.

Goes back to the schism. Of course the eastern church saw itself as the one and only true christian church and the western were dirty splitters. And going even further back to the split within the roman empire in latin west and greek east.

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I recommend this article http://russia-insider.com/en/russia-and-west-have-swapped-spiritual-and-cultural-roles/ri9514 It is written by religious person and is overestimating importance of religion in contemporary Russia, but is well representing local spirit, as Russians see themselves.

 

For Russian readers - another good article http://www.vz.ru/opinions/2015/9/14/766724.html

 

Main idea is «What Russia we are building? Is it “Another North Korea" or Orthodox Cristian Iran? No. We Soviet kids of late-1980 grow up watching mix of Soviet and American movies, that formed our dreams. Then we grow up and learned West is far from what we dreamed about and that Soviet propaganda about it we hated when kids was in fact true. So what? Now we, generation of 40-50 year old, are building country of our childhood dreams, “America as it should be”

:P

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