“Newsweek”suggested that Vladimir Putin and Russia are so spectacularly corrupt they have been described as a kleptocracy, which is defined as a country run by criminals. This could explain why he has been so successful because Putin’s corruption knows no bounds. What is most surprising, is how the Kremlin has been open to this reality. According to “Morning News USA,” “the deployment of United States missile defense components in Deveselu, Romania, has led to Putin stating he will have to respond with retaliatory measures.”
On May 30, 2016, the Unites States Department of Defense celebrated the opening of the Aegis Ashore missile defense site. The site is equipped with radar and interceptors that provide ballistic missile deterrent coverage to all of Southern Europe. “CNN” stated the system was meant to defend Europe against rogue states like Iran and was never meant to be a threat to Moscow. The threat from Putin was unjustified and irresponsible since the system is meant to be defensive, depicting another clear example as to how his ideology and corruption knows no bounds.
Russia has a long and proud history, which has made them a consistent well-known force in Europe and the rest of the world. At the conclusion of the WWII, Russia and the U.S. took opposing stances that quickly evolved into the Cold War. The stand-off lasted the majority of the 20th Century. It has been argued, the conclusion of the Cold War came about because of the economic decline which resulted in the fall of the Soviet Union and the Iron Curtain. As time progressed, unrest mounted as the Eastern European countries navigated their newly found freedom.
On May 28, the “Wall Street Journal” reported, eight Russian athletes tested positive for doping during the 2012 Olympics in London. This is yet another example of how Putin’s corruption apparently knows no bounds because it was Russian employees who made sure the drug tests of the Russian athletes were not made public during the Olympics. This is the second confirmation in recent months about Russian athletes using illegal substances during the preparation and execution of the Olympics.
Additionally, there has been an ongoing debate about how money Russia spent during the Olympics. This debate is fueled by the comparison of how the majority of the Russians live. At the same time, Putin seems to be taking the side of some of the rogue countries, like Iran and Afghanistan. His beliefs seem to coincide with the radical Muslim beliefs on women and sexuality. Even though this attitude appears to be a troubling problem in the modern world Putin claimed there would be violent punishments for women or homosexuals who are not acting in a certain manner in Russia.
Since the 2012 Olympics, Putin has also allowed Americans who are wanted for crimes in the U.S., like Edward Snowden to take refuge in Russia. Putin most likely did this because Snowden was wanted by the U.S. government for releasing confidential information. Snowden fled the U.S. because he was a wanted man. In reality, he should be viewed as a whistle-blower who was giving American and international populations some clarity and transparency about the actions and processes of the U.S. government.
The alignment of interests with Islam may explain why Putin has taken such an aggressive stance against the placement of the Aegis Ashore missile site. It is clear the site was implemented to hold a defensive stance, but Putin’s overreaction appears to show his interests are now in line with the radicals in the Middle East, as well as other Muslim extremists. If Putin takes any military counteraction, there is a strong possibility the world could be headed for the third world war.
Opinion By Kristina Lasher
Edited by Cathy Milne
The Wall Street Journal: Eight Russian Athletes Test Positive for Doping in 2012 Olympics
MORNING NEWS USA: WW3 Scenario: Vladimir Putin Warns Retaliation Against US Missiles in Romania
CNN: Russian President Vladimir Putin warns he’ll retaliate against NATO missiles
Newsweek: QUORA QUESTION: WHY WOULD ANYONE LIKE AND SUPPORT VLADIMIR PUTIN?
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