HAVANA TIMES — The Cuban state-owned press, the only legal press allowed, is focusing on its shoe-shining role, to polish up an expected election result, which bestows upon Russia’s new Tsar six more years in government to rule with an iron fist, according to his own strange way of understanding democracy.
Unfortunately, residents of this centuries-old Eurasian Empire are used to rule by decree. Abroad, the Russian alternative to the US brings some commendations.
Congratulatory messages published in Cuba praised Putin’s proficient management, alternating between his role as President and Prime Minister with Dmitry Medvedev, who is about to round off 24 years of almost absolute government: They only talk about Power, especially military power, suck-ups never satisfied with how many times it’s been said.
Bolivian president Evo Morales said: “Russia respects countries’ dignity and ensures a geopolitical balance and world peace in the face of Imperialist attacks.” There’s no need to comment on the enthusiastic missives written by other leaders as you only need to look at the kind of political systems that uphold them, for example, China, Venezuela, Iran, Kazakhstan, Syria and… Cuba.
Nobody doubts the fact that the Kremlin is the owner of the largest arsenal of weapons of mass destruction in the world. The now-disappeared Soviet Union manufactured approximately 16,000 nuclear warheads, with the aim of being strategically equal, more or less.
In the face of being unable to deploy their weapons in an extraordinary way like the US government has through its system of alliances, maintained by an economic power that Moscow lacks, the first solution resulted in more warheads being manufactured that are propelled by long-range missiles.
Conquering Russia is an impossible task, but Russia exercising its power outside of its borders is a whole ‘nother story. There was a reason why Winston Churchill told Stalin the following when he visited the Soviet capital in the winter of 1942, which had been besieged by the Wehrmacht: “Russia is a land animal, the British are sea animals.”