Vladimir Putin claims Russia is moral compass of the world

Vladimir Putin claims Russia is moral compass of the world

Vladimir Putin asserts in his annual state of the nation address that Russia takes a morally superior world-view to the West and defended its Conservatives values..

Vladimir Putin sought to cast Russia as the moral arbiter of the world on Thursday, as he hit out at America’s “non-traditional values” and its influence across the world.

In an annual state of the nation address, the 61-year-old Russian president said his country did not aspire to be “some kind of superpower”.

“We do not infringe on anyone’s interests, we do not force our patronage on anyone, or try to teach anyone how to live,” he said.

His comments amounted to an oblique rebuttal to the growing international movement against Russia’s restrictive laws on homosexuality. Support for a boycott of Russia in the run up to the Sochi Winter Olympic Games has widened with celebrities announcing they will not perform in Russia. Others including Joachim Gauck, the German president, have declined invitations for the event.

Mr Putin defended his government’s increasingly conservative values and decried the “review of norms of morality” in the West and elsewhere.

“This destruction of traditional values from above not only entails negative consequences for society, but is also inherently anti-democratic because it is based on an abstract notion and runs counter to the will of the majority of people,” Mr Putin said, adding there could be no benefit for society for treating “good and evil” equally.

In his 70-minute televised speech from an ornate Kremlin hall, Mr Putin said traditional family values where a bulwark against “so-called tolerance – genderless and infertile.”

Critics of the speech were quick to point that post-Soviet Russia has seen a deep and damaging decline in its birth rates to among the lowest of any developed nation.

While the speech did not contain a widely-trailed push to eliminate local mayors, one of the few power centres outside the Kremlin’s control, Mr Putin did appear to signal a push against oligarchs dominance of the economy.

The Russian leader attacked the prevalence of offshore companies in the economy, claiming the use of such vehicles was hampering growth.

“The main reasons for a slowdown in economic growth are internal, not external,” he said. “We must establish more stability and a good investment climate.”

Half of the $50 billion (£30 billion) that Russian companies invest abroad every year is sent to offshore jurisdictions, which Putin described as the “transfer of capitals that should be working in Russia.”

“You want to have offshores? Fine. You want to have benefits, support and to make profit by operating in Russia? Then do register in the Russian jurisdiction.”

However his wake-up call on the economy was criticised by Alexei Kudrin, a former close associate and Russia’s finance minister until 2011. The much-respected technocrat said the government was incapable of meaningful reforms.

“It’s a shame that so little has been done,” Mr Kudrin said after the speech. “The president’s proposals for reactivating the economy are a tactical response to the problem. We need a strategic plan to get out of stagnation.”

The Russian leader has had notable foreign policy success in 2013, forging a deal on Syria’s chemical weapons with the US and helping force Iran to the nuclear negotiating table. But internally the impression has grown that his regime is increasingly fragile.

Stefan Meister, a senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, said Mr Putin had lost room for political maneourve as he entered his presidential third term since 2000. “He has isolated himself from the proactive part of society and the elite,” he said. “He has surrounded himself with hardliners from the security service who promote Russia’s “modernisation” through the country’s military-industrial complex.”

Mr Putin also revived the Kremlin’s warnings again American plans for anti-missile shields and the dangers of reducing to nothing the post-Cold War strategic balance.

“Nobody should have any illusion about the possibility of gaining military superiority over Russia,” he said. “We will never allow this to happen. Russia will respond to all these challenges, political and military.”

An earlier version of this article said Sir Elton John was boycotting Russia but in fact he has made clear in statements at his website Elton John AIDS Foundation (external - login to view) and elsewhere that he believes it is important not to isolate Russian people because of the actions of their government.

Vladimir Putin claims Russia is moral compass of the world - Telegraph (external - login to view)


I guess from a religious point of view Putin is correct...
Isn't Canada the world leader in morals?

“We do not infringe on anyone’s interests, we do not force our patronage on anyone, or try to teach anyone how to live,” he said

Think the gay community might take exception to this statement. As would p u s s y cat Riot.
Last edited by Twila; Apr 7th, 2014 at 03:34 PM..
"“We do not infringe on anyone’s interests"

Yeah, pretty sure annexing Crimea infringed Ukraine's interests.
Quote: Originally Posted by ZipperfishView Post

"“We do not infringe on anyone’s interests"

Yeah, pretty sure annexing Crimea infringed Ukraine's interests.

Assuming he believed the Ukraine to be truely independent of Russia...and I don't believe he did.
lone wolf
With so many points on a world compass, it's no wonder it's so off centre
Yes, Putin is right. Russia is definitely the moral compass of the world. Things were so much better under Soviet rule when homosexuality was a crime and there weren't entities like Serial murder. Back then it was considered a western phenomena. Those were better times indeed and as Putin attempts to turn back the clock and return to this simpler time I am reminded of Andrei Chikatilo who killed as many as 56 children between 1976 and 1990. Chikatilo, a.k.a. THE RED RIPPER and was virtually ignored as the Politiburo and Soviet Militia's were ordered by government officials to target the homosexual community. Their ignorance and self righteous behavior led to a killer being allowed to continue a murderous rampage for over 14 years. Meanwhile the gay community was targeted and in fact one man was executed for a crime he did not commit.

Moral compass my ***.

Vladmir Putin is a sociopath who will stop at nothing to maintain power and turn back the clock on a nation that was only beginning to emerge from the dark ages. The sooner this nation jettisons this neanderthal the better, unfortunately he will likely be replaced with another backward thinking Russian.
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