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Giants and Pygmies in the Mirror of History

17.04.2012  |  20:26

The leaders of the so-called western Christian world received the piece of news as the present expected for the last 74 years. On Christmas Eve, 1991, Mikhail Gorbachev sadly announced his resignation as president of the Soviet Union and its dissolution.

*by Mario MaestriThe leaders of the so-called western Christian world received the piece of news as the present expected for the last 74 years. On Christmas Eve, 1991, Mikhail Gorbachev sadly announced his resignation as president of the Soviet Union and its dissolution. At the time, the government of the Republic of Russia found itself in the hands of his opponent, Boris Yeltsin, champion of unfettered capitalist restoration, strongly supported by world capital. The year 1992 would see the rebuilding of the capitalist order in the former socialist republics.Begun in 1917, with the victory of the workers, the construction of the USSR took place in the most difficult conditions due to enormous destruction from civil war and the terrible international military intervention. The revolution was led and conducted under the direction of dozens of giants such as Lenin, Trotsky, Kamenev, Zinoviev, Krupskaya, etc.

Men and women who have marked and still mark humanity for what they did, for what they said and the way they lived, even when swallowed by the advances and setbacks of that memorable historic event.It was not a mere irony of history that the destruction of the USSR took place under the direction of literally ghostly characters such as Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin, who, after providing the services for which they were posted, were inexorably eclipsed, forgotten and rejected by the Russian population and the world, much as the world media and the intelligentsia have attempted to turn them into forceful protagonists in historical references. Also, in these cases, the real extent and nature of the work performed is mirrored in the quality of life for workers.Of rural origin, Mikhail Gorbachev, the main proponent and driving force of capitalist restoration in the USSR, was raised to maximum power in 1985-91, after a long term of militancy in the Communist Party, which he joined when he was very young. After his government was ousted in 1991,

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he was hopelessly rejected by the Russian population in their attempt to move on in political life.

In 1996, he obtained a shameful 0.5% of the vote in the elections for the presidency of the Russian Federation.Always paid handsomely, Gorbachev created a foundation, wrote memoirs; lectured, participated in films; created parties, etc., all without results or impact. A recent survey named him one of the most rejected characters of the 20th century by the Russian population. In undisputed metaphor between what they promised and built with millionaire sums in 1997, he served as the poster boy of Pizza Hut, an American multinational corporation.Boris Yeltsin, of blue-collar roots, presided over Russia from 1991 to 1999, while the country was bleeding under the action of privatizing national and global resources. His tenure was marked by populism, opportunism, by violence and unbridled corruption.

During his government, under the guidance of the IMF, industrial production fell by half, inflation shot through the roof, and the flesh of the rights and social achievements once achieved under socialism was cut to shreds. Huge portions of the population foundered in unemployment, poverty and literal destitution, while the new millionaires canibalized public goods.The mainstream media has undertaken a huge effort so that the world's population retains the memory of the image of Boris Yeltsin as as a fearless leader, perched on military tank, on 20 October 1991, the scammer boldly haranguing the troops who, in fact, had already registered their neutrality in the face of successes. However, the dominant undisputed memory about Yeltsin is the clownish, depressed and drunk world leader.Like Gorbachev, his great rival, Boris Yeltsin resigned ingloriously from the government on December 31, 1999, leaving as his heir, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

This assured him that he and his family would not be taken to court for theft of public property and wealth. Boris Yeltsin died on April 23, 2007, aged 76. The funeral rites of the president addicted to drink was held by the new state. While Russia's population recorded a huge lack of concern with his death, world leaders like George Bush, Bill Clinton, Lech Walesa, John Major and Giulio Andreotti rushed to the funeral.

As the saying goes, "Tell me who weeps for thee, and that'll tell me who you are!"*Mario Maestri, 63, is a professor of a course in the graduate program in History at the UPF Translated from the Portuguese version by: Lisa KarpovaPravda.Ru.



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