According Reuters, Vladimir Putin has an answer for Russians worried that his return to the presidency next year will usher in an era of stagnation: study the careers of Franklin D. Roosevelt or Charles de Gaulle.
What is about precisely ? Into an interview to 1tv Channel (National Television) Vladimir Putin wanted to remind that Roosevelt won elections in 1932, 1936, 1940 and 1944, and died in office in 1945, months after the Yalta Conference where he, Soviet leader Josef Stalin and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill carved up Europe at the end of World War Two. “He ruled the country in the toughest years of economic depression and in World War Two and was elected four times because he was effective” said Putin, who won presidential elections in 2000 and 2004. After praising Roosevelt, Putin went on to list other long-serving leaders including Helmut Kohl, who was German chancellor for 16 years. He also said he liked de Gaulle, France’s president from 1959 to 1969.
Surkov’s ideas Redivivus
Usually, Vladimir Putin has been compared to tsars and Communist Party chiefs. Is something new there ? Not exactly. We remember – 4 years ago, also the deputy head of presidential administration, Vladislav Surkov said that between Vladimir Putin and 32-m U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt a lot in common.
About this Surkov said, speaking at the conference “Lessons of the New Deal for Modern Russia and the world” – February 2007, dedicated to the 125 th anniversary of Roosevelt. Likening Russia following the 1991 Soviet collapse to the Depression-era United States, Surkov suggested that Putin needed to use a firm hand to put the country on the road to recovery.
“Like Roosevelt in his time, today Putin must and should strengthen administrative control and use the potential of presidential power to the maximum degree for the sake of overcoming the crisis” Surkov was quoted as saying by RIA-Novosti. “In the 20th century, Roosevelt was our military ally, and in the 21st century, he is our ideological ally” he added.
Now that we have clear the source of Putin′s ideas, we would like to note also that it definitely separates the two leaders: only one God sent to Earth to save Russia (according to the same Kremlin’s main ideologue, Vladislav Surkov).