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“Freedom is a burden and a blessing” – Russia After the USSR

  • Economics

  • George Molokin: a 25 year TV journalist in the USSR… Now unemployed in the new Russia

  • George: the Soviet man was a slave to the system. The fall of Communism liberated him. Yet if the man has not forced the slave (dependency) out, he’s still tortured. A slave, when given his freedom, is often helpless.


  • VAZ attracted many workers – cost $3 billion to build.

  • Poor working conditions – paint fumes

  • Foreign Investment Needed

  • Lack of experience with capitalism/ free market economy


  • Freedom = competition of beliefs

  • Russian Orthodox Church: has been the salvation of its people with millions of believers; Troubled by “the tragedy of conversion to Evangelical Christianity”

  • Evangelical Christianity: aggressive missionary work targeted at the new Russia… more heated and bitter amongst Christian sects


  • Was almost nonexistant in USSR

  • Instability of the “new Russia” fuels crime (uncertain times: pressure, fear of change)

  • Case study of Kazan

  • Murder Rate: upsurge in murder “astounding”

  • Mafia: street toughs or a larger network of a spectrum of illegal activities: larceny, prostitution, drug trading, stealing/ smuggling weapons from the military!

  • Teens are especially lured – previously controlled by gov’t youth leagues, solid discipline in school

  • Tragedy of Lawlessness: many innocent people injured with stolen weapons, gang activity…


  • Under USSR: decades of uncontrolled pollution

  • Some say it is the most inhumane legacy of Soviet rule

  • No freedom of press – gov’t owned/ censored newspapers, no EPA in USSR

  • In the new Russia, Nina Toropynz investigates for The Volpa

    USSR: no stories of pollution were permitted. Nina is a courageous reporter working to reveal the extent of environmental damage/ danger.

Environment (con’t.)

  • Case Study: Astrakhan

  • Fish: “you are what you eat”

  • Over 50% of babies born in Astrakhan, had birth defects!

  • Astrakhan gas plant: single largest employer in region AND biggest polluter. (also funds Nina’s paper)

  • Early 1980s, 15 underground nuclear explosions were held to create underground cavities for natural gas.

  • Radiation in drinking water!!!!!! (major health concern)


  • Resignation of Mikhail Gorbachev

  • Collapse into Independent States – reality of autonomy

  • Finding the truth / revealing gov’t cover-ups!

  • Becoming a world partner/ leader via trade…

  • Struggling to represent the people

  • Struggling to protect nuclear materials….

  • Navigating unchartered post Cold War waters in relation to the United States!

Russia Today – your lifetime…

  • What do you associate with modern day Russia?

  • Why?

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