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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

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freedom is a burden and a blessing russia after the ussr
“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.
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Jobs
  • 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
religion
Religion
  • 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
crime
Crime
  • 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…
environment
Environment
  • 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
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)
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1991
  • 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
Russia Today – your lifetime…
  • What do you associate with modern day Russia?
  • Why?
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