MOSCOW — Post-communist Russia has gone from a friend of the United States to a rival under President Vladimir Putin. But how similar is the Russia of today to the communist regime that ruled from 1922 until the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991? One of freshly elected Putin's decisions in 2000 was to restore the Soviet national anthem from 1944 — the one he grew up with.
The newish song comes with tweaked lyrics — there are no more mentions of the Communist Party, for example. In Soviet times, there were no parties other than the Communist Party, and membership was a prerequisite for career advancement. By the mid-2000s, up to 80 percent of the Russian ruling establishment was made up of people with backgrounds in security services, according to a study by acclaimed sociologist Olga Kryshtanovskaya. Cars pass the headquarters of the Federal Security Service in Moscow.The FSB is the domestic successor to the KGB. The KGB's successor the Federal Security Service (FSB) was stripped down in the 1990s but it is now back to being both powerful and feared. Some things have changed: In Soviet times, the KGB was the operative arm of the Communist Party, which ran the country. Joseph Stalin, the Soviet Union's feared leader who ran the country with an iron fist from 1924 until 1953, purged, imprisoned and executed his critics. Russia's opposition today also fights an asymmetric battle: Its leaders face criminal cases and regular arrests, thugs harass them at events and officials drown them in red tape. Soviet media broadcast only what officials wanted it to, and access to foreign media was banned. Nevertheless, Russia has many independent small media outlets that offer alternative points of view. Russian policymakers tried embracing capitalism, liberalism and Western-style democracy after 1991, but by 2015 the country is back to antagonizing the West on ideological grounds.
But Russia is a capitalist economy now, which means deeper integration in the globalized world and more personal freedom — to work, travel, learn and soak in Western values. On a presidential visit to Russia, Ronald Reagan had an unlikely encounter with a KGB agent posing as a tourist: future Russian president Vladimir Putin (pictured above with a camera around his neck). While on his visit, former Russian Premiere Gorbachev directed Reagan towards a number of “tourists” who then asked him politically charged questions about human rights. It is challenging the West on a number of fronts, including its involvement in the Ukraine and Syria, while also cracking down on dissent at home. Two-thirds of the population approved of the move by 2002, according to leading Russian pollsters. Nowadays, Putin's United Russia party dominates the federal parliament and most local legislatures, and officials in the executive branch, businessmen working with the state and even artists are sometimes card-carrying party members. It is tasked with fighting spies and extremists, but it also monitors the political opposition to the government. Even in post-Stalin times, the regime punished those who threatened or disagreed with it so dissidents were fired, jailed, expelled, confined to psychiatric wards and harassed by the KGB. In the 2000s, one of Putin's first moves was to bring back under state control the leading television channels, Russians' main source of information.
Now because of the Internet, cable and the accessibility of international print media, Russians can get their hands on a wide variety of organizations — even NBC News. Moscow's backing of Syria's President Bashar Assad, who the White House firmly opposes, is the latest but not the only example of that.

Communism has been traded for conservatism — Putin paints Russia as the healthy opposite of a lawless, immoral West. In the above photo, the man with the camera around his neck standing behind the boy was the current Russian Prime Minister (and former president) Vladimir Putin. Source: The Secret KGB UFO FilesIn a Press Conference televised today, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared that it was unlikely that Russia would take over Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula. Above all, this included the Soviet secret police, the KGB, which handled counter-espionage and brutally suppressed political dissent. Putin himself is a product of the KGB, having served in the service from 1975 until the collapse of communism in 1991.
Now Russia has 50 political prisoners, according to rights group Memorial, confirming that political persecution is limited to a handful of show trials, small-time harassment and alleged vote rigging. But homosexuality is not a crime anymore, even if some people are intolerant of it and public figures often speak out against it. He declared: “We have reinforced protection of our military facilities, because we were receiving threats and saw that gunmen from terrorist organizations were coming,”   Russia’s military actions in the Crimea has sparked international condemnation with Western leaders calling for a coordinated response, and taking symbolic diplomatic actions to punish Russia. Along with the greatest is AudioGalaxy, you are able to listen closely all of the tunes you might have in your pc at your home, in different computer system, wherever, merely great. In contrast, President Putin declared in his Press Conference that the recent events in Ukraine was an “illegitimate state coup” orchestrated by the intelligence communities of the U.S.
Secretary of State, John Kerry attacked Russia for brazenly violating the sovereignty of a U.N. Kerry today stated, “not a single piece of credible evidence” supported Russia’s intervention, ironically forgetting that the same could be said for the U.S. As former Soviet era territories continue to join the EU and eventually NATO, the effect is to gradually squeeze the Russian sphere of influence, and make Russia subservient to the agenda of the Western power elite. Is it Russia’s political tradition of standing up to forces of international banking and the Western power elite?
Or is it another deeper form of international politics being played out with Russia – exopolitics?
Is Russia’s main threat to the Western power elite a carefully orchestrated policy of slowly leaking information concerning UFOs and extraterrestrial life to its citizenry and the world?To find the truth of whether Putin’s Russia is quietly pursuing an “exopolitics” agenda by leaking information extraterrestrial life, we need to begin with events in the early 1990’s. As the Soviet Union collapsed in December 1991, and 15 independent states emerged, the Soviet KGB dissolved and in the process lost control over a vast collection of files. Many of these leaked KGB files concerned the formerly Soviet era taboo subjects of UFOs and extraterrestrial life.
A number of western media outlets were willing to pay large sums for information from Soviet era archives concerning UFOs and extraterrestrial life. Several thousand dollars for leaked documents, photos or videos would mean former KGB agents could feed themselves and their families for a few months in the uncertain times ahead as the Russian Federation found its footing in a capitalist international system. Roger Moore, the former James Bond star, took a film crew to Russia, then led by Boris Yeltsin, and found some of these files.Moore’s documentary, The Secret KGB UFO Files, was released in 1998 and revealed some of the best UFO footage ever captured on film. It showed a crashed UFO in a remote rural location being filmed and retrieved by Soviet army units led by KGB officers.
He met with Russian officials at the Anti-Aircraft Academy of Defense in Tver, Russia and discussed evidence of UFOs and extraterrestrial life possessed by the Russian government. Photos and videos of alien life were shown to him revealing that both the Soviet Union and USA were aware of and covering up evidence of alien life.
With permission by Russian authorities, Soviet era UFO files were being leaked to independent researchers and film crews revealing the truth about alien life visiting our world.A little known KGB Colonel, Vladimir Putin, rose quickly in the Yeltsin administration.

His first major appointment was on 26 March 1997 when he was appointed Deputy Chief of the Presidential Staff.
Putin continued to be rapidly promoted and on 25 July, 1998 was appointed head of the FSB, one of the successor agencies to the KGB. He became Prime Minister on 9 August 1999 and Yeltsin announced his desire that Putin would succeed him.
After Yeltsin’s abrupt resignation in December 1999, Putin became acting President, and was elected President on 26 March 2000.Putin appears to have quietly continued Yeltsin’s exopolitics agenda of allowing alien related information to be leaked to the public. Senior officials in the Russian Federation have been allowed to come forward on national TV to offer their frank assessment on the subject of extraterrestrial life visiting Earth. One of these officials was Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the sitting Governor of the Russian Republic of Kalmykia, the only Buddhist region in Europe.In an extraordinary television interview conducted in May 2010, Ilyumzhinov claimed that in 1997 he was taken from his penthouse apartment on board an extraterrestrial vehicle.
Ilyumzhinov claims that the extraterrestrials he met were humanoid and gave him a tour of their ship, and even took him to another world. According to Ilyumzhinov, his experience is backed by three witnesses who searched for him at his home after he had boarded the alien spaceship.
Most revealing is that Ilyumzhinov appeared on Russia’s no.1 rated television station, Channel One, which is 51% controlled by the Russian government.
The interviewer, Vladimir Pozner, began the segment with questions about Ilyumzhinov’s experience. This reveals that the host and producers knew in advance of what had happened, and wished to discuss it on air.
Significantly, there was no censorship of Ilyumzhinov’s experience which was immediately made available on the Channel One website. At the very least, this signifies that the Russian government was open to public debate on extraterrestrial life sparked by its most prominent television station.
More importantly, the airing of Ilyumzhinov’s experience signaled that Putin, who was Prime Minister at the time, and his successor President Dmitry Medvedev, were pursuing an exopolitics agenda to prepare Russian citizens for eventual public disclosure of extraterrestrial life.In 2012, after Putin had been re-elected as President of the Russia Federation, his predecessor and now serving Prime Minister, Medvedev, startled a television hostess with his frank comments about UFOs and extraterrestrial life.
After completing an on-air interview with five television reporters on December 7, 2012, Medvedev continued to respond to reporters and made some off-air comments without appearing to realize that the microphone was still on. This folder in its entirety contains information about aliens who visited our planet… Along with this, you are given a report of the absolutely secret special service that exercises control over aliens on the territory of our country… I will not tell you how many of them are among us because it may cause panic.Just over a month after his startling on-camera admission, Medvedev opened the 2013 World Economic Forum held in Davos Switzerland, January 23-27.
The Global Risks 2013 report is lengthy list of prognostications of what world leaders need to plan for to avoid “systemic shocks and catastrophic events”. If Russia continues to allow senior officials to reveal the truth about extraterrestrial life and to leak Soviet era UFO files, this threatens a carefully developed and enforced policy of over seven decades of international secrecy.While the international media depicts Western democracies led by the US as free and open societies, the reality is that when it comes to the issue of extraterrestrial life, the West is anything but free and open. In contrast, the Russian Federation is far more forthcoming when it comes to the issue of alien visitation to our planet. Unfortunately, the Ukraine is being used a pawn in an internationally orchestrated effort to weaken and intimidate the Russian Federation so it can be easily pressured to fall in line with the dictates of the international power elite on issues such as extraterrestrial secrecy. Putin understands this and that is why he proactively intervened in the Ukraine to defend Russian interests in this strategically vital nation.

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