I believe one of the most harmful factors to Russian image on forums such as these are the presence of Russian nationalists, who do little to prepare for such arguments ahead of time.
I'm Russian and Egyptian in nationality, but I consider myself a Eurasian above all else. And, despite being very proud of my region and the countries within it, I do realize that the United States would defeat Russian Federation forces in a conventional, offensive war. Russia in a defending role against an invading United States is a much different story, however, and would result in a general stalemate, with the only clear result being a massive body count for both sides.
Returning to my original statement, Russian nationalists are overoptimistic about experimental projects. Mainly, that is the experimental project's role, to create an air of competition between themselves and modern Western designs. The fact remains that Western designs of similiar performance are actually in production state, and beyond that, being produced in considerable numbers. Russians must be realistic, and keep in mind that the majority of these projects are irrelevant to actual war, and serve a more propagandic purpose.
The current state, regardless of positive economic results in the last few years, is degenerative, unorganized, corrupt, and ridiculous. Modern Russia is flawed to it's very veins.
I believe that, the only hope for Russia, and the entire of Eurasia, is to begin a very challenging and extensive evolution. A look back at history, of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Everything that these nationalists, and pro-Russians wish to be on these forums, is what the USSR was, for the most part. International power projection, a formidable air-defense, an organized and well trained ground force and air force, a navy with massive potential for full blue-water capability, and the economic strength to power it all. Now, a US vs. Soviet (Which I know those topics exist as well) is more realistic.
Compare that to current Russia- a joke, a shadow of it's previous self. NATO and the EU sits on our doorstep, the Chinese loom above us (Even if they're geographically below, excuse the pun), and we've degenerated into fighting our previous comrades, the Georgians, Chechans, etc. That's only the military aspect of this situation. Need I compare the USSR to current Russia, politically, socially, structurally, and economically? It's a silly idea, waging war with the US, when we can barely hold ourselves together.
The past is our future, but not our past mistakes, of course. (Forgive me if I ramble here) Nationalization of most important and industrial companies is important. More efficient allocation of funds created by our massive oil revenues is a must. An entire transformation of politics, government structure, and treatment of civilians from workers, to journalists. (Yes, I realize that the USSR wasn't exactly a shining example of a human rights advocate, but as I said, let us not repeat our mistakes) An internal war on corruption, bribery, and exploitation. This is where the actions of Yuri Andropov come to mind, where he shattered the corruption within the former-Brezhnev regime. (Perhaps the greatest post-Lenin chairman beside Khrushchev.) Within the military and government, we must have organizations and departments fighting crime / corrupt actions, and then more organizations watching /those/ organizations, etc. Greater cooperation and especially greater respect towards the Commonwealth of Independent States members, and all former-Soviet or Warsaw members. This includes unconditional support, and togetherness. These states will realize that the new regime is their (Genuine) friend, much more so than the West which (In my opinion, and many anti-imperialist's opinions) is a dangerous and two-faced "friend" for East Europe to have.
In a more military aspect, I believe much of our nearly-obsolete and mothballed army of little future value should be sold off soon to the third world. We don't have the manpower to operate them, we don't have the ability to train the manpower to operate them, we don't have the ability to maintain and train with the said equipment, and so on. With only the best portion of our vast military remaining (As well, downsizing of personnel to root out anything besides voluntary soldiers), a new start is po
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