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I’ve done a lot of reading on the Aral Sea in the past, and it really is beyond tragic what’s happened. The Kazakh government has built dams as a way to keep a tiny bit of water in the north and bring the sea closer to some of these towns than it’s been in years, but the Uzbeks don’t have the money or the will to do anything of that sort. Here’s to hoping that one day the Amu Darya and Syr Darya are allowed to be directed back to how they’re meant to be.
Putin really is a fascinating character. Yeltsin tried to reshape his country’s culture, creating a continuation between the Russian Empire and the new Russian state. Lots of Soviet remnants were whitewashed. Putin has done the opposite, bringing back the old anthem, leaving the red stars on top of the Kremlin, etc. It certainly seems like he’d be perfectly happy had the Soviet Union never fell.
Also, speaking of Putin’s “action hero” image, I recommend you read SuperPutin: http://www.superputin.ru/englishski/
It is amazing on how much the country has changed since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Russia went from absolutely no Western influence to accepting it freely in less than a decade. The societal changes that took place must have been drastic and swift.
The Chernobyl disaster was part human error, part mechanical failure. However, given those facts, it surprises me that Japan was allowed to build nuclear power plants and not be adequately prepared for a tsunami, which caused the Fukushima disaster. Those who forget their past are doomed to repeat it, and it seems Japan forgot about Chernobyl when planning their plant.
Why was everything the Americans said fabricated? I don’t understand entirely how the Russians blamed the United States for anything every chance they got. I understand that the Cold War was tense at the time, and this was to be expected, but surely they had to concede truth at some point…