Putin: People in ex-Soviet Republics had more opportunities during USSR
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has asserted that people in Russia’s neighbouring countries, once under Soviet occupation, regretted the end of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
French news agency AFP reports that Putin had told during a forum in the Russian city of Sochi on Thursday, October 19, that people in the former republics «interpret it in their own way, but all the same they believe that life in the Soviet Union was more secure, calmer, they felt surer of themselves». Russian President’s statements have been voiced in a week, when 20 people were killed in a college mass killing Russian-annexed Crimea.
«There were more opportunities in one great, united, powerful state,» Putin evaluated.
The former Soviet KGB officer has in the past repeatedly expressed his personal affection to the Soviet Union and its collapse in 1990s, for example, evaluating the events as «the greatest geopolitical disaster of the 20th century».