Putin: Peo­ple in ex-Soviet Republics had more op­por­tu­ni­ties dur­ing USSR

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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».

AFP/SCAN­PIX

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