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Yeah, that's the whole problem.  Putin sees himself as a 21st Century Tsar and is on this quixotic quest to restore the Russian Empire.  He actually thought his troops would be welcome with open arms in Kiev. 

Well, this little "special military operation" (looks like a war to me) has cost the lives of hundreds and thousands of Russian soldiers.  And, of course, decades of bridge building with the world has been wiped out. 

Is it worth it, Vlad? 

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Hopefully the Russian site members will be able to come back once the current insanity is over and done with.

Unfortunately, I don't think it's gonna be that easy.  Even if Putin dropped dead today, there is no guarantee that whomever replaces him will be any better. 

It would be like Hitler dropping dead, before the war.  The person most likely to have taken over would have been Hess or Goering, both die hard Nazis.  In other words, more of the same.

It will be years, if not decades, before relations between Russia and the West return to what they were just a few years ago.

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Volodymyr Zelenskyy is a 21st Century Winston Churchill.

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The Windsors / Re: Queen Elizabeth II Part IV
« on: June 02, 2022, 05:27:20 PM »
Queen Elizabeth II has now clocked up 70 years on the throne.

Only Louis XIV, the Sun King of France, had a longer reign (72 years).

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Endo Monday: The Musical ("Manic Monday" Parody)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y4lyl-k6QTU

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Nice to see you, Allison.

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I hope everyone who provided such insight and enjoyment to this site several years ago are still alive and healthy and happily pursuing their lives.

Especially our Russian members, who are now at the mercy of a madman.

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It would be nice to see this forum return to the glory days of the first decade of this century, but I'm afraid that might not be possible.

For one thing, this site enjoyed cooperation and access to Russia.   That is no longer possible.  Like it or not, we're back to the Cold War era.  And even if Putin died or was deposed tomorrow, it will probably take years, if not decades, to rebuild the bridges he blew to smithereens.

Secondly, the rise of Social Media sites, like Facebook and Twitter, have made forums like this outdated and redundant.  You'll find more people on Social Media than you will here. 

Finally, a lot of the people that made this site hum just aren't around anymore.  For whatever reasons, they just moved on.

So, while it would be nice to see this place thrive again, I'm not gonna hold my breath.

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Hey, Lisa, good to see you.

Yeah, I've been inactive myself for a couple of years now (although I still popped in from time to time). 

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Forum Announcements / Re: Forum Members Not Heard From in a Long While
« on: April 03, 2022, 12:04:00 AM »
I'm still around.   

Sadly, I don't think we'll be seeing our Russian members anymore, since Russia is now cut off from the outside (shades of North Korea). 

Never thought I'd see the bad old days, when the West and Russia were enemies, return, but here they are  :(


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Having Fun! / Re: Coloured Pictures XXXVII
« on: October 25, 2019, 06:50:46 AM »
Beautiful picture of Tatiana.

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The Russian Revolution / Re: Kerensky Hero or Villlian of the Revolution
« on: October 20, 2019, 11:40:43 PM »
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GD Cyril would have had Victoria M. as his wife and she was flexible and not hostile 'per se' to democracy like the hard-line and incompetent reactionary Alexandra.

Uh, Natalie, what does this have to do with Kerensky?

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Having Fun! / Re: More Romanov Dreams
« on: October 10, 2019, 05:08:44 AM »
Was that timeship bigger on the inside than the outside?

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Having Fun! / Re: Coloured Pictures XXXVII
« on: October 02, 2019, 05:35:10 PM »
Agreed.

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Having Fun! / Re: IMPORTANT: If you use Photobucket, read this!
« on: October 02, 2019, 05:33:58 PM »
Still not going back to them.

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