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By John Shepherd, Janet Shepherd

The new release who grew up in Britain instantly after the second one global struggle are popularly known as 'The child Boomers'. As kids, they skilled existence in Britain from wartime austerity to the relative affluence of the past due Nineteen Fifties. Uniquely fitter and wealthier than prior generations, this primary welfare kingdom new release acquired unfastened orange juice, milk and cod liver oil to guard their health and wellbeing. even if, their total nutrition used to be limited till rationing totally resulted in 1954 -- and the permissive society had but to reach. Janet and John Shepherd discover how the infant Boomers grew up during the switch from post-war regulations to a brand new buyer society, having fun with elevated selection within the retailers, whereas at domestic, pirate Radio Luxembourg and flickering black and white tv unfolded new vistas.

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They want to rule like Josef Stalin but live like Roman Abramovich, the close Putin buddy who spent his riches buying a famous English soccer team and yachts the size of soccer Áelds. Putin’s oligarchs travel the world and keep their wealth abroad, and this gives Western governments real clout if they have the courage to use it. That was even more the case early in Putin’s Árst term, when he was still testing what he could get away with. Like any born autocrat, Putin respects only power. He takes a step, looks around, sniffs the air, and then, if there are no negative consequences, he takes another step.

Then it took Putin another eight years to corrupt or dismantle nearly every democratic element in the country— balance in the branches of government, fair elections, independent judiciary, a free media, and a civil society that could work with the government instead of living in fear of it. Uncooperative oligarchs were jailed or exiled and the press quickly learned what could and could not be said. Putin also consolidated the Russian economy, clamping down on free market reforms and emphasizing the creation of “national champions” in the energy and banking sectors.

The tragedy is that this Áght is still necessary in Russia, decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union. There were plenty of myths and misunderstandings about the dissolution of the USSR at the time, but this was to be expected. The same Western experts, politicians, and pundits who failed to foresee the fall of the Berlin Wall until Germans were streaming across the border were also blind to how quickly the forces Gorbachev unleashed with his reforms would spin out of his control. My fame and outspoken nature frequently afforded me the opportunity to discuss politics with people far above my “rating” in the Áeld.

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