Russia's Putin calls for Stalin-style "leap forward"

Sat Sep 1, 2012 1:34am IST

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By Gleb Bryanski

NOVO-OGARYOVO, Russia, Aug 31 (Reuters) - Russia needs a "leap forward" to rejuvenate its sprawling defence industry, President Vladimir Putin said on Friday, harkening back to the ambitious industrialisation carried out by Soviet dictator Josef Stalin in the runup to World War Two.

"We should carry out the same powerful, all-embracing leap forward in modernisation of the defence industry as the one carried out in the 1930s," Putin told his Security Council, without mentioning Stalin by name.

Stalin, who ruled the Soviet empire with an iron fist for 27 years, is blamed for the death of about six million people but also is praised by many Russians for winning the war and industrialising the country.

Putin made renewed industrialisation a priority during his third term in the Kremlin which started in May amid the largest protests of his 12-year rule. He conceded that the defence industry, once the heart of the Soviet economy, was in tatters.

"Unfortunately, many of our enterprises are technologically stuck in the previous century," Putin said, complaining about poor discipline at plants working on state defence orders.

In the 1930s Soviet leaders transformed a rural country devastated by civil war into an industrial superpower, using terror and executions to impose strict discipline at new plants built across the vast country.

Putin's top defence industry official Dmitry Rogozin posted on his Facebook page a copy of a 1940 letter from Stalin to gun factory managers and accompanied it with a sarcastic warning: "Such methods of improving discipline also exist".

Stalin's letter to the managers said: "I give you two or three days to launch mass production of machinegun cartridges... If production does not start on time, the government will take over control of the plant and shoot all the rascals there."

"Of course, it was a joke," Rozogin told reporters regarding his posting but added that failures would not be tolerated.

"Our satellites are falling, our ships are sinking, we had seven space failures in the last 18 months but not a single plant felt the consequences," he said after the council session.

"The culprits should come on stage. The country should know them."

Putin plans to spend $680 billion in the next eight years to modernise the military, with the bulk of the money going to 1,350 defence plants which employ about 2 million Russians. Many defence sector workers backed Putin during the election.

He sees the sector as a new growth driver for the stagnating economy which can help wean Russia off its dependency on energy. He promised to open up the sector to private businesses.

Putin's critics argue that the arms industry is too backward and corrupt to be given such money and point to numerous recent failures and delays such as space satellite crashes or failed test launches of new intercontinental missiles.

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acts2and38 wrote:
Shades of Isaiah 38-39. Those unfamiliar with it need to read with intent. This document shows that the Russians will be alligned with Iran, and other Arab nations in an attack with nuclear weapons against Israel. Iran is the hook in Russia’s mouth. In other words, the oil supplies Mother Russia with economic reasons to assist and help out Iran and the Arabs in their desire to destroy the brother country of Israel. This prophecy is from 700 B.C. and could not possibly happen until now as Russia and nIran entered into a pact some years ago. Though Iran at one time was our ally, he now hates the U.S. and Israel. Russia will have an evil thougt to attack us by submarines (15 minute killing time ration; better than the 30 ICBM’s time). A nuclear attack will come to America. When is the question. Perhaps like Ninveh she will repent and be spared, but this is doubtful as immoral and evil policies are being passed by the present President who is a Muslim and not a Christian by any means. And the media or press will slander anyone who opposes him or their evil agenda. The scarlet beast the will rule all is socialism (red is the color of communism/socialism – or commie lite as some call it). Obey Acts 2:38 and the word of God if you expect to survive the coming evil…..

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