Will Russia be a rising state or a great Failure?
The collapse of the Soviet Union lead to creation of the New Independent
Republic. World politics dramatically changed in 1991 when Communism
ended in Eastern Europe and Russia. These republics are trying to
rebuild their economies and find the way toward the democratic regimes.
The largest country in the post-Soviet borders Russia has inherited a
legacy of the Soviet Union. Many features influence the Russian society
and economy which are Russian media, Russia-US relations and the
problems Russia faces in its transition to the democratic society with a
Russians are trying to reconstruct their economy and social system.
Russia has many challenges and obstacles to overcome during their period
of reconstruction. These obstacles include the destruction of the
economic ties with its former suppliers and customers in the United
Republics, corruption, war in Chechnya as well as “Checheny syndrome”.
Russia will cope with these obstacles and finally rise as a world power
with a market economy and strong democratic institutions. Its potential
is based on its vast lands full of natural resources, great history,
and, most importantly, the intellectual potential of the Russian people.
Russian territory has historically had a tremendous impact on the
Russian economy, political situation, culture, traditions, and mentality
of Russian people. Vast space has helped Russia many times to defend
itself from other more developed nations. For example, Napoleon froze
his army to death during his invasion to Moscow.
Russia is very rich in natural resources. Almost all the elements of
periodic table are in Russia. Russia is rich in gold, silver, gas and
oil, lumber, aluminum, uranium and many other valuable minerals. These
resources can be very attractive prospects for future investments.
Historically, Russia has been regarded as a major world power. Slavic
peoples settled in Eastern Europe during the early Christian era. Many
converted to Christianity in the ninth and tenth centuries. In 988,
Prince Vladimir declared Christianity the state's official religion.
Early in the 13th century, Mongols conquered the Slavs and ruled for 240
years. The Slavs finally defeated the Mongols in 1480 to regain their
sovereignty. In 1547, Ivan the Terrible (1533-84) was the first Russian
ruler crowned Czar of Russia. He expanded Russia's territory, as did
Peter the Great (1682-1724) and Catherine the Great (1762-96). The
empire reached from Warsaw in the west to Vladivostok in the east. In
1814, Russian troops that had defeated France's Napoleon marched on
Paris, and Russia took its place as one of the most powerful states on
When Czar Nicholas II abdicated during World War 1, Vladimir Lenin, head
of the Bolshevik Party, led the 1917 revolt that brought down the
provisional government and put the Communists in power. Lenin disbanded
the legislature and banned all other political parties. A civil war
between Lenin's Red Army and the White Army lasted until 1921, with
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