Bronshtein wrote:We could have had good relations with a far less aggressive Russia if we hadn't tried to bleed the country dry through support for the thieving bastards who had flooded in under Yeltsin's alcoholic miasma.
It was tried, even turning a blind eye to Putin's nasty little deeds, but businesses who tried to invest in Russia were met with a wall of criminality. It was Putin and his oligarch mafia crew who turned it all to shite, robbing Russians of all their resources and then spending it in the west, giving their own families opportunities that ordinary Russians can never dream of.
In the end, faced with all the bullshit from Putin, I think the west just thought "fuck it" and let them launder their dirty money. No wonder they chose to ignore Russian interference.
Your timelines are fucked.
The Oligarchs were set up and screwing the Russian people within months of Yeltsin taking power.
Yeltsin let gangster capitalism loose on the Mujiks way before Putin got a sniff of the Kremlin.
Western companies piled in right after the fall of the USSR and found the people who knew how to short circuit the nascent democracy and fleece the Russians.
Putin came along - as a successor for Yeltsin for the Oligarchs. Trouble was he wanted Russia to be great not just the oligarchs. He makes deals with some, but he dealt with a lot more who wouldn't play ball.
He was continually fucked by he west in diplomatic and geopolitical terms - NATO moved east, neutral states were weaned into that organisation which no longer had a real purpose, the Ukraine was being torn away from neutrality to a pro Western anti-Russian stance and subverted.
The National endowment for Democracy was funding hundreds of anti-Putin organisations and organising protests against the Russian government.
When Putin came to power many people in Russia had less access to food than they had under Communism. He turned that around and that's why many people still support him.
Putin may well be a product of Mafia style gangster capitalism but it was the US and Britain and other western companies who taught them how to do it. They thought that a 'bankrupt' former Communist state would be easy meat but they found the former KGB boys were very adept pupils and now who is fucking whom?