I am never guided by a possible assessment of my work.
More quotes by Vladimir Putin
Firstly, the use of our armed forces in the battlefield is a unique experience, a unique tool by which to improve our armed forces. No amount of military exercise could compare with the use of force in combat conditions.
The state security bodies should not be seen as an institution that works against society and the state; one needs to understand what makes them work against their own people.
The Chechnya problem is a centuries-old problem. The thing is that today, fundamentalists and terrorists are exploiting those centuries-old problems to accomplish their own objectives that have nothing to do whatsoever with the interests of Chechnya.
More quotes about Politics
…most of the world’s fossil-fuel reserves must remain in the ground if an environmental disaster for humankind is to be averted, but under the logic of state-supported capitalist institutions, the private owners of those reserves are racing to exploit them to the fullest.
Peace is preferable to war. But it’s not an absolute value, and so we always ask, ‘What kind of peace?’
It is a waste of time and a pointless pursuit to speak truth to Henry Kissinger, or the CEO of General Motors, or others who exercise power in coercive institutions — truths that they already know well enough, for the most part.
I want every individual who has the potential and qualifications to succeed in higher education to be given the opportunity to participate, whatever their family background.
The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground.
Most politicians would have gone to a meeting like the one Don jr attended in order to get info on an opponent. That’s politics!
…corporations are fundamentally illegitimate, …they don’t have to exist at all in their modern form. Just as other oppressive institutions – slavery, say, or royalty – have been changed or eliminated, so corporate power can be changed of eliminated.
The universities…are not independent institutions. There may be independent people scattered around in them but that is true of the media as well. And it’s generally true of corporations. It’s true of Fascist states, for that matter. But the institution itself is parasitic.
I can’t tell you if the use of force in Iraq today will last five days, five weeks or five months, but it won’t last any longer than that.