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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia Is a Great Power In Many Different Ways

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In response to “Craving to Be a Great Power,” a comment by Richard Pipes on July 15.

Editor,
Pipes uses the term “great power,” but he does not define its meaning nor identify other great powers besides the United States. By what criteria are the great powers to be classified? The author does not tell us. He just knows that Russia is not one of them.
By all historical accounts, Russia has been a great power since the early 18th century, and it has sent its troops to  the capitals of Fredrick II’s Prussia, Napoleonic France and Hitler’s Germany. During the 1990s, it fell out of the superpower status and into the great power status. I think it has enough potential, confidence and political will to maintain and develop its status during a period of U.S. dominance.
Leon Rozmarin
Hopedale, Massachusetts

Editor,
Pipes wrote in the same vein as Paul Krugman wrote 15 years ago in Foreign Affairs magazine. As I interpreted Krugman’s comment, only the Anglo-Saxons are capable of new inventions. I am sure that Krugman couldn’t imagine then that there would be a devastating economic crisis in 2008 in which the U.S. and British economies collapsed.
Britain fought against the Russian Empire in the Crimean War to support the despotic Ottoman Empire. In a similar fashion, the United States has sent its battleships to the Black Sea to defend the corrupt state of Georgia.
A professor should not be a defender of his home country’s imperialism and should not try to rewrite history as propaganda. Many professors at leading U.S. universities take this superpatriotic, propagandistic stand defending the modern “U.S. Empire” in the same way that their British professorial colleagues did during the reign of the British Empire.
Dipak Basu
Professor
Nagasaki University, Nagasaki

Russian Friends Are Great

In response to “The Art of Being Hospitable,” a column by Michele A. Berdy on July 17.

Editor,
The author’s column reminded me of what I love about Russia — not only its beautiful architecture, rich history and its attractive business opportunities, but also the close relationships I have with my Russian friends and business associates.
John Fox
Sydney