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Uncle Sam who runs his empire from Washington in various ways, using the CIA most effectively seems to be behind the tumultuous propaganda against Putin seeking his third term as the president of Russia, swapping positions with Prime Minister, Medvedev. It is a pure internal matter of Russia but not for America. In intrigues ridden international relations, there never was anything sacred. But America makes it all very dangerously unsacred. America is trying to create an independent Baluchistan, the biggest province of Pakistan, and create another Bangladesh. More about it later.

Those who have seen, visited and watched Russia closely in the last decade, since the rise of Putin and even a year or two before, know what great achievements of Putin’s are, for Russia. I have visited Russia, since 1998, the Yeltsin era to 2009 have seen the magical transformation of Russia under Putin. I have no way of knowing if Soviet style of terror and assassinations has been revived as those of us, who do not know Russian and can converse with Russians only through interpreters cannot know these as we can say, in an English speaking country. Yet, what is visible to the naked eye is proof enough to see Russia tide over its crisis of 1999 so spectacularly under Putin. Yet one must remember that what we   know about Russia is from the Anglo American press and also that cold war history haunts colors and dictates U.S.-Russian relations even today. The suspicion of that era simmers as a continual undercurrent even now.

For those interested in figures here are some impressive ones picked up from the internet.

”Under the Putin administration the economy made real gains of an average 7% per year (2000: 10%, 2001: 5.1%, 2002: 4.7%, 2003: 7.3%, 2004: 7.2%, 2005: 6.4%, 2006: 8.2%, 2007: 8.5%), making it the 7th largest economy in the world in purchasing power. Russia's nominal Gross Domestic Product (GDP) increased 6 fold, climbing from 22nd to 10th largest in the world. In 2007, Russia's GDP exceeded that of Russian SFSR in 1990, meaning it has overcome the devastating consequences of the 1998 financial crisis and preceding recession in the 1990s.”

Those two brilliant organizers, Boyko and Karina, husband and wife, had heard me address a largely attended conference of western astrologers in 1995 in USA and insisted in 1996 that I introduce Indian astrology in Russia in spite of my unwillingness to go abroad after 1995. On the persuasion of an eminent diabetologist, who admired Russian audiences, I went there for the first time in 1998. I of course knew that from the post perestroika days, Indian Prime Minister, P.V.Narasimha Rao, had helped Russia in a very substantial way. In Russia, unable to speak Russian, I was like a dumb visitor who understood nothing about what was happening economically.

In my next visit, in 1999, Karina described the economic plight after I told her that at the Moscow airport, no one accepted dollars and I had to get my dollars changed into roubles. She explained in detail the economic plight of Russia, the incompetence of Yeltsin and gave me the horoscope of Russia, one among the two being used, and asked me to predict on that basis in an open class.

Of the two horoscopes of Russia available, Karina asked me to use the one given here and predict.

From: Academia>
To:    ">
Subject:    Re: Most Urgent
Date:    Sun, 19 Sep 2010 22:40:39 IST

Dear Mr. Rao,

In 1999 during your teaching of Jyotisha in Moscow you gave a prediction for Russia about its future economic state due to the great anxiety of the Russian people concerning this topic, because of the crisis that had happened in Russia in August 1998. Your prediction was that Russia overcomes these difficulties and recovers very quickly and that in 3 years Russians would not remember this crisis. Your prediction came out absolutely true. The prediction was based on the data: Russian independence 12 June 13:45, Moscow.

With deep respect,
Boris Boyko,
Karine Dilanyan

Vimshottari: Moon
13.02.1989, Mars
13.02.1999, Rahu

It was the dasha of Mars in the seventh house aspecting the tenth house justifying my reading that some amount of totalitarianism of the USSR days will survive even in the post perestroika Russia where ISCKON and other Gaudiya maths have spread the message of Lord Krishna and translated the Bhagwat Geeta and the Bhagwatam along with Chaitanya Charitamritam into Russian.

Mars as the eighth lord shows underground wealth and Moon and vargottama Saturn in the fifth house with Rahu its rich oil and gas resources, the second oil producing country of the world. In the antardashas of Jupiter and Saturn aspecting the second house both connected with the eleventh house in the dashamansha, along with Mercury, financial situation was bound to improve.

In the Chaitra Shukla pratipada horoscope of Russia for 2002, in spite of some palace intrigues, immense underground wealth bringing prosperity was visible. Russia is the biggest supplier of gas to Western Europe and as the statistics given before show; it gave most desirable economic prosperity to Russia.

Visiting Moscow and sometimes St. Petersburg continually nine times in a decade, I have by now met millionaires and billionaires of Russia some of whom can speak English. I am witness to the prosperity of Russia under Putin and have been his admirer though I know nothing about what he is accused of----USSR style suppressions.

But then reading some online English newspapers of Russia, I am also a witness to enough freedom of press which could not have existed in USSR.

I have also met some followers of Gennady Zyuganov of the Communist Party and some of those Indians who had been there since 1980’s who said that Moscow was the safest city in those days with no crime. Free education, housing, medical facilities and ensured employment had made USSR of course, with no freedoms we have in democracy, immensely likeable for some Russians. Some of them remember those days nostalgically.

from 17 Dec 2011 to
28 Dec 2012
Elections will be in Rahu
pratyantara dasha on 4
March 2012.

But what Putin had done for Russia and in spite of good friendship with Bush, his differences with USA over their policies towards Iraq, Libya and now Syria makes him a thorn in the flesh of USA. The attempt made by USA to instigate Georgia against Russia is now a closed chapter perhaps.

 As an Indian and admirer of the late Radha Binode Pal of the Tokyo trial fame, I also agree with Putin that in talking about crimes against humanity we must not forget US use of atom bomb against Japan and bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Let us also remember what Gorbachev said about Putin. ”On 4 December 2007, at Harvard University, Mikhail Gorbachev credited Putin with having "pulled Russia out of chaos" and said he was "assured a place in history", "despite Gorbachev's acknowledgment that the news media have been suppressed and that election rules run counter to the democratic ideals he has promoted".

Now Putin seeking a third term does not suit USA and the question is will he win the third term.

The horoscope I am using of Putin has a different time than the one given in Rodden’s website and being used by others. I have rectified this time and have privately given some correct predictions about him. I have no doubt about Putin winning.

All the opposition to Putin has come or was engineered in his Saturn-Venus period, which is enigmatic generally.

At the time of elections, he will be in Saturn Sun which is highly favorable but I must qualify this prediction by saying that I do not have the horoscopes of his likely opponents.

In some private mails I have already written to Natalia of St. Petersburg, some months ago, I have said that Putin’s winning is not in doubt according to me but the difficulties he likely to face in Saturn-Mars period is what can  be worrisome.

(8 February 2012)

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