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Socialist Ideas Correct, Poorly Implemented in Soviet Union - Putin

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President Putin visits North Caucasus Federal District - Sputnik International
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Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the ideas of socialism were good – equality, fraternity, happiness, but the practical implementation of those ideas in Russia and the Soviet Union was far from what the socialists-utopists envisioned.

Russian President Vladimir Putin - Sputnik International
Putin Says Still Likes Communist, Socialist Ideas
STAVROPOL (Sputnik) – The ideas of socialism were correct, but their implementation in Russia and the Soviet Union was far from the ideas’ nature, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday.

"The ideas were good – equality, fraternity, happiness, but the practical implementation of those ideas in our country was far from what the socialists-utopists envisioned," Putin said.

According to the Russian president, the Bolsheviks criticized the regime that preceded them, monarchy, of repressions.

"And with what did the establishment of the Soviet authorities begin? With mass repressions," Putin said. The president also highlighted the executions of the Royal Family and their closest servants as something carried out to "cover up a crime."

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at the ceremony closing the Year of Literature and opening the Year of Cinema at the State Academic Mariinsky Theater's Second Stage, December 14, 2015 - Sputnik International
Putin: Lenin to Blame for Soviet Union Collapse
Earlier in the day, Putin said he still liked communist and socialist ideas.

Soviet Union was a country that existed between 1922 and 1991. It was succeeded by Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

Last week, Putin said Soviet revolutionary Vladimir Lenin and his flow of thought were to blame for the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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