Michael Malfatto: Anton Denisov / RIA Novosti
Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul remembered how much time he had to spend in queues for bananas in the USSR. He wrote about this in his microblog on Twitter.
“Maybe Putin forgot about standing in line for an hour to buy a banana in the Soviet Union. I have not forgotten,” — said McFaul. He also remembered the queue for “hard toilet paper” and “skinny chickens”.
Thus former Ambassador commented on the recent statement of Russian President Vladimir Putin that he would like to prevent the collapse of the Soviet Union.
The Russian leader had expressed regret over the collapse of the Soviet Union. So, in 2005 address to the Federal Assembly, Putin called this process the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the last century. 12 years later, in an interview with the American Director Oliver stone, the President noted that after the collapse of the Soviet Union “the country came first signs, and then full-scale civil war”, was destroyed system of social protection and healthcare, and millions of people were below the poverty line.
McFaul held the position of U.S. Ambassador to Russia from 2012 to 2014, but he has been to Russia before. So, in 1983 he trained at the Leningrad University, in 1985 — at the State Institute of Russian language named after Pushkin. In 1990-1991 he worked at Moscow University, and from 1993 to 1995 at the Moscow Carnegie Center.
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