Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday that he occasionally worked as a taxi driver after the fall of the Soviet Union (USSR) 30 years ago now. “Sometimes he had to earn extra money,” Putin said, according to informs the AFP agency. “I mean, earning extra money on a car, as a private driver. It’s disgusting to talk about it, to be honest, but unfortunately it did.”
The comments, collected by the state news agency RIA Novosti this Sunday, are excerpts from a film, which will be released soon, on Channel One entitled Russia. Recent history.RELATED
During the interview with the state network, the president described the dissolution of the Soviet Union as a “tragedy”. “(For me) as for most citizens, it was a tragedy,” said the Russian leader. “What did the dissolution of the USSR mean? It meant the disappearance of historical Russia under the name of the USSR.”
“We became a completely different country. And what had been built over 1,000 years was largely lost,” said Putin, who claimed that 25 million Russians in the newly independent countries suddenly found themselves isolated. from Russia, part of what he has called “a great humanitarian tragedy,” according to Reuters.
This is not the first time that the president has described the fall of the Soviet bloc as a tragedy. In 2005, five years after coming to power in Russia, Putin called the fall of the Soviet Union the “greatest geopolitical tragedy of the 20th century.”
At the same time, the Russian leader has also pointed out on several occasions that resurrecting the USSR “is impossible and makes no sense.”
This week the Kremlin has rejected US accusations about alleged plans to revive the USSR after suggested by US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland.
Nuland previously opined that the Russian leader is trying to recreate the Soviet Union as part of his legacy and warned Moscow against an eventual attack on Ukraine.
“And then who knows if his appetite will be satisfied with what he has eaten or he will decide to go further?” He said at a Senate hearing in which he spoke of the outcome of the virtual summit between the presidents of Russia and the United States , held last Tuesday.