In 1975 a group gathering together the USA, Japan, Italy, United Kingdom, Canada, and Germany, held a summit in Rambouillet, in France. Triggered partly by the collapse of the petrol market in 1973, those countries created then the G-7. But the point belongs to a geographical giant in the world. The Russian, after giving up the communism regime and its natural failures, have started to open up their economy and political life, the perestroika and the glasnost, in the 80’s. In the 90’s Moscow have demanded a seat within the G-7, which results in an invitation to the Nápoles summit in 1994, thereafter in the Birmingham summit in 1998. Thus it was finally accepted in the G-7, or rather G-8.
The turning point to be discussed is that what kind of irrelevant or relevant role is Russia to take part in the world? Over decades, from 1917 to now, many generations of Russians have lived under the pressure of the government, bureaucracy, taxes, and bribery, along with a chain of consequences that are lodged in that system, mob and lack of supplies for example. Today Mr. Putin, a former agent from the KGB, had gained his power from the support of Yieltsin, and was elected in 2000 and reelected in 2004.
In this outset of 2007 Russian have drawn attention to the civilization about issues which they do not want to thrive. Although its economy is booming, political aspects concerning the liberty of the press and the human rights have been putting apart despite its participation in the G-8, and its natural trend to imagine itself to be European. The virtue and qualm counted untill now are the huge amount of petroleum 6.2% out of the total of the world, 12.1% of production, and its biggest supply of gas, 26.6% of the world. But the civilized world had stimulated Russian to grow up its companies and sell the surplus up, but who is to make them improve their culture (values and self-image) in relation to the democracy and the respect to the peace and the human rights abroad?
Gabriel Raposo Steinbach