President Vladimir Putin, The Former Official State Security

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Throughout the course of history repressive forms of government have utilized specific elements of power to manipulate their constituents. The Stasi, the former official state security of Eastern Germany, is commonly referred to as one of the most oppressive secret police agencies to have weald any political power. In present day Russia, President Vladimir Putin exploits his extreme qualities of masculinity to promote and carry through a specific agenda. Both forms of manipulation are incredibly harmful tactics to further control the people of non-democratic societies. The Stasi, formally known as the East German State Security Service, was founded in February of 1950. The Stasi were synonymous with the evil that came from a communist…show more content…
This is in great contrast to more Western Democratic nations during that time period, which many Eastern Germans only dreamed about fleeing to. In the summer of 1963, United States president John Fitzgerald Kennedy, also known as JFK, traveled to give a speech in the Democratic West Berlin. Only 22 months prior the communist USSR erected “the Berlin wall”, dividing the city by political ideology. Kennedy concludes his speech by stating “Ich bin ein Berliner" meaning “I am a Berliner”. This was directed toward the citizens of Eastern Berlin who wanted nothing more than to reap the benefits of a country like America. The Stasi’s involvement in the personal sphere of everyday individual lives is arguably one of the greatest breaches of a person’s “God given” personal freedoms of the 20th century. “In the communist East, anyone even vaguely suspected of being an enemy of the state could expect to have their phones tapped, their apartments bugged, their letters opened and copied and even to be secretly photographed or filmed. It was all used as material for their personal Stasi file.” Under Stasi supervision no one personal could obtain actual freedom. The File, written by Timothy Grattan, tells the
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