The BBC reports on Russian president Dmitri Medvedev speaking about Yuri Gagarin:
Space exploration remains a priority for Russia, President Dmitry Medvedev has said, as the country marks the 50th anniversary of the first human space flight by cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin.
“We were first into space, we have a huge number of achievements, we don’t want to lose our advantage,” he said.
“Humanity will continue to invest in space. I want to say, in the name of Russia, that we will of course do this as space is a priority for us,” he added.
Later, at an award ceremony in the Kremlin, President Medvedev told former cosmonauts and Gagarin’s widow Valentina that Gagarin’s flight was “the greatest triumph of our country” at the time.
So Russia wants to take credit for the space programme which launched Yuri Gagarin into space? Fair enough. But if they’re going to take credit for the successes of the USSR, are they also going to take responsibility for its failures? Such as the Holodomor? Probably not. Then again, Russia has inherited the Soviet Union’s seat on the UNSC and all its embassies, so there must be some continuation and assumption of past deeds, yes? Yes, indeed. Russia defeated Hitler, you know. But it was the Soviets who supplied the landmines which litter half of Africa. Nothing to do with Russia, though. Sputnik? Oh, that was Russian. The Gulags? Soviet. The naval base in Sebastopal? Russian. Chernobyl? Soviet. The Mig-29? Russian. Aral Sea? Soviet. Nuclear weapons capability? Russian. Katyn? We’re working on that one…