REGRETS, I’VE HAD A FEWPutin regrets:

Russian President Vladimir Putin says he would reverse the collapse of the Soviet Union if he had a chance to alter modern Russian history.

Putin made the comments, likely to strike a chord with millions of nostalgic older Russians, weeks before a March 18 election that polls show he should win comfortably.

Fielding quick-fire questions from supporters in Russia’s European exclave of Kaliningrad, Putin was on Friday asked what Russian historical event he would like to change.

“The collapse of the Soviet Union,” Putin immediately shot back.

The Russian “Revolution”, or rather the Bolshevik coup d’etat in October 1917. But that’s just me, trying to see if we could stop the chain of events that led to 100 million deaths.

In answer to another question on Friday, Russian news agencies reported that Putin had said he would still want to live in the here and now if he could choose what period of history to live in.

“You see in previous periods all my ancestors were serfs and I’m the president,” agencies cited Putin as saying.

The worst argument for abolishing serfdom ever.

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