The Tsar President
20 February, 2015
The Tsar President
"Russians regard their Ruler as an almost god-like creature – one sun shines in heaven and the Russian Tsar on earth. This is so true!"

The realm of modern political science and prose is infested with reflections and deliberations on the Russian President’s life and personality, and I thought my scribbles could be
a little too much to go ahead with, but I have still endeavored. Just imagine, the guy – usual, standard and ordinary – has momentarily turned into a megastar. Georgians have a saying, describing the Putin legend with an uncanny historical precision: Times reign, not the kings – this is how it translates literally. Incidentally, the English folk wisdom could also be very helpful here – Time trieth truth. Oh yes, time will try all our words and deeds, and judge us the way we deserve to go down into the annals. Having gotten interested in the subject, I went through all I could take hold of in Russia’s history, and I finally stumbled over the description of a typical Russian imperial image by one of the most famous American students of history. To make it utterly authentic, I haven’t even changed a word in the passage except the name, inserted in the original text and the grammar tense shifts from past to present when necessary. Shall we try and tailor the excerpt on President Putin’s commanding image? Here we go: Russians regard their Ruler as an almost god-like creature – one sun shines in heaven and the Russian Tsar on earth. This is so true! Long before communism, the Russian land was communal. How about now? It belongs to Tsar as father, but also to the people, his family. Not only the land of course! Its disposal belongs to the Tsar, yet it still remains the joint property of the national family.

“The Russian people cannot imagine any limitation of the power of the Tsar-President. God forbid the dissent from this imperative!”

All belongs to people, as if! When it is threatened, all are willing to die for it. No doubt, Russians will die for cause without a second thought if the Ruler calls for it. The Tsar is a father of the people. Batushka Ruler! His autocratic rule is patriarchal. And will always be! He addresses his subjects as his children and has the same unlimited power over them that the father has over his children. Bless his generous heart! The Russian people cannot imagine any limitation of the power of the Tsar-President. God forbid the dissent from this imperative! When he commands, for the same reason that when a father commands, the children must obey, without question. Aren’t the Russians fortunate to have a daddy like that! At times, obeisance before Tsar takes on a slavish, Byzantine quality. How true!

"Putin is only an embodiment of what Russia’s routine socio-psychological intricacy is suggesting to the modern world. Putin is not a regular present-day leader. He is a reincarnated Tsar in the shape and hide of a President. And if he behaves like his historical predecessors, this only makes him attractive as a leader in the eyes of his own subjects."

Russian noblemen, when greeting or receiving favors from the Tsar, prostrate themselves in front of him, touching the ground with their foreheads. Not a big deal – floors in the Kremlin are so clean and glittering! The Tsar’s own conversation is sacrosanct. Of course!.. I am not quoting these words in bold italics facetiously, nor I am into writing a lampoon – I would not even dare to be lampooning on the topic in those cherished times of thaw between Russia and Georgia. The only thing I am trying to complete here is that the current imperial image of Russia and its strongman, venerated by Russians, is not an accidental thing to happen to the world – it is perfectly logical, historically rooted and traditionally justified. There is nothing new about Putin’s image, the model of his political behavior and the tone with which he is talking to the world. This is all as old as Russian hills, and I recommend that the West be not terribly flabbergasted about it. Just take it easy, and thwart it all if you can, if it looks and sounds to you that much intolerable. Russia’s imperial nature cannot and will not change unless the entire world makes joint effort to alter it. Putin is not as big as the world thinks he is. Putin is only an embodiment of what Russia’s routine socio-psychological intricacy is suggesting to the modern world. Putin is not a regular present-day leader. He is a reincarnated Tsar in the shape and hide of a President. And if he behaves like his historical predecessors, this only makes him attractive as a leader in the eyes of his own subjects who show hunger for a leader, capable of restoring for them the forfeited powerful imperial image, stripped of which an average Russian will never feel comfortable as a political animal. So the whole story is not about Putin, but about its majesty the Russian People. Putin’s current behavioral model is a social order. It is a consequence of an intrinsic national drive. So the West’s attempt to fight and discipline Putin might be an attempt to shape the Russian national mindset in accordance with anti-Russian aspirations. Russians are either very proud or very afraid of their Tsar-President, or both. And the Ruler knows this. He enjoys power, given him by the people. It will be impossible to cope with Russian political and military kinks unless they are afraid of being overpowered. And war is not the only modus operandi via which power could be demonstrated. It is also noteworthy that Putin might be both right and wrong. Seeing his blunders is easy, but noticing that he might be right is difficult. He could be right from the platform of his own people’s most vibrant impulsive idea – Russia being a rock-solid citadel, emanating her imperial power to the Planet.


Print
Other Stories
A new beginning
Our little darling GJ has done its good job and it is now leaving the public life arena as quietly as it had once come around eight years ago.
Left-hand, Right-hand...
Georgia has lately been flagrantly busy and obsessed with controversial talk about the right-hand-steering wheels
Always in Expectation
Georgia last felt stable, hopeful and unperturbed when the Soviet home of nations was still alive and kicking. As soon as the loud and hard-going Soviet collapse occurred
Named after Bush
Any time I am on my way to Tbilisi Airport together with another guest of mine, and pass the huge mural portrait of George
Remembering the Legend
The famous Georgian physician and scientist Joseph Zhordania would have turned 120 this year.
Impeach the Mayor? Then what?
It does not take excessive political qualification to know that democracy has turned out to be a complicated brain-twister
Rustavi 2
The current government got hold of the helm on a wave of promises to restore justice in the country, buried
What is it all about?
“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” Just in Denmark, not in Georgia! Aren’t we lucky that nothing
Perpetuity of Conflict
Here, the difference of opinion is perceived not as the knowledgeable and well-organized Western political culture would dictate.
Welfare & Politics
Beliefs, principles, dogmas, views, political affairs, etc. are not edibles to eat, although they are fed to people
Polit-Economic Paradox
That the Georgian historical lands are occupied by Russia is part of politics, and the fact that Georgia
Freedom of Speech
All of our governments of various periods in the last twenty-five years have been at a loss when it came to the relationships
Narushilovka
I cannot imagine an American policeman – unless I am totally ignorant of reality or utterly uninformed on the matter
Jansugh Charkviani ‘The Gorgeous Death’
Translated from Georgian by Nugzar B. Ruhadze
Flashes in the Pan
In the twentieth century, before the eyes of the civilized world, we appeal to the conscience of civilized nations and all honest people
Of Media, Freedom and Crossroads - M100 SANSSOUCI COLLOQUIUM 2015
”Satire must provoke shock” – declared Gerard Briard, editor-in-chief of the controversial French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo
Pursuing happiness...
Georgia has of course taken the human rights issue very seriously – and this tells on the life of this nation quite considerably
Forms of Hatred
Anything that the world is concerned about and is dwelling upon verbally or practically has become a subject of discourse in Georgia too.
Do’s & Don’ts
What a silly month of year August is when it comes to feeding ourselves with news. In August, don’t even bother
USSR & USA
The United States, left in the battlefield all by itself and without a worthy opponent, is feeling somewhat
'Make America Great Again'
The title of this editorial is copied from a presidential campaign slogan – behold, somebody wants to make America great all over again.
“Georgia will be better off with Trump in the White House than Obama”
Bill Thomas is an author and journalist in Washington who has written about politics for more than 20 years.
Electoral Preferences
Call them as you wish but ask of them as much as, for example, the American people are asking of senators and congressman of their choice!
Why so critical?
Why am I so critical towards my native Georgia, its habits and inclinations, its people and government, its means and ways, its behavior
Into & Beyond Politics
It was Georgia’s good luck that several years ago we won the title of the host country of the 13th Summer European Youth Olympic
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Exchange Rates
GEL Exchange Rate
Convertor
25.09.2018
26.09.2018
USD
1
USD
2.6226
2.6226
EUR
1
EUR
3.0868
3.0868
GBP
1
GBP
3.4416
3.4416
RUB
100
RUB
3.9814
3.9814
Other Stories
GEL Exchange
USD
1
USD
2.6226
EUR
1
EUR
3.0868
GBP
1
GBP
3.4416
RUB
100
RUB
3.9814