Russian Political Logic
05 June, 2015
Russian Political Logic
Russia has its own weird but strongly formulated political logic, and wants the world to follow it. Fair enough, in principle, because we all do in our own special way, but the difference is that Russia is a super-powerful nation, and her political logic has a tremendous potential to influence the world – both in right and wrong ways – at her own whim and will. The essence of that logic is Russia’s historically recurring unmitig
ated desire to remain super-power at any cost – forever and unequivocally. When the world shows penchant for doubting the legitimacy of the Russian imperialistic tendency, Russia feels mistreated, ignored and relinquished, and gets angry with the rest of the world, especially with those who also claim to be just as superior a power as Russia tends to be. The overall impression is that Russia sees the survival opportunity in her international political and military superiority. Not social, economic or cultural though! Nursing bonanza is not the Russian government’s cup of tea because bonanza is for people to enjoy, and these Russian rulers think that people have enough patience to wait until the promised bonanza arrives, if ever. Russia’s number one and most urgent concern is an influence over the nations of the world in general and over the former soviet components in particular. To wit, that influence would never be possible to materialize without Russia’s global political clout. The newly concocted Eurasian Union – a recently baked geopolitical format, providing a convenient prerequisite for Russia’s cherished clout – is nothing but a desperate attempt to reincarnate the former nuclear super power, called Soviet Union. It might reappear in a different form though, but the form of the incipient new monster should not matter too much. The content will of course! Let us baptize this perfidious assemblage of thought and fact as the Putin Doctrine if the status is not going to sound as an irritating exaggeration. On the other hand, one can hardly make an overstatement when speaking about the current Russian leader’s aggressive image, but I would still be cautious with suggested evaluations. So the Russian political logic is equal to prompting the nation to honor her imperial ambitions and appetites and disregard the allergic attitude of former Soviet nations towards the idea of reinstating the Evil Empire. Modifying and rewriting the famous saying about the cloud and its silver lining, we could probably say that every bad guy has occasional flashes of common sense and righteous mind. This Russian government’s readiness to give preference to the interests of their own citizens over the concerns of the subjects of other states is only earning them ample good points, especially if relevant propaganda, perpetuating this kind of attitude, is firmly in place. The Putin Doctrine is definitely working in Russia – he is admired, trusted and relied on. Russians support and love him, and take him very seriously. I am not surprised they do because Putin grabs territories from other nations and gives them to Russia, and no Russian cares about the way he does it. Dictator, liberal, autocrat or democrat – nobody gives a crap. Putin is a fighter for his imperially minded people. He is a defender of their imperial rights. He is their recognized heroic leader. Russians will die for him. Some striking historical parallels are attacking the memory at thoughts like this! Imagine a leader in Georgia who would return Abkhazia and South Ossetia to Georgia, thus reinstating the almost hopelessly lost territorial integrity of the country! He – or make it She if you wish – would not only be universally venerated by the whole reborn and delighted nation but might even go down Georgia’s history as a truly divine figure. So why are we surprised at Putin’s outstanding popularity in Russia? The guy is doing his job with excellence and the world is nodding to him. Even the perennially astonished West is matter-of-factly asking those trivialized indignant questions about the insolent forcefulness of his policy, but peacefully living with Russia’s current political logic as if nothing astounding is happening. Russia’s political logic, quintessentially meaning I-want-to-do-what-I-want-and-I-will is in essence a direct continuation of the rock-hard soviet political logic which had stopped the world from being cooperative and happily coexistent for almost a century, which was the roaring twentieth. Eventually and fortunately, the soviet-made vicious logic of international interaction collapsed right in front of the unbelieving world, but there came the similar one, now tailored on the Russian imperial philosophy. And the genius of Putin’s political logic has built it into the contemporary Russian minds so comfortably that those minds do not even know that they are being dexterously worked by the great puppeteer. Most of the Russians want to have what their strongman is giving them as technically modified but genetically maintained political nourishment. The world caliber political jugglers are trying hard to avoid headaches in relations with Russia to accommodate the violent Russian political logic with a noble purpose of eschewing the nuclear conflict and somehow making use of better side of that logic if there is any. Where and how does Georgia fit into that logic? Not known! Georgia is, as it has always been, at a loss, not knowing how to handle the hazy jumble: we contradict the Russian political logic – we are in mess; we accept it – we might find ourselves in worse trouble. Poor old us!
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