Russian analyst: ‘There is nothing specifically Russian’ in Putin’s ‘Russian world’

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2015/02/19 • Analysis & Opinion, Russia

“There is nothing [specifically] Russian in ‘the Russian world,” according to Konstantin Zarubin. Its political philosophy reduces to the idea that the strong can do what they like and the weak must defer to them. And as such, “any Ukrainian, European or American” who believes that is Moscow’s “potential brother in arms.”

Zarubin, a Russian analyst who lives in Sweden, says that one of the leaders of the Donetsk Peoples Republic unwittingly confirmed that when he said he was entitled to bomb places in Ukraine because they are in “our internal territory” and “what is internal is internal.”

“History teaches us,” he says, that “under a complete dictatorship, the absurd and the ridiculous are the very first candidates for the role of state ideology” as the cases of Turkmenbashi, Soviet leaders, Mussolini and Hitler demonstrate show. One can’t read them at least after the fact without laughing.

In much the same way, Zarubin suggests, “the ‘DNR’ field commander has spontaneously formulated a key thesis of the political philosophy of the ‘Russian world’ project,” even if that was hardly his intention and even though some may dismiss his words as nothing more than the result of an excess of testosterone.

In this case as in many others, “it is simpler to define the ideology by taking into consideration what is opposes itself too.” Russia today and “the Russian world” which derives from it set themselves up in opposition to “the West” and “the liberals,” all terms that must be put in quotation marks because they are not real things but mythological notions.

In the case of Russia ideas about “the West” and “liberals,” these concepts combine within themselves things that cannot be combined, with NATO being a set of countries where “absolutely everything is permitted but which at the same time there is not a single ounce of freedom.”

But that is just the beginning of the Russian stories about “’liberal fascism’” in the West. The next stage is the insistence that if in “the West” one can say A, that one must understand that to mean that “in the West one cannot say B.” Thus, according to these lights, “if one can be a homosexual, then it also means one cannot be a heterosexual” and so on.

“In ‘the Russian world,’” Zarubin says, “no As or Bs can exist at one and the same time, even in theory.”

If one adopts that perspective, he writes, then one must conclude that “Russia, the DNR and the LNR–or perhaps it is now useful to call them the RDNRPNR which stands for the Russian Popular Democratic Republic of People who are fighting for freedom”–but not freedom as most understand it but for the freedom of the strong to beat up on the weak if they can and want to.

When a DNR field command says that he has the right to bomb “his own territory” because “internal is internal,” he is doing no more than expressing this ancient view of the strong that they have the right to do something because they can as well as “the strategic goal of all our hybrid battle with ‘Ukrafascism.’”

“That is horrific,” Zarubin continues, “but that isn’t all.” It means that those conducting such a policy have potential allies everywhere among those who believe that they have or should have the right to impose their will on others just because they are stronger. European civilization has been struggling with this notion for 2500 years, but even it has not succeeded in all cases.

Edited by: A. N.

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  • Michel Cloarec

    And luckely all those illuminated get iliminated soon ! Simple historical facts !

  • Charles J. Kollman

    If Putin blocks UN. peacekeepers in Donbas hello what does that tell you. Putin has much to hide and cover up. I am not a war hawk, but there must be a line in the sand. I can understand any people wanting their freedom and liberty from a Country. The people in west Ukraine using the idea of war for the fact they are ethic Russians. I ask the question why did it take you 21 years to come up with idea. Russians went an migrated over time to The SSR. Ukraine a Republic in The Soviet Union. When this Tyrannical Union ruled by Tyrants like Joe Stalin broke came apart collapsed they became a prisoner where they were. They were free to relocate if they chose to do so. When this beautiful Red Tyrannical Union when flat on it’s ass and bankrupt they meaning those in The Kremlin only took care of number one. If the so called leaders in The Kremlin at the time gave two shits about ethnic Russians living in former SSR. the door would have been open and they welcomed back to The Mother Land. In 21 years Russia did nothing nor The President. How many times has Putin been President and for how many years. In all his time he did nothing. Putin now talks skullduggery and acts as thug a gangster. Maybe the Russians in America will go to the gate and ask Putin for help. This would be great this would be the cause then would come the solution.