‘Russia becoming even more dangerous than it appears,’ Rubtsov says

Image: Novaya gazeta

Image: Novaya gazeta 

2015/09/18 • Analysis & Opinion, Russia

At the end of Soviet times, some commentators suggested that the USSR was becoming like “Upper Volta with Missiles.” Now, a Russian commentator suggests that the situation is becoming even worse: Russia is retreating into the values of the past while retaining its nuclear weapons and thus becoming even more dangerous than it appears.

Indeed, Aleksandr Rubtsov writes in “Novaya gazeta,” Russia is growing within itself “something like the Islamic State,” based “on an imitation of Orthodoxy, political obscurantism, and specially construed ‘nationality’… Russia could become a much greater problem for itself and the world than even the worst predictions suggest.”

This is recent development, he continues. “Until 2011, the lexicon of the authorities was filled with terms of the future: modernization” and the like. But “the reset happened when the command was given to “’turn about’” and now those in power talk about “spiritual values, identity, and uniqueness” and other terms which are “accessories” of traditionalism.

Russia is growing within itself “something like the Islamic State,” based “on an imitation of Orthodoxy, political obscurantism, and specially construed ‘nationality’… Russia could become a much greater problem for itself and the world than even the worst predictions suggest.”

“Creativity has become a curse word, the brain drain an organized process and the turn to the East repeats the turnaround of Primakov’s plane over the Atlantic,” Rubtsov says. What is striking is that this has happened without a change of regime, something unprecedented in other countries.

The new ideology is quite simple, he says. “We are heirs of a history so glorious that there is nothing we must do. The work of the nation is to blindly be proud of the achievements of our ancestors, military and spiritual.” In sum, the history of Russia is being drawn on like the reserves of gas and oil, the supplies of which are being used up with nothing new built.

The official “canonization of myths” is not teaching people to love the Motherland, Rubtsov continues. It is teaching them to love the television. “The cult of the past without criticism of meanings and sources promotes an uncritical attitude toward the present,” and “the militarization of history” becomes the basis for ignoring all shortcomings now.

In this way, Russians are being transformed into a people who have “no place in the future.” They are simply involved in the redistribution of whatever was or is but not in the production of something new, and to get more things, they must take more things, a most dangerous linkage.

The failures in economics that this will inevitably produce will lead to new conflicts in the ideological sphere – “Mount Athos against the iPhone” – and to “the channelization of aggression” both outside the country and within. That in turn will lead to the imitation of “small victorious campaigns in the framework of strategic defeat.”

But because this system with all its archaic features possessed the most modern weapons, it is far more dangerous than any archaic system has been before. And as it moves to destroy itself, it is entirely possible that it will destroy far more than that.

“Now, the conflict of fundamentalism with the contemporary world is becoming a sign of the times,” Rubtsov says, with “terror, the threat of nuclear blackmail, and refugees. And here Russia in a gigantic miniature is beginning to reproduce within itself this conflict with the murky archaic,” that has somehow survived and reemerged from a former time.

Emblematic of that conflict and an indication of why Russia is becoming so dangerous to itself and the world is the failure of the Russian authorities to punish the fundamentalists who have vandalized art. When a few hooligans do things like that, it is one thing; but when the state supports them in this way, it is quite another.

That is something Russians and the world should reflect upon, Rubtsov suggests.

Edited by: A. N.

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  • evanlarkspur

    Advanced equipment requires money and advanced systems to maintain. As Russia’s planes and barracks fall from the air, we begin to see the results of falling revenue, when there is not enough to fill all the corrupt pockets in the till, and still have enough left over to actually do some maintenance. This will accelerate very rapidly over the next two years. Russia’s ability to be a “threat” to anyone is falling with their revenue. And the fall is starting to increase exponentially as the economic engines that were still coasting begin to stop. It’s gonna get way worse.

    • Oknemfrod

      Absolutely. The stale mantra that Russia possesses “most modern weapons” and thus must be feared is a myth. In a real confrontation with a modern army (which I hope will never happen) it won’t last a fortnight.

      • evanlarkspur

        Russia’s own internal assessment opined that Russia would lose an all-out confrontation with the West in six hours. Six hours.

        • Oknemfrod

          Music to my ears.

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      Another problem for the dwarf is that the current oil wells are slowly running down. They could produce more, but that requires US technology which- guess what- is NOT AVAILABLE. The same applies to new oil wells in the Arctic and other hostile environments. So the dwarf will see less and less petro$$$ pouring in. China has its own problems and either can’t help or won’t, unless it’s on Peking’s terms…… and they won’t be mate’s rates.
      Dwarfstan’s collapse is assured; to quote Iron Butterfly “Slower than guns”, but just as deadly. Breakup will follow. Or to quote the Doors, “This is the end”.

      • evanlarkspur

        And let’s not forget that he has now begun overextending himself in Syria, where he will be trying to make a larger than life impression on the world that he can ill afford…. Those soldiers may have to hitchhike home in a few months.

        • Dagwood Bumstead

          Since those soldiers will of course all be volunteers travelling to Syria while on holiday (just as they all are volunteers on holiday in the Donbas), they shouldn’t be surprised if their travel agency goes bankrupt and leaves them stranded. It happens to Dwarfstanian civilians on holiday in Egypt and elsewhere too. :)

          • evanlarkspur

            Small price to pay to be a member of the glorious Russian world.

          • Dagwood Bumstead

            According to gazeta.ru Dwarfstan soldiers are already refusing deployment to Syria with some also resigning from the army. They probably don’t fancy being the “star attraction” in an IS beheading video.
            With Dwarfstan soldiers also refusing to go to the Donbas and resigning, plus mercenaries deserting Novorossiya en masse, the rot would seem to have set in. Can the dwarf stop the rot, I wonder?
            http://zik.ua/en/news/2015/09/18/rebels_jumping_ship_on_large_scale_media_reports_say_625540

        • Brent

          Russian soldiers are already refusing to deploy to Syria

          http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/russian-soldiers-say-quit-over-deployment-to-syria/531645.html

          https://meduza.io/en/news/2015/09/18/russian-soldiers-reportedly-refuse-secret-syria-deployment

          What’s more interesting….note the sources for these articles. All Russian media (Meduza is run out of the Baltics by ex-pats). The Western media hasn’t really picked up on this yet, but I’m curious if they will in time for Putin’s big speech at the U.N.

          • Dagwood Bumstead

            I wonder if more of the dwarf’s soldiers are refusing to go to Syria than those reported so far? According to zik.ua the dwarf is now sending mercenaries from the Donbas:
            http://zik.ua/en/news/2015/09/21/200_russian_mercenaries_to_be_deployed_to_syria_from_donbas_626214

            Is he using mercenaries to plug a gap caused by refusniks among the army? And will the mercenaries comply? As far as I know they signed up for the Donbas ONLY. So why should they obey an order to go to Syria? And how many will decide to go home instead, and how many- or how few- will obey and board a ship or aeroplane to Syria?

    • LES1

      The RF [AKA – Muscovy] is a third-world country, with a huge “Potemkin Village” called Moscow.

      • Dagwood Bumstead

        I’ve heard two very apt descriptions of Dwarfstan. One is “Upper Volta with nukes”, the other is “Nigeria with snow.”

  • Brent

    Hey screwball, are you volunteering to go fight for the “Russian World” in Syria? Given all the soldiers that are refusing to deploy, there are some openings, so why not sign up for the cause?

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      Naaaah. He won’t go to Syria, he’s got a cushy job at 55, ul. Savushkina typing nonsense all day long and being paid for it in the cheapest samogon the dwarf can find.
      What possible attraction could a trip to Syria offer him apart from the opportunity of becoming the “star” in an IS beheading video or being burnt alive as the Jordanian Air Force pilot was earlier this year?

  • Dean Venture

    All we can do at this point is isolate them, fence them off, and lend our collective strength to those they menace. Nothing will change until Russians decide to evict the degenerate kleptocracy embedded in the Kremlin, like a tick on a dog.