Putin changing nature of Russian nation and alienating many who had been part of it, Shtepa says

Russian soldiers line up to kiss an “icon” of Putin, while a Russian Orthodox priest of the Moscow Patriarchate blesses them. (Image: Social media)

Russian soldiers line up to kiss an “icon” of Putin, while a Russian Orthodox priest of the Moscow Patriarchate blesses them. (Image: Social media) 

2015/11/02 • Analysis & Opinion, Russia

Finland’s Marshal Mannerheim offers a distant mirror of the evolution of identity that Vladimir Putin is again causing many Russians to make, Vadim Shtepa says. Prior to 1917, Mannerheim served in the Russian army and always spoke of Russians as “we.” After it, he never described himself as a Russian but rather fought against the Soviets.

One can see this from Mannerheim’s memoirs, the Russian regionalist says. “Prior to 1917, ‘Russians’ are ‘we.’ He fought in the Russo-Japanese War and in World War I and between them even carried out confidential missions for Nicholas II in Tibet.”

Mannerheim leading the victory parade at the end of the Finnish Civil War in Helsinki, 1918. (Image: Wikipedia)

Mannerheim leading the victory parade at the end of the Finnish Civil War in Helsinki, 1918. (Image: Wikipedia)

Then came “a total turnabout of meanings” after the Bolshevik revolution. “From 1918 on, the formulas in his memoirs include ‘we built a defense against the Russians,’ ‘the Russians demand,’ ‘we responded to the Russians,’ and so on.” Soviet historians treat this “metamorphosis” as treason, but Mannerheim “never swore allegiance” to the Soviet state.

This was not simply a reflection of the fact that he became supreme commander of the Finnish Army, Shtepa argues. It was about something even more fundamental: “the very quality of the Russian nation had been changed.” For Mannerheim, brought up in classical culture, “this Bolshevik insanity-speaking Russia was unacceptable and an absolute evil.”

Fascist salutes at the large, Putin government-authorized Russian March in Moscow, Russia

Fascist salutes at the large, Putin government-authorized Russian March in Moscow, Russia

Today, the same thing is happening, “the very same break,” the Russian regionalist argues. “It is easily possible to consider the Gorbachevs and the Yeltsins and the Lebedevs ‘normal Russians.’ Despite all their disagreements, this was one civilization. But today we are observing the arrival of a different civilization.”

This new “civilization” speaks Russian as did the Soviets and claimed to speak in the name of “’the Russian world.’” But its “’Russian world’” seeks to revive “a wild empire and hates all those who think differently. This is again a qualitative change in the Russian nation. And in such a situation, Mannerheim’s response is the only appropriate one.

Edited by: A. N.

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  • RedSquareMaidan

    We will see how this “new civilization” works out for little putin when people outside of Moscow are eating their neighbor’s cats and dogs.

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      According to Finance Minister Siluanov the reserve funds, which were intended for pensions but are being raided by the demented dwarf to plug the holes in the state budget, will be empty by the end of 2016. Then what? No more pensions? They are barely enough to survive on as it is.
      The budgets for armed forces and security services are sacred so they won’t be cut. As the pensioners form a considerable portion of the dwarf’s support they won’t be cut either. Cutting Kyiv to size is the dwarf’s obsession so that will continue to get funds. He can’t abandon Assad without losing his bases at Tartus and Latakia, not to mention losing considerable face in the Middle East. Not on either.
      So what can he cut? His unfair share of the shrinking oil and gas revenues? Unlikely. The shares of his crooked chums? Equally unlikely- he would be out on his ear in no time if he tried that. That means even less for such trivia as infrastructure, health care and education. More doctors, nurses and teachers sacked. Dwarfstanians wil die sooner, be poorly educated, the country less able to compete economically in a rapidly changing world.
      And Transnistria, Abkhazia, South Ossetia and the Crimea, which already saw their subsidies cut this year, will see them further reduced. I suspect that even pro-annexation Crimeans will be wondering what they signed up for- tourism, the peninsula’s main source of income, down the drain; the promised subsidies from Moscow being reduced; the peninsula turned into a mafia haven run by Aksyonov and his criminal alcoholic and Krokodil-addicted thugs. Some bright future.
      Oh, and more and more Dwarfstanian soldiers returning from the Donbas and Syria as Gruz 200 and 300.

  • Vol Ya

    Just another example of how vlad the dwarf is destroying russia. This will lead to the breakup of russia. Fact is putin doesn’t have real control over parts of russia today.

    • Dagwood Bumstead

      Some areas in the Far East already have Chinese majorities, whether legal residents or illegals. Sooner or later Peking will do a “Climea” and send in its “little gleen men” to “plotect Chinese civilians flom Lussian agglession”. It will then hold a “lefelendum” in said territories and annex them, and finally kick the Dwarfstanians out as “unwelcome and illegal aliens”.
      There’s a reason China abstained in UN voting concerning the demented dwarf’s annexation of the Crimea: it wants its hands free to do the same thing. And short of nuclear war which would be madness against another nuclear superpower, there’s nothing the dwarf could do about it. His army is no match for Peking’s.