25 years on, evil empire is less big but no less evil, Yakovenko says

President Reagan giving a speech on Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START) at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Nov-18-1981 (Image: reaganlibrary.archives.gov)

President Ronald Reagan giving a speech on Strategic Arms Reduction Talks (START) at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. Nov-18-1981 (Image: reaganlibrary.archives.gov) 

Analysis & Opinion, Politics

Twenty-five years ago, Mikhail Gorbachev bowed to the inevitable and handed over the nuclear codes to Russian President Boris Yeltsin, thus bringing to an end the inglorious history of the Soviet Union which Ronald Reagan precisely described as “the evil empire.”

Igor Yakovenko

Igor Yakovenko

Now, that empire is smaller in many ways, but it is no less evil, Igor Yakovenko says. While the USSR was a super power, “Russia has been transformed into a super-problem” and the size of the threats to the world emanating from it have not in any way diminished.

“Being a super power, the USSR completely justified the name ‘evil empire.’” Putin’s Russia, “which has been reduced by some measures by a factor of two and by others by an order of magnitude (science and technology) nevertheless continues to remain the very same ‘evil empire,’” the Russian commentator says.

He cites with approval the observation of Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius that “Russia is a super-problem but not a super power,” arguing that “one can with certainty assert that Putin today is the biggest producer of problems in the world.”

“Despite all the ineffectiveness of the way it tried to organize society and its anti-human essence, the Soviet Union was a strong state,” Yakovenko says. “Putin’s Russia is a weak state; and in its attempts to oppose Western civilization, it has chosen the weapons of the weak – terrorism and provocations.”

It has put particular pressure on its nearest neighbors, “above all Ukraine, Moldova and the Baltic countries,” and it has sought to divide and disorder the countries of Europe.

“Whether Trump is good or bad for America is for the Americans to decide,” Yakovenko continues. “But that the West has lost a leader to oppose Putin is already a fait accompli.”

“In this situation,” he says, “the only barrier to Putin’s hybrid aggression may be Germany headed by Angela Merkel… but knowing who Putin is and also understanding what is at stake, it is impossible not to presuppose that he will not try to do something” to force her from office.

According to Yakovenko, “the process of the Schroederization of the European elite has gone much further than a sense of national security and self-preservation should have allowed.” It reflects the fact that European and American leaders lack any understanding of what they are up against in the form of Putin’s Russia.

Gerhard Schröder, former Chancellor of Germany (1988-2005) who became top GAZPROM representative in the country after leaving his government position, with Vladimir Putin

Gerhard Schröder, former Chancellor of Germany (1988-2005) who became top GAZPROM representative in the country after leaving his government position, with Vladimir Putin

“Words have meaning. The overwhelming majority of Western politicians do not know Russian and therefore don’t watch Russian television or read Russian newspapers.” That may be good for their mental health, but it isn’t especially good for their national security and survival.

They don’t recognize that “for Putin and his entourage, human life has significant only if this life is ‘theirs.’” They will get upset about the death of an ambassador or the shooting down of a pilot, but they are indifferent their own mass murder of innocent civilians in Aleppo and elsewhere.

Moreover, they do not recognize something else: “In contrast to its predecessor, the USSR, Putin’s Russia has no positive proposals for the West. The communists seriously wanted to remake the world. For Putin, it is completely unnecessary that the West adopt Orthodoxy or make corruption the basis of its economy.”putin biker

The Kremlin leader’s “goal and dream is to continue to live as a parasite on the effective economy of the West while at the same time undermining its elite.” As the West does not yet recognize, “the Putin regime is fascism of a new type,” a regime which survives as a parasite on others.

“Understanding the essence of this regime and the dangers coming from it can be the first step in the organization of resistance to this global threat,” one no less dangerous and in many ways more insidious than the one the Soviet Union as the earlier stage of the evil empire presented.


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  • anonymous

    Putin is a criminal and is not political in any way. Calling Putin’s Russia a new type of fascism in giving some political weight to a criminal and criminal organization. The reason that the west cannot properly deal with Putin/Russia is that they try to define his/its politics. That is impossible because their are no politics involved in the Putin criminal organization which is the Russian government. As western leaders attempt to understand Russia by way of the propaganda that is organized by this criminal organization, again the leaders cannot find the correct path because they are not able to accept that Putin and the Russian government are criminal.

  • Terry Washington

    Surely we are NOT going to hear that canard of conservatives that Ronald Reagan(along with his loyal acolyte Margaret Thatcher) single handedly WON the Cold War- whether “The Gipper” ever acknowledged it to himself, he could scarcely have “won the Cold War” without the help of his Presidential predecessors from Harry Truman to Jimmy Carter!

  • zorbatheturk

    Once again Euromaidan Press hits the bullseye. Putin’s RuSSia is a new type of fascism. It is intrinsically evil and anti- all human values. There can be only one response to this evil:

    Destroy the Putinator.

  • zorbatheturk

    Kill the fascist Kremliminals.

  • Scradje

    “the Putin regime is fascism of a new type,”
    It’s fascism of an old type: fuehrer putler is a socialist who bolted on race supremacism and hate-fueled nationalism. A national socialist in other words. Although his vile ideologue Alexandr Dugin prefers to call it national bolshevism.

    • zorbatheturk

      Jenghiz Khan was probably the prototype for large scale empire building on the Eurasian landmass. Duginism is old-fashioned ruSSian imperialism in new clothes. There has never been a more unlikely emperor than Vladimir Putin.