‘Alternatives to revolution in Putin’s Russia are not elections but more wars,’ Eidman says

A woman at the 2015 Boris Nemtsov Memory March on 1 March 2015 in Moscow, Russia. Her sign says: "Putinism it is explosions of apartment buildings, airplanes, metro stations, airports; it is incidents and fires; it is tragedies of 'Kursk,' 'Nord-Ost,' Beslan; it is murders, corruption, mafia, war..." (Image: kykyryzo.ru)

A woman at the 2015 Boris Nemtsov Memory March on 1 March 2015 in Moscow, Russia. Her sign says: "Putinism it is explosions of apartment buildings, airplanes, metro stations, airports; it is incidents and fires; it is tragedies of 'Kursk,' 'Nord-Ost,' Beslan; it is murders, corruption, mafia, war..." (Image: kykyryzo.ru) 

Analysis & Opinion, Russia

Last week, Pskov parliamentarian Lev Shlosberg argued that the only alternative to revolution in the Russia of Vladimir Putin are elections but Igor Eidman argues that in fact, Putin has no intention of holding real elections but instead will, in the absence of a revolution, unleash still more wars of aggression.

The Russian commentator argues that “the alternative to revolution in the present-day situation is not elections which do not exist and under the current regime will not take place but war. The Putin powers are already conducting regional wars in Syria and Ukraine” but “of course, the regime will not stop at these.”

The Kremlin’s “adventurist policy will inevitably lead to new military conflicts,” Eidman says. “The very existence of this aggressive and inadequate regime, with its atomic weapons, sharply increases the risk of global war and nuclear catastrophe.” And thus the continued existence of Putin’s regime threatens people far more than any revolution.

The commentator points out that “the overwhelming majority of European revolutions of contemporary times, including [Russia’s] in 1991” did not lead to civil war,” and consequently, those who suggest that any future overturning of the Russian regime will have that outcome are frightening people in ways that help keep the regime in power.

“Unfortunately, there is no fairytale figure who could lead out of the Kremlin the enormous army of rats in uniform who have settled there, headed by a kind who long ago lost his adequacy” to rule. “They won’t go by themselves,” Eidman says, “and to hope for that is to deceive oneself and those around us.”

And he continues: “Only a revolution can liquidate the Putin regime, the currently most dangerous source of threats of a global catastrophe.” And thus a revolution and not anything is “is the single chance for people striving to ensure that their families have a secure future.”

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  • MichaelA
    • veth

      Well, Ukraine destroyed the Pskov Paratroopers Unit in August 2014, 186 killed, it counts….

      • MichaelA

        thanks I didnt about that

  • Микола Данчук

    There can be no revolution when the Kremlin wages war on its own people!

    • RedSquareMaidan

      Red Square Maidan will come. It won’t be long before the protesters outnumber the OMON.

      • Микола Данчук

        At this point, going to need more then protesters, it will be a Bloody Square before it’s over.

  • Screwdriver

    “Last week, Pskov parliamentarian Lev Shlosberg argued that the only alternative to revolution in the Russia of Vladimir Putin are elections but Igor Eidman ”
    Shlosberg and Eidman….Bronshteyin and Kaganovich….here we go again…
    Russian Jews just can not learn from they own mistakes. They try to liberate Russian people, but it always becoming the problem for the Jews, and Jews are always blamed for all the problems. Would it be wiser to join all the smart ones, who already gave up on those idealistic dreams, and just move to Israel or USA for your own safety ? Europe is not good for Jews, it is time to acknowledge that.

    • zorbatheturk

      Hoo da joo?

    • Oknemfrod

      Do you realize you’re comparing Shlossberg and Eidman, perfectly good and decent people, with two mass murderers merely because they share the same ethnic underpinnings? If Trotsky and Kaganovich tried to “liberate Russian people”, they surely did it in a very peculiar way the sane people don’t quite associate with the concept of liberty.

      p.s. Trotsky actually did indeed heed your advice and absquatulated from Russia (albeit not entirely on his own volition), though it didn’t save him from being killed in the operation organized and led by his ethnic brother Naum Eitinger. As to Kaganovich, he proceeded to live much more comfortably than 99.99 percent of his fellow citizens till the tender age of 97, obviously harmed neither by the notion that “Jews are always blamed for all the problems” nor by the fact that if at the time of his timely demise one wanted to find the most despicable Jew in the world, one could not ask for a better candidate.

      • Screwdriver

        Most of the Jews who organized Russian Revolution had good intentions, who knew in the yearly 19XXs how bloody this Revolution ends up..
        Shlossberg seems to be a nice guy, but he already suffered, and Russians would not appreciate his fight anyway.
        My point is that Jews do not need to be involved there, better to use they energy for the Zionist movement.

        • Oknemfrod

          >Most of the Jews who organized Russian Revolution had good intentions, who knew in the yearly 19XXs how bloody this Revolution ends up.My point is that Jews do not need to be involved there, better to use they energy for the Zionist movement.<

          The Jews currently active in the Russian "opposition" are Jews only in the sense of their ethnicity by descent. They have no Zionist bone in their bodies and can join the Zionist movement no more than Marx could join a synagogue.

          • Screwdriver

            “Those who organized the October 1917 calamity (regardless of their ethnicity, Jewish or otherwise) had known full well how bloody it would have ended up”
            This is your opinion, I disagree with it. People sometimes make primitive political moves, without thinking over all the consequences.
            Yanukovich did not know that thousands of galicians would flood Kiev, to over-through him.
            Maidan radicals did not know that Ukraine would loose Crimea.
            Who could imagine 40 years ago civil wars in Yugoslaviya, civil war in Ukraine, Transnistria war, Armenia/Azerbaijan, Gorgia/Osettia , Chechen war..etc..etc…
            Some Moscow liberal radicals hoping for they own Maidan..do they realize that taking over power in Moscow will bring a civil war in Russia ? I do not think so.
            Would you call these Moscow liberals the “monsters” ?

          • Oknemfrod

            Apples and oranges. It’s one thing to stir unrest in order to topple a despotic regime with a risk that it turn bloody and quite another – to plan the extermination of whole classes of people based on an ideology and actually execute the plan.

          • Screwdriver

            I do not recall that Marx suggested any physical extermination.

          • Oknemfrod

            What does any of what’s being discussed have to do with Marx? But anyway, how do you think the “expropriation of the expropriators” suggested by him can be achieved if not through violence?

          • Screwdriver

            “expropriation of the expropriators” – :-)
            Reminds me Mezhigorye estate. My Ukrainians friends keep telling me that nothing bad would happen to Yanukovich if he would stay for the mobs, , he run away for no reason. :-) Right ? :-)

          • MichaelA

            yanu ran away because he knew he had stolen huge amounts of money from the people and he ordered killing and torture of innocent protesters

            murderers and thieves run away from justice

      • Dagwood Bumstead

        I respectfully submit that Genrikh Yagoda is more “deserving” of the candidacy than Kaganovich, though fortunately he didn’t live as long. One wonders whether Stalin, a notorious anti-Semite, had Yagoda bumped off because of his ethnicity. It certainly wasn’t because of any disobedience or disloyalty- Yagoda carried out His Master’s Voice’s orders faithfully.

        • Oknemfrod

          I doubt Stalin was an anti-Semite in the classic sense, i.e. hating Jews specifically to the exclusion of other ethnic groups. Whenever he decided to rely upon or exterminate one ethnic group or another, he viewed it entirely through the prism of maintaining and strengthening his power. In terms of using them up and discarding them when he deemed them no longer utile (or capitalize on exciting animus against them on part of other ethnic groups) for his current expediency, he was a true “internationalist”.

          • Dagwood Bumstead

            I beg to differ. What possible threat could Solomon Mikhoels, Chairman of the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee during WW2, have been to Stalin’s power, for instance? What benefits did his murder bring to Stalin who already had absolute power? Ditto for the so-called Doctors’ Plot when mainly Jewish doctors in Moscow were arrested and accused of conspiring to kill Soviet leaders. Both these cases were pure anti-Semitism on Stalin’s part. Fortunately for all concerned, Stalin died in March 1953 and the case was quickly dropped by his successor Malenkov.
            One could aso point to the arrest of Polina Molotova, who was Jewish, and countless other examples- Litvinov, also Jewish, sacked and replaced by Molotov etc etc. It’s surprising that Kaganovich wasn’t sacked as well.
            Perhaps Stalin was even secretly grateful to Adolf for the countless mass murders of Jews at Babin Yar, Dobritskii Yar and all other sites across the parts of the USSR in German hands?

          • Oknemfrod

            There was a big difference between what threatened Stalin’s power (pretty much nothing) and what he – increasingly paranoically after the war – perceived as a threat. Also, certain characters at the top echelon of the Kontora (as the MGB was called colloquially at the time) vying for power within the agency were only all too eager to play on Stalin’s paranoia and “discover” plots where they didn’t and couldn’t exist and package it for Stalin skillfully enough to bite the nibble. The “vast Jewish conspiracy” was such a low-hanging fruit that could be planted on such a fertile social ground something akin to the “Doctor’s plot” had been slated to happen sooner or later. By the way, at the Politburo level, it was Malenkov himself who was instrumental at pushing the affair and convincing Stalin that the “conspiracy” existed; and it was actually Beria who nipped the case immediately after Stalin kicked the bucket (most likely, well assisted by the same Beria).

            p.s. I believe that Stalin definitely perceived Mikhoels as a threat in the sense that he was worshiped by the Soviet Jews, was their indisputable intellectual leader at the time and had vast personal international connections. Any such person, regardless of his ethnicity, was deemed by the system, not just by Stalin, as a threat – which is why the tradition of such killings long outlived him.

  • Ihor Dawydiak

    Igor Eidman stated a well established truth. Since its inception from the swamps of Muscovy, Russia’s raison d’etre (reason for being) has been the perceived necessity to be engaged in constant military conflict with its neighbors. Why? Just like any bully, almost every leader of the Russian State has been consumed with an inferiority complex coupled with the fear of internal revolution. Therefore, the Russian general public needed to be distracted from their own destitute lives by concentrating their attention on any external enemy regardless if they were real or imagined. However, this internal tragedy does not end on that note. For all of its alleged educational prowess, far too many Russians cannot see beyond the end of their own noses (seeking a brighter future for themselves without the need for external conflict) and for that they have only themselves to blame.

    • Screwdriver

      “engaged in constant military conflict with its neighbors. Why? Just like any bully, almost every leader of the Russian State has been consumed with an inferiority complex coupled with the fear of internal revolution”
      Dude, did you read any history books about Kievan Rus, ..Oleg, ..Tsargrad…Kievan Rus princes endlessly killing and fighting each other .. ?
      Wake up from your nightmares , and smell the roses …

  • zorbatheturk

    Are you listening, Mr Trump? Stop appeasing the Putinator. There can be no deals with kremliminals.

    • Ihor Dawydiak

      It would appear that Mr. Trump will no longer be able to appease Russia’s Grand Pederast whether the Donald ever wanted to or not. The US Congress ensured that this would be the case when they restricted any future Trump deal vis-a-vis Putin as part of their new sanctions legislation that was passed in near unanimity by both the US House of Representatives and the US Senate.

      • zorbatheturk

        Smart Congress.

      • RedSquareMaidan

        Keep in mind the legislation does not say Trump, it says the president. Any president. Russia will not give up Sevastopol so these sanctions are likely to last decades.and they include Iran and the Norks too.

        • Dagwood Bumstead

          The sanctions won’t last decades, for the very simple reason that Dwarfstan won’t last decades- certainly not with its current borders. It may not even last ONE decade if Pedo Putolini continues with his insane policies. The country is in terminal decline and the dwarf has merely accelerated the decline. What we are witnessing are the death throes of a mortally wounded monster.
          The collapse and breakup of the USSR isn’t complete and will be completed when Dwarfstan breaks up.

        • veth

          Eternal sanctions to Russia, Pray the Lord!

  • zorbatheturk

    The Putin Alternative… my hunch is this movie will NOT be screened in RuSSian cinemas.