The National Security and Defense Counsel of Ukraine secretary notes in his article that this militarist insanity intensifies in Russia due to the Kremlin's complete incapacity to solve urgent domestic political, economic and social problems without the employment of imperial-chauvinistic rhetoric and the creation of external enemies' phantoms.
"In contemporary Russia, psychological hang-ups and propaganda clichés of Stalin's USSR are whimsically intertwined with stereotypes from Hitler's Germany: a notion of "besieged fortress" is surreally combined with allegations of "back-stabbing" by "treacherous traitors." From the TV screens, billionaires talk about the need to maintain the social standards of workers at Uralvagonzavod at the same time as bureaucrats and clergy proselytize Russian exceptionalism and superiority. "Simultaneously, Putin's regime is quickly relinquishing its vestigial "democratic facade" and employing increasingly more totalitarian practices of governing society and state. Integral to this process is the infringement of economic freedoms, the shrinking of the free market and Russia's tendency toward self-isolation from the global markets, which will further deepen its economic crisis, technological backwardness and social degradation. An apt example of the economic and social insanity engulfing Russia is its current battle on the "sanctioned produce." Russian media proudly report from the front lines of this "war" about the burning of Ukrainian ducklings and the crushing with bulldozers of Spanish peaches. The processes of deep economic isolation and social degradation in Russia that started decades ago and have only intensified since the beginning of the aggression against Ukraine in February 2014, will yield, in the near future, a sharp weakening and profound destabilization of the Russian Federation," the NSDC secretary wrote.
"Current processes and tendencies in Russia bear an uncanny resemblance to those that took place in the late USSR. The absence of rational motivation for development, the monopolization and harsh administrative handling of the economy, the despotism of military and security structures, the hyper-centralization of power and the lack of alternatives to personalized decision making at the top: this entire Stalinist skeleton of the Soviet empire could not withstand the consistent and coordinated political and economic pressure of the West at the end of the previous century. Their firm position, combined with the complex of sanctions and restrictions of the Cold War, allowed the leading democracies of the world to prevail over the Evil Empire. The Soviet Union disintegrated into fifteen states, Germany was reunited and Eastern Europe liberated from Soviet imperial clutches. However, concerned with preserving the Soviet nuclear inheritance, the West tried to prevent further disintegration of the remnants of the empire.
"Putin's third presidential term has clearly underscored the dominant political trait of today's Russia: the ideology of imperial revanchism. In his attempt to fit Russia into the "Procrustean bed" of the old empire, Putin is leading the country toward an irreversible collapse by launching processes similar to those that precipitated the breakdown of the Soviet Union. Aggression, degradation, decline and collapse - this is the pattern confirmed by the history of many empires and which in today's world will only transpire at an accelerated pace. Therefore, there is a real possibility that Russia may cease to exist in it present borders," Turchynov summed up.Source:/r353250
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