Posted 11 июня 2021, 14:06
Published 11 июня 2021, 14:06
Modified 25 декабря 2022, 20:57
Updated 25 декабря 2022, 20:57
Sabirjan Badretdinov, journalist
In his brilliant essay "The Power of the Powerless" (1978), Vaclav Havel, characterizing Soviet ideology, writes that it was generally understandable, logically complete and had the character of a kind of secularized religion that offered a person a ready answer to any question. In addition, she DEMANDED NOT PARTIAL, BUT FULL ACCEPTANCE.
That is, a person, as a rule, completely accepted this ideology, or completely rejected it.
If Havel had survived to this day and analyzed the imperial-great-power ideology of the Putin regime, he would have noticed at least two features:
This sounds paradoxical, but you can even be an oppositionist (like Navalny or Yashin) and at the same time not object to the seizure of Crimea, the forcible retention of Chechnya as part of the Russian Federation, the Russification of ethnic minorities, etc. That is, even an enemy of the regime can be the bearer of part of the Kremlin ideology.
The second feature makes the Putin regime even more ideologically stable than the Soviet regime. Doesn't this explain (perhaps only the apparent) strength and durability of the current system?