Сергій Кабуд ( Кий ) (xyu) wrote,
Сергій Кабуд ( Кий )
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The Russian people are more energized by nationalism than by Marxism-Leninism

nationalist government, says Golitsyn, would be Communist at its core. Nationalism is simply a motivational device to jump-start the old Soviet machinery. The Russian people are more energized by nationalism than by Marxism-Leninism, so the trick is to use the slogans and propaganda which most efficiently serve the cause of militarization. That is the key to Putin's policy. That is why "the Bear" faction in the Duma has been given life -- as the second strongest political party after the Communists.

Golitsyn's analysis goes further: "Since an outright military or nationalist government might prejudice the flow of Western aid and the continued 'cooperation' with the West ... it is more likely that the Kremlin strategists will opt for ... a new President and Commander-in-Chief with a military background and a 'reformist' Prime Minister, in the context of overtly tighter KGB control."

Although Putin is a paramilitary KGB careerist, he is perceived as an ally of Russia's General Staff. He therefore fits Golitsyn's description. Furthermore, we now find that the man emerging as Putin's chief lieutenant and future prime minister also fits Golitsyn's description.
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