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I don't think oligarchy really covers it well, because the oligarchs don't seem to exercise a whole lot of power. It's just the Putin Show.
Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.
For a while it was a brutal, communist, authoritarian, and imperialistic. After the end of the USSR it dropped the communism - which was mostly just a pretext anyway - but kept the rest.
It's essentially a medieval monarchy, with oligarchs as courtiers/barons and Putin as would-be emperor, with the difference that the excuse for military adventures is racist and homophobic psychological projection - terror of passivity, enfeeblement, and forced domination - and not religious nonsense about god being onside.
As is normal for fascism, the racism, mysticism and death worship are tinged with a miasma of nostalgia in a way that doesn't quite fit with the medieval world view.
Allow me to reformulate : Russian political leadership has always been brutal, authoritarian, and imperialistic.
"Russia" is an arbitrary piece of the surface of the earth. "Russians" are generally decent people.
It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue
- Queen Elizabeth II
Ultimately Russian mafia neo-monarchy, US corporatism, UK public schools are all psychopath farms. .
The differences are in implementation - specifically how direct and face to face the violence is.
Western psychopathic systems specialise in indirectness - economic apartheid, debt abuse, covert propaganda to manufacture consent with the appearance of freedom, and distant foreign military opportunism. Direct violence is limited to specific subcultures.
Russian psychopathy is more direct and straightforward. The lies are more blatant, the gaslighting more extreme, the justifications more tenuous, the violence and repression more overt. What you see is what you get.
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