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Russia has always been brutal, authoritarian, and imperialistic.

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.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Tue Apr 5th, 2022 at 07:09:24 AM EST
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