Russia After CCCP

Western leftists have commonly internalised very much anti-Russian propaganda in the last decade+ since the implementation of Putin’s anti-neoliberal policies. This essay will attempt to set the record straight on the most essential aspects of Putin’s administration.

FOREIGN POLICY:

Modern Russia has been at war 5 times:

  1. Afghanistan — invited by Afghan socialist government to fight against CIA funded fundamentalist jihadism.
  2. Chechnya — to put down CIA funded violent separatism. After liberation, Chechens are today die hard supporters of the RF.
  3. Georgia — to calm the instability caused by the Western installed anti-Russian government and aid the breakaway republics.
  4. Crimea — to liberate this region from a Western backed oppressive state — there was ZERO protest from the people when Crimea rejoined the RF.
  5. The military operation in Ukraine today is largely the same: it is a defensive war opposed to overwhelming and ceaseless imperialist threats against Russian national security (a separate essay detailing this coming imminently).
Chenchens hold portraits of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov during a rally marking National Unity Day in Grozny, southern Russia, Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. © 2019 Musa Sadulayev/AP Photo

Bottom line is this: These are all regions on RF’s borders — destabilised by Western created terrorism, subjected to Western orchestrated coup d’etats which installed governments hostile to Russia, militarily armed and trained by NATO forces, used by the imperialists to launch attacks against Russia. These were all wars of defence and protection on Russia’s doorstep, and can not be compared to the USAmerican wars very far from its soil, of aggression and imperialist domination on the other side of the globe.

Any child can understand that the side which encircles the other with military bases is the aggressive one, and that the other is in a defensive position.

The Russian military says two of its nuclear-capable strategic bombers have arrived in Venezuela, a deployment that comes amid soaring Russia-U.S. tensions.

Imperialism in practice is the domination of another country’s state and economy, through manipulation, pressure, assassination, coup d’état, colour revolutions, etc., in order to reap super profits. Russia has not done this since the Tsarist times.

Putin’s Russia has provided crucial economic and military assistance to very many socialist countries and countries victim to imperialist sanctions and aggression: Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba, Syria, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Ethiopia, Somalia, etc., etc.

Purin’s Russia sent fighter jets when Venezuela was under threat of US invasion. The RF sent massive economic help when all these countries were being strangled by sanctions. Many of these countries would not be sovereign today, and would be ruled by Washington puppets, or worse, decimated by US/NATO bombs, if not for Russia’s help.

Putin’s Russia is resolutely anti-imperialist and a trusted friend of the Global South.

Thousands of Ethiopians line up to volunteer at the Russian embassy, to join the fight in Ukraine.

DOMESTIC POLICY:

First, lets briefly address the sexism and homophobia of the RF in the early 21st Century:

1. the Russian population have a very long history of orthodox Christianity; and coming freshly out of the devastating collapse and social instability of the 90s with rampant addiction, prostitution, human trafficking, suicide, etc., they are still holding onto conservative social values like the “traditional family”. With time this will subside, and with economic strength and social stability, the RF state will relax and progress.

2. It is, unfortunately, also a reaction against the West using liberal values as moral justification for brutal imperialist violence. And even more unfortunately, the more the West demonises the RF for its social conservative policies, the more the administration clenches up and doubles down on repression. But as such, this situation will also pass after imperialism recedes / is defeated.

Now lets look at the more important measures, the material reality, and how it has been transformed in the past 20 years:

The dissolution of the USSR brought for Russia economic devastation (GDP fell by 25%) twice as hard as the Great Depression was for the USA (GDP fell by 12%), as neo-liberal forces cannibalised Russian industry and devoured her resources.

graphs: 90s economic crash in Russia and recovery

Putin’s administration defeated international neoliberal forces and significant factions of the national bourgeoisie, and wrestled core Russian industries largely out of their clutches, in order to restore the right to life and dignity of the Russian people. The nationalisation of core RF industries such as energy and steel, though not yet 100% substantive or enough, provided real, measurable, and immense benefit to the working class, and brought an end to rampant human trafficking, an end to widespread child prostitution, an end to the narcotics pandemic, an end to the drastic decrease of life expectancy, an end to Russian men literally drinking themselves to death.

This is the reason why Vladimir Putin is very likely the most popular, supported, and loved national leader in the world, with approval ratings likely even higher than that of XiJinPing: consistently 70+% in the past 2 decades, and today, 3 weeks into the war in Ukraine, 80+%.

The MIBC, in the financial capital of Russia, Moscow

Today, roughly 70+% of Russian core industry (energy, agriculture, steel, etc.) is public (by contrast, 40% of Chinese core industry is public) and serves public good instead of the global Neo-liberal system and enriching the national financial elites.

This is why the remaining ultra-rich Russians, at least a significant section of them, are anti-government and enemies of Putin, why they love to slander Putin in Western press, and why so many of them live abroad, in Paris, in London, in NYC, in Zurich, etc. The so called “Russian oligarchs” have much less political power than their counter parts in the USA and in Europe.

And this is the reason why the West today hates Putin and hates Putin’s Russia, and has, since the 2000s, saturated world media with slanderous propaganda against the country and against its leader: Europe and USA could no longer use and abuse Russia as their own cheap resources depot and free all-you-can-eat energy buffet (not to mention whore house) like they did in the 90s (when they viewed Russia favourably).

Russian communists celebrate Bolshevik Revolution, 2017

No one, besides the man himself and perhaps closes confidants, knows for sure what the ultimate goals of Putin’s administration are. But in the most important respects, concerning the material conditions and structural reality of Russia, there is not much valid argument against the view that Putin has been, intentionally or not, setting up all the dominoes, in terms of industry, in terms of territorial integrity, in terms of broad unity, in terms of geopolitical alliances, for a future, perhaps near-future, transition, again, to socialism (with Russian characteristics).

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