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Putinism Is An Ideology And Threat To Russia And World – OpEd

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Because there is no book entitled “Putinism,” many have convinced themselves that the Putin regime functions without an ideology, but Vladislav Surkov’s latest essay in Nezavisimaya gazeta shows that it exists and that it is extremely dangerous, according to Russian commentator Aleksandr Skobov.

Having read Surkov’s text, Skobov says, he finds that it confirms three theses that the commentator has long insisted on (kasparov.ru/material.php?id=5C61A758138A8). They include the following

First, the Putin regime does have an ideology, even though it has not been formulated by “the nominal head of the regime” and is not contained in books labelled as such.

Second, “the ideology of the Putin regime is a variety of fascism.” That Putin has not fully implemented his ideology does not change things.

And third, “the global pretensions of the Putin regime are the destruction of liberal democracy as a social-political model in the entire world and its ‘exit from history.’”

These three things mean, Skobov concludes, that “liberal democracy can defend itself only by forcing the Russian imperial state to ‘exit from history.’”

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Paul Goble

Paul Goble

Paul Goble is a longtime specialist on ethnic and religious questions in Eurasia. Most recently, he was director of research and publications at the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy. Earlier, he served as vice dean for the social sciences and humanities at Audentes University in Tallinn and a senior research associate at the EuroCollege of the University of Tartu in Estonia. He has served in various capacities in the U.S. State Department, the Central Intelligence Agency and the International Broadcasting Bureau as well as at the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Mr. Goble maintains the Window on Eurasia blog and can be contacted directly at [email protected] .

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