RUSSIANS SELF-FULFILLING PROPHESY

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2014/04/07 • Analysis & Opinion

Article by: Robert van Voren

After 35 years of being involved in Soviet and Russian affairs I continue to be surprised, amazed, appalled, angered. I know in Russia normal logics don’t exist. I know that a relation with Russia is a love-hate affair. I know nature there is ruthless, and the political history is filled with cruel suppressions of dissent, mass murder and idolatry of harsh and dictatorial rulers. I know Moscow is a showcase of vulgar extravaganza, I know that just outside Moscow a sea of poverty exists. I also know that the country is a puddle of abject alcoholism, resulting in genetic degradation, in places leading to collective imbecility. But I also know it is a country where hospitality can be comparable to none, where survivalism is the magic skill and where people keep on smiling and laughing in spite of the hopeless situations they sometimes have to deal with. I know the country is the cradle of “kitchen democracy”.

After 35 years of being involved in Soviet and Russian affairs I continue to be surprised, amazed, appalled, angered.

Russia is a miracle, a nightmare, a trigger, and a hangover at the same time.

But still: what I don’t understand is how a nation can be so actively engaged in doing everything possible to feed its main complex: the sense that the world is against them, doesn’t understand them, doesn’t view them as equal or views them with outright hate.

What Russia is doing today, imaging the rise to power and suicidal belligerence of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany, is to make sure that this complex is confirmed in a major fashion. It really takes a major effort to keep on saying one and the same thing, over and over again; Russia is not Putin. Russia is not Putin. Russia is not Putin.

I watch the posts of my Russian facebook “friends”, an increasing number of whom are vocal or “silent” supporters of Putin. I feel nausea, multiple times per day. Increasing numbers of people know and understand that the trouble that is happening in Eastern Ukraine is provoked by false “patriots” who are follow Moscow’s instructions. Increasing numbers of people understand that Putin and his cronies are a criminal government who consider Russia to be their “mafia territory”. Increasing numbers of people understand that Putin and his gang-members have destroyed the security system that served peace in Europe for many decades.

And increasing numbers start hating Russians, and hating Russia. They do, because they never developed the love-hate relationship with this country. They never acquired the understanding that Russia is not Putin. For them he is just a filthy dictator who steals land and is supported by a population that prefers to shut up and refuses to oppose a criminal regime. They keep Russians in general responsible for what is happening. They have become enemies of Russia.

But the main question is: why are Russians their own main enemy?

Robert van Voren is Professor of Soviet and Post-Soviet Studies at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas and Ilia State University in Tbilisi

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  • chornajuravka

    Reblogged this on Voices of Ukraine.

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  • https://www.facebook.com/KyivJoy Patricia Joy

    Russians appear to be their own main enemy because they are afraid to protest (although some have started to do so), if they protest or argue they are beaten and imprisoned. I have said this several times on face book.

  • JT

    It’s because they are, as a nation, absolutely incapable of facing themselves and assuming responsibility for their actions, and thus never learn any lessons. Instead, they shift the accountability to the collective mysticism of the “deep Russian soul” and “Russia can’t be understood rationally, one just must believe in it”. That’s all crap – Germans faced themselves after WWII. Americans – in the first half of the 20th century. Ukrainians – happening right now. Russians simply refuse, afraid that if they do they will see just how mediocre they are in everything other than mass murder and oppression. Yes, there has been an occasional brilliance in literature, science, music, etc., but it does not excuse all the pain and suffering they’ve caused in this world. If they did face themselves, no matter how painful that may be, they would be much better people in the end.

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  • cdcas

    Reblogged this on Philosophy and Mimetic Theory.

  • Mike Stevens

    You expect independent analytical thought from a population that has told people how to think and vote for nearly more than a century? I suspect that most Russians understand the propaganda in the media, but don’t underestimate the effects of propaganda in the home from parents and grandparents – many of whom benefited from the free Soviet education, health care, low cost apartments (given free at independence) and who were enormously proud – like Putin – of the Soviet position in the World. The chaos and violence of the 90’s, the loss of pride in their country, are major factors in the Russian mindset. Few know or believe in the Ukrainian Holodomor, the forceable deportable of the Crimean Tarters, the mass rape of more than 2 million women during “The Great Patriotic War”, the pact between Stalin and Hitler, or that Russian Fascist groups that existed. Russians believe they need a strong leader to control their country and Putins current actions in Ukraine bolster their national pride and create a convenient enemy to unite the people.

    I remember my Ukrainian mother-in-laws reaction when they showed the opulence of Yanukovych’s house – “well, it’s a difficult job to run a country so he should be well paid!”. Both parents support Russia and any counter argument is American propaganda. Both eye the Russian pensions with jealousy – probably a major influencer in the Crimean “vote”.

    When you have next to nothing, manufactured patriotism is free.

    • http://www.NewUnificationChurch.com “Salvation Rose” aka ‘Chris Diamant’

      I add a few links here in what I hope will be more than a futile gesture; for what I know of Russia Russia itself does not know: but Josyp Terelya, and Pope John Paul II, and the Holy Angel of the Ukraine: do know…..

      http://wp.me/pvghq-2JX ( some info about Russia, Rev. Moon, and a few other things…. )

      Russia represents the Adam of the Nations, as having the largest land mass, but also because of what happened in 987, when the Czar chose Catholicism. In 1917, 930 years late in 1917, the False Prophet Karl Marx had his dream of the Marxist State in his Image, as God, come to power.

      From 1917 to 1987 Russia underwent 70 years of their Babylonian Captivity, as Josyp Terelya shrewdly guessed, but I go on more than guesses, as I am led by my Father, and have been since 1986, when I had a visitor in SF in my grandmother’s house…..the angel of Patmos, my servant John.

      http://wp.me/pvghq-1DW The Angel of Patmos, Anais Nin and Dylan Thomas, and Robert Oppenheimer

      Please take a look at this information, because what is happening in Russia has more to do with the Second Coming and the curious events of my birth in Nurnberg Germany on 4-18-1955 than most would guess…as that is also the day here in America Albert Einstein died in Princeton…

      http://wp.me/pvghq-Q Some facts of the prophetic variety….

      Hope to hear from you…..

  • http://www.NewUnificationChurch.com “Salvation Rose” aka ‘Chris Diamant’

    I add a few links here in what I hope will be more than a futile gesture; for what I know of Russia Russia itself does not know: but Josyp Terelya, and Pope John Paul II, and the Holy Angel of the Ukraine: do know…..

    http://wp.me/pvghq-2JX ( some info about Russia, Rev. Moon, and a few other things…. )

    Russia represents the Adam of the Nations, as having the largest land mass, but also because of what happened in 987, when the Czar chose Catholicism. In 1917, 930 years late in 1917, the False Prophet Karl Marx had his dream of the Marxist State in his Image, as God, come to power.

    From 1917 to 1987 Russia underwent 70 years of their Babylonian Captivity, as Josyp Terelya shrewdly guessed, but I go on more than guesses, as I am led by my Father, and have been since 1986, when I had a visitor in SF in my grandmother’s house…..the angel of Patmos, my servant John.

    http://wp.me/pvghq-1DW The Angel of Patmos, Anais Nin and Dylan Thomas, and Robert Oppenheimer

    Please take a look at this information, because what is happening in Russia has more to do with the Second Coming and the curious events of my birth in Nurnberg Germany on 4-18-1955 than most would guess…as that is also the day here in America Albert Einstein died in Princeton…

    http://wp.me/pvghq-Q Some facts of the prophetic variety….

    Hope to hear from you…..

  • http://www.NewUnificationChurch.com “Salvation Rose” aka ‘Chris Diamant’

    Please read this…….

    http://wp.me/pvghq-2pZ

    And these might help…..I add a few links here in what I hope will be more than a futile gesture; for what I know of Russia Russia itself does not know: but Josyp Terelya, and Pope John Paul II, and the Holy Angel of the Ukraine: do know…..

    http://wp.me/pvghq-2JX ( some info about Russia, Rev. Moon, and a few other things…

    http://wp.me/pvghq-1DW The Angel of Patmos, Anais Nin and Dylan Thomas, and Robert Oppenheimer

    http://wp.me/pvghq-Q Some facts of the prophetic variety on Karl Marx the False Prophet and the Axis, as the three-in-one Beast of Revelation; and a bit more….