I det amerikanske magasin for udenrigs- og sikkerhedspolitik Foreign Affairs, har en vis Ivan Krastev begået en efter min mening ganske indsigtsfuld artikel om Vladimir Putin som bekræfter, at der vitterligt er en konservativ revolution på vej i Rusland.
Ivan Krastev skriver bl.a.:
The Putin of 2014 is not the Putin of 2004, or even the Putin of 2008… Putin has come to view himself as a last bastion of order and traditional values. He is convinced that liberalism is contagious and that Western mores and institutions present a real danger to Russian society and the Russian state. He surely dreams of the pre-1914 days, when Russia was autocratic but accepted, revolutions were not tolerated, and Russia could be part of Europe while preserving its distinctive culture and traditions.
From that perspective, the Ukrainian revolution is a symbol of everything that is wrong with today’s Europe. It flirts with people power and moral relativism, it stirs passions, and it shows utter disregard for Russia’s geopolitical ambitions….
… Putin’s march on Crimea is very different from Russia’s war in Georgia in 2008. During that debacle, Moscow used force to draw a red line that it insisted Western capitals not cross. In Crimea, Moscow has demonstrated its readiness to cross the red lines drawn by the West — to question legal norms and the structure of the post–Cold War European order.
… His foreign policy amounts to a deep rejection of modern Western values and an attempt to draw a clear line between Russia’s world and Europe’s. For Putin, Crimea is likely just the beginning.
Mit håb – eller snarere min drøm – er selvfølgelig, at Vladimir Putin netop ikke stiller sig tilfreds med kun at frelse Rusland, men også mit elskede Europa.
(Illustration: Dmitri Shmarin For Holy Russia, nutidig.)