Portnikov: Russia is accustomed to thinking of development as chaos and catastrophe, and stagnation — as a blessing

Russians with nostalgia Leonid Brezhnev and support of Russian President Vladimir Putin and to Ukrainians that the characters are «alien disappointing history.» About this column to «Radio Liberty» wrote Ukrainian political columnist Vitaly Portnikov.

According to the journalist, Putin, like Brezhnev.

«Brezhnev also came to power relatively young man – and virtually mothballed system of government. The leaders of the country and regions, it mostly left the offices, only when he died. Putin is approaching this «gold standard» brezhnevism», – he said.

Portnikov said that the Brezhnev regime tried to pretend that he lives by the rules of the civilized world, but became aggressive when it was about sphere of influence, «the Kremlin elders».

«Think of the invasions of Czechoslovakia and Afghanistan, threats to Poland, generating instability in Africa and Latin America, the middle East. The new «Kremlin elders» attacked Ukraine and Georgia, support authoritarianism in the former Soviet Union, middle East and Latin America. While the Russians live with the new «stagnation» is better than in the 90-ies. About spoke about the Brezhnev era,» he said.

According to the journalist, the Soviet people were exhausted «stability of the deficit and dullness» and expected changes that came with Brezhnev’s death. He added that the collapse of the USSR allowed us to see what is actually wanted former Soviet people, and showed the difference between Ukraine and Russia.

«Unlike the Russians, who froze in brezhnevism like a fly in amber, the Ukrainians knew neither decades of apparent stability. Five presidents, two rebellions, constant competition and political struggle, the demand for change. In Russia look at it all in horror – here are accustomed to thinking of development as chaos and catastrophe, and stagnation – as a blessing», he concluded.

Putin was first elected President of Russia in 2000. After two terms, in 2008, he moved to the post of Prime Minister, and the President was Dmitry Medvedev. In 2012 Putin was again elected President.

14 September 2017 former Deputy of the State Duma of Russia Gennady Gudkov said that Putin has «outlasted» in the Kremlin, Brezhnev, who remained in power 6601 day.




Portnikov: Russia is accustomed to thinking of development as chaos and catastrophe, and stagnation — as a blessing 12.11.2017

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