Thursday, July 23, 2015

To Save Their Own Country, Russians Must ‘Forget Ukraine,’ Inozemtsev Says

Paul Goble

            Staunton, July 23 – Vladimir Putin has successfully counted on the war he launched in Ukraine to distract the attention of Russians from their problems at home, but if Russians are to emerge from the current crisis and save their own country, they will have to “forget about Ukraine” and focus on Russia instead, according to Vladislav Inozemtsev.

            Russian rulers have often used “good little wars” to distract attention from domestic problems, although over the longer term, these conflicts have not always worked to the benefit of these rulers. Instead, when Russians have recognized what is going on, they have often turned to radical, even revolutionary means to change the situation.

            In a commentary on yesterday, the economist points out that while the Kremlin talks about raising Russia from its knees, its own “warriors on the ideological front” have done everything possible to transform their own country into a backward information province” (

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