posted on Dec, 6 2007 @ 10:46 PM
This anti-West motif is simply a cycle Russia is going through right now. Similar to Iran, and many latin American countries like Venezuela. After
the fall of USSR Russian politics tend to be very non-rigid and changing. In almost every election some new and radically different group takes
charge, and than gradually losses the support untill another group takes charge. The only peculiar thing about Putin and United Russia is that the
cycle extend for over 6 years now. But I still wouldn't judge it as "Russia moving towards anti-West agenda". If anything I think Putin or his
successor will start to gradually reconcile with the West. Maybe I am wrong.
But the anti-Western sentiments are mostly for interior propaganda's sakes, and should not be judged too seriously - as in "Oh my God its a Cold War
we are all gonna die". The main concern for politicians is not relations with the West - it's the situation in Russia (which the West happens to be
involved in since early 90's), which is still far from good. Right now, as soon as United Russia got the majority, Putin is already busy pushing a
new agenda as soon as possible. This agenda is not about the West, or Iran, or Cold War - its about economy of Russia. And this underlines what
Putin's real focus is - economy. Everything else is just a propaganda game.
And the whole thing about "Czar Putin" and one party controlling Russia - that is once again done to further the economy. The economic agenda that
he and his economists started to push through in the early 2000's, is still far from complete and secure. If a pro-Western party gains power, they
could undo everything he has done to further the economy (like nationalizing energy and resources). it seems like Putin and United Russia feel they
need more time, and this is what you see happening. Of course a negative side effect that this increased power can "corrupt" them, but then this is
Russia we are dealing with - corruption is synonymous with power.
By the way I love the BBC special report on "Czar Putin". Real cute. It's like somebody is feeding them this bull*, so they can in turn feed it
to others. Yeah they are analyzing Putin - but they are analyzing him from one side. This creates a distorted picture that breeds this Cold War and
Communism paranoia among Westerners.