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Beastly Boy

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Sun Feb 18, 2024, 03:31 PM Feb 18

Navalny's death seals Russia's fate. [View all]

Last edited Sun Feb 18, 2024, 05:44 PM - Edit history (1)

For centuries, Russia, especially its intelligentsia class, aspired to become an integral and influential part of European liberal culture. Navalny was the iconic figure who embodied this long-standing aspiration for his Russian contemporaries.

With the murder of Navalny, Putin sent an unmistakable message: Russia's co-existence with Europe, let alone affiliation with it through shared culture, is now officially dead. Putin killed it, quite literally. He did a 180 and is now facing east, towards the Asia-centered powers like China and Iran, as models for future developments for Russia. Essentially, he took Russia back to the times of the Mongol Golden Horde and Ivan the terrible, when Russia was the Mongol sphere of influence. Putin is no longer looking at Europe as a partner, but more as a target for conquest, in the same way as China is looking at Tibet and Taiwan, and Iran is looking at the Middle East.

This, more than his failure to subjugate Ukraine, speaks of Putin impotence as a leader of a former and rapidly declining superpower.

Putin may be grossly overestimating his abilities, and Russia is sure to pay the price for it.

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