Where does the inferiority complex of Kremlin leaders come from? The Russian Federation is the largest country in the world. It has large gas and oil reserves that make it a potentially rich country. But the economy of the largest country in the world is smaller than Italy’s. Except for the top in the Kremlin, ordinary Russians do not see their prosperity increasing. Pensions are being cut.
The Kremlin is not exploiting its own advantages. One could say that the government is incompetent and does not know how to develop the country and bring great prosperity and well-being to the population. That’s the positive explanation. The negative explanation is that the top in the Kremlin deliberately steals from ordinary Russians and robs from the state coffers. The judiciary has been politicized so that the justice system cannot correct it.
The tragedy of the Russian system is that there are no free elections and alternatives are kept out of the system. As a result, no improvement can occur within the current system.
This inability of President Putin and his supporters is compensated by distraction. It consists of nationalistic rhetoric about the past and about the illustrious achievements of a Russian world.
In Ukraine, everything comes together for the Kremlin: its own inability to develop the Russian Federation and satisfy the population, nationalist rhetoric and the inferiority complex. Ukraine is slowly moving towards democracy and the Kremlin sees that as a danger because it sets a good example for its own population that deserves to be followed. But the Russian system is stuck and cannot change.
Ukraine is an autonomous state that can decide for itself which way it wants to go. By international treaties ratified by the Soviet Union (Helsinki 1975: ‘The participating States will respect each other’s sovereign equality and individuality as well as all the rights inherent in and encompassed by its sovereignty, including in particular the right of every State to legal equality, to territorial integrity and to freedom and political independence‘) this right has been established. Contradiction of this from the Kremlin is therefore unconvincing, lacks expressiveness and is only intended to give momentum to one’s own nationalist rhetoric. But it’s a dead end because by denying it, the Russian Federation presents itself as incomprehensible and a pariah.
The fantasy about American mercenaries is not serious politics, but belongs in the domain of the film studio. The Kremlin’s imagination could be better used to improve the economy for the Russians. But that doesn’t happen. This Kremlin fantasy has degenerated into a black fantasy that tends to the morbid and macabre of the living death. The negative about the other has become the negative of Russian political leadership. Their imagination is limited in negativity.