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Podcast: The Ideologue

Cunning, calculating, ruthless -- and an ideologue to boot.
Cunning, calculating, ruthless -- and an ideologue to boot.
We've seen that he could be ruthless. We've always suspected he was cynical and calculating. And we've always known him to be cunning. But recent years have taught us something new about Vladimir Putin. He appears to be much more ideological than we had suspected.

This has been evident in the Kremlin leader's persistent gay bashing; in his full-throated defense of Russia's "traditional values" and derision of the West's "genderless and infertile" liberalism in his state-of-the-nation speech last year; and in his recent redrafting of history in public comments following the annexation of Crimea.

The new face of Putinism is coming into sharp focus. Is it just a cosmetic makeover to meet the needs of the moment? Or is it the shape of things to come?

On the latest "Power Vertical Podcast," we discuss the newly ideologial Putin. Joining me are Mark Galeotti, a professor at New York University, an expert on Russia's security services, and author of the blog "In Moscow's Shadows," and Sean Guillory of the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies and author of "Sean's Russia Blog."

Also on the podcast, Mark, Sean, and I talk about how recent developments have led us to rethink our assumptions about Russia.

Enjoy...
Power Vertical Podcast -- May 23, 2014
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by: jojnjo from: Dublin
May 23, 2014 20:30
How could anyone believe a word out of Putin's mouth? He says he'll respect Ukraine's election but he has said so much regards Ukraine before, that was all "Mumbo Jumbo".


He also says he'd like to see law & order restored? Does he forget that it was/is his thugs & little green men who have/are causing all the mayhem that has befallen the people of Ukraine. This terrorist Nazi/Stalinist leader is really living up to Prince Charles's description of him & worse.
In Response

by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
May 24, 2014 18:50
PUTIN SAID:
“RUSSIA CANNOT BE ISOLATED OVER UKRAINE”
I SAY:
“RUSSIA CAN'T CONQUER WITHOUT BEING ISOLATED”
___________________________________________
He says it is “impossible” to isolate Russia from global economy despite Western pressure over crisis in Ukraine.
_________________________________________________
I say it is “impossible” for the West and even most of Humanity let Russia conquer the World part-by-part, starting with Hungary, Checks, Afghanistan, Caucasus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and Eastern Europe –

even if Germans and Austrians are promised by Russia part of the loot and British gentlemen wait for outcome, return back to British colonies too -

even if all three enjoying gas pipes staffed into their “How Do You Do?” by Russia -

even if USA, staffed by Russian propaganda “14% of oil reserves” invaded Iraq -

even if USA, staffed by Russian propaganda “Russia killed in Afghanistan 2 millions, let do it too” killed 200 thousands in Iraq -

even if manipulated by Russia 9/11 terrorists and propaganda made USA invade wrong country, Afghanistan, and leaving it for another Russian conquest -

even if Russia planed in advance Russian GRU-Spetcnaz and Adyga influx in Abkhazia, a hundred KGB pseudo-Fascists in Lviv versus pseudo-local “Amurnye lentochki” in Donetsk, KGB-GRU influx in Andijan and Fergana and in all other
former USSR republics and autonomies –

PUTIN, NATO DIDN’T START AND STILL HOLD BACK NATO EXPANSION!
IT IS THE OUTCRY OF NATIONS YOU ATTACK AND DESTROY THAT ASKED UN, EU, USA AND EVENTUALLY SOME NATO HELP TO DEFENDTHEMSELVES FROM RUSSIAN INVADERS, BLOCKADES, CLEANSINGS,
GENOCIDES, REPOPULATION THEIR LANDS AND HOMES BY RUSSIANS!

SHEVARDNADZE STARTED NEGOTIATING WITH USA TO END COLD WAR, RUSSIA PROMISSED BETTER WORLD AND BENEFITTED FROM IT, HELPED BE RICH, EXPANDED AND UPGRADED MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX, AND REARMED –

WHILE WEST RUINED BY TERRORIST WARS AND ENERGY BLOCKADES –

WHILE USA FROZE MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX –

WHILE WEST IS BLACKMAILED BY RUSSIAN GAS LINES –

WHILE RUSSIA TRY BUILD NEW AXES WITH CHINA AND IRAN IN ENERGY, ECONOMY, ARMS AND SOLIDARITY 0F EXPANSION -

WHILE USA AND WEST INFILTRATED FROM THE TOP TO BOTTOM BY RUSSIANS AND THEIR PROXIES TOTALLY CORRUPTED IT AS PERVERTS AND PLAGIARISTS, TO SUCK BLOOD OF JESUS FROM “MERCHANDIZE” –

WHY NATO WOULD WANT TO EXPAND AND GIVE-UP ITS COMMAND TO POTENTIAL RUSSIAN NOMENCLATURA AND QUISLIONGS AS LAST ACCORD - THEIR OWN UNDOING?

WILL RUSSIA REPENT, RETURN ALL THEY STOLE AND ANNEX, ACCEPT FREE, PROSPEROUS AND STRONG NATIONS AROUND THEIR BORDERS?

Rephrasing an old joke about Boor War:
- “Why you plundering and butchering other nations and repopulating them by Russians?”
- “Because they offending Great Russia and might join block NATO!”
- “Didn’t you plan since 1954-56, again, destroy them and accuse them of defending themselves, lying they want to join NATO?”
- “Why not! We are race of Victors, treasonous “strana rabov strana skotov”!”



by: Ray Finch from: Lawrence, KS
May 23, 2014 21:23
Enjoyed the podcast; much food for thought. Putin, like the rest of us, continues to evolve as a person, and I suspect that after the collapse of the USSR he began to search for an ideology to fill the ideological vacuum. That he settled upon great-power Russian nationalism is not all that surprising after the perceived humiliations of the 1990s. As a bell-weather of this change, consider the career advancement of D. Rogozin, from rabid Russian nationalist to Russia’s representative to NATO to Vice Premier in charge of the defense industry.

Do Putin and his close entourage really believe in Russia’s unique destiny? I doubt it, but I’m not so sure about the younger generation in Russia who are exposed to the 24/7 fire-hose of Kremlin hate speech. Listening to your podcast, I was reminded by a quote from Conrad’s Heart of Darkness:

“The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much. What redeems it is the idea only. An idea at the back of it; not a sentimental pretense but an idea; and an unselfish belief in the idea--something you can set up, and bow down before, and offer a sacrifice to. . . .”

I’m afraid that Putin and Co. have created an idea before which many young Russians will be willing to make a sacrifice.
In Response

by: Mamuka
May 24, 2014 17:14
@Ray, well thought comment, but I disagree that Putin lost an ideology with the collapse of the Soviet Union. All the communism and banners and slogans and "Slava CPSU" was just window dressing; the actual ideology was, as it is today, totalitarianism. The finances just got shaken up a bit. And now it is time to download the podcast!
In Response

by: Mamuka
May 25, 2014 02:37
I have listened to the podcast and still do not know what this "Putinism" ideology might be other than a sort of generic reactionary nationalism. But the intellectual academics on the podcast may fail to grasp the appeal of the anti-multiculti, anti-identity politics basis of this ideology. It is more than a "small minority" that is uncomfortable, and this is why Putin and several other figures across Europe are finding some success with this kind of reactionary appeal.

by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
May 24, 2014 07:45
ELECTION MIGHT CHANGE WORLD FOR THE BETTER.
________________________________________________
IDEOLOGY AND LEGALITY - RUSSIA AND YANUKOVICH:
________________________________________________
Three Century Russian Empire pogromed-plundered Ukraine.
For two decades Leninist Russia cleansed-plundered Ukraine.
For 5 years of WW2 Russia and Germany sucked-up Ukraine.
Since end of WW2 Russia sucked, enslaved in the East and
influx Ukraine - the expropriated budgets and resources of
Ukraine and non-Russian nations were in many trillions.
Well planed in advance by Russia and its Quislings
enslavement increased plunder of independent
nations, annexation by Russian pomesh'iks,
cleansing and repopulating by Russians is
slowed in Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine,
in 1992-93 and 2008 in Georgia and now
in Ukraine. Yanukovich was the last drop
of blood. Elected illegally, by OBHS-GRU
of Russia and Soviet Quislings under gun
of energy blockade and sabotage Donetsk
and other Cities intimidating the population
Since Czars, Lenin and "Golodomor" made
him President, who tried maintain balanced
trade with EU and "Custom Union", but lost.
Russia control most of "nomenclatura" since
USSR - RUSSIA WOULDN'T LET LAMB GO
FREE - UKRAINE, BEING STRANGULATED,
WAS ABOUT FALL, HE SIGNED ITS DEATH.
THAT MADE YANUKOVICH ILLEGAL TWICE.
RUSSIA TRIED USE IDEOLOGY - "FASHIST"
WEST THAT RUSSIAN KGB FORGED FROM
HUNDRED BROKEN AMNISTED UPA IN LVIV
PARADING IN UPA HATS - BY KGB ORDERS,
"AMURNYE LENTOCHKI" OF WW2 "HEROES"
AND WORKING PEOPLE. IT CANNOT WORK!
RUSSIA INVADING AGAINST ALL UKRAINIANS,
WW2 HEROES, WORKERS AND THE ELECTION!
________________________________________
LEGALITY OF MAIDAN PROTESTS BY PEOPLE:
________________________
TIRANNY CHANGE IS LEGAL.
CHANGE IN PEACE IS TWICE LEGAL.
CHANGE TO SAVE NATION IS TRICE LEGAL.
TIRANNY THAT KILL AND RUN MAKES CHANGE TOTAL.
SWIFT ELECTION LEAVES NO DOUBT IN ITS LEGALITY.
In Response

by: ion from: ion land
May 24, 2014 14:17
you mad bro?

by: peter from: ottawa
May 24, 2014 14:12
Lenin is dead but not buried.

by: La Russophobe from: USA
May 25, 2014 11:56
"He appears to be much more ideological than we had suspected."

Indeed. But some of us were not surprised at all, and have been saying for years that the claim that Putin was not neo-Soviet because he lacked ideology was totally false. Putin simply concealed certain facts from those who did not want to see so that he could consolidate his malignant rule in an unfettered manner. Only now as he drops his mask do those who were fooled see how wrong they were, yet there are precious few mea culpas from them and even fewer acknowledgements of those who called the tune correctly from the first. This also holds true for those who naively believed that Navalny's opposition push meant something significant. This bodes ill for future analysis, which will likely be fraught with more errors from which Putin will benefit.

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
May 29, 2014 18:01
Guys, what is going on in and around the town of Slavyansk in the Donetsk region? It appears that all the Ukrainian army helicopters have the tendency of falling down on the ground in this area for some reason. Maybe it is due to that there is a particularly potent magnetic field located somewhere in the area, ah? Does anyone have any information on this matter? Please share :-))!!

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