President Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is seeking to restore the Old Soviet Union form a new Eurasian Union out of spun-off satellites of the former USSR. Russia’s ambition should come as no surprise to those who follow geopolitical affairs. But what should come as hair of the dog to those still hung over from the Cold War’s ending is that Putin’s playbook is so utterly predictable, and his ambitions don’t stop with his supposed sphere of influence in Eastern Europe, the Caucuses, and Central Asia. What Putin seeks is to expand a web of corruption into Europe and around the world in order to ideologically secure Russia from liberal Western influence.
One doesn’t have to dabble in conspiracy about world communism, which remains a mantle aloof from criticism in some intellectual circles, in order to expand upon this point. The utopian aspirations of socialists also need not be dwelt on for too long; suffice to say, no country has been sufficiently socialist or communist according to the theoretical ruminations of scholars to indict the theory for most, and every country that has called itself communist or socialist (including the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics) has been more hierarchical and corrupt than any capitalist country in the world. Soviet Russia was no exception. [Continued on Political Crush]