Staunton, February 11 – Because thereis no book entitled “Putinism,” many have convinced themselves that the Putinregime functions without an ideology, but Vladislav Surkov’s latest essay in Nezavisimaya gazeta shows that it existsand that it is extremely dangerous, according to Russian commentator AleksandrSkobov.

Having read Surkov’s text, Skobovsays, he finds that it confirms three theses that the commentator has longinsisted on (

They include the following:

First, the Putin regime does have anideology, even though it has not been formulated by “the nominal head of the regime”and is not contained in books labelled as such.

Second, “the ideology of the Putinregime is a variety of fascism.” That Putin has not fully implemented hisideology does not change things.

And third, “the global pretensionsof the Putin regime are the destruction of liberal democracy as asocial-political model in the entire world and its ‘exit from history.’”

These three things mean, Skobov concludes,that “liberal democracy can defend itself only by forcing the Russian imperialstate to ‘exit from history.’”

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