Reflections on today’s speech


December 4, 2014 by AK

As Putin’s views on Russian and world history are becoming more coherent, they are also growing more delusional. Coherence is achieved through a strong unifying narrative, as is typical of conspiracy theories: “they’ve always been after us” in Putin’s case. Crimea as the the Temple Mount is a new meme though – we’ll see where it goes from here.

That’s as far as the Weltanschauung part is concerned. In the economic part, there was a promise not to raise taxes for three years and no praise of inflation but no serious reform proposals either. So all in all, nothing much.

[Added later] Speaking about evil Americans, comparing Obama to Hitler and elevating Chersonesus to yet another new Jerusalem, he sounded – not for the first time, but this time unmistakably, to my ears – like a wronged child: “They gave a bike to my big brother and made me wear his old clothes!” The man’s psychological – or shall I say mental? – issues have become a global problem.


  1. JCass says:

    I’ve said all along that Ukraine is no threat to Russia but it is a massive threat to Putin. He was absolutely paranoid about the Orange Revolution and Maidan pushed him over the edge. It’s a shame so many people have to die because of his fragile ego/mental problems.

    The Crimea as Temple Mount analogy was scary but funny. After all, Crimea is such sacred ground Putin is planning to turn it into a casino zone.

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