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.