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Imperinė Rusijos etika

Šiandien Rusijos dienraštis The Moscow Times publikuoja puikų Julijos Latyninos straipsnį apie Rusijos imperinę etiką. Tai išties puikus ir įžvalgus tekstas, o jam dar daugiau svorio priduoda, kad autorė - rusė (atsiprašau, kad tekstas nevalstybine kalba, bet nėra laiko kada išversti):

The Prestige Behind the Imperial Ethic

Russia has once more affirmed its status as a great power and bolstered
its authority in the world on President Vladimir Putin's watch. Shortly
after the State Duma condemned the relocation of a World War II
memorial in Tallinn, the valiant defenders of the Bronze Soldier
provided us with a textbook example of how to fight injustice.

They looted the Wool & Cotton, Sportland and
Hugo Boss stores late last week in the Estonian capital. They looted a
wine shop and burned a few cars. One defender of the monument was
stabbed to death during the riot. Dozens of people, including police,
were injured. A female police officer's leg was broken. Estonian Prime
Minister Andrus Ansip received a death threat by e-mail.

There's nothing new about Russian attempts to implement policies aimed at restoring the country to greatness.

One recent example was in 2005, when thugs in Poland
beat up the children of Russian diplomats and stole their mobile
phones. Putin sharply criticized the actions of Polish authorities. A
few days later, patriots beat up three Poles — two diplomats and a
journalist — on the streets of Moscow.

Another case was in September 2006, when Georgia
detained four Russian military officers on suspicion of espionage.
Georgian Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili identified the officers as
senior members of the General Staff's Main Intelligence Directorate, or
GRU. The Defense Ministry immediately refuted the insinuation in the
Georgian media that the GRU was involved in intelligence gathering.
Then again, under Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov, the GRU may well have
been involved in some other activity, such as cactus farming.

Putin responded with a call
for measures to protect the rights of native vendors in our markets.
After that, Russia declared war — not against Georgia, but against
Georgians living in Russia. The crackdown dealt Georgians a crushing
financial blow that benefited the cops, and the deportation process
claimed several lives.

Now Estonia is feeling the heat.

It should be noted that Russia reacts to external
challenges in a very selective fashion. The Kremlin saw nothing amiss
last July when a North Korean missile landed in Russian waters near the
Pacific port of Nakhodka.

When Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal arrived in Moscow
for a recent official visit, he announced upon landing at the airport
that his movement would not recognize Israel's right to exist, thereby
rendering senseless Russia's attempt to draw him into the negotiating
process. Once again, the Kremlin took the slight in stride.

In other words, Russia never takes offense when a so-called rogue state spits in its face.

There's no point even talking about the official
reaction to events here at home. The parliament was unmoved last week
when the remains of six Soviet World War II pilots buried at a memorial
in Khimki were unearthed by a bulldozer, the gravestones were tossed
around, protesters were beaten by police and the remains went missing.
No one called for a boycott of goods from Khimki or for the mayor to be
declared persona non grata.

Countries that were once part of the Soviet empire –
Poland, Georgia, Estonia — are another matter entirely. When something
happens there, the wrath of Putin, the Russian police and bands of
curiously elusive avengers is always ready to rain down on those who
forget the words of the old song: “Our armor is strong and our tanks
are swift.”

And this wrath delivers tangible results. After its
diplomats were beaten up, Poland, for example, began talking about
allowing the United States to install interceptor missiles on its
territory, a move that infuriated the Kremlin. Georgia appealed to the
European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, and the Kremlin still
can't figure out why.

Both of these examples clearly demonstrate how
Putin's foreign policy bolsters Russia's prestige and restores its
former imperial greatness.

Yulia Latynina hosts a political talk show on Ekho Moskvy radio.

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