Japan Times: Russia is losing its aura of hegemony in the post-Soviet space


Russian President Vladimir Putin tries to look like a strong leader and a guarantor of stability at home and abroad. However, today he has to deal with a whole series of crises that began in neighboring countries, which turned out to be an unpleasant surprise for Moscow. They questioned the role of Russia as the main regional guardian and led to the fact that Moscow began to lose its aura of hegemony in the post-Soviet space, writes the Japanese English-language newspaper The Japan Times.


The Kremlin is trying to counter the negative development of events, but there is a risk that the number of hot spots and sensitive places will only increase. The post-Soviet space is atomized, and economic Russia's power has been undermined, so Moscow's leverage on what is happening has decreased.

The COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to what is happening. Minsk's denial of the very fact of the infection became the trigger for the protests in Belarus. Moreover, Belarus is strategically important for Russia.

In turn, the cessation of remittances from Russia, which accounted for 30% of Kyrgyzstan's GDP, led to unrest and a change of government in Bishkek. Moreover, China is gradually becoming the main trading partner of the Central Asian countries.

In October 2020, elections to the parliament of Georgia are to be held, and in November - the presidential elections in Moldova, which is literally torn apart between Europe and Russia. Therefore, Tbilisi and Chisinau may become the next places of concern for Moscow.

But the biggest concern in the Kremlin is undoubtedly the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh. One gets the impression that Russia has absolutely no desire to take part in the war going on there and there are few effective means of influencing what is happening in Transcaucasia. It is obvious that Moscow is no longer the only serious player in the region and a number of other countries, such as Turkey and Iran, are beginning to play a more important role there.

Now Ankara, which supports Baku against Yerevan and refuses to recognize Crimea as Russian, will test Moscow's firmness. But Russia will have a real opportunity to prove that it is still a key player when the representatives of Armenia and Azerbaijan reach an agreement at the talks in Moscow and the bloodshed stops.

Putin wants to move Russia forward, and for this he needs the countries of the post-Soviet space. He seeks to advance Russia's interests around the world. But Russian officials have proven incapable of confronting the predictable events on their immediate borders.
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  1. _AMUHb_ Offline _AMUHb_
    _AMUHb_ (_AMUHb_) 22 October 2020 21: 24
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    what is it with the "donors of the ussr", without the rsfsr, the economy is not okay ... how many parasites were fed "mom do not cry", not counting
  2. steelmaker Offline steelmaker
    steelmaker 22 October 2020 21: 26
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    But Russian officials were unable to

    As usual, the boyars are bad, and the tsar is good. It's just that Putin keeps these mediocrities next to him, because it's easier to shine against their background!
  3. Sapsan136 Offline Sapsan136
    Sapsan136 (Sapsan136) 22 October 2020 21: 56
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    The Kremlin pensioner played with foreign countries in tolerance, from here all the problems of the Russian Federation. Another will come, tighten the screws for the Soviet nationals who are suffering from Russophobia, and see how they will then sing. Their Russophobia will cost them dearly. Armies have already got the flags of the Russian Federation, and not long ago they poured mud on Russia, and the Prime Minister of Armenia barked at Russia like a mad dog.
  4. boriz Offline boriz
    boriz (boriz) 22 October 2020 22: 32
    +1
    Let's take a look at the American continent.
    How is it with the influence of the superhegemon in Venezuela, Nicaragua?
    1. cmonman Offline cmonman
      cmonman (Garik Mokin) 23 October 2020 00: 52
      -4
      How is it with the influence of the superhegemon in Venezuela ...?

      If you mean Russia, then ...

      In early October, the first batch of the Russian Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine was delivered to Venezuela. President Nicolas Maduro announced the start of the third phase of vaccine trials and promised to vaccinate himself. However, Venezuelan doctors urge the authorities not to rush to distribute the vaccine among the population and carefully weigh all possible risks.

      I think that Venezuelan doctors want to see the side effects of the Russian vaccine on Russians first ... understand that Russia wants to get the test result for free ..

      https://www.bbc.com/russian/news-54629062
  5. John Hart Offline John Hart
    John Hart (John Hart) 23 October 2020 04: 12
    -5
    The world is ruled by the US dollar, the rest of the countries somehow fulfill the will of the United States, there are darkness examples, and the United States is the most desirable country for life, how many rfists migrated there and how many from there to rf, that's the difference and hurray patriots just to shout and look at such bast shoes, hands on tiptoe, write their names with mistakes, vitalik writes vetalek, but he is ready to hit with a thermonuclear club)))
    1. Aleksey Glotov Offline Aleksey Glotov
      Aleksey Glotov (alexey glotov) 23 October 2020 04: 58
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      John smoked that?
      Yeah ... I have lived my whole life without dollars and I don’t feel that US dollars would rule me ... to listen to you as if you were the navel of the promised land ... you would only show that the United States is the ruler of the world ... don’t tear your navel from straining.
      1. John Hart Offline John Hart
        John Hart (John Hart) 23 October 2020 05: 08
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        Are you writing from which system I will translate Windows Hadroid or Mac for you, or maybe you write a corvette from the keyboard? Then yes, I'm sorry the dollar didn't touch you, never get sick because medicines are also on dollars, don't wear clothes, but rather Google what world currencies are and then you won't look stupid.
        1. Aleksey Glotov Offline Aleksey Glotov
          Aleksey Glotov (alexey glotov) 23 October 2020 05: 14
          +1
          John, you yourself look the stupidest way ... when you write your nonsense ... you just stopped noticing it.
    2. Vladimir_ Voronov (Vladimir) 23 October 2020 09: 44
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      how many rfists migrated there and how many from there to rf that's the difference

      Continue kissing blacks' shoes, involve our (your) liberals in this process, and the air in Russia will be cleaner.
      1. John Hart Offline John Hart
        John Hart (John Hart) 23 October 2020 10: 31
        -6
        You will not be cleaner as long as you sleep where you eat there and defecate how many tons of garbage are taken from the beaches of the Russian Federation google, admitting mistakes, we accept them
        1. Vladimir_ Voronov (Vladimir) 23 October 2020 10: 47
          +2
          Tell this to your blacks, do not write, but tell them, tk. they cannot read (peculiarities of your education system). Run away from them (after licking your shoes) so as not to get infected with covid (especially your healthcare system), and if after all this you remain alive, then realize: in my post "clean air" is a metaphor.
          Learn Russian, vetalek.
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  6. Aleksey Glotov Offline Aleksey Glotov
    Aleksey Glotov (alexey glotov) 23 October 2020 04: 55
    +2
    The Japanese and the Kuriles are still ours ... so you can sprinkle poison in your articles as much as you like.
    1. John Hart Offline John Hart
      John Hart (John Hart) 23 October 2020 05: 11
      -3
      And why do you need them, on Magadan there is asphalt everywhere, or maybe the UAZ and Lada have stopped releasing and now they have plugged Toyota and Honda by the belt, and your children are not playing playstayshon but in rounders.
      1. Aleksey Glotov Offline Aleksey Glotov
        Aleksey Glotov (alexey glotov) 23 October 2020 05: 12
        +2
        So you sing along with me, a US patriot smile ... I know your brother as peeling.
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              1. Aleksey Glotov Offline Aleksey Glotov
                Aleksey Glotov (alexey glotov) 23 October 2020 05: 34
                +2
                Judging by your letter, you are generally from Africa ... who do you vote for John? ... for Trump or an unfinished Biden?
                1. John Hart Offline John Hart
                  John Hart (John Hart) 23 October 2020 10: 18
                  -5
                  For Trump, he makes America great again
                2. John Hart Offline John Hart
                  John Hart (John Hart) 23 October 2020 21: 18
                  -5
                  And who was Pushkin? Maybe it's all about the editor, Siri learns quickly
      2. Sapsan136 Offline Sapsan136
        Sapsan136 (Sapsan136) 23 October 2020 17: 41
        +3
        And why is the Kuril Islands of Japan, whose population is declining and the already existing Yap cities are beginning to empty ?! The Kuril Islands are historically not Japan and there is nothing to poke your nose on our land !!!
        1. John Hart Offline John Hart
          John Hart (John Hart) 23 October 2020 21: 21
          -5
          There are 130 million people in the Russian Federation in Japan, 140, and how many alcoholics are there in the Russian Federation? Another 12 years and the Japanese will be more, and d, the east will be under the whale, urgently skip from the country to Belarus
          1. Sapsan136 Offline Sapsan136
            Sapsan136 (Sapsan136) 23 October 2020 21: 46
            +5
            And schizophrenics in Japan ?! In the Russian Federation there is no forest to broadcast, but in Japan there is! In addition, it is not fashionable to thump in the Russian Federation today. If in St. Petersburg on the street lies drunk as a pig, then this is a Finn, not a Russian! Why should we flee from the Russian Federation to a beggar collective farm that survives only on subsidies from the Russian Federation ?! Have a head cold ?! Far East ?! And you look at the population density in Canada, or Australia, before you whine for the Russian Federation, and the north of China is seriously losing its population ... although, of course, it is far from Canada.
            1. John Hart Offline John Hart
              John Hart (John Hart) 24 October 2020 01: 05
              -6
              You have such a chuto nature that you immediately skimp like cute gray creatures running from the ship
              1. bear040 Offline bear040
                bear040 24 October 2020 09: 18
                +5
                Come on. Russia lost to Japan 1 time, in 1905, and then primarily because of the mess in the country, which was raised by Nikolai the Bloody and his gang, and Russia beat Japan in 1938 and in 1939 and in 1945, so filter out the market. It was your USA that attacked Grenada and I climb into foreign countries like a rat !!!
                1. John Hart Offline John Hart
                  John Hart (John Hart) 24 October 2020 09: 56
                  -5
                  Are you a clown? All you have someone to blame and the fact that even the toilet paper did not know the Russians before the 1980 Olympics who is to blame? USA))))
                  1. Wanderer039 Offline Wanderer039
                    Wanderer039 24 October 2020 15: 03
                    +4
                    There is no need to drive. You in your colonies, and in Europe, caught lice on yourself, when our people knew how to behave like human beings.
  7. oracul Offline oracul
    oracul (leonid) 23 October 2020 07: 08
    0
    Of course, Japan knows better what is happening. Although most likely it's not that simple. The United States and NATO are making desperate attempts to drag Russia into endless conflicts, most of which are extremely provocative. The goal is obvious: to wear down, unbalance, force to spend resources.
  8. Jacques sekavar Offline Jacques sekavar
    Jacques sekavar (Jacques Sekavar) 23 October 2020 14: 41
    +1
    Russia is losing the halo of hegemony in the post-Soviet space

    Political fighters from the Japan Times, and everyone else, would do well to listen to Vladimir Putin's answers to the questions of the 2020 Wadai Forum, and not only on this forum.
    Another issue is the build-up of the power of the armed forces by Japan, including work on nuclear weapons.
    The US insists on connecting the PRC with START-3, but they are not trying to attract their vassals, incl. and Japan