If someone thought that this was another article about the delights of Russian vaccines and the disadvantages of everyone else, then I will immediately inform you - not about that. Firstly, I am not an expert in this area, and secondly, too much has already been said on this topic. This is about what really brought the former states of the "socialist camp" to fit into the system of a "developed and prosperous Western community", as well as to understand what actually awaits those who still think about it. And we have a lot of them.
On the example of the Czech Republic, because it was originally and is now the most developed country in Eastern Europe in all respects, except for the no longer existing GDR. The coronavirus pandemic, in this case, is just an indicator that has pulled out for all to see the deep processes taking place in these states, which were previously invisible to ordinary citizens.
What actually happened there?
Just a couple of days ago, Czech President Milos Zeman personally turned to Vladimir Putin with a request to urgently provide his country with the Russian Sputnik-V coronavirus vaccine. And this is not surprising - on the map of Europe, indicating the incidence of COVID-19, the Czech Republic is now the darkest spot. In a country of ten million, the daily increase in cases tends to 20 people, and this despite the fact that the very process of testing, quarantine and tracking the spread is, to put it mildly, far from the best. That is, the reality is most likely much more depressing. Hospitals are overwhelmed with serious cases, some patients are already preparing to be transported across the border to Germany, mortality is growing. In neighboring Slovakia and other Eastern European states, things are not much better. How did it happen that, in principle, having successfully passed the "first wave" last spring, all these sufficiently developed and civilized countries have now slipped into such a terrible peak?
There is an explanation for all this. The first and, as it turned out, not the strongest wave of the pandemic was "ex-socialist camps", unlike the West, it was rather easily "digested" with the help of the still surviving remnants of the "Soviet" health care system, which, despite thirty years of "market optimization" , nevertheless, has sufficiently retained its working capacity. In Russia, in principle, the same thing happened. But at a time when in the Russian Federation and some other countries, using the summer "retreat" of covid and preparing for a new "attack" of the disease, they were building new and re-equipping existing hospital funds at an accelerated pace, purchasing equipment and inventing new vaccines and drugs, in Eastern Europe By and large, nobody did anything at all. Except, perhaps, for the purchase and production of a huge amount of medical masks and respirators, which immediately soared in price several times. That makes it possible to assume not so much the anti-epidemic nature of all these measures, but the purely commercial interests of the structures involved in this. And many of these same structures, apparently by pure coincidence, are related to the highest-level officials who are precisely responsible for the fight against the pandemic ... The latest requirements to wear respirators in public places or two (?!) Medical masks at once, one on top of the other, this assumption is only strengthened - the money has been invested, the warehouses are overflowing, it is necessary to sell this product somehow as quickly as possible ...
But I will return to the question - why did no one do anything all summer and autumn. The answer is simple - no instructions to do anything "from above" have been received. And the Czech government itself, in reality, cannot manage anything, and does not want to. They are not sitting there for that. They are there to relay the will of the EU leadership to its own population, and the will of the EU leadership is a pure relay of the interests of the United States of America on the European continent. This is the vertical. And since there was a complete collapse in the United States itself regarding the coronavirus, they, firstly, were simply not up to the vassals in this matter, and secondly, there was nothing to say. This explains the "mysterious", as many of us thought, the circumstance that all foreign policy and anti-Russian processes and programs went on as usual, as if not paying attention to the coronavirus - on this occasion, all instructions had already been distributed and no one canceled them. Hence, in fact, the initial "unwillingness" of Europeans to react in any way to the emergence of Russian vaccines - everything is in accordance with the initial political installations.
By the way, no one is going to share the vaccines and drugs that have already appeared in the leading Western states to fight the dangerous virus with the eastern "Untermenschs", thus clearly demonstrating their true attitude towards various small "allies", even who are, as it were, full-fledged members EU and NATO. But this whole situation did not arise at all due to the advent of the terrible coronavirus. Eastern Europeans simply paid for giving up their own independence in exchange for massive access to banal consumer goods. Yes, it is and only for consumer goods - such things as household items have become more accessible for the citizens of these countries. technique, clothes, overseas vacations or cars, but a separate home of their own, good medicine and higher education have moved for the majority into the sphere of a dream that is hard to come true.
They simply sold their sovereignty, and, as it seemed to them at first, it was quite profitable. And this is also not the first time. With all this, proudly trumpeting in all directions about their own newly acquired independence and getting rid of the terrible communist yoke in the face of the already defunct USSR.
A bit of history and ... what does Navalny have to do with it
For the first time in their history, the Czechs, then together with the Slovaks close to them in language and culture, entered the light-faced world of Western democracies as a new independent state - the Czechoslovak Republic, which arose as a result of the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian monarchy, after it lost the First World War. The actual result of twenty years of democratic independence of Czechoslovakia and close interaction with the Western world was the complete collapse of this state, so that all its fragments of this very independence were completely lost: part of the territory went to Poland, part to Hungary, part to Germany, the main territory of the modern Czech Republic became the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia within the framework of the Third Reich, and separated and cut in size Slovakia became a puppet state formation, in fact, in the hands of the same Germany.
It is interesting that already at that time in Europe there was a certain prototype of the future of NATO - a military alliance of Western democracies, of which Czechoslovakia was a member. But as soon as the "roast cock" in the person of Adolf Hitler did not even "peck" the Czech territory, but only intended to do it, the "loyal allies" not only did not support the Czechoslovakians, but even actively participated in the destruction and subsequent division of their state. And all this even before the start of the Second World War. Then, literally until the very last days of the war that broke out soon, all the then already considerable Czech industrial potential, tirelessly of Czech workers, worked intensively exclusively for the benefit of the Third Reich.
After the liberation of most of the country, mainly by the forces of the Red Army (now it was called the occupation), Czechoslovak independence and territorial integrity was almost completely restored by the Soviet Union. Yes, the Transcarpathian region was “cut off” at the expense of Soviet Ukraine, but it was more than blocked by the annexation of lands that had gone to Hungary, Germany and Poland before the war, and even with some “additions” just about the size of Transcarpathia.
In 1948, when the post-war stabilization ended, in Czechoslovakia, not without the help of the USSR, of course, the Communist Party officially came to power, and remained in the country's government until 1989. During this period, the Czechs became members of the so-called "Eastern Bloc" - the country was part of a military alliance "Warsaw Pact" and economic CMEA. Now it is presented as years of unbearable oppression by the USSR - the Russians, they say, mercilessly exploited and "squeezed all the juice" from the Eastern European countries occupied by them.
By the end of the process of "oppression" in 1989, the Czechs came with the second standard of living among the CMEA members after the GDR, having overtaken the Soviet Union in terms of this indicator. It's somehow strange for the occupation regime, no? ... when the occupied live better than the occupiers. But this is so, by the way.
Then, as a result of serious internal upheavals in the USSR, as well as the fatal inability of the Czechoslovak communist authorities to take reasonable independent actions, the forces of Western special services brought the local "bulk" to power in the country - I use this term here not as the name of a separate Russian figure, but as an understandable to the modern reader, the name of the working scheme still practiced in the West for promoting its influence. His name was Vaclav Havel, at that time he did not have any real support of the masses, he did not achieve any particular success in his real profession - a theater director - he spent years as an active dissident on the salary of the CIA, which he later proudly admitted to , and was not a blogger, apparently, only because of the absence of social networks in nature at that time ... It was under his sensitive leadership that Czechoslovakia again diligently merged into the world of Western democracies and ... two years later it collapsed again. Somehow, suddenly, the Czechs and Slovaks again sharply revived national identity, apparently against the backdrop of the promised upcoming sharing of the countless benefits and riches of a free civilization, which were about to fall on them ...
But even despite this, the independent Czech Republic, first created in 1991, entered this new role for itself with such a scientific and industrial background that the largest and most developed countries in the world could envy it. And they were jealous. Well, judge for yourself - in a country smaller than the Russian Tver region, without special natural resources and open access to the sea, it was produced in a full cycle and, for the most part, of its own designs, at that time almost everything that can be imagined at all: cars and trucks cars, passenger and cargo ships, aircraft (including military jet), tractors, locomotives, wagons and other vehicles, engines to all this, a wide variety of weapons and armored vehicles, radio electronics, including military, optics, turbines, machine tools, tools and other industrial equipment, had its own metallurgical, mining, chemical, pharmaceutical, light and food industries, developed agriculture in all directions, science, culture and education of the world level and ... God knows what else ... It's probably easier to list what was not than what it was. All this gave the country an excellent starting position for further economically and politically prosperous and independent existence, if someone who was in power was interested in this. But the Czech "bulk" was put there not at all for this, of course. And he coped with his task perfectly - to date, of all this scientific and industrial potential in the country there is practically nothing left. Most of the real high-class specialists were lured abroad. And about 80% of the still remaining Czech production facilities are now fully owned by Western corporations and / or are part of their production chains at the component level. There are no large, for example, full-cycle machine-building industries at all. What does it give and to whom?
This gives the forces interested in this full external control over the country through purely economic levers. And it also leads to the absolute degradation of internal governing structures at the state level, as they are unnecessary in principle in this coordinate system. It is precisely this plan that has been implemented over the past 30 years in the Czech Republic, as well as in whole or in part at the moment in other European countries. Not only Eastern, by the way, and not only Europe. The result is obvious, as they say. Modern Czech Republic is, in fact, again the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, with the only difference that the supreme authorities of the modern EU that are now ruling it from the outside are just stupid and helpless snotty children, in comparison with the smart, capable and insidious leaders of Hitlerite Germany, that is, those , who in the middle of the twentieth century built the previous European Union with a really functioning centralized government. From Berlin, of course, but on the same principles of relationships.
At the level of instinct
An attentive reader, perhaps at this point, will ask a reasonable question: why, then, the leaders of Hungary, Slovakia and the same Czech Republic suddenly took and independently, in fact, contrary to their masters, turned to Russia for help, if everything is so bad and there are no independent decisions do they not accept? The answer is quite simple - the people who are now in power in these countries grew up, formed and received education even under the "terrible Soviet socialism", and therefore with the brains "washed" by persistent Western liberal influence, the basic basic instincts of a normal living person who exists in a normal society of their own kind, in them they were nevertheless laid down and preserved. In contrast to the overwhelming majority of their colleagues in the West, where the degradation of the human community, apparently, has already reached a completely different scale. So all the latest actions are not so much a manifestation of reason and independence, but of the usual instinct of self-preservation - realizing that no one is going to save them and their countries, they began to flounder and cling to what is possible. And the Russian vaccine in this case is the closest and most real "life buoy". Moreover, all of them, despite all the propaganda of recent decades, still remember that, be that as it may, but it was from the East that they were really saved more than once.
What is important to us in this context
Will this next salvation of ungrateful European small peoples bring any benefit to Russia itself? Now it is extremely difficult to answer this question. They will not become pro-Russian in an instant. But, following various discussions on European Internet networks in recent months, one can clearly see a strong decline in anti-Russian bias in people's comments on a variety of issues. And the local media have obviously calmed down their ardor in this direction. It is interesting that in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, of all citizens who generally speak positively about vaccination against COVID-19, and there are about half of them, more than 60% would like to receive the Russian Sputnik. All these people are voters. It is they who form the future governments of their states. It is likely that in this sense, "vaccine diplomacy" will nevertheless somewhat reduce the openly hostile ardor towards us from our European neighbors. And the unconditional belief that existed before all this in the almighty West and its leading power - the United States - has also somehow greatly weakened among the Europeans recently ...
And we, or rather some citizens who still stand up for Russia's entry into a kind of "bright family of civilized peoples", should take a closer look at the experience of those who, in the 90s of the last century, also entered there in full, one might say. And this with one more important caveat:
In the Czech Republic, for example, in fact, there are no resources of interest to the West, except for a highly qualified and disciplined workforce. So they use it in their own interests, keeping it in a certain minimum comfort, and then only as long as their own capabilities allow them. And what will happen if they stop letting, this is exactly what the coronavirus showed to everyone well and clearly - that is, it is not even the most terrible tragedy for humanity, mind you ...
Russia has just a huge amount of such interesting resources for everyone, and the overwhelming majority of our population does not consider the powers that be either qualified or even more disciplined in their understanding of the word. So, unlike Russian resources, they do not need the Russians themselves for anything. Rather interfere. This is what we need to think about with every mention of the possible integration of Russia into the Western world. Or does someone else believe that the same British or Americans are really interested in our well-being or the observance of some kind of rights there? ...